Cliff House at Pikes Peak

4.3
978 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
The Best in Colorado Fine Dining.
The Cliff House Dining Room has gained national renown as one of Colorado’s premier dining destinations. We are proud recipients of the distinguished DiRoNA Award, AAA Four Diamonds,and "Best of Award of Excellence" Wine Spectator MagazineOur wine list is the largest in the Region with over 800 offerings.
Led by our visionary Executive Chef Chris Lynch, our elite culinary staff will astound your senses with a creative symphony of tastes, smells and textures. His award winning dishes will amaze you with their modern twists combined with his fearless utilization of cross-cultural techniques and fresh Colorado ingredients.
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Paul
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating at the Cliff House is a lovely experience. Particularly when one is staying at the lodge.

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vipRicha
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Food was amazing. Service was great. We had a great time

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Goodnight2
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a great place to have a lunch with friends we haven't seen for awhile.

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vipLERP
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to The Cliff House once a year to celebrate our anniversary. It's always wonderful. The hotel is fabulous and the food is amazing. It's one of our favorite places to stay and eat.

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vipWmsbgDiner
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The restaurant at Cliff House has an appealing ambiance but the food falls short for those expecting high quality, hot entrees. While attractively presented, my trout was served with unseasoned potato quarters and an overly sweet sauce alongside some very limp asparagus spears. Thd Cliff House dining room is lovely and worth the experience but choose wisely when ordering. Service was efficient and the classical guitar music, excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an amazing and different place. The waitresses were so sweet....

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PhilM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday brunch

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vipJimK
Denver
121 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a really pleasant experience all around. Great service. Tasty food. Very good live music.

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SteveCCIM3009
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great overall experience. The chef hade a vegan dish for my girlfriend. Awesome!

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Pammy
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Appetizer, salad was very flavorful. I had CO chicken breast not as flavorful as I anticipated. Excellent, attentive waiter.

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StevenF
Tulsa
17 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We have gone to the Cliff House for years. It almost always has been excellent. This time things changed drastically for the worst. They had taken the best dish off the menu—the lamb. Evidently they had a new manager. We had two waiters. The gentleman was inattentive; the woman was wonderful. She picked up the slack. We first ordered drinks. My Old Fashion was terrible—I sent it back. They entirely forgot the amuse-bouche but brought it later after we asked if they had discontinued it. We asked for butter but never got it. They brought our appetizer which was a crab cake. Always been good, but this time it was “fishy” tasting. We sent it back. My salad was okay. We had the trout. Before you could do a split for $5. They no longer would do this. How difficult can it be? Instead they brought us two pates. Not good! The trout was very pedestrian. Certainly not worth the price. The soufflé was good. Unfortunately we won’t return to what was once our favorite place to go. Very sad!

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johns
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Very poor service and I’m tired of using covid as an excuse. If you don’t have staff then don’t open.
1.5 hours to receive an undercooked trout. Really?
The seasoning on the trout was horrible. It was like taking your lawn shavings, adding some oil then blending.
Then they stuffed the folded trout with this mixture of pasture greens.
Couldn’t even swallow the first bite.
French onion soup had black pieces of something in it. I assume or hope it was charred soup and onions, no idea what it was.
Crab cake ok but it needs a moist garnish not just raw cabbage.
We were first table in. Fourth to be served and again, almost two hours for two of us.

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ConnieR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a birthday celebration and most everything was perfect, except we were told the birthday woman would receive a special small birthday treat (dessert). Since there were 3 of us, we decided to order one regular dessert to split, which we paid for. It was delicious, but the additional birthday treat never arrived and nothing was said. I guess I could have mentioned it, but didn't want to seem greedy or embarrass my guest.

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SheilaB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party had the trout and the scallops, both were superb. We started with the crab cakes, best ever! We loved the additional free appetizer chosen by the chef, a wonton cup filled with guacamole and ceviche, so flavorful. The homemade rosemary bread was to die for! Of course we couldn't make up our minds for dessert since all of the offerings sounded so unique and delicious...we each ordered one and shared...pumpkin creme brulee, chocolate decadence, lemon tart with thyme ice cream and the special, a Grand Marnier souflee...all so good! Can't wait to return to the Cliff House!

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vipStan
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice lunch. We were the only group in the dining room as most customers were outside on the balcony.

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vipoldbluebil
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful & special service for our 50th Anniversary

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SherryB
New England
27 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, terrific good! They accommodated a party of 8 with very short notice and much grace.

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semiretired99
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, fine meal and an overall pleasant experience.

Highly recommend dining here when you are in Manitou Springs

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vipMikeS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the Cliff House. The historic charm is abundant!

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vipallano
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We did not think our entrees were prepared very good. The wait staff was pleasant, but we think that they need additional training.

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Laura
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food wasn't cooked properly or worth the price. The caprese salad was underwhelming, hardly any basil was on it and it wasn't anything special. Trout main course was overcooked and dry, potatoes were overcooked, asparagus was undercooked. Elk main course was undercooked, nearly raw in some places and potatoes were overcooked. It was pleasant dining outside and the wine was good but was disappointed with the meal overall.

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vipToonces
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There was such a nice list of interesting entrees that I had a hard time deciding. The duck and salmon dinners that we had were excellent. The staff was prompt, very attentive.

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Luagi
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was OUTSTANDING. Our waitperson was Tava - she was very knowledgeable about the menu, attentive, and friendly. The food was great and combined with the outstanding service from Tava, our experience was the best. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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josie
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Food was totally unacceptable. Did not even eat entree. Waitstaff didn't inquire when returning a full plate to the kitchen. Grocery store ingredients. Not at all up to its self promotion.

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Kay12
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Cliff House was nice, but the view and ambience weren't quite what I expected. We sat on the porch, which was pretty at sunset, but there wasn't much of a view. It was really just a main street area at the base of the mountain and a partial view of Pike's Peak. The food was good but a bit under-seasoned/under-dressed. We went for our anniversary dinner and were a bit let down by our expectations. I think the restaurant should post more photos of the space to show people what the experience/ambience is actually like.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The duck was excellent! Service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my grandmother. Lovely experience and beautiful place to have dinner. The Cliff house has so much history with amazing food and wine. Highly recommend the French onion soup. We did ask for the servers recommendation on wine and he pointed us to a very expensive bottle in which we went with a different one. He commented saying “I guess that’s fine for your price range”.

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FeliciaN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It’s a beautiful home and really fun to experience the history but I will say, the food was not amazing.

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Matt
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christopher was and amazing professional and the chef cooked our meals to perfection. The elk chops were perfectly rare, and the tomatoes in the pasta primavera were cooked to the edge of bursting. Technically awesome and totally tasty. Would eat it all again in a heartbeat; as long as Christopher is serving

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Nadadinner
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. Friendly Service and staff. Definitely will be back.

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KevinW
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

French fries with a $14 sandwich should be fresh. They barely hot enough and wilted. They didn’t complement my BBQ sandwich. Salmon entree was good. Service was efficient but warmth or friendliness was absent.

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FranK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My out of town guests loved the food and atmosphere! Thank yiu!

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Oxpatchian
Mississippi
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to eat here with a large party of 11. The food was great and the service exceptional. We highly recommend.

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vipJimK
Denver
121 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every course was excellent. All our entrees were perfect. Can't go wrong.

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Linda
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance, friendly staff and a quiet environment so we did not have to shout while dining! We also really enjoyed the appetizers — we ordered all three and enjoyed every bite. Thanks for such a great experience on Mother’s Day!

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luv2dine
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent, and the food amazing. my husband had the trout and he said it was the best he had ever had. I had the filet and it was so tender and I really enjoyed the glaze on it. We had the orange suffle for desert and it was amazing. so light and enjoyable. perfect for after dinner. Loved the experience

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PatrickJ
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, fantastic service!

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ThomasB
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner, a very friendly staff, and a very pleasant environment. Things are still a little weird because of covid restrictions, but they handled them nicely. I could have made a meal from the sweet potato gnocchi appetizer by itself. An after dinner drink on the veranda was a perfect finishing touch. It was an excellent meal without all of the baggage of large and noisy establishment. If you're looking for a big fancy restaurant with lots of frills, don't go here. If you want a high-class meal with professional service, this is the place. We would definitely recommend them for special occasion dinners,

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vipRichardS
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always, very efficient and friendly staff who took care of our every need. Always a very enjoyable dinning experience.

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DonnaB
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely room, attentive staff and excellent food! Enjoyed our leisurely dinner in a cozy corner...will return!!

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Cliff House at Pikes Peak offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (719) 785-2415.

Cliff House at Pikes Peak is rated 4.3 stars by 978 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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