Willow Creek Restaurant

4.5
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Willow Creek is located at Evergreen Lake in the heart of Evergreen, a scenic 30 minute drive from Downtown Denver. World Class Chef, Curtis Lincoln, and his wife, Kristopher, have created a wonderful local restaurant experience since 2009. Their venue features a beautiful dining room and patio overlooking the lake, glass walled wine room, and a beautiful rock fireplace. Every table has a view! (Private dining room available upon request).
Creative cocktails and an a Wine Spectator Award Winning Wine List, there is something for everyone.
Serving Lunch, Brunch (Sat & Sunday) and Dinner, we make everything in house and resource from local farms & ranches whenever possible. Willow Creek Is NOT your average mountain dining experience.
Reviewed by USA Today as one of the TOP TEN Places in the US to eat Housemade Pasta's (Our Rabbit Dish is not to be missed)

Co-Owner's ~ Kristopher & Curtis Lincoln

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Willow Creek will be offering a delicious, three course Valentine's Day Dinner at $75 per person to include Lobster, Foie Gras, Oysters, Lamb, Duck, Brisket and so much more!

Friday, February 14, 2020

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CC
Pittsburgh
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a charming restaurant! So happy we found it! The food was delicious and a beautiful view!

RB
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the evening very much. Great wine selection. Our waitress, Jules was incredible. Took great care of us.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! It’s one of our favorites. It’s beautiful inside and the view is pretty. Also the food and service is always awesome!

L
Denver
104 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

We sat down at 7:30 & our waiter stopped by once & we asked for a minute to look over the wine menu. He didn’t come back until 8:30. We were starving & ready to leave. The tables around us that arrived after us with a different waiter we’re all eating & had drinks. Staff was hustling all around us & saw us sitting for an hour with our menus & no drinks but no one bothered to stop & ask. He finally took our wine & food order. At 8:45 our 1st course came out & then the waiter returned to tell us the wine was sold out. We reordered & the waiter returned to tell us the beer my husband ordered was sold out. At about 9 the mediocre cabernet (the most expensive one on the menu by the glass) & beer arrived. Our soup (lobster bisque) & salad came out & were great. After that the food was poor. The fish was dry & fishy. 1 Scallop a/risotto was drowned in cheese, gnocchi was ok, lobster dish was bland. So disappointing. And no one came by to check on us not was anyone around to speak to when we left.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Matt was very attentive to our needs and make special recommendations to make our anniversary dinner special. Thank you. We will be back.

GG
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food was very average and very expensive for what is was. I froze because we were close to the door. We ordered drinks and had to send one of them back twice. Nice place but the food was not as good as we thought it would be.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Booked since Sep 2019 came here for our Annual Xmas eve dinner, only to be told to wait 30 additional minutes (unacceptable) nevertheless the Food was not the best, the decor was better. This restaurant was a real gem with great delicious food. Will not be visiting again. -sad Houstonian

JJ
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jade was fantastic!

SA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience4

This restaurant is inconsistent in its value. It has been a tradition for us to dine w/friends there on our anniversary. I know the owners, made the reservation mentioning them both by name & that it was once again our anniversary & we would be celebrating there. I requested something sparkly but non-alcoholic for a beverage and reminded them that I eat a vegan diet & hoped there would be a dessert I could have.
The restaurant made no note of our anniversary & even when I mentioned it to our server, he ignored it. He was also not aware that I eat vegan, but he did help me find dishes to eat. Server could not provide a sparkly beverage w/out alcohol, even though owners have provided delicious non-alcoholic cocktails on past anniversaries & other occasions.
While the food was delicious & the ambiance is also lovely (but extremely noisy), when we spend half a thousand bucks for our anniversary dinner there EVERY YEAR as well as dining there often and bringing friends and family, we expected our special occasion to be treated as a special occasion. It was not. We might have been any old strangers just looking for a meal and there was no need to treat us especially well or provide anything we had made sure to request IN WRITING when we made the reservation through OpenTable in advance, as we always do.
We had a meal, got the meal, and although I had mentioned it both in the reservation and in person, nothing was done that I specially requested and my mention of the occasion was completely ignored by the server.
If you want to celebrate a special occasion, choose someplace that wants to provide their customers with just that. Evidently, Willow Creek does not.
This also may be a small thing, but they now charge for bread! I’m in search of a new favorite restaurant because this is no longer mine.

OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great time. ONLY complaint wash the cold rush anytime someone came thru the door.

Everything else was great

KB
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server and food was great!

BD
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Love this place!!!??

C
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very festive location; excellent food and service. A little hard to find in the dark.

K
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love. We go as often as we can. It’s ALWAYS good!

l
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat at Willow Creek when brunch menu is served. Come frequently and is one of our favorite restaurants.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and friendly service right next to the lake.

F
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Beautiful view. Nice ambiance. We were delayed by weather and were still able to have our reservation saved.

JF
Denver
47 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Wife’s birthday. Food was very good. Loved the beet and goat cheese salad. However it was disappointing as it was my wife’s birthday and table was okay but they did not give us a nicer table by the indie that was next to window. Also table across from us got a birthday dessert that was mice. We got nothing though I told them it was her birthday. So it was disappointing on a special occasion. Not sure if we will go back though we live nearby. Felt bad for my wife.

DS
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good selection of foods. Service was great. The view and inside was beautiful!

B
Boise
89 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overrated and Overpriced would be my assessment. Evergreen is so hard up for restaurants that Willow Creek survives. The Rigatoni was little better than out of a can--and squash risotta was without defined taste--although the scallops were nice and well done. Son had a steak which was fine. Dinner for 3 at $250--pretty pricey for what is available here.

MO
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I heard wonderful things about this restaurant and was looking forward to the experience. Going out for dinner is mainly about the food. Our food was not great. Two of us had the special and it was dry without a lot of favor. The butternut squash bisque was delicious as well as the bread. I ordered ice cream for dessert and it tasted like freezer burn with ice crystals on top. The wait staff was very good, the ambience was pleasant but I would not recommend this place to others.

EL
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Willow Creek is the best restaurant in the I-70 Foothills.

SM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very good food! A little over priced. Overall, an excellent experience and great view of the lake.

M
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

My wife and I dined at Willow Creek for our anniversary. The ambiance is great (on a lake--though it was already dark when we arrived) and food was very good as well. I had the trout, which was cooked perfectly, and my wife had the scallops. We also started with rabbit gnocchi (yummy) and a salad. Service was great--very attentive. The only flaw, which is why I gave the food 3 stars, was our bottle of wine (an expensive French white) came late and was not properly chilled. The server's explanation seemed to indicate that the wine was stored cool but not chilled. That's fine, but for the price, invest in a quick chiller!

SK
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Everything was off the charts good. I want to serve their brussel sprouts for thanksgiving. The atmosphere was wonderful. With restaurants being so loud now, this was a nice surprise.

Highly recommend.

c
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Willow Creek staff provided exceptional service for a special birthday lunch. They accommodated a wish for a dish they normally serve at dinner for our luncheon. I cannot thank them enough for making our day such a special occasion. The restaurant was decorated in fall decor that made it feel absolutely cozy while looking onto the partially frozen Evergreen lake. Wonderful atmosphere and food! Loved my Gnocchi.

JR
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Loved the locally sourced ingredients. My only suggestion would be when someone specifies a special occasion on their reservation to have the server acknowledge it in some way.

LV
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place to take a friend for a birthday lunch -- lots of menu choices that were delicious and artfully prepared, plenty of free parking, great view of Evergreen Lake, and service that was attentive but not hovering.

c
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice view. Good service and food. Rustic feel.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

A little disappointed. This place used to be fantastic

OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Food was bland

RJ
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food but small portions. Beautiful setting overlooking Evergreen Lake. I am a vegetarian and there was only one item on the menu that I could eat.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

BD
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a wedding party the night we were there so it was very loud. Otherwise this place is a hidden gem!!!!!

OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gave all five stars because I frequent here often and it is one of my favorite places to eat but felt the waiter could’ve been a little more friendly.

BO
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious trout and salmon with great waiter and void!

l
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I loved the atmosphere and the view but unfortunately I felt the food was overpriced and the service didn't meet expectations. There was only one steak option on the menu and I believe it was $46 which to me is extremely high. I ordered the pasta and it was $26 and it was very basic rigatoni with a small amount of sauce and sausage but didn't have much flavor. I believe the chicken was around $34 which also seemed high. The service was somewhat disappointing since we felt like we had to flag down the waitress multiple times to get water refilled, ask for salt & pepper, order bread and reorder drinks. I really wanted to love this place because of the atmosphere and the location but because of the value and the service I'm not sure if I'd return. I tried to research prices before booking the reservation but unfortunately the restaurant doesn't list prices on their website which I would think would be in their best interest so people know what to expect ahead of time.

K
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal! I had the trout and requested veggies instead of potatoes. Bravo chef for going the extra step to really make the dish spectacular!

C
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place! Heavenly lunch with jaw dropping views! We saw an elk walk by and over the foot bridge during our lunch!

s
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view! Wonderful experience! Great staff! Bill go again soon.