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Baldpate Inn

4.1
247 reviews
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$30 and under
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A classic mountain getaway, Baldpate is located seven miles south of Estes Park, Colorado on the designated scenic “Peak to Peak Highway” Colorado Route 7. Our setting is nestled in the pine forest on the side of Twin Sisters Mountain, next to the Lily Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park.
For more than 20 years the Baldpate's dining room was rated as a 5-star Duncan Hines restaurant. Today our specialty buffet continues to bring highest honors as we provide an unparalleled dining experience. Although we do not offer traditional entrees, we are loved for our fresh salad buffet, homemade soups, breads, and pies. Not only locals, but travelers especially delight in the refreshing change and value that our soup and salad menu offers. Seating in our sunporch dining room offers the bonus of an unequaled treetop view of the mountain valley.
Reservations are always recommended Please call for to confirm FALL hours
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Daily: 11:30am - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(970) 586-5397
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Cross street: just across the Highway from Lily Lake Rocky Mtn National Park
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What 247 People Are Saying
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4.1
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3.9
food
4.0
service
4.5
ambience
3.7
value
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Skeeter (Dallas)
5.0
Dined on September 20, 2017

Great soup and salad with dessert. Recommend the drive for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined on September 17, 2017

Wonderful rustic ambiance, a limited (soup, salad, breads, cheese etc) menu that they do really well. And, at least when we were there, a charming waiter who was a Serbian college student in a summer work and travel gig.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on August 30, 2017

This historic inn and restaurant is a joy. Amazing views, fascinating hummingbirds, lovely salads and soups, and PIE! A requirement for every vacation to the area.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on August 26, 2017

Wonderful Quiet location!
Very rustic!
Limited menu.....Soup and salad, Great Corn Bread!
Deseret's....Yum!

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HeidiW (Denver)
5.0
Dined on August 24, 2017

The Baldpate is such a special place. Beautiful location, fascinating history, yummy food and warm staff. Try to go there every year, especially when friends who aren't from CO are visiting.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined on August 22, 2017

Our server was very nice, however, he didn't come around to take our used plates or fill our tea without being asked. Other than that he was fine. Great dining experience. P.S. The cherry pie was a little tart.

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vipBigJD (Houston)
5.0
Dined on August 13, 2017

Charming, charming, charming. We found the Baldpate as a way to get out of downtown Estes Park crowds on a weekend trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. What a joy this place is. It is a soup and salad buffet with fresh baked bread and friendly service. The cream of mushroom soup was light and full of flavor with a variety of different mushrooms. The salads were fresh with an excellent variety of ingredients to choose from. They offered a buffalo hunters stew that smelled amazing, so even ardent meat eaters will be happy here. The breads and muffins were wonderful. Excellent flavor and the soft, chewy texture of the best homemade baked goods. A very well curated beer and wine list compliments the simple but delicious food choices. The fresh pies are not to be missed. We normally aren't much for sweets, but these are the sort of pies that will conjure up memories of days gone by, that your grandmother would have made and set in the windowsill to cool.

Cassidy, our server is a lovely young lady who was very attentive and friendly.

This is topped off by the fact that all of this is in the backdrop of a 100 year old inn that has character oozing from every well worn wooden floor board. There is the Key Room. You just have to experience it yourself. The views- well, you are in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Just splendid. I could not think of a better way to have spent our dinner time last night. I am very thankful that Denver is just a short drive away so we can come back often to this gem of a place.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined on August 6, 2017

I love the atmosphere! But I have to say - a salad bar & ice tea I don't know how they justify the price!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
2.0
Dined on July 22, 2017

Very disappointing.
Has gotten worse over the years.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on July 21, 2017

This was the most pleasant surprise in Estes Park. We were most happy with the food, the old, old building and especially the key collection!
This is location that's very much worth the time to find. A lot of history.

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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Daily: 11:30am - 8:00pm
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Cross street
just across the Highway from Lily Lake Rocky Mtn National Park
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(970) 586-5397
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Entertainment
During your visit to The Baldpate Inn plan time to visit our unparalleled collections, reminiscent of our fascinating and sometimes mysterious legacy. The world renowned Baldpate Key Collection is displayed from the walls and ceiling of the Inn’s Key Room. Thousands of keys will invite you to become part of the legacy. Equally fascinating, The Baldpate Photograph Collection lines the walls of our dining rooms. Here you will find fascinating Black & White autographed photographs of presidents, movie stars, and many historic world figures. Both collections are open to the public at no charge
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Executive chef
Lois H. Smith, Innkeeper Chef
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Private party facilities
Features in Bon Appetit, Taste of Home, Woman’s Day, Country Living, Frommers and Forbes highlight Baldpate’s sterling reputation for excellent mountain hospitality If you are considering a special event, we are pleased to cater meetings, luncheons, weddings, receptions, and dinner parties for groups up to 100 persons. Please contact us for more info about our Key Group Dining options.
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Private party contact
Lois H. Smith: (970) 586-5397
Additional
Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine