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About Willow Creek Restaurant

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
General Manager ~Michael Whaley
Chef ~Victor Mena
Bar Manager~ Elyse Borchik

29029 Upper Bear Creek Road
Suite 105
Evergreen, CO 80439
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Dining Bar

Hours of Operation:
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Wed–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour - Bar Menu
Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Dinner
Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–8:15 pm

Cross Street:
Highway 74

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 674-9463

Website:
http://www.willowcreekevergreen.com/

Catering:
Available upon request

Executive Chef:
Curtis Lincoln

Private Party Facilities:
Private parties up to 150 people. Please call or Email Us with your dates and times, event type, # of guests and menu ideas. This way we can get back to you with some idea of costs for your event.

Private Party Contact:
Kristopher Lincoln: (303) 674-9463

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Weddings
graduations
birthdays
retirement
religious occasions
patio available for weddings
Holiday gatherings

Willow Creek Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (20)
Cozy (19)
Good for a Date (17)
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Special Occasion (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Waterfront (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Romantic (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Authentic (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Fun (6)
Casual (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
People Watching (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Really delicious, with a wonderful view of the lake, up close hummingbird watching, and even elk came by for a visit. Food was stupendous (I had the truffle gnocchi and artichoke fritters).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Once again, an awesome dinner! Service was excellent. I highly recommend.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We will go back, enjoyed the unique food choices and the view. Our service was slow, perhaps because most of the servers seemed to have tables both indoors and out. One entree came at least 10 min after the others making it awkward. Love the ambiance both indoors and out.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Willow Creek is among our favorites. We've never been disappointed. We celebrated a birthday this time, and managed an outdoor table for 8 (reserve as early as you can to get patio seating because this restaurant is always busy no matter what day you go). Food was outstanding, and the service, as usual, was excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Excellent dinner and service on a busy evening. By far our favorite.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Great place for lunch. Good food and enjoyed the view.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Willow Creek never disappoints! The menu has offerings for all, including gluten free options. The salads are delicious- Oh the Palisade roasted apricot salad is a must, don't miss it. The atmosphere is fun, casual, vibrant, with awesome surroundings, especially if you sit on the outside deck. Fit for foodies- there is not a weak main dish! Warm bread made on the premises is awesome! Wine list impressive! Make a reservation and make sure not to miss out after making the journey! Always a special place to take out of town visitors! ! ! May happen to become a family favorite that is visited time and time again as well.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 29, 2017

As usual, Willow Creek was at the top of its game. Great scallops and salmon. Our server, Kevin, was very attentive and efficient. It's our go-to special restaurant in the mountains.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Romantic, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Great menu choices with extensive wine list. Food choices and specials vary so repeat visits are always interesting. Service is always professional but friendly. Desserts are great. Disappointed that they do not serve Espresso and that they dropped Amex as a payment choice.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great Fathers Day Brunch today!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 11, 2017

The Willow Creek restaurant was in a beautiful setting, with views of Evergreen Lake. Service and food were good, but we thought it was quite overpriced. Risotto $23? We probably won't return, because when we spend this much, we expect something way out of the ordinary.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Over priced for value. Great setting overlooking the Lake.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Ask for Kevin and be bold let him pick your menu. He did an amazing job. Great waiter understood the menu well. Love that restaurant; worth the drive to Evergreen. Order the appetizers with plantains - OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have celiac, they had gluten free options to every meal.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Our first time and we loved everything about it. The view, the food, wine, etc. was excellent. Our server, I believe his name was Kevin, was outstanding as well. We came up from Denver for a personal/business dinner and no doubt will be back. Thanks so much!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Delightful and yummy as always. We enjoyed sitting on the patio even though the tables are too close together making it very difficult for the servers.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Service was good. But pricey for such small portions of food. Enjoyed the atmosphere and location. Very nice being next to the lake of Evergreen. We had a large crowd and they were happy to accommodate us.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Willow Creek Owners and Staff are AMAZING!! Food is AMAZING!!! Ambience is WONDERFUL!!

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Waterfront, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Fantastic first class experience!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

What a wonderful restaurant! Great food, service and views! We had Mother's Day Brunch and the menu offered many delightful options. I love having menu choices instead of a buffet. The desert was great too.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Casual, Scenic View, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Lunch was a delightful experience at this restaurant- a new place for all of our group. Great view, delicious foods, and friendly service. We're looking forward to a return trip- a worthwhile drive from East Denver!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Made reservations for Mother's Day. Got a call about 4 days before the reservation that I needed a credit card to hold my reservation & if we don't show or cancel too late then I will be charged. Went ahead & gave my card info. I always check out menus before I go to a restaurant. This one had no mention of a "special" Mother's Day menu online or when they called to confirm. When we got there, we were greeted & seated. Then given their "special" & limited Mother's Day menu. I ordered the Cesar salad (no croutons & add bacon) for $15 for the salad & $6 for the bacon add on. When the salad came out it had croutons & no bacon. That the nice server( about the only nice thing I can say about this place) promptly fixed it, but was brought back & you could tell they just picked out the croutons & chopped up 1 piece of bacon & threw on top. The worst part of my now $21 salad (which is normally offered for $8 on their regular menu) is that it was the size of a side salad. In fact I have ordered side salads that were larger than this $21 salad & I've never paid $6 for 1 piece of bacon in my life. Next issue was they said they had only a verbal menu for the kids choices. We were told they could do a kids French toast. We ordered 2. Now, the kids did enjoy the French toast, when we got the bill we saw that they were $15 a piece. A bit overpriced for a kids French toast & I beleieve that is the price of their normal French toast. Everything else was just "ok" besides me never getting my iced tea that I ordered. My moms fish was tasty. Too bad they hike up & almost double the prices to take advantage of a special occasion day. We will definitely never be back because of that, along with the lackluster food & service. This was the worst Mother's Day brunch we've had.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Beautiful restuarant with a great view of the lake. The limited menu was overpriced on about half of the entrees. The sausage and rigatoni was $25 and would have been more appropriately priced at $15. The sauce was bland although the sausage was good.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Waited 15 minutes for a table even though we had a reservation. Once we sat we waited forever for service. We finally had to flag a waitress down just to get menus. Then our waitress was too busy to take care of us so the substitute waiter took care of us and reminded us each time our waitress was too busy. Food was just okay.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 7, 2017

This was our first time to try the restaurant. Unfortunately we were a bit disappointed, not by the food but by the service. We were seated promptly but waited 20 minutes until we were asked for our order. We were told the kitchen was backed up. They did try to satisfy us by bringing some complimentary lemon scones but it was still a frustrating wait. Food was delicious. Drinks over priced ($3.50 for iced tea). Ambiance was tops. I'd go again but not for Sunday breakfast...too busy and too long of a wait for food.

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fun, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We had Saturday night dinner at Willow Creek. On Sunday when it was time for lunch we decided to return. We sat on the patio both meals. It's a nice patio with a great view where we didn't feel we were seated to close together with other parties. My cocktail from the specialty menu was interesting & tasty. My beet salad was fabulous. My entree (soft shell crab) was good but I wouldn't order it there again, seemed a bit greasy. My husband's tenderloin was very good. My Sunday lunch was tasty. Our service at Willow Creek was ok but nothing special. The inside of the restaurant is nicely decorated, has a lovely bar & big windows overlooking Evergreen Lake. Flower arrangements were everywhere & were beautiful. I will return to the restaurant when we're back in Evergreen.

Tags: Waterfront, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Beautiful location on a lake. Well prepared food and drinks.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Always an enjoyable meal with seasonal variation and inventive dishes. Good selection of wines.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on April 22, 2017

We've been going to Willow Creek for many years. This dinner was to celebrate our 34th Wedding Anniversary (which we noted when we made our reservation). The food is always, creative and delicious. However this time, the service was well below par. We asked the waiter to explain a couple of the entrees - he couldn't and said he's ask the chef - when he came back to the table to take our drink orders - we asked about the answers to our questions - he forgot to find out. Many diners around us had bread/butter delivered - we didn't, and arrived prior to the other diners. When my husband ordered his oysters - he asked for fresh horseradish - was not delivered with his order. The owner, Kristopher, was walking around and we asked her for the fresh horseradish - my husband got tired of waiting for it and just ate the oysters without it (it never was delivered). Over the years the bar scene has kinda overrun the restaurant to the point that you can barely hear each other talk above the din. We will give it another try - hopefully, this review will improve the service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Our FAVORITE restaurant. After close of business in Denver on weekends, we find ourselves passing our exit and heading to the Evergreen exit instead. We love the attentive staff and beautiful location. The owners are the salt of the Earth. It really doesn't matter what we had while we were there; we recommend EVERYTHING! WARNING: Once you've had their peanut butter cups, you'll never look at Reese's the same. 😁 Thanks, folks! We love you!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Good food, extremely noisy due to a large table and nothing to absorb the sound.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 18, 2017

My wife and I drove up from Littleton because we had been here before and wanted a way to share our 48th wedding anniversary. Great views, great service and an excellent wine recommendation. It was all perfect. Thanks for being a great restaurant in Evergreen.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Waterfront
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Went there for Easter Brunch. They had a great salad and appetizer buffet. We had five choices of entrée and we as a group chose three. We all agreed that the food was bland and really had no flavor. The service was very good however. Overall it was not worth the cost of the meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Seasonal
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We have visited this restaurant several times over the past few years. It has always been a special place.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Consistently great food and service. Laura was a delight!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Waterfront, Quick Bite, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Fabulous setting overlooking Evergreen Lake. The staff was very professional and friendly. Food was great!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 7, 2017

My visitors from the coast of California really enjoyed the mountain view. The food was very good as was the service.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on April 2, 2017

The place is beautiful and the food was very good. Great place to take out of town people.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 31, 2017

We love to take friends and out-of-town visitors to this restaurant. The cuisine is excellent, though vegetarian options are limited and no vegan. But it's all innovative, creative, and delicious.

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Great atmosphere, delicious food. The service was great as soon as you walked in the door. Beautiful lake views.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Once again, an outstanding dinner. We just LOVE this restaurant!! Such a beautiful spot and the ambiance is fabulous. Service is always excellent . We will definitely be back, again and again!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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