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

The View Restaurant at the Historic Crags Lodge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cragslodge.com
  • Phone: (970) 586-6066
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steak
  • 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 (970) 586-6066
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great food, great service, great view! Highly recommend! They had a guitar player who was very talented and provided a great ambiance."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Very good food, service and ambience with a terrific view of Lumpy Ridge in Estes Park"
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/21/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/2/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/11/2012
  • "Started with a salas which was pretty plain, including canned sliced olives! Although,the balsam"
    Dined on 9/5/2012
  • "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!"
    Dined on 9/4/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/26/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/30/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2012
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/6/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2012
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/11/2012
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/9/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2012
  • "Good food with a great atmosphere and mountain views. Many nights starting at 7pm have live music from area musicians."
    Dined on 7/5/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2012
  • "We really enjoyed it, the view, the music and the food were great!"
    Dined on 6/21/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/31/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/30/2012
  • "Very nice location and quaint--loved the old lodge feel. The food was good but I expected it to be better than it was. The soup was so-so, the salad was average, and the main course was good but not outstanding. A nice spot, though for a special occasion."
    Dined on 10/10/2011
  • "We greatly enjoyed the View! The food the ambiance and the service was exceptional! I had a large group of 11 for dinner. The resturant staff was friendly, professional and timely! The food was excellent and the views fantastic! I will be a long term customer!"
    Dined on 10/5/2011
  • "We enjoyed our dining experience at The View. The food was very good and the view was breathtaking."
    Dined on 9/23/2011
  • "Every piece of meat was overdone and dried out. All were ordered either rare or medium. Restaurant is beautiful and the service was good."
    Dined on 9/19/2011
  • "Our dining experience was wonderful. Our daughter has picked Crags Lodge for their wedding venue so we wanted to check out the food, it exceeded our expectations. The staff was also wonderful and our waiter Adrian was great. The front desk staff was able to show us their rooms so we could recommend to guests that are coming from out of town. Overall it was a great experience."
    Dined on 9/12/2011
  • "I love dining with a view and this restaurant certainly fits the bill! Wonderful view of the mountains and very kid-friendly. The food was very good too. Would definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 9/2/2011
  • "This was our favorite place to dine the entire time we were in Estes Park. Jared our server took great care of us and made our experience just that much better. If there is a party of two of you, ask to be seated in one of the three small balcony sections for an amazing view. I had the walnut crusted trout. My friend had the brie chicken. Both were delicious! The warm brie appetizer is served with crackers and not toasted crustini. It could have been skipped but was still good if you must try it. Highly Recommend this place!"
    Dined on 9/2/2011
  • "The staff accomodated our request for a window seat for a birthday celebration, then graciously moved us to one of the three outside balcony tables that we didn't know existed until we got to the restaurant. This made for a very romantic, intimate, scenic, special 60th birthday dinner. All staff was very friendly, welcoming and competent. There was even live guitar music. The food was excellent! There were several vegetarian entree choices. The cream sauce on the mushroom pasta was light but decadent. The Mediterranean pasta special had a perfect spice blend in a very light oil saute. The freshly made bread was delicious and the desserts were tasty without being overly heavy or dense. Overall, an unsurpassed dining experience!!"
    Dined on 8/11/2011
  • "It was an interesting experience...the restaurant was very pretty and the outdoor balcony tables were lovely....it was a very "loose" service in that the waiter forgot he had already taken our appetizer order and forgot his wine opener for our bottle. The brie with fruit and what was supposed to be warm crustini but turned out to be store bought crackers. Still, it was tasty. My husband's blue cheese crusted ribeye was very good, but my ahi tuna was only average, though the veggies and accompanying sauce were good. We asked the waiter which of the desserts he would recommend and his choice of apple cobbler with ice cream was tasteless and boring. However, he was fun if not particularly skilled and overall we had a good time"
    Dined on 8/16/2011
  • "Very Old, somewhat loud live music, food fair but not for the price"
    Dined on 8/17/2011
  • "We had a great meal on one of the balconies - great scenery and ambiance."
    Dined on 8/21/2011
  • "For a casual restaurant, the ambiance was good, the service was attentive without being overbearing and the waiter was knowledgeable and very pleasant. The food was outstanding, everything prepared exactly as ordered."
    Dined on 8/23/2011