Willow Creek Restaurant
Willow Creek Restaurant

Willow Creek Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.willowcreekevergreen.com/index.htm
  • Phone: 3036749463
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch Daily from 11 AM

    Dinner Service begins at 5PM

    Sat & Sunday Brunch

    Chefs Choice Bar Menu Available 3 -5 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Curtis Lincoln
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Call Tony Elwood for details
    303-674-wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties up to 150 people. Please call with inquires
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 3036749463

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 74
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Willow Creek Restaurant
Willow Creek is Located at Evergreen Lake In The Heart Of Evergreen, a scenic 30 minute drive from Downtown Denver. We feature A Beautiful Patio Overlooking the Lake, Glass Walled Wine Room, Beautiful Rock Fireplace, All Glass Walls, Every Table Has A View! Tastefully Decorated, Private Room Is Available. World Class Chef Curtis Lincoln & Wife Kristopher Have Created a Wonderful Local Restaurant Experience.

Artisinal Coctails and Interesting Wine List, there is something for every walllet! Fresh Pasta's & Sauces, Fresh Flown in Fish, Local Beef & Meats, Colorado Trout, Braised Rabbit... Each Menu Item Is Carefully Crafted. Reviewed by USA Today as one of the TOP TEN Places in the US to eat Housemade Pasta's (Our Rabbit Dish)



Chef de Cuisine Daniel LaCounte



General Manager/Co Owner Kristopher Lincoln



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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Willow Creek Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (57)great for outdoor dining (56)special occasion (42)fit for foodies (39)neighborhood gem (36)romantic (32)notable wine list (21)great for lunch (17)great for brunch (17)good for groups (6)late-night find (5)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • Good food but small issues
    dutchy
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food was some of the best in the area. Decent sized menu and great bar offerings. Small issues included not being seated for more than 15min after our reservation, and unprofessional reactions to not having a table for our reservation. Lack of menus made us wait to see what mixed drinks and bar food they had. Once seated, we had great service and a wonderful dinner. Be on time and expect a few hiccups before getting to your table...
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly service. Mixed food.
    MarieVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    service was SUPER friendly. I ordered the trout, never having had it before and was frankly not sure I would like it, but it was delicious and so was the bed of gnocchi, almonds, and grapes that it rested on. My husband was less enthusiastic about his risotto as it was not creamy at all - a bit like the consistency of wet white rice - But he noted that vegetables on top of it were good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience
    ProfmccVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Three of our party had steak, and the other had trout. We all raved about the quality of our meals, the imaginative accompaniments and presentation, the attentive service and the friendliness of the entire staff. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect
    TinaB
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We had a great dinner with our friends! We were celebrating our anniversary and it turned out great! Food was yummy and the service was top notch. Thanks Willow Creek for making our experience so great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional evening
    DebW
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have been to Willow Creek before and will continue to come back. The ambiance is warm and welcoming, attentive service and absolutely superb dining. We recommend this gem to all our friends!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Handbag1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Wonderful food and service. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kell0111
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We took out of state family for lunch. Excellent food and service! Will be back many times.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and View of Lake!
    FoodyVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Highly recommend this restaurant for its food and excellent service provided by Christine! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    pasmit4
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was great, 'though a little overpriced. Service was excellent. Nice view of the nearby lake, probably a plus during the summer lunch hour. "Two-top" tables should be outlawed in an upscale dining establishment, there simply is not enough table space for the candles, water, bread, appetizer and wine. Spoiled an otherwise pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem in the country
    RbennetVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We did not expect to find such fine dining in Evergreen, Co. We first dined at Willow Creek two year ago and really enjoyed it. We were back last year and it was wonderful again. This year, we have dined there all three nights we were in Evergreen. The Cockles, gnocchi, and scallops are excellent. The specials change each day and are a real treat. They have a great wine list. It is really worth a drive from Denver just to dine at Willow Creek.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always!!
    Iam62QP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We always stop here on our way from Ohio to Telluride, CO several times a year. It is never disappointing and this visit was no exception. It was a beautiful evening and they allow you to make reservations for their deck (which is unusual for most restaurants -- it's usually a first come fist served policy), so this is a nice touch as well. My husband had the fish special and I had the salmon and both entrees were delicious. The wait staff is very well trained which makes for an all-around enjoyable experience. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    Theatregoer
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Neighbors recommended Willow Creek in Evergreen. I owe those neighbors a good bottle of wine! Our table was right on the rail of the outdoor area overlooking Lake Evergreen. Wow! The view was fantastic. Our server went over the menu extensively, making recommendations as she went. Extremely knowledgeable of the menu and the wine list, I took her recommendation on the Nantucket Scallops while my wife went with the Rabbit pasta, a specialty. I have NEVER had such flavorsome scallops. The spaetzle accompaniment and sauce were perfect. My wife's rabbit was equally good. The wine was spot-on as well. Desserts are made in-house and were both outstanding. This place should be on your list in you're in Colorado.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great server and great gnocchi!
    BAMZ
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The service was great - we had a very attentive waiter who provided the perfect balance of being available but not hovering. He made great wine recommendations and talked with enthusiasm about the dishes. The gnocchi appetizer was definitely a highlight of the meal, as was the chilled melon soup. The steak was also very good, and the roasted potatoes that were served with it were delicious. There were only 3 very small potatoes though, which was not nearly enough for the size of the steak entree. That would be my one criticism - I would have loved a few more of those potatoes! If you want to sit outside, be sure to request it specifically when you make your reservation. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly Service, Great Food
    Petunia
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    On a busy night, without a reservation, Willow Creek graciously made a table for our party and treated us with excellent food and friendly service. Always a good experience here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Momwhogotaway
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    From the second I walked in the door to the moment I left I was happy. Great decor, friendly staff, unique food as well as staples that you expect at a nice restaurant. I love the organic, sustainable approach of the restaurant. The chef clearly enjoys his craft and exposes his customers to a new culinary world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Willow Creek
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Willow Creek is a great setting and the food is delicious. The service is also good. I was charged $.50 for Dijon mustard which I think is over the top when you are paying $15.00 for a hamburger. That is my only complaint.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always a great experience
    DPACjunkies
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The NY strip was a little disappointing this time, but not enough to give a bad review. The servers at Willow Creek are always charming, and the patio overlooking Evergreen Lake is a gem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food slow service
    Evergreener
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food is always very good, but the front of the house is poorly run. There is always a wait for service at every stage of the meal and this time we practically had to beg to pay. The staff is friendly but poorly trained and manged. If it wasn't for the food and the fact that Evergreen has such limited dining options this place would have closed long ago because of the poor service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Enjoy
    amtl
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We love going to Willow Creek and this last visit was no exception. We usually bring friends who visit Evergreen to Wollow Creek when we go because we feel it is the highest quality restaurant in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The perfect afternoon experience
    missingevergreen
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Willow Creek has the perfect setting with 5-Star foods. The outdoor patio overlooks Evergreen lake and is buzzing with humming birds. The service is great with an attentive and friendly waitstaff. The quality and seasoning of the food can match that of any high end restaurant in Denver. Take the time to have a great time and a great meal at Willow Creek; then take a walk around the lake.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal, service and fun.
    Newt
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had an awesome evening last night. We arrived in dry weather with hummingbirds circling around the exterior of the restaurant with a great view of the lake in Evergreen. We started with the escargot with tomatoes and chantarelle mushrooms. It was bursting with flavor and the combination of ingredients was perfect. My girlfriend had the rabbit for her main course and I had the trout. We loved both but liked the trout slightly better. There was a power outage in the area due to a thunderstorm which made the evening even more fun and romantic in some ways. Our waiter, Todd, was awesome and had great advice on our food selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful romantic evening!
    JamandBread
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The ambiance was perfect, not to loud, but loud enough. The views of the lake are great, especially at sunset. The entrees and dessert were delicious. We had the smoked trout and the scallops with bacon. The creme brule was great, just enough for one, and the cobbler with blueberry icecream. We shared the bruschetta 3 ways (soil, land, and sea) and I wouldn't order it again. The mushrooms (soil) were excellent, but the chicken salad (land) and smoked tuna (sea) felt like chef experiments. Just as we ordered dessert, the power went out from a lightening strike. At first I was concerned, but I've never seen a better service team and enjoyed a romantic dinner more. The staff pulled out flashlights and set extra candles around the room. Fun!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    JohanH
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Really good food..Special of albacore and soft shell crab was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beautiful location
    suzanne
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This restaurant is beautiful, with an excellent location. On nice days, the patio is superb! Wait staff is generally friendly, professional, well-groomed and respectful. The food is interesting and different, and very, very tasty. Some of the portions, especially on the appetizers, are meager for the price. You might be disappointed if you want to share the appetizers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite lunch spots
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    My husband and I both love this restaurant. It's got it all: a great view overlooking the lake, wonderful gourmet food, wonderful wine list, efficient waiters, and an ambience that is both casual and at the same time romantic for couples. A great place to sit back and relax for both lunch and dinner, and we never feel that we are rushed out of the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful lakeside evening
    EdMagsVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a very pleasant evening dinner on the outside patio. The weather and view of Evergreen Lake were excellent and our meals were incredible. We both have a soft spot for Rocky Mountain Trout and Willow's interpretation combining trout with gnocchi was done very well. We finished off the evening with some of their homemade ice cream. Also wanted to give a shoutout to our server, who did an excellent job keeping us on pace for a relaxing, but not too slow evening. Great Job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 422 reviews are from the Willow Creek Restaurant reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    First time at Willow Creek. The initial service was slow, but thehostess recognized the issue and assigned a different waiter and service was fine thereafter. Entrees and desserts were great. I will ask for a table on the deck next time. We will go back
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice..
    Bosco
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Duck confit salad was superb! Great service and view. Go early, it's more quiet lively bar scene later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    K4463
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    My wife and I celebrated my birthday and had a wonderful dinner. We both ordered the scallops which were some of the best we have had in Colorado. The view from the restaurant is great overlooking Evergreen Lake. It is a special place and we have had both lunch and dinner and are never disappointed. Well worth the drive to Evergreen.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chupje
    Chupje
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The salmon on my beet salad was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Hungry22
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    What a great place. Everything on the menu looked great; it was hard to decide!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food in the mountains!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We love this place! The food is fantastic and the ambience is perfect, especially when you want a fabulous meal in the mountains. Definetly worth the drive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience
    PeteVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Going to the Willow Creek is like going to a big city place with amazing food. But better yet..it's got a view of Evergreen Lake and surrounding area that make this one of the best places to dine in the state..no doubt. Food is simply delicious..gnocchi is a special treat that will knock your socks off. Risotto with scallops will knock your shoes off. Bar and wine list also top notch. On a nice night dining on the patio reminds you that you are in a most special place..and the rabbit is their signature dish..can't go wrong. A must place to go.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    SaucyItalianVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    They never disappoint, fantastic food, ambiance (elk walking by), beautiful view of the lake and a wonderful, warm ambiance. The scallops are amazing and so is everything else on the menu. We always make it here from Cherry Creek to enjoy this wonderful restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on the patio at last!
    Barb
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The view of the lake and golf course is gorgeous - Willow Creek has one of the nicest patios in Evergreen. Our beet salads were delicious - with fresh peppery greens with the perfect amount of passion fruit dressing. The brick chicken was moist and flavorful but truthfully it could have been cooked a tad longer and the skin should have been crisped. Attentive service. Overall a great evening and highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in great mountain area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    On a lovely summer day in June, this restaurant was the perfect place to celebrate a birthday on the outdoor patio. From the patio, you could watch the sailboats on the lake and the paddleboarders. Our waitress was very friendly, informing us that this was a family-owned establishment with a chef-owner making all of their breads, cheeses, sausages and other dishes. I had the tasty grilled chicken sandwich with thick slices of well-done bacon, cheese, greens, basil aioli and a chewy grilled bread and the wonderful vanilla bean creme brûlée for dessert. Our water glasses were constantly refilled and service was excellent. I plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service and location.
    WyoGoldie
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We had our anniversary dinner there and had a great time. Service was outstanding and the food was great. The ambiance of Willow Creek is great for a romantic evening, or a casual dinner with friends on the patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    It was our anniversary so the setting on the patio was special and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place in Evergreen
    VerusBabb
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great atmosphere. Great food. Great wine. The setting outside is incredible. In the summer when it is light until 9 pm, the views through their massive windowed dinning room are spectacular. The setting inside is classy, modern mountain. Very nice. It just feels good to be there. I have never had a bad meal there - excellent menu that seems to be always new/fresh. The service is excellent. Known for good wines. It is a great place to go for a nice dinner with friends. Expect to spend some money for a nicer night out, but not outrageous. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DrRon
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Cheeseburger was OK 5 of 10, fries were limp 3 of 10. Mussels/cockles dish was 10 of 10. Cocktails were great 8 of 10. Outdoor patio was perfect - great view of the lake 10 of 10.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.