The Dunraven Inn
The Dunraven Inn

The Dunraven Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dunraveninn.com/
  • Phone: 9705866409
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Everyday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Marty Metz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Find us on Facebook for daily updates of weekly events!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: near the YMCA Camp
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Dunraven Inn
The Dunraven Inn is a special place for many people and we hope you will see why. We are especially proud of our staff, many of whom have worked for us for many years. Our goal is to provide great food and service, in a restaurant that is warm and friendly. We offer an extensive wine list that will compliment our food at a good value to you. Any questions you have regarding a wine or pairing a wine to your dinner, please feel free to ask! We have a fully stocked bar and serve many varieties of bottled beer.
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The Dunraven Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
191 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (105)neighborhood gem (94)fit for foodies (64)romantic (61)good for groups (49)notable wine list (42)kid-friendly (23)hot spot (23)late-night find (6)scenic view (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great, as always
    DallasdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Another great meal at the Dunraven! While there have been some changes over the years with change in ownership, the important things remain the same - great food and great service. After many years dining here, we now can say that we plan trips to Estes Park around the Dunraven! We'll be back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always on our list!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We come to Estes Park about twice a year and The Dunraven Inn is always on our list of restaurants for dinner. We have gotten a little stuck ordering the same thing, veal parmesan, over and over but it is so good that we can't change. Service is always so nice too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time at the Dunraven
    Joseph
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had another great dinner at the Dunraven with friends. Two of us got chicken Parmesan, one got baked ziti, and one got The Lord Dunraven steak. Everything arrived in timely fashion, and all entrees were delicious. Our server, Erica, was excellent and aware of the gluten free needs of one of us. All the waitstaff and manager, Melissa, were friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always fun!
    Robdd
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Consistently good food and a warm welcome by the owner and wait staff keep us coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional Itallian
    Foodie1VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had to wait to be seated (over 30 min beyond our 8:00 p.m reservation). The bar area is very small, so it is hard to find a place to wait. The food is good and portions are substantial, and our server did an ok job, but nothing was exceptional. We enjoyed the mussels, eggplant parmesan, and baked ziti with shrimp. For dessert we had the rasberry sorbetto which was very good, but would have been more enjoyable if they had waited to start vacuuming until after the restaurant was closed...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would not recommend Dunraven.
    KimmieJ
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our waitress was so nice and friendly! She worked very hard; however, the time it took for us to get our drink order taken was so long. Then, to get drinks was even longer. We ordered an appetizer, it also took a very long time. We finally got our dinner and the garlic mashed potatoes were cold and my spaghetti was mushy. Also, the prime rib was tough.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italian High
    Marty
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Surprisingly good Italian spot high in the Rocky Mountains. Makes a great end to a day of hiking to sit in this wonderfully decorated restaurant, drinking from their excellent selection of beers and wine and enjoying a hearty pasta meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Fantastic service and food! You cannot go wrong dining here, 5 stars all the way!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian dinner in Estes Park
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Seemed to be very popular with locals. We had great service and the portions were large. The food was good but not really extraordinary.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good excellen food
    Italy
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We ordered halibut,meatballs spaghetti Italian sausage, 7 cheese fettuccine, lasagne, grilled shrimp All Fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prime Rib So-So
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My wife ordered the prime rib and I had the lobster baked ziti. Though the baked ziti was fine , my wife's prime rib appeared off-color and bland, something that would come from food that was micro-waved. For the price, we were hoping for something better. The calamari was good, but wish the cheese was melted on top of the maranara sauce. We hope to be back, since we live here and hope to see it succeed.
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  • Still good
    jlinnote
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    A longtime fave, we have been coming about once a year for over 10 years (from out of town). We walked in and knew things had changed for the worse. The tables crammed in the entryway were an instant turnoff. My salad was from a bag and had some browned old lettuce. The bread sticks were different than the old foil pouch of garlic bread, but an improvement actually. The baked ziti was great but the meatball we had to send back to be warmed up in the microwave. The lobster ziti was delicious. Our biggest complaint was the "diner" brand of service. To the point of rudeness we felt rushed to eat and go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed at all!
    HornedFrogFoodie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I honestly do not understand why this place is so popular or how it stays in business. We dined here on Saturday evening and the place was packed, which I thought was a good sign...wrong! The batter on the calamari was thick and completely tasteless. My husband's clam chowder had no seasoning at all. The breadsticks were stale and overly seasoned and were paired with a dipping sauce that totally clashed with the seasonings on the breadsticks. The lobster ziti sadly also suffered from a lack of seasoning and was overcooked. The seafood in my cioppino was rubbery. My youngest said his chicken fingers were "gross". And despite the poor quality food, it was really expensive. We will certainly save our money and go elsewhere in the future.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    George
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    They had our table waiting when we arrived the service, food and ambiance were all great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 43 years later still great
    Tryitout
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My wife and I honeymooned in Estes Park, CO 43 years ago and chose to eat at the Dunraven Inn then. We never forgot the romance of this inn. Two children later and five grandchildren added in, along with many trips to Estes Park, my wife and I found ourselves once again together, just the two of us,in Estes Park. I made a reservation through Open Table at the Dunraven Inn. It had been 43 years but all that love came back during our time there. The staff were so friendly, the food fantastic. We will not wait another 43 years to return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstaning romantic evening
    Rocky
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Outstanding Italian entrees! The Roasted Pepper soup was also outstanding. Dunraven Inn will be a repeat for us!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great,as always!
    EPLocal
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The Dunraven is not only popular with guests to Estes Park, but is also a favorite of local residents. The food is consistently excellent, hosts and servers enjoy their jobs. Creamy garlic salad dressing is the best! Be sure to make a reservation - it fills up fast!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We use to visit this restaurant frequently and moved away. We just recently returned to the area and was excited about our meal. The server advised us that the restaurant had been bought out by a new owner since we were last there. The shrimp was so overly breaded that there was no taste of shrimp. Our server offered to return it and bring something else but that meant my husband and I would be eating separately. The spaghetti was dry with very little sauce and my husbands lasagna was a clump of cheese and very little meat. NOT THE QUALITY that was always present with the previous owners!! Certainly would never return!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    GertSam
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My wife and I absolutely loved it. The food was great and the drinks were delicious. We both look forward to coming back and indulging our senses once again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Scallops
    brockrb
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The scallops were excellent. The sauce is a little rich (for my taste) so I recommend having your side be the bed of angel hair pasta so that they're not sitting in the bowl of sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow!
    LuvGr8Dining
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Possibly the best dining experience we've ever had. The owner and his staff went out of their way to make our anniversary dinner a special one. The service was excellent, as was the food. We will be recommending it to everyone and certainly will return in the future.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HBD
    DLAJ
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Always great food and service. It was a evening meal and birthday celebration that was the best. We enjoy all the menu items and have been dining at the Dunraven for 20 years. The new owners have improved the interior and held to the quality that has been The Dunraven Inn for the last two decades. Highly recommend a reservation. Our favorite with an menu item is the polenta side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    KSDog
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Awesome location, food & service. Advance reservations are recommended. Amazing service & selection of entrees. Cute little restaurant with lots of character & great wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I wasn't expecting this good!
    DiningDave
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our dining experiences in Estes Park had been comical based on the service staff. The Dunraven service staff was exceptional and friendly. You could watch the staff in action and tell that they were on task with no confusion. We went into to the main dining room which was warm and charming. (request seating in here) The food was wonderful...I had been craving Lasagna and it was very good. I also got the upgrade seasonal salad and it was awesome. My wife had the shrimp scampi and loved the large shrimps. For dessert, we ordered the carrot cake and it was incredible!! It was large enough for four people. I give them an A+ on both food and service!!! They've got it going on at Dunraven!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Italian food and wine
    WyoDiner
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Dunraven Inn has consistently been among my favorites for Italian food, and their wine list is extensive and moderately priced. I have eaten there most years for the past 15 or so and it's service and food can't be beat. You might not want to sit in the cramped back room with a table full of college kids next to you, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Came back again.
    Jeffry13
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We last visited Estes Park about 6 years ago and we had to come back. The dollar bills in the walls and the atmosphere were nice. The service was top notch, very efficient waiters kept the water glasses full. Nice menu, some things were a bit pricy. I had he Alfredo and it ws a strong basil garlic flavor, a bit much for me. The meatballs were exceptional and you could order a small serving. I will come back when I return to RMNP.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Every time I am in Estes Park I make sure and eat at the Dunraven. The food is excellent, the wine list is well thought out (if small) and the oprices are very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Badly overrated.
    Bevolives
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Very noisy and crowded. Food was very over seasoned. Chef seems to love garlic and oregano. Even the potato-mushroom soup contained oregano. Ordered meatball and Italian sausage spaghetti. Sausage was extremely undercooked. Couldn't cut through the casing. Questioned the sausage, chef said it was supposed to be pink inside. Not a good meal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great seafood in the mountains
    FarndogVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Dun raven is located outside Estes Park and we were on vacation a few years ago and stopped - it was so good we went back the next night. Knowing I was going to be In the area, we had to go back. So glad we did, The scallops appetizer and halibut special were fantastic - others had steaks and both were ver good. Hope to be back again before too long.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suebelle
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Charming old restaurant, decorated with a sense of humour! I had Italian...delicious....my spouse , shrimp and stake! Very interesting bar menu, especially if you like your martini infused with pineapple. Great dining experience. Would recommend!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Bad, for Estes Park
    Peter
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Unfortunately Estes Park has a dirth of decent restaurants. Dunraven was probably the best meal we had during a long weekend stay, but it wasn't perfect. The service was good, and the menu held some promise. I would say that the quality of the ingredients was good, but the cooking left something to be desired. My steak was well-done when I asked for medium, and the shrimp scampi was overcooked as well. The salad was edible but a bit limp. And the deserts were uninpiring. Again, this is about as good as you get in Estes, so if you find yourself there, this is a decent bet. Book a reservation if you are going to arrive around 6 as it gets busy at that time. Go later and you probably won't have a problem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good food but too noisy!
    elliebethmv
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Open Table only lets you rate the noise level as quiet to energetic. I'd call the noise level here "almost deafening." Maybe it was just the night but the tables are very close together and there were a lot of large parties. Other than the noise level, we loved this place. The drinks were excellent, the food was great and the staff attentive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Our server Luke was very knowledgeable, fun atmosphere, good wine and cocktail options.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Been going here for 37 years!
    WeRfoodies
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We never come to Estes Park without dining at the Dunraven. It is a family and business favorite. Food is always excellent, service wonderful and menu extensive. Nice combo of classic Italian with steaks and seafood entrees as well. Something for everyone. Unique atmosphere in the bar area with two nice dining rooms. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our haunts when we visit
    Marcia
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We have been coming here for 25 years whenever we are in Estes Park. You will get a lot of food, so go hungry. It's not groundbreaking, but is a good value. The walls are don't-miss.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance Plus
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The Dunraven is our favorite restaurant. They offer a wide variety of entrees served by the best wait staff in Estes Park. And although it may be tucked away in the Rocky Mountains, their fresh seafood is flown in daily. Try their scallops... they'll melt in your mouth. Don't visit Estes without spending an evening at the Dunraven.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BillG
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food and service was outstanding! The restaurant is very noisy! We sat at a very small table. Our server had difficulty having enough room to set down our entrees. If you do not like crowded or very noisy restaurants, you should not go to The Dunraven Inn.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    Fortyniner
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Went here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Both of us had fresh fish. The wild caught salmon was delicious. The halibut was absolutely wonderful. Unlike many restaurants, the portions are just right.They gave us a dessert to split. Definotely would go here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    mamarita
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Have eaten at Dunn raven in many times. Over the past 40 years. You NEVER disappoint. Love the food, service was great. We'll be back! !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than I remembered
    happyhobos
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had been there many years ago. Found it to be noisy, crowded, basic good food. This time chose to make an early reservation (4:30pm) found it quiet, intimate, great food, wonderful wine choice and the server was SUPERB! Best service we have ever had. We had an antipasto (high quality), soup (mushroom) - very good, and we shared a dinner of mushroom tortellini. Still took home to go bags. We chose the 14 hands wine (very excellent). Definitely will return and recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.