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Baldpate Inn

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248 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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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
just across the Highway from Lily Lake Rocky Mtn National Park
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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
Additional
Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on September 20, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on August 12, 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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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Very disappointing.
Has gotten worse over the years.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 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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5.0Dined on July 17, 2017

The Baldpate Inn is one of a kind. Their menu is limited and simple, but always very tasty and enjoyable. You have a choice of two different kinds of soup and a nice small salad bar which comes with breads and delicious dressings.
It's all worth the drive from Boulder or any other city in Colorado, because of the charm and uniqueness of the 100-year-old building. The staff people are always very friendly and helpful. It's great for a special occasion.
Reservations are recommended, but not necessary. We had a reservation for 1 PM. We were visiting Rocky Mountain national Park, and around 11 o'clock, we thought we probably would not make it down from the mountain in time, so we called and were told that would be no problem. Around the time of our reservation, we had no phone service in the mountains, but when we finally made it to the Inn , they were very accommodating and cheerful.
They have a special wooden ramp that makes handicap access available.
Our experiences at the Baldpate Inn have always been delightful.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Our favorite place in the Estes Park area, we love the authentic Rocky Mountain rustic history and architecture. It feels like home. The salad, soup and bread bars are great and we're kept well stocked when we dined there. Don't forget to stroll through the key room, which houses thousands of keys donated since Baldpate Inn opened. This year is the 💯 th anniversary. Best of luck for the next 100 years.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2017

The menu is limited to soups and salads with some changes from day to day. The breads and muffins are home made as is the cornbread. I've been here many times over the years and take my guests there for a one-of-a-kind experience. The setting is rustic befitting it's woodsy location. Don't Forget to visit the iconic key room off the lobby. Oh, and, I'm going back tonight!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

We love the Baldpate Inn. We've been there hundreds of times. We always take visitors.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2017

The most interesting party of the Baldpate is the history. They room with all the keys and stories associated with them. The food was good - especially the cornbread. Enjoyed it for sure.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2017

Such a cool place! I loved the ambiance and overall quaintness of the Baldpate.
We had the soup and salad buffet, and although deceivingly simple, the selection offered was wonderful-- beef stew and
in-house baked goods, to say the least.
Try to sit on the porch if possible, as the view is amazing!
If you love history and vintage, this is a not to be missed place when visiting Estes Park.

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2.0Dined on July 2, 2017

As a Baldpate fan for some 30 years I was so disappointed this week at the quality and availability of food and the attitude of the staff except for our very nice waiter. But the restaurant was clearly not ready for business on Sunday evening without any of their famous wheat bread, limited quantities of their broccoli salad, no refills of each, and limited quantities of other veggies. Soups were average, no better. What a disappointment.

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1.0Dined on June 27, 2017

Website states they can accommodate GF requests. The only thing we could eat was the salad bar. We spoke with manager twice about adjusting price of buffet since we could not have any soup, bread, or desserts. They took off $4 on the adult meals and nothing on the kids meals.

After we paid the bill and were getting up from table to leave the innkeeper/owner comes out. She informs us that is the best she can do because of overhead, staff, and the view. So, we essentially got $12 side salads. She then tells us she has a GF soup in the back she can bring out if we'd like. Really?!?!? A little too little way too late.

I've been gluten free and this was the absolute worst experience I've had at any restaurant. It was a waste of time and money to bother going up there.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2017

We had a lovely waiter from Serbia, who was very attentive and hard working. We always eat at The Baldpate Inn when we visit Estes Park!

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2017

We came from Philadelphia to enjoy a special memory of long ago. (1988). This was my mothers favorite restaurant when she and my dad owned property in Estes Park, CO. We returned as her wishes to help BALDPATE celebrate their 100th birthday. Both my parents passed in 2012. The young man who served us was the owners grandson and offered us a history lesson of the restaurant and the area. His grandmother can be proud as he was a fine young man with articulate skills. We so enjoyed our lunch and with Baldpate a very Happy 100 years and 100 more. Thank you for the memories!!

This restaurant is a piece of American history and well worth the drive from anywhere!
All the pies, muffins and bread are baked on the premises by the owner.
I believe she also homemakes all of the soups as well and we enjoyed everything.
The Hummingbirds are spectacular! An American Treasure!

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2.0Dined on June 21, 2017

Wish I had known this was not a full menu restaurant before I booked a table. The soup was good and obviously home made, but the salad choices were sparse and typical of pot luck fare at a gathering of people who don't like to cook. The pie saved the day, but only until the check arrived. Way too expensive for what we got. The selection is better at Golden Coral at a fraction of the price.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Such amazing history! Love the Key's....and wonderful staff and homemade food.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2017

The hummingbirds are the stars here -- delightfully entertaining, especially when sitting by the windows! There were very few others there on the Tuesday evening after Memorial Day, so hardly any noise, and the soup-salad-cheese and breads were excellent and very filling -- so much so that we resisted pie (but all of the types displayed looked great). The servers were helpful, and we enjoyed the meal and surroundings very much!

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2015

We recently had a wonderful lunch at the Baldpate Inn. Lunch service includes a choice of soups and salads, along with delicious breads. Save room for pie.

We walked to the Inn from the Homer Rouse trail, a short two mile hike.

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3.0Dined on September 27, 2015

We really enjoy the Baldpate Inn, but you could tell it was late in the season and near closing time. The salad bar was a little sparse and much of the items we either out or near out. Very little bread, corn bread, or salad items available. This usually isn't the case. What they had was very good but we were a little disappointed in the selection.

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3.0Dined on September 27, 2015

For a light lunch (soup & salad) - it's OK. On our particular day both soups weren't very good - maybe because it's end of season? What can you say about a salad - it was a salad. Breads were OK and desert was good. Coffee - not good. I do like the fact that employees are mainly university students, they were very pleasant. Baldpate is off the beaten path, which afforded beautiful views of the mountains.

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3.0Dined on September 26, 2015

Plan to eat here for the ambiance rather than the food. The food is very marginal, but it was still kind of a fun experience because it's a historic building with lots of quirkiness and a fantastic view. Definitely a better for lunch than dinner. Glad we went but don't need to go back.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2015

The Baldpate is a wonderful soup and salad restaurant in a historic mountain lodge that has a beautiful view of the valley. The salad is fresh and the soups are outstanding. The muffins are yummy, but don't miss the cornbread. It is the best.

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3.0Dined on September 20, 2015

This was our fourth time eating at the Bald Pate in the last 10 years or so and the only time I haven't loved it. We hike either the Estes Cone or Twin Sister trail and reward ourselves with a delicious buffet at Bald Pate. I didn't love it because we were about 10 minutes late for our reservation (which was the last one for the day) and we waited at the door for a person to seat us, then they said another 5 minutes to get the table ready. There were two occupied tables out of 15 or so. We did explore the "key" room while waiting, which is awesome! The only other issue was that the cowboy stew was unbelievably salty and we just had to pick some of the pieces of vegetables and meat out and leave the broth. My favorite part is to drop their delicious cornbread into the last bit of soup and finish it off, sadly I had to forego that treat. The salad was yummy, and all the various muffins and breads delicious too. I was just disappointed because we brought our adult daughter for the first time and I wanted it to be as special as it was the last three times.

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3.0Dined on September 20, 2015

Food and service great as usual. One quibble-I requested hot tea, 7 or 8 options offered but no ordinary black tea. Earl Grey does not qualify-it is a flavored tea. How about some Liptons, Farmers, Twinings English breakfast or Darjeeling, etc for us regular tea drinkers?

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2015

Food was good. Only soup and salad (as expected) was very good. Great view.

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4.0Dined on September 13, 2015

We knew the attraction to this Inn wasn't necessarily the food. This is a very old, quirky Inn with amazing views. The soups were buffalo stew and cream of broccoli. My husband said the stew was tasty. The broccoli soup was not made with a cream base. It was thickened obviously with corn starch. Just okay. The salad bar was just okay too. I was expecting many homemade breads. Their were two choices of small muffins. I had assumed the pie was included in the buffet price of $16.00 per person. I was and additional $5.50. All in all, it was a pleasant, albeit expensive, experience and mediocre food. I would not visit again, but did enjoy my visit.

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3.0Dined on September 5, 2015

We've been to Estes a number of times, but this was our first visit to Baldpate Inn. The pumpkin curry soup was very good. The salad bar was disappointing. For the price I expected something, like potato salad, coleslaw, a pasta salad, but it's lettuce with a variety of toppings and dressings, a small cheese and cracker table, 2 soups and 2 types of muffins. Very interesting spot, we are glad we stopped, but I don't see what all the rave reviews are about. Pie was also good but not included in the salad bar price.

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3.0Dined on September 5, 2015

Spent $75 for soup, salad, and 2 desserts. Would have been palatable if the food was top notch, but the soup was lukewarm, the salad bar was sparsely kept, and the "warmed up" Rhubarb pie was cold and pasty. My memories of the Baldpate Inn are better than the reality. Too bad! I will miss making it a part of my mountain trips.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2015

Charming, rustic building that goes back to the bdginning of the 20th C. Presidents and many celebraties have visited. Largest key collection in the country. Porch features humming bird feeders just outside. Spectacular mountain and valley views. Delicious homemade soups, homemade muffins and breads, salad bar, cheeses and crackers. Homemade pies too.

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3.0Dined on August 21, 2015

Very expensive for a mediocre salad bar at best. Even with reservations, we had to wait to be seated in a barely occupied restaurant because they were short-staffed. The pecan pie dessert was an additional charge and was dry.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2015

We arrived for our six o'clock reservation and were told that they had changed their hours and our reservation wasn't even there! They did serve us but it was weird being the only ones in the dining room! They asked if we'd been notified of the change and we had not. Perhaps you should be more up on the restaurants and their changing hours!

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2015

On the Historic Registry List, very interesting place. Salad bar was yummy and so was the pie. Nice, easy drive to the Inn from Estes Park.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2015

The food is simple, but very good. I will forever be spoiled by their cornbread. And the scenic view and country charm were so relaxing that we never wanted to leave.!

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2.0Dined on July 30, 2015

Although a historic inn in the mountains, the soup and salad bar was mediocre at best and that was the only offering for dinner. With a glass of wine and a piece of pie, it was $75/per couple. The staff may have been distracted with a wedding group, but the service was slow and inconsistent (no bowls for the soup, no butter on the table or salad bar, long wait for check, etc.). It was also somewhat distracting that the wedding group (about 30 people) used the same salad bar, so it was hard to get food while they were in line.

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