Baldpate Inn

4.2
316 reviews
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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
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JS
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We were a bit early but after opening time at 11:30 AM, they were not ready, Chili soup was cold, the pumpkin soup Luke warm, the salad bar was set up but the muffins and especially their famous cornbread were cold.
Must have had a bad day because we have been there numerous times for lunch and always right on.

T
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

This was definitely the worst restaurant I have experienced in years... The hummingbirds were the highlight of the evening. The food was terrible- period. Nothing more to say than that.

DB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love going there every summer. Staff is so friendly, soup and salad just right for summer day. I also love the the tasty cornbread
Always recommend going!

MM
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a delightful old charming inn with wonderful home made baked goods-bread, muffins, corn bread (delicious!!!), and a soup of the day and a chili. The salad is always fresh and has been the same for the last 20 years that we have had the opportunity to enjoy this unique inn. The pies are great!
I love the ambiance inside the dining room, and especially love the patio with views of Rocky Mt Natl Park and hummingbirds.
What a treasure! I do not understand the bad reviews.
Good luck Bald Pate... I hope you can stay open forever!

R
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We make a point of stopping at the Baldpate every vacation! The experience of having lunch in a beautiful historic Inn is wonderful! We love our server and recommend him for the future.

CJ
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent as always!!!!!

GD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Waiter never refilled our water or tea, very poor service

o
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was a nice soup and salad experience. We loved visiting the porch and key room and remembering the many years in the past when we came here. There were very very few people there. It will be interesting to see what becomes of the place. The manager was extremely friendly and nice.

LM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The salad bar was very good, and the soups and breads were wonderful. However, both the pecan pie and chocolate pie were flavorless, and we actually threw them away.

RG
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We were on a Saturday outing from Denver area to Estes Park. We saw a wine menu but no buffet price or menu for other food choices. We enjoyed the soup & salad bar. Fresh and good. We purchased a bottle of wine, thinking we could have 2 glasses & cork it, put it in a secured paper sack & take the rest home. However when we asked for the cork & take with, the server had to check with the manager. The answer was due to insurance, they could not allow us to take it with us! I think Colorado law allows one to do this& we said that. No go! The check was over $100 & way out of line for a simple soup & salad & a $30 bottle of wine, only half used! Won”t be back. On way out we also noticed a sign stating Inn is for sale! Hmmm!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

About a dozen flies buzzed on the windows by our table. The salad/soup bar is self serve and our waitress only brought our drink, but never came back to check on us (refill drinks or clear finished dishes). We sat awhile and finally had to ask for our ticket. We’ve eaten here several times when we visit the area, because it used to have a really unique ambiance. Probably won’t go back again.

PK
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Have been to the Baldpate several times on trips to RMNP and loved the soup and salad luncheon. However was disappointed this time and felt like this historic old relic had sunk.

SN
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We have dined at the Baldpate Inn many times over the last 20 years. As former restaurant owners, we know that today it is harder to hire competent help, tolerate today's customers, and make a profit. Unfortunately, we seem to have witnessed this at our last visit. The wait staff doesn't understand that all you sell is service and an enjoyable experience. The waiter only came to our table once to ask if we needed anything and did not offer us dessert. All restaurants sell food. Owners are responsible for hiring and teaching service. We also did not enjoy a patron next to us with a dog in a baby stroller. This should be against health regulations. Some folks are also allergic to animals.
The food was not up to the quality and standard in the past. Many food items were empty and not replenished until we made our first trip to the salad bar. There were fewer offerings than in the past. Perhaps part of the explanation is that the inn is for sale and no one cares much anymore. That is a shame, as we came a long way (from Michigan) to vacation in Estes and said we really need to return to the Baldpate Inn for a meal. This will be our last trip.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Bald Pate is always a wonderful experience we enjoy when we travel here in the summer.

c
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great old photos and key museum. Soups and breads and muffins are superb.

TB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my elderly parents for Fsther’s Dsy lunch, and they both enjoyed it very much! Their comment about the dining room was that it felt like they were in a treehouse - the view was so great! We all liked the food and looking around the inn at the old photographs and the keys. They want to visit again.

LB
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I was meeting a friend from out of town and thought The Baldpate would be a unique experience. We have been there many times and knew the menu is comprised of soup, salad, bread, and pie. The food was good, however, I felt it was rather expensive for the selections offered. But my only real complaint is that even though we were the only patrons in the entire restaurant—another couple did come in shortly before we left. The enclosed sun porch was completely empty, yet we were given a table in the interior dining room. My husband had decided to join us at the last moment which apparently threw a ringer into the reservation. Would it have been so difficult to place an additional chair at a table for two (my husband came late and didn't even eat) or simply put us at a table for four? Having said all of that, our guest still enjoyed the setting, the Key Room and we did have a great time. However, the experience would have been even more memorable had staff taken the time and made the effort to seat us on the porch overlooking the beautiful landscape.

BH
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visit the Baldpate for good food, a touch of the old west, a quiet afternoon in the Colorado mountains, with loads of hummingbirds. It never disappoints.

VC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to the Baldpate Inn several times and introduced it to friends. It is a wonderful place with a great location and atmosphere.

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Baldpate and make a point to eat there every time we are in Estes Park. The beef stew is amazing!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, service and views

J
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Yes, I loved it. The soup (pumpkin) was magic and the salads were lovely. The atmosphere was great; and the views. And as we left, a kind member of staff told us all about the key collection. We'll recommend it to friends and come again if we're in Estes Park again. Thank you.

MD
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Soup and salad was too expensive. But the inn itself was really neat. And the views were great!

CJ
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a great one-of-a-kind restaurant/inn with lots of history and great views.

BF
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely setting.

O
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The hype exceeded by far the product. The selection of salads was limited. The spinach was as if came from a bag of day old from the grocery. The tortellini was so so. The cheese cubes were cut well but the crackers were stale. The cowboy stew had a good flavor but the meat was way too chewy. The price was far too much for the small number of mundane choices. The bread products were good, but when we chose the one remaining cinnamon roll it was not replaced 30 monutes later when we left. I planned on having a piece of pie for dessert, but it was $7.50 extra. Yep, you read that correctly, $7.50 extra for dessert at an all you can eat buffet.

CJ
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

I love this place for its great views, unique and historic building, good food and friendly service.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Fantastic view and ambiance, but we miss the hummingbirds. Very overpriced as you only get a salad bar. We were the at lunch time.

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We enjoyed our visit. It was a return from 1980. We were hoping the food would be better, but we are certainly pleased we came by.

CS
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a cool place. Food was great. You pay for the atmosphere. We loved it however.

DK
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Historical, Colorado mountain restaurant. Loved the history, theme, beautiful view and experience. Staff was attentive and very friendly. And soups, salad and dessert tasted deliciously Home-made. Wine list was limited.

MM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Salad bar was mediocre; not many vegetable choices. Both soups-of-the-day were tepid when they should have been hot for best flavor. Overall we expected better quality, based on recommendations from locals. Our server was excellent; attentive and very polite.

PC
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a soup and salad place in an old-fashioned surrounding. The soups and salads are original. Homemade breads and muffins are included. This is an ideal place for some light eating although do serve drinks and dessert a la carte. I am a local and like taking guests for a uniques experience.

RN
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Worst Experience I have ever had at a restaurant. This place is not worth the time or the drive.

C
Toronto
46 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What an interesting place! This old B&B is an adventure to get to and a quirky little place once you arrive. The history of this place is amazing... the decor is a great story and the menu is simple... Soup & Salad only!!! If you are in Estes it’s worth checking out.

JL
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chili, soups, bison stew are all excellent.

Very nice salad bar. The wheat bread, muffins and corn bread are so delicious as well as the pies.

We eat there every summer. It is a favorite spot high in the mountains.

m
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very cute place with an old Colorado mountain ambiance.

AM
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The ambiance at the Baldpate Inn was so quint and perfect. They have a collection of old pictures on the walls that are nice to view. The food taste like good old home cooked meal. We had Champagne and Wine with our meal. The cowboy beef stew was delicious. For my taste the meal was just right. We were sat by a window. It almost felt like if we were eating up on top of a tree house. Loved everything about this Inn. I hope it continues to be as lovely as it is. I would go back there again.

CK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very special and incredible place!!

D
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Just a SAD experience. Our reservation was for 3 o'clock, and we arrived at about 2:45. We were asked to wait 15 minutes because they were short staffed - which was NOT a problem. So, we walked around a bit - even went upstairs where the unoccupied guest rooms were open for viewing. Rather shabby all around, and the dust was really thick, especially in the hallways. Downstairs, a pipe near the ceiling on the way to the restrooms was wrapped with towels/plastic and dripping onto the floor.

Don't know WHY the staffing was an issue, as it was a self serve "buffet" of soup and salad, and there were only 2 tables occupied. (Our 'server' DID pour us 2 little rocks glasses of water and direct us to the salad bar.) The pumpkin curry soup was good, but the salad bar was rather pathetic, with iceberg/romaine greens and bottled dressings - and all for $16.95. Pie was offered for dessert at $7.50/slice.

One can imagine what this place might have been in it's heyday - put at present it is just rundown and sad.
Cannot recommend it to anyone.

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