The View Restaurant at the Historic Crags Lodge
The View Restaurant at the Historic Crags Lodge

The View Restaurant at the Historic Crags Lodge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cragslodge.com/
  • Phone: 9705866066
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Daily: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American
  • Executive Chef: Aaron Kadlecek
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining in Enoch's Dining Room or your own section in the View Restaurant. Please make arrangements for private dining at least 24 hours in advance. We can accommodate groups from 2 to 200.
  • Private Party Contact: Aaron 9705866066
  • Entertainment: Live music Monday through Thursday during dinner.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Audubon
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from The View Restaurant at the Historic Crags Lodge
Located in the Historic Crags Lodge, the View is an established, destination restaurant for many people living along the front range. Dining is casual yet elegant and offers the best view of Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park through it's 90 foot wall of windows. The menu is an eclectic mix of unique entrees such as the Tenderloin Tower with Shrimp and Lemon Beurre Blanc sauce or Chicken Daytona with Triple Sec Cream sauce. Only fresh, local ingredients are used in the menu and the staff is welcoming and friendly. The View is a perfect mix of atmosphere, views, excellent food and fine wine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The View Restaurant at the Historic Crags Lodge reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (29)romantic (18)special occasion (16)good for groups (9)great for outdoor dining (7)neighborhood gem (7)kid-friendly (7)fit for foodies (3)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Disappointed
    Deedragon
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The view lives up to its name with a spectator view but the food and service leave a lot to be desired for these prices. Two highlights of the meal were chicken soup and coconut shrimp. Steaks were bland, Alfredo was browning, dessert described as brownie soufflé was simply a brownie in a soufflé dish heated up with ice cream thrown on top. If you go, go for an app and take in the view but don't bother with a full meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Disappointed
    gdye
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My wife and I went up to Estes for our 10th wedding anniversary, very nice trip overall. We made a reservation two weeks in advance specifically asking for the balcony seating, 10th anniversary, etc. We got there and no balcony seating, the excuse coming for the hostess was " I don't know why but they put somebody there already". Asked the manager and her response was " We can't reserve those seats you have to call in" Great, I wish I would have known that or maybe someone should have let me known from the restaurant. The only reason why I booked this place was the balcony seating.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Enjoyable
    LunaDinesOut
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We go out for one "special meal" every time we visit Estes Park, and usually go to the Stanley. This time we tried the View, and actually liked it much better. We enjoyed the historic ambiance of the hotel (and the wonderful view) and both the food and the service were very good. There was a musician playing and singing that evening, and it added to the experience without being overpowering. We were with family and enjoyed being able to talk and have such a pleasurable dining experience. We would definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Plav
    Sher
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at the View! We had appetizers and dinner! The portions were generous.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful Setting
    Jeff
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Very impressed with this dining experience. Have been around Estes Park area most of my life and this is my first time dining there. Food is fantastic and they have a great selection to choose from. The restaurant sits on hillside overlooking the town. Great views, great food what else is there?
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost perfect
    lovethemenu
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Only 2 small negatives: minimum of dressing on the salad, and main course arrived before we were done with salad. Trout was delicious & service was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Estes Park Gem
    manitou4VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    There's a lot of bad food in Estes Park. My wife and I have found a couple of places we like, and we rarely stray from those places, because we're almost always sorry. When we discovered The View at Crags Lodge a few years ago, it went straight to the top of our favorites list. The menu has something for everyone, and it's delicious and artfully prepared. From homemade soups to appetizers to salads to entrees to desserts - it has ALL been excellent at The View at Crags Lodge. They also have a great selection of reasonably-priced wines. We heard a disturbing rumor this summer that Crags Lodge may not renew their lease with The View restaurant - what a disappointment that would be. Truly one of the best places to eat in Estes Park, bar none.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible
    cynamon2002
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My husband and my dinner were terrible. His steak gravy tasted like it came out of a can. Bread was even stale. Its supposed to be a nice restaurant and the hostess was wearing shorts and a tshirt. Employees were rolling silverware and eating right in the dining area. It was our 10 year anniversary and we were very excited about this restaurant. Very expensive for subpar food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We ate at 5pm so it was quiet.
    Mtngirl
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We sat at a table for two in one of their three balconies. There were pansies and petunias in the flower box railings. There are lovely view of downtown Estes Park and in the distance, you can see Lumpy Ridge, Twin Owls and the historic Stanley Hotel.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricy for the quality
    bk2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Food was just ok. I expected more from this restaurant. The food was over pieces for the quality.the best part of the meal was dessert
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • View not enough for dinner...
    EatOutAlot
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    As soon as we sat down, the hostess said to be prepared for a wait as they were short staffed - not the first thing we expected to hear. The view through the wall of windows would have been great had the windows been washed this season - dirt and cobwebs throughout. The kids menu was straight from the freezer, and frankly I prefer Costco. The adult entrees were much better, but not great, and many of their entree and appetizer choices were sold out (7pm) - they even ran out of lettuce for salads. By the time we finished dinner, they were telling the table next to us that all of their fish entrees were gone, and the majority of their steaks. Only go if you can't get in elsewhere, and call ahead to see if food on menu is still available.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine dining
    ColoKathy
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Several good reasons to dine at The View: good service, varied and interesting menu, good food, large and open dining room with a quiet and quaint ambiance
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Atmosphere!
    Cincifanofgoodfood
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Great food, great service, great view! Highly recommend! They had a guitar player who was very talented and provided a great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful "View" dining
    LongbowLawyerVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Nice restaurant, great view of Estes Park. If you dine in mid to late summer ask to dine on their balconies, outside. Service was excellent, food presentation was good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 44 reviews are from the The View Restaurant at the Historic Crags Lodge reviews archive.
  • Great view
    RuthG13VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    It was my husband's birthday and they knew that when I made the reservation and remembered when we checked in. However, we waited 20 minutes for anyone to acknowledge us after we sat down. Two wait staff walked by us more than once and never said a word. They chit chatted with their tables though. Finally one of those waiters came over, apologized and said there was a mix up in communications with the hostess. The food was good. Wine list limited. View wonderful. Ask for one of the little tables outside. Service was OK.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • salad dressing was watery,
    PopsVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    salad dressing was watery, food seemed to have been prepared earlier and warmed up. Didn't work for my scallops or my wife's brie.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crag's Restauran
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Very good food, service and ambience with a terrific view of Lumpy Ridge in Estes Park
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip this one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    So-so food and service. The worst part: the guy playing the guitar and SINGING during dinner. He wasn't all that bad, but if I wanted to go to a night club, I would go to a night club. I was looking forward to a quiet and relaxing dinner and this was anything but.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing memorable!
    MarkCisVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Dined here on a recent visit to Estes Park based on seeing a positive review on OpenTable. My experience was definitely not positive. Food...service...ambiance...all forgettable. If you have a choice, go to the Twin Owls instead. Went there the night before and it is a significantly nicer total dining experience!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    KathieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    We were lucky enough to get one of the outdoor tables on a lovely table for two balcony surrounded by petunias on the rail and a spectacular view of Estes Park and the Rocky Mountains. Delightful! This restaurant has three balconies with a private table on each, lovely view with terrific food and wonderful service. We tried to go back for lunch on Sunday but they're only open for dinner, which is the only down side to this beautiful place. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    Sits above downtown Estes Park with a gorgeous mountain view, this fantastic find is housed in a historic hotel. A full wall of windows looks out on the gorgeous Rocky Mountains. Many times a restaurant like this is all view and not much else. Not this place -- great food (beef medallions were a hit) and the service was friendly and attentive. A great singer-songwriter guitarist made the evening really special. This was our splurge meal and it was a perfect location/vibe/menu. We will be back on on next visit for sure!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This has become one of our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2012
    This has become one of our favorite places to eat in Estes Park. We vacation here a couple of times a year. The food is delicious and what a great view! We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food did not live up to
    GeofferwokVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2012
    The food did not live up to the elegant old inn setting. Salads has been pre tossed and sitting in the fridge long before our orders. The meat and fish entrees are saucy or pretentious creations that detract from the actual cuts of beef or filets of fish. A trout should taste like a trout. A steak or filet should be seared and grilled properly to let the beef flavours come through and not be treated as a sauce carrier.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Started with a salas which
    BostonTraveler
    Dined on 9/5/2012
    Started with a salas which was pretty plain, including canned sliced olives! Although,the balsam
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ambiance galore!
    lkwarnerVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2012
    We sat on on one of the balconies and witnessed a bear sleeping in a tree! The windows and views are beautiful. Service was perfect, the food was good. A little heavy on the sauce, but still very tasty. We had a great time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A wonderful evening..romantic.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2012
    Wonderful evening was had by all at The View Restaurant at Historic Crags Lodge. Our server was wonderful and the food good. Go early and get a table right by the open window...it is divine. The artichoke dip is just the BEST...a must try...(and I am very picky about artichoke dip!) The live music was very nice and we even got up and danced a bit..it was a wonderful evening..romantic...and quiet. Lovely actually.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a delicious dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2012
    We had a delicious dinner with a gorgeous view of Estes valley. A wonderful soothing guitar player in the background. I want to return with just my husband to sit at one of these adorable tables on individual balconies....looks so romantic. This is an old hotel the floors are wooden the windows have the old wavy glass in them... Cool place. feels like a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Odd Ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    Odd premeal experience - bar with no bar stools, patio with no seating, drink napkins left over from a 6/23 wedding, litter & construction debris obvious. Food was very good; lime seared pork & the jambalaya were properly prepared, seasoned & presented. Place was severely understaffed. Only 1 server, when we left more than 10 parties in the dining room + 3 private balconies. Table of 8 inside our balcony, waited for over 10 minutes for someone else to take their drink order saying that the server was extremely busy. Later server appeared to learn from the party drink order had been taken. This also affected our check (which was wrong) delivery; she was never able to return to collect. Finally paid in bar; bartender cash register challenged.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It seems that this restaurant
    annecline99
    Dined on 8/6/2012
    It seems that this restaurant has two names, which for a tourist is especially confusing! I booked the reservation for the View, but none of the signs anywhere said anything but the Golden Eagle! Very inconvenient and caused stress on a rainy night! But we were seated on the balcony with a great view - I saw a bear walk by - special Colorado experience! Romantic candlelight dinner with great service - thanks!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great view, outside private dinning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/26/2012
    Awesome view of Estes Park and mountains. Request outside seating at 2 tops on small private balconies. Note: only 2 tops. Food was good, service was better. Very nice evening of dining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Think Elsewhere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2012
    Service . . . would have been a good idea. Bread could have been delivered . . . before main courses finished. Expensive sampler could have had more . . . food. Medium-rare steak portion could have shown at least a little . . . pink. And so forth.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view with historic ambiance.
    ReedelVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2012
    Great view with historic ambiance. Well prepared entrees from a diverse menu offering appetizing veggie options as well as tradtional fare. The Jamabalaya had a nice kick to it! Lemon cheesecake was delicious and home made. Service was very friendly and capable. The live music was a wonderful treat!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a delightful dining experience
    ReedelVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2012
    What a delightful dining experience! We were there for a working dinner meeting of 13. The palpable sense of history as one soaks up the breathtaking views of the mountains above Estes Park while sitting in handcrafted chairs that might have hosted Robert Frost only adds to the relaxing ambiance. The servers are genuinely friendly and accomodating while being knowledgeable about the rich menu offerings. They were most flexible in addressing various needs of a larger group and handled all special needs with aplomb. The live music was the perfect soundtrack to a mellow summer evening - celtic guitar the night we were there! We will return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food with a great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/5/2012
    Good food with a great atmosphere and mountain views. Many nights starting at 7pm have live music from area musicians.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view, okay food
    DalmatianDadVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2012
    The view is wonderful, the food is tasty and prepared well. We also enjoyed the singer-guitar player who had a nice mix of easy listening music for dining. It could be a really good restaurant but doesn't yet have anything special other than the view.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very good and
    TimmyVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2012
    The food was very good and the service was excellent. We had local lightly seared trout and it was attractively presented. Excellent view of downtown Estes Park with the mountains of RMNP in the background. For couples, I would recommend one of the three terrace tables for two.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We really enjoyed it, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/21/2012
    We really enjoyed it, the view, the music and the food were great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While the food was good (as
    MickiVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    While the food was good (as it should be for a restaurant of this caliber), the service was horrible. Our waiter was kind but had very poor training. He was extremely slow, inefficient, lacked knowledge of the basics of the food offered, and had no finesse. If he was a waiter at a mediocre chain restaurant, he would barely be good enough. We always tip a minimum of 15% for poor service. He was so bad that we only tipped 10%, hoping he would understand the meaning of our insult.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The historic property, great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/31/2012
    The historic property, great mountain views and excellent food artfully prepared make this a must for dinner while in Estes Park. Our server, Adrian, made the experience even more enjoyable and memorable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The View is known for its
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/30/2012
    The View is known for its View and it delivers. We went twice...once in the bar for wine/drinks and apps and enjoyed the bartender and the brie app was very good. Another night we both had trout prepared differently and both were very good. The wine list was limited but the selections were good. Very friendly and attentive service. There are 3 small balconies just outside the restaurant overlooking Estes Park which would be fun when the weather permits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet