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Spruce Tree Terrace

American, Native American
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State Hwy 10, Cortez, CO
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Description: Patio Dining at it's best! Stop at Spruce Tree Terrace Cafe, located in...
Patio Dining at it's best! Stop at Spruce Tree Terrace Cafe, located in the heart of Mesa Verde National Park, for favorite American classics and Southwest specialties. Convenient cafeteria service with indoor and patio dining offering a seasonally updated menu filled with fresh, delicious appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. Be sure not to miss our popular Navajo Tacos!
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Outdoor seating

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  • 2
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Get a Navajo Taco here!

This is inside Mesa Verde National Park. The taco is huge and delicious. We had to wait a while because a tour bus had come in, but it was definitely worth the wait.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
pixie007
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Mobile, Alabama
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Lunch
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Mobile, Alabama
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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is inside Mesa Verde National Park. The taco is huge and delicious. We had to wait a while because a tour bus had come in, but it was definitely worth the wait.

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minnesota
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124 reviews 124 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

You can grab a good lunch or heavy snack here at the grill. Indian tacos and the pizza is ready to go. Buffet style with self serve tables. Friendly service

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Sandy, Oregon
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Stopped here for lunch. Prices are high, service was fine, food was the worst meal I've had in years. Gummy hot dog bun, partially frozen fries, cold chile, fry bread was so tough and rubbery that my teeth were literally sqeaking as I tried to rip a piece off and chew. Most of our four lunches ended up in the... More 

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De Soto, Missouri
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228 reviews 228 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

It is rare that I write negative reviews, but had no choice here. We visited Mesa Verde with our 2 boys and another family. We stopped at the Spruce Tree Terrace Restaurant for lunch. The restaurant staff and manager were professional and nice, and the food was good, although there was no ice for the drinks that day. The prices... More 

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Chris P, General Manager at Spruce Tree Terrace, responded to this review

Dear De Soto, Disappointed with the service you received at Spruce Tree Terrace and I would like to disucss further. Please reach out to me with contact information; page-chris@aramark.com Thank you More 

Killingworth, Connecticut
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86 reviews 86 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We were so happy to find the Spruce Tree after having a horrid experience at Far View Terrace. There was a very nice variety of foods and an obvious pride in craft from the people that worked here. We were greeted happily as we walked in to the cafeteria and we were treated as if we were the most important... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I was given a taste of the white chicken chili before ordering it and it was DELICIOUS!!! The cornbread fresh out of the oven was a nice and yummy addition. My husband ordered a chicken wrap that he said was good. The portion was large. We left feeling very satisfied.

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San Antonio, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

A good place to eat while in the park. Nice variety of food and well liked by the family. Try the Navajo taco.

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Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Walk down yourself. No need to pay to go into this one. There are usually helpful Park Rangers down there to provide you with all the info you may need to know....A must see!

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Austin, Texas
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91 reviews 91 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Oh dear, the folks at national parks seem to work in a time warp (not our only encounter with excruciatingly slow service on this trip). The cafe is counter service, where it took 20 minutes for me to get to the front of a small line. I know it's not McDonald's, but they should be able to speed up taking... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I expected to pay a premium cost for the convenience of dining at Spruce Tree House but did not expect the mostly lousy food. The chicken on the Southwest chicken salad was like jerky. The pizza was burnt. The hot dog and chips were decent. The fry bread was fresh and really quite tasty. Nice touch: the self-serve drink dispenser... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: State Hwy 10, Cortez, CO
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Cortez

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Native American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

Description

Patio Dining at it's best! Stop at Spruce Tree Terrace Cafe, located in the heart of Mesa Verde National Park, for favorite American classics and Southwest specialties. Convenient cafeteria service with indoor and patio dining offering a seasonally updated menu filled with fresh, delicious appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. Be sure not to miss our popular Navajo Tacos!

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