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Caroline's- Wine Country Inn, Palisade, CO

Caroline's- Wine Country Inn

4.4
4.4
137 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Whether you prefer informal or formal, dinner is based on fresh, sustainable local foods paired with local wines. Tapestry Lounge features signature cocktails, wine and beer along with small plates and an informal menu. The more formal Victorian dining room, Caroline’s, focuses on fresh Colorado foods such as elk and beef along with fresh, local produce prepared in the classic French tradition. We are always happy to have large parties so please always confirm if there are changes to your plans as we have limited seating. No separate checks for parties of 6 or larger please!

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 2 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (970) 464-5777
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Executive chef
    Bridget Zlab
  • Catering
    <br />
  • Neighborhood
    Palisade
  • Cross street
    Exit 42 off I70
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine

What 137 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

137 Reviews
  1. AdellH

    Denver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The salmon was heavily coated in black pepper, and there was no hint of pomegranate. The Elk loin was undercooked and tough.

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    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience was fantastic. We had a beautiful Mothers Day Dinner.

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  3. John

    Omaha

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service, ambiance.

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  4. DonB

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were apparently "off season" and were the only ones there for 30 minutes. Then another group of 4 came in. Takes away from the experience. Menu wasn't available and outside of the Onion Soup, we had difficulty finding something we'd really love to eat... so what we got was unusual for us. Wouldn't order it again. BIG on Peaches... Peach Mussels... they were OKAY. Peach Bread Pudding was tasty.

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  5. Westslopeeats

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was exceptional; water glasses filled consistently, orders taken and food delivered promptly. The cocktails were also exceptional. We had the Agave Poloma and the Espresso Martini, both were a 5. My husband and son had a whiskey cocktail and both enjoyed. Two of us ordered the New York Strip Steak entree (4). The meat was not particularly flavorful although cooked as ordered; the mashed potatoes were flavorful (5). I ordered the Salmon Entree (3). Thé Salmon was over cooked and not flavorful, actually kind of an off-putting texture, smell and flavor. I ate 1/2 of my meal and left it. I did not care for the bread base and the asparagus was cold. It was $27. The side salad was very fresh. My husband ordered the French onion soup (5) for his side, very delicious and flavorful . My daughter ordered the Salad with grilled chicken for her dinner (3). Although the dressing and salad were fresh, she commented the chicken had a salmon odor, “they must have cooked it on the same grill and used the same cooking utensils.” She does not care for seafood, she did not finish it. We had two desserts, apple pie (3), undercooked somewhat dry, probably not my preference, the chocolate mousse (5) very delicious, and the peach bread pudding (5) was given as an extra to celebrate a birthday at our table . Also, very delicious. The last entree was the Ragout with Salmon, and she commented it was very good. We had 4 cocktails, 2 glasses of wine, 4 entrees and a salad with chicken. Our bill was $320 with tip. The acoustics in this rather small dining area made it very challenging in to hear each other. We likely won’t return.

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  6. JEKMK

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time at Caroline’s. It was our first time there. Lovely atmosphere with great service. Lupita knew the wine and food menu very well and answered all of our questions. The food was AMAZING!! We will be back and we highly recommend!!! Thank you for making our Anniversary special!!!

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  7. GJ4US

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, good wine, good service at moderate costs.

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  8. mjonis

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Lupita, was superb. Very friendly and personable. She recommended some wines and food items. She kept a watchful eye to make sure the pacing of the food was perfect. The wingspan red blend was very good. The tempura shrimp appetizer was delicious. The main entrees were served promptly after we had finished our salads. The Elk loin was delicious as was the pozole. The salmon was a very large portion and the vegetables were delicious. The desserts were very yummy. The peach cobbler was the right size and the caramel apple pie was scrumptious. Overall good value for food and service Would come back again

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  9. jcreasy

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went there for a new years dinner. The food was good, personally some of the cooking style wasn't my favorite. My steak was cooked just right, however it needed to be trimmed as I trimmed a bunch of gristle off of it. The mashed potatoes had some pretty big chunks of potatoes that needed to be cooked more. My wifes summer squash also was a tad under cooked so it was still a little hard. The staff was very friendly and attentive.

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  10. Coloradokid

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I ordered my meat cooked medium and received rare. It was impossible to cut even with a sharp knife they provided . The squash was cut in slices one of which was hard and the other was burnt. The potatoes had no flavor and were very lumpy. Overall, I did not eat my meal and no one bothered to ask why.

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  11. WadeH

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Waitstaff was very attentive and food was great. Asked for a split plate and they split everything. Great wine choices as well.

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  12. LeslieG

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service here was awesome! Will return and highly recommend.

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  13. ElizabethV

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a remarkable evening. Service was great and food wonderful

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  14. ColetteW

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious. Monica was our server and she was great! Also, Juan made a wonderful Sangria. We enjoyed drinking. Will come again.

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  15. KimD

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were a table of 5, our server did a very good job. The food was good, but the wine was better. This was a special occasion for us, as we had a small family reunion. Lovely room, nice surroundings.

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  16. Foodielove

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was great, food was average, very old school. Not great for vegetarian

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was phenomenal and the elk loin was so flavorful and tender. You have to try the peach bread pudding with vanilla ice cream.

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  18. PaulDee

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Visiting the area for Peach Festival. Staying at Wine Country Inn. Reservation at 6:00. Seated promptly. Service very good. Given good recommendations for pairing wine with food. I had special - halibut with local vegetables. Spouse had seafood and pasta. Seafood was good. She didn’t care for the type of pasta. Overall a good experience. We would go there again.

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  19. KarenD

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent. Would definitely eat there again. Didn't care for the music, but it was okay background and wasn't too loud.

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  20. CourtneyS

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had excellent service and the food was great! My only negative is I wish the menu offered more options. We will be back though!

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  21. Dolphin

    Naples

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just an overall very pleasant experience. The wait staff professional an friendly. Lupita was helpful with my selection and attentive. Window tale with a great view of the Book Cliffs.

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  22. Toonces

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice variety of interesting entrees. Great drink/wine list. The peach bread pudding with peach pearls was incredible.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really nice surprise. The dining room has large windows and views of the mountains. Service was excellent and friendly. The food was delicious. We had the steak, vegetable ragout and the peach bread pudding.

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  24. PamelaW

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was absolutely superb. From the very attentive staff, to the food being cooked perfectly… To the ambience, the views… Unbelievable experience. 

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place and delicioso food. The peach pudding is a must try.

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  26. None

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Chef over does the paprika on the elk dish. Couldn’t taste the meat at all because of excessive seasoning. Waitress served entre before we were finished with salad course.

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  27. bear

    Denver

    47 reviews

    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    A hidden gem. Excellent food and service Not many people night we were there But worth the drive

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  28. JimL

    Denver

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Was excited for a nice dinner per all of the reviews. Was disappointed as it was mediocre at best. French Onion soup however is incredible.

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  29. NathanC

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Settled on this place looking for a nice steakhouse dinner for my friends and I. This place is quite small, attached to the hotel near another vineyard. We sat as the largest table in the place with six people, and were in the center of the dining room. Really nice view out the window. The service was good. The onion soup and elk loin that a couple of people in my party ordered was tasty. That sort of concludes the positive notes I have on dinner here. As for the negatives, there were several. The primary issue was the food - my vegetarian friend ordered their only vegetarian main, and it simply did not taste good. The "ragout" was not a ragout and was also a bit gross looking and tasting. What little flavor it had was not good flavor. Don't know if it was an off night or someone used something past its best date, but it was off the mark, simply put. She sent it back, and our server was able to get her some mashed potatoes instead, as there were no other meatless options. She was not charged for anything but her drink. As for the meat that was on the table, the New York Strip steaks ordered were both a bit overdone on the outside, and the sides were greasy. Not sure the meat was rested at all before it was put on the plate so it was sort of swimming in its juice, along with the sides. The entire menu felt to me a bit quasi-fine dining. Like some of the technique in the cooking was there, but a lot of the composition just felt strange and like the chef was guessing. Can't say I recommend this place based on the prices compared to the quality. I like the old school steakhouse vibe and the size of the place, but the menu just lacks cohesion and execution.

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  30. RayB

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to stay and the restaurant is fabulous. Everything on the menu is incredible. We were there for my birthday in April and now for my wife’s birthday and her twin. We made it a point on our road trip to stay at the hotel and eat at Caroline’s.

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  31. BobP

    Denver

    67 reviews

    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A gem in Palisade, where there is not much. Food was very good (some a bit overcooked). Service was subperb.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The staff was very friendly but the food was not good and it was very slow

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  33. EmmettL

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and atmosphere was great but service was very rushed. There only 3 tables being served but the server dropped our main course while I was still eating my soup and my wife her salad. He actually moved my soup and placed my sinner in it's place. Unsettling!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our dinner here! The French onion soup was amazing, as were our entrees (New York strip for me). We were so full by dinner that we couldn’t fit dessert, but they ever so kindly wrapped a dessert to go (the incredible peach bread pudding) since it was my birthday! And it was just so nice to head straight back to the room after dinner. Couldn’t recommend Caroline’s enough!

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  35. TomCentennial

    Denver

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the restaurant and the food. The wait staff were very friendly.

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  36. ClancyT

    Denver

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and ambience were lovely. The service needs a little tweaking. We order cocktails before dinner, salads arrived almost at the same time as our cocktails. Then came entrees before we had finished our cocktails or salads. A little time to enjoy pre-dinner cocktails is a nice touch. All of the elements are there at Carolyn’s for a superb dinning experience, just needs a little refinement on the timing of the service.

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  37. LauraT

    Denver

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ate dinner here our first night in Palisade for my birthday weekend. Wonderful service with a very attentive hardworking staff. Small selection of entrees but there was something for everyone and all 3 dishes we ordered were delicious!

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  38. Eric

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an excellent venue with a gorgeous backdrop of the mountains. Lovely area and very welcoming and attentive staff. Food was great too!

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  39. LenaM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous staff! Good food. Quiet and nice place to eat.

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  40. AlejandraL

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is such a cute and classy place for a nice meal; a bit on the higher price and not a big menu. However, sometimes less is more.

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FAQs

Caroline's- Wine Country Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (970) 464-5777.

Caroline's- Wine Country Inn is rated 4.4 stars by 137 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Caroline's- Wine Country Inn

777 Grande River Drive, Palisade, CO 81526

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Exit 42 off I70
  • Neighborhood
    Palisade
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Bridget Zlab
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine
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