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Waterfront Grille & Lounge

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1700 Big Thompson Ave, The Estes Park Resort, Estes Park, CO 80517-8928
+1 970-577-6416
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This restaurant is at The Estes Park Resort
Today
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Waterfront Grille, located inside The Estes Park Resort, is the only...
The Waterfront Grille, located inside The Estes Park Resort, is the only Lakefront Dining in Estes. Completely remodeled in 2013, our upscale restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days per week. Breathtaking views overlooking Lake Estes, the Continental Divide, and Long's Peak from both our dining room, and outside deck seating area.
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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 87
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 23
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice Meal But Long Wait

My wife and I ate here one night while staying at The Estes Park Resort. We had been snow shoeing all day at Rocky Mountain National Park and we didn't feel like leaving the resort grounds to pursue other dining options. We started off with two margaritas at the bar which took about 20... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
Legamania
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Denver, Colorado
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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192 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Denver, Colorado
Top Contributor
187 reviews 187 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
254 helpful votes 254 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

My wife and I ate here one night while staying at The Estes Park Resort. We had been snow shoeing all day at Rocky Mountain National Park and we didn't feel like leaving the resort grounds to pursue other dining options. We started off with two margaritas at the bar which took about 20 minutes for them to make and... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This grille and lounge has an extensive bar. Our bartender was Jeff; he did a very good job serving up some wonderful drinks and conversation. The menu has a little something for everyone whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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Austin, TX
Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

We came here for lunch as a party of 11. There was one other couple in the restaurant that were having drinks. It was very clear that they were under staffed because it took an hour and 20 minutes to get our food out. The food was good, but very expensive. My husband had the Caesar salad with grilled chicken... More 

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Dumfries, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Great service, great wince and great food suggestions offered by our waitress! Go at night, get a booth and look at the sunset reflection in the picture window . . . wow! Make sure you make reservations!

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HotelGuyCC, General Manager at Waterfront Grille & Lounge, responded to this review

Hello - and thank you so much for not only being our guest for dinner - but also for taking the time to share with others your experience on this site! Our dining room offers views found no place on the earth - let alone Estes Park. I am so pleased you enjoyed your time with us, and hope you... More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Although it's not my first time visiting Estes Park, I recently went to The Waterfront Grille for lunch and what a wonderful surprise it was. The view of the lake from the restaurant is amazing, you start planning weddings, graduations and parties just on the ambiance of the place. The food was delicious but what made it even more special... More 

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HotelGuyCC, General Manager at Waterfront Grille & Lounge, responded to this review

Greetings, and thank you for joining us for lunch recently! The Waterfront Grille offers some of the best views anywhere, so I can certainly understand your remarks about the natural reaction to plan events with the natural backdrop outside our windows! Thank you so much for mentioning Anne as someone who provided great service to you - I will let... More 

Sussex, England
Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We ate here as we were staying at the hotel and it was raining. We had read very mixed reviews but were very pleasantly surprised with our nice meal. There were several large groups seated when we arrived and we feared that we would have a very slow meal. However we mentioned to our server that we had an early... More 

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HotelGuyCC, General Manager at Waterfront Grille & Lounge, responded to this review

Greetings to our guests from England! Thank you for giving us a chance despite some less than stellar reviews. We are working hard to overcome some poor impressions from the past - and vow to continually improve. I am so pleased to see our efforts resulted in a positive experience for your party. Thank you for sharing your dining review... More 

Omaha, Nebraska
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The beautiful view and good food were overshadowed by poor service. The staff seemed to be disorganized, service was sporadic, and there was no sense of urgency. We saw at least two groups leave while waiting to be served. The food was very good, but overpriced. They also had live music that was very good.

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HotelGuyCC, General Manager at Waterfront Grille & Lounge, responded to this review

Hi Bernie, Thank you for bringing this to my attention. We will take your information and share it with our leadership team to ensure can not be repeated. We have recently undergone a managerial change, and as the new leader - this will absolutely become a priority for me to address. I hope you will stop in the next time... More 

Chattanooga, Tennessee
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Restaurant overlooking the lake in Estes Park, CO. You can sit inside or on the deck by the water. We went on a Thursday night and they had live music. The food was a bit expensive and our halibut was somewhat overcooked but overall a nice restaurant.

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HotelGuyCC, General Manager at Waterfront Grille & Lounge, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you for being our dining guest! I am pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us, and overall felt comfortable to give us a 4 star review. We will continue to work hard to earn that 5th star your next visit. Thank you for coming! More 

Florissant, Missouri, United States
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The view from the dining room was wonderful, but I think you pay for the view. The prices were quite high for what you got. I had a tiny piece of overcooked chicken, 4 thin pieces of asparagus and some very good mashed potatoes in a creamy sauce for a high price.

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HotelGuyCC, General Manager at Waterfront Grille & Lounge, responded to this review

Greetings, and thank you for stopping in for a meal with us! The Waterfront Grille offers views found no place else on earth, let alone Estes Park. While we are not the most economical option in town - we do have specials daily that are designed to enhance the Mountain Town experience introduced by our lakefront and mountain setting. I... More 

Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Well read yelp reviews and I feel mislead. Walked in and immediately I felt I was way too young for the place and I'm 52. Had a craprese salad with their version of heirloom tomatoes. Not so good. They were regular tomatoes. Any way we walked out after our appetizer because we knew it would be bad from there. They... More 

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HotelGuyCC, General Manager at Waterfront Grille & Lounge, responded to this review

Hi Rose, Thank you for coming in and giving us a chance. Estes Park is not only a tourist destination, but also a spot where many couples elect to retire after falling in love with our community on a previous vacation. We love our locals, but are sorry you felt out of place. I will check with our Executive Chef... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1700 Big Thompson Ave, The Estes Park Resort, Estes Park, CO 80517-8928
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Estes Park
  • Phone Number: +1 970-577-6416

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 42
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

The Waterfront Grille, located inside The Estes Park Resort, is the only Lakefront Dining in Estes. Completely remodeled in 2013, our upscale restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days per week. Breathtaking views overlooking Lake Estes, the Continental Divide, and Long's Peak from both our dining room, and outside deck seating area.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?