Cascades - The Stanley Hotel

3.7
973 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Cascades, a Classic American Restaurant and Steakhouse, is housed in the historic 109-year old Stanley Hotel. Join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner in our dining room. The menu features wild game, beef, seafood, burgers, sandwiches, pasta and Colorado specialties. We also offer delectable desserts and a selection of sorbet and ice cream, and other delights.

Our bar and lounge offers seasonal cocktails and a whisk(e)y menu with over 1,000 varieties. Ask our bartenders to help select a distinctive flight! The wine list offers a selection of sparkling, white, and red varietals to please your palate.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Steakhouse, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–11:30 am
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–4:30 pm
Bar
Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am
Dinner
Daily 4:30 pm–9:15 pm
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Phone number
(970) 577-4001
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Steamer Drive, East Wonderview Avenue (US HIghway 34 Bypass)
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Parking details
From the front gate, make the first right, then wind up around the Lodge to the parking area behind the Main Hotel and through the gates and go down the stairs or pathway through the gardens and past the waterfall and pond and across the patio to the double doors, then turn to your right in the lobby to meet the hostess outside the restaurant.
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Public transit
Year `round taxi service, Uber is sometimes available, and there is free shuttle service from late June - early September. Shuttle service maps are available from the Estes Park Visitors' Center near the intersection of US Highways 36 and 34.
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Entertainment
Bar TVs
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 973 People Are Saying
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3.7based on recent ratings
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food
3.6
service
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ambience
3.2
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2.0Dined a day ago

The Stanley Hotel is beautiful but the dining was disappointing. The dining area hadn’t been cleaned since breakfast and there was food on the floor around our table. The Sunday lunch menu was also disappointing with very limited options. I got the Caesar Salad with Salmon and the portion of salmon was pathetic and the meal left me still hungry. I cannot recommend having lunch there.

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2.0Dined 2 days ago

Overall a fair experience. Disappointing since we expected it to be better.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We see this hotel from our front window so we feel right at home whenever we go.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Beautiful restaurant in the historic Stanley hotel. Service was a touch slow but we weren’t in a hurry. Wonderful menu with lots of options. Great wine list and drinks. Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

It’s a pity that the quality of the food in this beautiful historic hotel is only mediocre and way overpriced. It’s only recommended for a drink on the hotel veranda to enjoy the beautiful view.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Great value for lunch but dinner is a la carte and expensive with small portions
need a new recipe for your Brussels sprouts since so many recipes are better than the one you offer
Steak was great and French onion soup very good
Tiny piece of salmon
The cocktails are great

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Inattentive service. Overcooked scallops. Great whiskey list, beautiful hotel. Not a great restaurant.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Pretty good

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

From the time we walked in the door the service was not up to par. We sat at table in bar until exact reservation time. We could not get anyone to wait on our party of 4. They said too busy!Finally went up to bar and got our own. At appointed reservation time, the hostess disappeared for 5 minutes. She seemed to be a
Hostess and seating people 3 rooms away. Dinner a disaster...our server was fine but everyone else was not. Finally our 4 appetizers came, then no more then 3 minutes later someone else was bringing our dinners out. My husband sent them back. Elegant, expensive restaurants are not supposed to do this. When we finished appetizers 15 minutes later, they brought out dinners and all were cold...two inedible. They went back again. Help seems seasonal and unable to cope. Our feeling was thAt they knew people came to view historic hotel so the rest and especially service did not matter. Oh yes they charged us for parking to eat in their hotel. We cannot recommend.

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2018

Fabulous Manhattan. Nice service staff. Ambiance is nice, but the patio is below ground missing opportunity for viewing the surrounding mountain vistas. Be aware that you have to pay $10 for parking, likely due to so many non-paying visitors to this historic hotel. This is a real negative. They give a $5 coin for comp off the meal but after a couple of drinks you might forget...

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2018

The service was great, ambiance amazing but good taste, presentation and desired doneness was lacking. The restaurant could do some minor adjustments to become the high standard they advertise. For example, offering grates pepper on third salads, prepaing steaks to customer's request and presenting food more visually appealing.

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Our server was good, although service did take quite some time, from sitting down until the food was served.
My steak, which I ordered medium rare (it was a bison steak) came out medium/medium well, depending on which part of the steak you cut in to. Our server asked if I wanted it re-done, but we had a show to get to and didn't have time for them to remake my food (flash back to the comment on how long it took to get our food). You could see from the steak, it cooked for much too long of a time on one side, which was brown through half of the thickness. The other half was a pinkish medium.

My wife enjoyed her meal, which was the game meatloaf.

Our server comped us a dessert to share, due to the over doneness of the steak.

It was a bit loud in the restaurant, which is right next to the bar area. We didn't really mind the noise. The people watching was fun.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

We were staying at the Stanley and went there for dinner. Enjoyed everything. We have been here
many times and it just gets better.

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1.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Overpriced food and poorly prepared. I went to Cascades 3 years ago, and it was better. They are either very inconsistent or have gone downhill. Don’t order the shrimp app, it’s nearly $17 for 5 small pieces of shrimp, complete rip-off. Come to have a drink in the bar, they are awesome, steer clear of the food though...

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3.0Dined on August 9, 2018

The food was great. The service was not very good. Drinks came out all at different times. We ordered deserts ahead of time for a birthday and the one with a candle came out and the others came out about ten minutes later. All very awkward. He value overall was not that great. We eat at many restaurants at this price point and the experience was not at the same level.

The bar is great. Beautiful environment, great staff.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

We sat outside on patio. Service was great. Enjoyed beautiful day by waterfall.

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1.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Our entrees came out three minutes after we ordered it. They didn’t even pretend that the entrees were cooked to order. They were cold in the middle and soaked in sauce. Plus, it was just so expensive. There was a group of six people who were loud and obnoxious. The drinks were good.

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1.0Dined on August 5, 2018

I really wanted this to be better, but it was bad, just bad. Food was bad and service was even worse. Such a shame considering the beautiful, iconic location. Revamping this restaurant is a real business opportunity for someone!

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Husband’s birthday

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Bob and I had reservations for the tour and decided to have lunch before hand. We were seated promptly at a table in the back which overlooked the water fountain area. Lovely views and great service. We were not overly hungry so we both ordered a caesar salad with salmon; it was perfect with the addition of homemade croutons. We were too full for any dessert but were quite pleased with the lunch.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great food, great service and fantastic ambience. We go there once a year when we visit Rocky Mountain National Park.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Fantastic whiskey menu. Food was phenomenal. Those alone won me and my wife over. Felt like a fancy date.

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2.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Food portions were small, the prices were high, and the food was okay at best.

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2.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Arrived at the lodge at 4 pm went to check in to motel . First person at front desk had to leave to help track down a guest package, but was told the lady from lounge would take care of thing. Just as she was ready to assist us in the check in process she got up yup help the kitchen. And she would be right back. Ten minutes later she was not back but the first attendant was, do he apologize
D and checked us in. After, getting things settled in our rooms we headed down to the whiskey bar. Bartender seam to care much more about he young ladies to our right, took my wife order and never came back, finally one of the four other bartenders cane and took our order. Not very busy , but yet service was poor.
Dinner, we had reservations that had made previously, on the reservation I marked it was my wife's 50th birthday and would like to have a table with a window view. Arrived at Cascades and the hostess was talking on phone and never once acknowledge that we were standing in front of her, after a couple minutes of foolish standing in front of her( which we were Never give any sign of our presence) we walked into dining area only to be stopped by wait staff and asked if we had a reservation. We explained our situation and he walk to hostess to check. Since she was now off phone I guess she could look and verify that we had a reservation, but completely forgot about our special occasion and sitting request. They sat us in the middle of room and never acknowledge any of our request from our initial reservation. It was a bad experience when it came to their bar and especially Cascades, too bad as the grounds, rooms and most everyone else understand people are paying good money for top shelf service. Cascades and whiskey bar have a long way to go when it comes to providing a service that meets the hotels standards. Stay strong the hotel but eat and drink where staff appreciates and understands the values of service.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Food was superb! Service was untrained and therefore poor. The service staff was well intentioned and good hearted but completely clueless due to lack of training with no manager or anyone who should know, in sight. Mains were brought way before starters were finished resulting in very awkward congested moment and tepid instead of hot entree. No one checked that after starters everyone still had silverware resulting in having to ask and stare at entree until forks were brought (and then they were put on the table with the tines towards the edge?!). We had to ask for empty glasses to be removed. Had to ask for table to be completely cleared prior to dessert (bread basket, butter/oil, salt &pepper, side plates, etc.) Sweet staff but simply no training at all -- made all the more noticeable because the food coming out of the kitchen was exceptional!

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

The meal of Colorado wild game meatloaf with gravy and Yukon gold mashed potatoes was great Rocky Mountain comfort food in a top notch setting. The scallops and the salmon were also quite good, although the salmon portion was a bit on the small side. The expansive bourbon list was fun to consider, and although they were out of several higher-end bourbons, we settled on a tasty, and hard to find 12 year. The service and atmosphere were both outstanding. The best meal we had all week in Estes Park.

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2.0Dined on August 2, 2018

We went for dinner on our 20th anniversary and were not impressed. The hotel itself was great. The architecture throughout is fantastic (it’ like stepping back in time a hundred plus years!) Our eating experience was not great. The food was mediocre for the price (with the exception of the wild game skewer which was very tasty). My wife was still eating her salad when the waiter put her main dish right in front of her and pushed her salad to the side. Then the other waitress came up and said “oh, you’re done” and took it! They never asked her if she wanted a refill on her tea. It was hurry, hurry, hurry. They rushed us right out the door! Every time they gave us something we would tell them “thank you” to which we never got any response. Very cold, very impersonal. It was a shame, such a beautiful hotel and setting but the dining experience was subpar at best.
We will not be back.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Salmon, potatoes, asparagus were excellent . Creme Brule wasn't as good as the rest of the meal. Seemed to be made with milk instead of cream. But we ate it none the less.

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1.0Dined on August 1, 2018

We have eaten at the Cascade several times over the last five years when we were vacationing in Colorado. Unfortunately, this year and last, the entrees and sides were cold, which is never acceptable, but even worse when paying top dollar. I cannot recommend this restaurant as a fine dining option.

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2.0Dined on July 30, 2018

We sat in the corner next to a thick spider web. Looked like it had been there for a while, along with other spider webs seen throughout the hotel.

The service was terrible! We saw our waiter approx. 4 times throughout our 90 min dinner. We ordered food at 8:20pm and did not receive it until 9:15pm. One steak was extremely rare (ordered medium well). It was not worth the money. Go to Ruth’s Chris instead for better food at the same price.

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2.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Went here when visiting from out of town, because the Stanley seemed to have a lot of character. The food was a big disappointment - typical touristaurant - Interesting to visit, but not to actually eat there.

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2.0Dined on July 29, 2018

This was a big disappointment. Years ago as a kid I dined, as I recall, on the upper level looking out into the front area of the hotel. Today, the restaurant is at the back of the property with a view of the Courtyard. You lose all ambiance of being in the setting of 'The Shining' and the view of the Rockies. Additionally, the food is overpriced and of marginal quality. The Caesar Salad had the look and taste of a grocery store bagged salad. Then add $10.00 to park with a $5.00 discount if you dine and the entire experience is a complete rip off.

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2.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Bar& wait staff was great. Kind of felt sorry. Many people was complaining about the waiting on food. KITCHEN STAFF terrible! My Buffalo Ribeye was burnt and dry as hell. Couldn't eat it! Wife's scallops had to be sent back because they were raw! We stayed at the Aspire 3 days. Great place! Beautiful! Great trip, just eat elsewhere! $300 bucks later you'll still be hungry here! Very Disappointing!

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Good atmosphere. Average food. Chicken was dry, vegetables were undercooked. Mushrooms had no taste whatsoever.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

We had dinner and came back on Saturday for lunch - lunch was a train wreak as one member of our party of 5'f food did not come out with the rest. Then when it came out 15 minutes later it was a turkey wrap without avocado or bacon. The server did not apologize and when my friends bill came there was no compensation for his wrap - I was amazed and though I wanted to call the manager, my friend did not. If it had been my wrap and I was paying the bill, I would not have just acted like this is okay - because it is not.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

We were seated in a small private room off of the main dining area. It was quite nice considering we didn't ask for anything special. Every dish was delicious... we had the lobster mac & cheese, filet with mashed potatoes, and the salmon with asparagus. Our server, Bill, was excellent and very patient with the kids. We would recommend this restaurant for a variety of occasions!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The service was exceptional. The appetizer was delicious. The wine selection was great. The bar drinks were wonderful and the bar service was very good. The entrees were as good as I've ever had, especially the buffalo ribeye.

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Food was marginal and overpriced. Service was limited but Stanley Hotel revels in it's historical value and generally is very very lacking in service and or amenities.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The Cascades was great for a special occasion. My husband and I were staying at The Stanley and it was our anniversary. Dinner was great and service was excellent. This is not a place for a quick bite but it was great for our special occasion. We are hoping to celebrate there again in the future.

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1.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Awful experience. We had a reservation for over a month. Still waited half an hour to get seated after our reservation time. There were empty tables all around.
The waitress couldn’t communicate. The order was wrong and undercooked.
The food was over priced, bland, and terrible.
I would never go here again. Even if it were free. It feels like the restaurant chooses to ride on its location instead of trying to please customers.

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