The Lodge at Sunspot

4.1
121 reviews
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$50 and over
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You are booking our 3-course dining experience which includes soup or salad, choice of entree, and dessert. Reservations available Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights only. Limited seating available.
Please, No sharing or split plates.
While we try to accommodate seating preferences, window seats are limited and available on a 1st come, 1st served basis by reservation time.
Sunspot is a stunning mountain lodge providing panoramic views of the Continental Divide during the day.
Ride our brand new moonlit gondola to the top of Winter Park and enjoy dinner.
Please note, your reservation time is when you board the Gondola.

Pricing:
Starting at $59.95 per person and includes the gondola ride and 3 courses of food. Tax, sales assessment, gratuity and beverages are additional.

Apres:
Wednesday-Sunday 3-5 pm
We offer small plates and drinks.
LIVE music Thursday-Saturday.
FREE foot passenger rides on the gondola after 4 pm.
What 121 People Are Saying
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Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We were very excited to go to The sunspot for dinner. We were a party of 5 and made the reservation more then a month in advance. When we arrived we were seated promptly. But we were seated in the front of the restaurant and no where near the windows with the beautiful view. Also, there were plenty of tables available near the windows that were not seated through out the night. I know this because we were the last party out the door. Or waiter Sam was good and attentive. We ordered from a fixed choice menu. Which was fine but we had a person in our party who is dairy intolerant. Desert that evening was cheesecake. When she inquired about a different choice he said “I may be able to find you some fruit” he then brought her a cereal bowl filled with random raspberries. The food was good as well as the atmosphere. Being seated by the windows would have been nice and some non dairy choices.

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Dallas
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

The view was great! The gondoloa ride up to the top at night was quiet an experience. The trout and rib eye were a hit. The chicken was mediocre.

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CP
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unfortunately, we do not remember our servers name and we so wish we did. Kudos to her. My husband was injured skiing earlier that day & did not feel well but insisted we keep our reservation. She was so accomodating and empathetic. She brought him ginger ale & bitters for the nausia. Knowing he would not be able to enjoy or even eat the meal she brought him soup & salad as his courses to compliment mine. Packed up one of each dessert for us to take with us encase he may be able to enjoy later. May not sound like much but it really made a difference.

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LG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food Choices very limited, no steak just buffalo
It was too snowy to enjoy the view
$70 a person
Kids around $45
5 people are dinner for $450 🤦🏻‍♀️

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Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Overall meal was sub-par, most of my party was disappointed. The Steelhead Trout dish was a little dry. The Lamb dish was better but had much better at other restaurants. Also very disappointed with seating location despite making reservation several weeks in advance.

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s
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and view was amazing! Our server was a sweetheart and very attentive.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome. Excellent food and service in an amazing place with spectacular views

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The view is incredible but doesn’t make up for the price or lack of menu options. There is no buffet as OpenTable states and honestly, the food was not worth the $60-$70 per person price tag. They charge $40 for kids even if you get a kids meal like chicken fingers. The explanation for the price is that it includes your gondola ticket (normally $29) and being a season pass holder doesn’t get that “value” credited. Do yourself a favor if you are season pass holder and go up for apré ski. If you aren’t a season pass holder, just buy the gondola lift ticket and do the same. Again, beautiful but not one bit worth the price.

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

If you’re going for dinner- there are only a handful of 3 course options for either $60 or $70. They told us they had a kids meal of chicken fingers and fries- which turned to be a $40 kids plate. For lunch- they have many other options- but I would not recommend this place for dinner- not worth the value. The place was not crowded and the food was served cold. If you try to split something- they will charge you an additional $40 for the gondola ride.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Overpriced menu but you’re paying for the location. Big mixup on the kids menu - we apparently were handed a lunch menu where kids meals were $11 but when we got the check we were charged $40. Wow. Had to discuss quite a bit with the manager but he ended up making it right and deleting the excess charges. Beautiful location - go before the sun sets for sure

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SA
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a beautiful dinner experience, however we wished we were able to take the gondola up earlier for better pictures. The cleanliness of the bathrooms was a big disappointment for such a a lovely location and experience. There should have been ample time to clean the bathrooms between day lifts and 7pm.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

You’re on vacation so do it and don’t cry about the cost. It’s an experience. Food is unique and very good. Service is impeccable. Views are unbelievable.

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TD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The views were spectacular. The gondola ride was so fun and amazing. The menu was small but very tasty. I had the lobster bisque and prime rib. Delicious.

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible views and food to match! The Gondola ride was an added bonus!

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The view after dark is special, with views of snow cats at work and Fraser and the village below.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was subpar. Really just paying for experience.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Had 6:30 reservations on a Thursday night. It was nice to take the gondola up at night, but there was no view from our table other than the machine grooming the slopes. We had the beef, surf and turf, elk, and bison. Elk was the favorite.

Our bottle of cakebread Chardonnay arrived but was not cold. Bread arrived with the salad/soup after reminding our waiter. For a $500+ meal, the service was laughable. These guys need to take lessons from waiters in New Orleans. We had to pour our own wine and waited waaaaayyy too long in between courses.

The dessert - cheesecake- was a big disappointment. We would not recommend this experience for the money.

This restaurant has potential and failed.

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FR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific in every way! We’ll be back again next time we visit WP!

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VA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We couldn't see the sunset due to clouds and snow BUT everything else was AWESOME! I loved the Colorado Lamb and my wife enjoyed her chicken dish. Desserts [included] were also delicious. Ambiance and service were also excellent and we got to see some snowcat groomers at work. Afterwards, we were above the clouds and we saw the most stars we had ever seen on our way back to the Gondola.

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MR
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Taking the gondola up to Sunspot and back down again in the dark was a neat experience. However not all of the tables inside are near the view or in the low light ambiance. Our table was in a brighter area away from the windows. The food was pretty mild but our service was great.

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c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

beautiful view from the top of the Winter Park ski area. I'll return when I have a special event to celebrate

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

5th time at this dinner and it was by far the worst experience. Service was poor and the whole table’s food came out cold. Based on this experience, I would not recommend this dinner, but our previous 4 experiences were great.

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GS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The whole experience of riding The Gondola up and down in the dark was awesome. Lobster bisque was outstanding. Lamb and Elk entrees were perfectly cooked. Our waiter, Steve Olsen was great. We will come back again, one time each year.

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BS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent! The ambiance and food was fabulous.

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CF
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The waiter was not all there as he said he had worked 12 hours that day. The food was very good but way too much for one person. We enjoyed the dinner experience.

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E
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The ambiance was wonderful, to include the breathtaking gondola ride to the top and back. The service was very mediocre, as well as the food. The prices were very steep and I would have expected better food and better service for as much as they were charging. Overall it was a fun experience, but we likely wouldn't return.

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AB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dinner and delicious food. We made the mistake of bringing children. I would not recommend that. Better for adults and couples. The prix fixes was the only option but everything was delicious. The vinaigrette on the salad was amazing.

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AS
Memphis
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful experience for my family. How fun to ride up the mountain at night and eat a nice quiet meal. The only thing that I would recommend is for their to be at least one or two other options for children.

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PB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The dining room setup was not positioned very well. Our 4 top table was less than 18" from the 8 top next to us. The server (Steve) kept bumping into my wife's chair every time he served at the end of the other table.

We moved our table several times to finally provide the space needed to allow the server to do his job, and to allow us to enjoy our meal without being bumped.

The manager should've realized the setup wasn't adequate prior to seating.

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SF
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I almost didn't book the reservation because of other negative posts. I'm so glad we still went to dinner because we had a wonderful time. The pictures we took at the top of mountain at sunset were beautiful.
The food is expensive but that pays for the gondola trip, wait staff, chefs, etc. Our food choices of bison rib-eye, elk tenderloin, rainbow trout, lobster bisque, and flour-less chocolate cake were wonderful. The waiter went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with our selections and he also made sure the kids were happy with their dinner as well. This is our 3rd dinner in the past 6 years of going to Winter Park and we will be sure to book it again in the future.

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AP
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Disappointing!

Despite giving the restaurant over 30 days notice ofmy wife’s allergies, no allowance was made to accommodate her needs.

The Winter Park website still advised on Valentine’s Day that details of the dinner would be coming soon. I do not think that details ever appeared? What did materialise was that all the girls received a rose bud.

A large number of the serving staff appeared to do little except chat amongst themselves resulting in slow service.

The server remained inattentive throughout the meal, and was slow in delivering the entree, resulting in the food being cold and sent back to the kitchen.

As a result of the poor performance the manager reduced the bill, but that is not the point. A special dinner such as Valentines Day should be seamless. Suns top really do need to try harder. We will NOT eat there on our next visit to Winter Park.

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C
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go if you can. The food and the service were exceptional.

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WW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was very good with the exception of the stuffed acorn squash. The trout, elk tournedos and steak were very good. The lobster bisque was excellent as was the cheesecake. The wait staff were very friendly, courteous and attentive. Perhaps the only glaring deficiency was the lack of knowledge of wines on the part if the server. However, she was very nice, admitted what she did not know and was helpful in getting answers to our questions. When they were out of the bottles of wine we selected we were given a higher value wine at the price of the one we had requested. High marks to the management for this gracious generosity. All in all we had a wonderful evening and would recommend dining here again.

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YD
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The dinner on top of the mountain was a fun part of my trip to Winter Park. We hopped on the gondola a little early to get to see a spectacular sunset. We were seated at our reservation time, and the waiter was friendly and gave us good service. The ribeye was surprisingly good and my friends said the trout was tasty. The ambiance was nice. You are paying for the experience of dining on top of the mountain, and because we all enjoyed it, I would recommend it.

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a
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great View

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R
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The serene ride on the gondola sets the pace for a delicious ski lodge dinner. Our server was attentive and friendly.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Frank, our server, was wonderful. He was a true pro, and made our evening wonderful.

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J
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On vacation. Just special week.

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TN
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Made a windowside table reservation months in advance for my husbands birthday and they put us in the most high traffic area table right in front of the food service station (not windowside as requested) and people were bumping into our chairs and lifting full trays of food over our heads it was very uncomfortable but after complaining about the table they made us wait in the bar area for a new table which ended up being windowside... Just wished they put us there in the first place. Overall the food was not the quality we expected and both of our entrees were not hot which was very disappointing!

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S
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! What a great dining experience. Located at 11,000' above the Winter Park Resort, the Sunspot offers spectacular views of Winter Park and surrounding towns below along with top notch service and delicious food.

We were fortunate to have a table next to the window, but any table offers spectacular views.

The restaurant itself is a giant log cabin, basically. Huge log beams, gorgeous lighting...just great. You ride the gondola up from the base of Winter Park resort and disembark steps away from the the Sunspot Lodge.

The service was impeccable and friendly. The food was delicious - a pre-fixe 3 course meal with limited options for each course. (We had prime rib and trout).

Expect to spend some $$, though. The price is not cheap...but it is well worth it. What a great romantic evening this was!

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