Willow Creek Restaurant

4.6
1075 reviews
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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
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Denver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is my absolute favorite place to eat in all of colorado. I typically have a 5 star experience every time but this visit wasn’t quite the same. My SM brut was flat and my beet salad w/ scallops wasn’t as plentiful as past experiences (still delicious as ever.) Of course i’ll be back (likely next weekend,) and have the same thing i order time and time again with the hope it’s as amazing as previous visits. Thanks!

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BG
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We thought the menu was a bit limited, but overall the food was good. The scallop udon dish was tasty but there were only two scallops in the bowl (plus one pickled scallop, which was interesting but I could do without the pickling). Biggest complaint is that we definitely felt a wave of cold air coming in every time the door opened, and we were seated towards the middle of the restaurant. If you go on a cold night ask to sit near the fireplace...

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MC
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about Willow Creek. Whether you score a seat at the bar or reserve a table, the ambiance is always charming, warm and inviting. The food is consistently fresh, seasonal and of high quality. There seems to always be something new on the menu to try which never disappoints. The wait staff is appropriately attentive and friendly. We enjoy trying the growing restaurant scene in Denver but when we choose to stay close to home, Willow Creek gives us the same quality of experience.

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a
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Evergreen! The food never disappoints me, the staff is always gracious and attentive (without being over bearing) and the ambiance is beautiful regardless the time of year

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SM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We had a nice pre Valentines Day dinner at Willow Creek. The waitstaff seemed quite overwhelmed, we had to wait about 15 minutes for our drink order. My husbands salmon was burned on one side so he had to pick around that. All in all we enjoyed our dinner, we love Willow Creek, it just seemed as though the restaurant was understaffed.

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CT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were in to celebrate valentines a bit early.
We so appreciate the teams ability to get roses for the table as I had requested. Thank you.
The food was fabulous.
It appeared that the restaurant was short staffed as it took s long time to get our cocktails and dinner.

Thanks for making our evening special.

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DL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have dined at Willow Creek for several years. The menu changes perodically and has never disappointed.

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CG
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We were so disappointed in the service Saturday night.We have dined there in the past and we’re really looking forward to the birthday celebration but the waiter basically spoiled the evening

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JH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

I love Willow Creek and eat there often, especially for special events. Food and ambiance is always outstanding, service can be slow but that's okay with great ambiance. I was disappointed though because I made note on my Open Table reservation that this was an anniversary dinner and requested a table by the fireplace. Clearly staff either did not get the note or disregarded it all together because nobody at the restaurant acknowledged the anniversary and didn't even sit us close to the fireplace. Interestingly enough, there was an open and set up 2-top right next to the fireplace that went unused the entire time we were there. May have to look elsewhere for my next celebration or use a service other than Open Table if notes are not making to the restaurant.

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h
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lunch at Willow Creek with an old friend whom I hadn't seen in quite awhile. It was the perfect place to relax, enjoy lunch and have a good visit. Our waiter was very attentive and yet not at all intrusive. We had a lovely table by the window. I had the chicken sandwich and my friend had the roasted beet salad with added salmon. All was very good, although the bun for the chicken sandwich was huge and made it necessary to eat the sandwich with a knife and fork - which isn't that big of a deal. The restroom was clean and we loved the decor, including the copy of Weathered Wisdom, a volume of daily poems, from which we enjoyed reading the poem of the day.

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DB
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I had a wonderful brunch at Willow Creek. We were celebrating a birthday. Service was great. When we asked about what was a missing ingredient in the omelette special we were given a substitute ingredient even though the menu was mistaken! That was great service and our omelettes tasted even better

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LL
Munich
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Evergreen! Fabulous! Thank you for another special evening :-))

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, awesome food

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P
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all the way around!!!

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RM
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good, apart from the amount of time it took for the food to come out of the kitchen. It took probably 40 mins to get a chicken sandwich and a classic breakfast. That was disappointing but the food made up for the wait. Hopefully we won’t have to wait as long the next time we visit

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was completely amazing! I called my daughter and told her she must check it out. She is an appreciator of extraordinary cuisine. The is a must go place. Put it on your list!

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OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Went to Willow Creek to celebrate New Years Eve. No prices were list and menu offered several pre-selected items where diner could choose from this 4 course experience.
The items on menu to choose from looked good however when food was brought out, the food was underwhelming. Many courses appeared and tasted to have been sitting out too long. Gummy and cold chocolate crepe, rubbery tenderloin, stale bruschetta and over salted bisque.
Food was not a high point and extremely overpriced.
The best part was the opportunity to see fireworks shot off over the lake accross the street at the Evergreen Lake House.

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MC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was absolutely wonderful at Willow Creek! We were meeting with our Minister and wife for wedding planning. Restaurant was warm and inviting and we watched the ice skaters on Evergreen Lake during dinner. The waitress Kendra brought out complementary champagne which was very sweet. We enjoyed a scallop entree and a sole special - which were both outstanding. My only complaint is that we didn’t save room for dessert (which looked amazing!). Can’t wait to go back for a delicious dinner at Willow Creek!

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Denver
79 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Very disappointing this time. We have the Christmas Eve menu which sounded great, but....cream of broccoli lacked real flavor. Warm cream is good but it can be dressed up a bit. Truffle carbonara was very good but lacked any truffle taste. Gnocchi was horrible -- over cooked with consistency of paste. Goose dish with red cabbage was traditional. The red cabbage and potato dumpling were excellent while the goos was overcooked and dry. Oysters were fresh although served without the forks. Prime rib was good but server "forgot" the horseradish accompaniment. The Yorkshire pudding was a scrunched up disappointing representation of the real dish.

The ambiance of this location is great and I would probably go back but I have to ask if the chef and team over reached or maybe were just tired and not interested.

This evening meal was a misstep.

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RF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor Management and Service with inconsistent food. And even though i made the reservation on Open Table, they would not hold my reservation without a prepayment of $50 per person. My beet salad was good but everything else the three of us ordered was just adequate. The kitchen and servers mixed up one of my gluten free courses with another order. Then they mixed up my husband's bacon free entree with someone else's. For two courses we were missing essential silverware. I would never go back.

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NA
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always beautiful people, food, atmosphere and experience!! Never disappointed. Always exceptional!

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JB
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I took a friend to Willow Creek for his 80th birthday. We often go to Willow Creek for birthdays and anniversarys. This visit the service was very slow. My friend received the wrong item for his lunch. Another problem this time was that the light was so intense from the window that my friend kept scooting his chair around the table to get out of the light. There should be a blind or some way to block the light. I personally would have developed a migraine if I had had that much light in my eyes. I will be back to Willow Creek again. I espeically love when the outdoor deck is open. I do think that my friend was not so impressed with this visit.

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E
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and very attentive staff!

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MA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waiter had actually read the notes regarding my dietary restrictions and was able to rattle them off the top of his head. He offered suggestions on what might taste good and ultimately the kitchen produced a wonderful tasting, textured meals

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LN
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice simple lunch menu. Freshly cooked with local ingredients. Great service and George the waiter was super

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T
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very pleasant dinner with the family.
Even though there was a special event the same evening, the staff was quite attentive.

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LD
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! One of my favorite restaurants. I love the eggs Benedict

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J
Denver
45 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go often to willow creek but this time had gnocchi
Which was SO awesome... heartily recommendation it🤗

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HS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently visited Willow Creek for "date night." The food was delicious (flavors and textures expertly put together), the presentation was both creative and beautiful, and we were delighted to have entree selections that were gluten free. Although we were there at night in December, I can say from previous experience that the restaurant's deck is fantastic for dining al fresco in warm weather, and it overlooks lovely Evergreen Lake. Indoors at holiday-time, it's warm, festive and romantic. The servers are friendly and knowledgeable, and they'll take good care of you. Willow Creek is on the expensive side, but it's worth it for a special occasion.

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E
Caribbean
15 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for brunch and other special occasions

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JM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

We go to this restauranrt maybe twice a year. Everytime we go either the service is bad or the food. On this visit service was OK till the end of our meal and after waiting for 15 minutes for our dessert we decided to cancel the order. My stake was horrible our other entree was good. That may the last time we go there. The restaurant does have great ambiance but it does not make up for the other shortcomiings

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SS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small business Saturday with out of town guests. Great view, great food, great service.

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PC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

For a meal costing $88 I was not pleased at all. I ask for a fruity sweet wine that wasn't dry and I received exactly what I stated that I didn't like. My entree was okay. The desert was not good. What was suppose to have been whipped topping was a topping with ricotta as an ingredient. I do not know if I will ever come to Willow Creek. Our server was a very good and courteous server, however, he really wasn't up to par on the food itself.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Usually the food is excellent. I had a friend in from out of town and she really enjoyed the setting. But the food was not up to the usual standards. My French toast was so dried out that I couldn’t cut the crust, and the bacon wasn’t hot. Her entree was average. But I’ll assume it was just an off day.

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s
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good service, good food (mussels, apple salad, French toast, chicken & waffle).
Prices were reasonable. Relaxed atmosphere. Would come back. Winding drive - best to drive during day.

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D
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was so attentive to our table. We were there to celebrate two birthdays.,Highly recommend. Beautiful!

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OT
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had an outstanding meal the other night. It was just warm enough to be able to dine on their patio, where we were visited by local elk, and had a beautiful view of Evergreen Lake and the Lakehouse. Willow Creek is consistently one of the top two restaurants in Evergreen, and we have had consistently good meals there over the many years in which they have been in business. The restaurant owners are also the executive chef and front of house person, and so they truly care about their customers’ experience.

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r
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only great restaurant in Evergreen .. my favorite, owners and staff are fabulous.. I always recommend to everyone.
Food is healthy, and wine is great.

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WT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, beautiful and romantic ambience, a great drink selection, and amazing service!!

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S
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 1st time dining here and loved it. Excellent service and great food, we will be back for sure.

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