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About Baldpate Inn
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
Estes Park, CO 80517
American, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Daily: 11:30am - 8:00pm
just across the Highway from Lily Lake Rocky Mtn National Park
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
Lois H. Smith, Innkeeper Chef
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.
Private Party Contact:
Lois H. Smith: (970) 586-5397
Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Baldpate Inn Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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