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“Absolutely Outstanding and Truly Memorable” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fawn Brook Inn

Fawn Brook Inn
357 Business Highway 7, Allenspark, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80150
3037472556
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Ranked #2 of 3 Restaurants in Allenspark
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: French, German, Austrian, International, European
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: The Fawn Brook Inn is the premier fine dining establishment in the mountains of Boulder County. Family owned and operated for over 34 years. Austrian head chef and owner Herman Groicher along with his wife Mieke specialize in traditional cuisine prepared with unmatched commitment to culinary excellence. Experienced staff perform table-side meal preparation in time-honored methods; the unforgettable European style atmosphere is the perfect special occasion setting for couples, families, groups, weddings and other events. Private dining rooms available on request. World class meal selections prepared fresh daily include: Black Angus Filet, Duckling, Lamb, Elk, Chicken, Trout, Black Forest Rouladen and many others starting at $31. Soup and salad included with all entrees. World class wine cellar, premium spirit and beer selections. Specialty gourmet meal offerings for couples.
Denver, Colorado
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Absolutely Outstanding and Truly Memorable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Dining -- fine dining -- in the Estes Park area has always been a problem for us. We love to spend a couple of nights in Estes once or twice a year, but are frequently disappointed by the local dining venues. Finally... a truly wonderful experience! (Note: neither I nor Caron have any personal or professional connection to the establishment or its ownership.)

We spent several days leading up to Christmas in Estes, and were able to get a 6:00 reservation at the Fawn Brook on fairly short notice. It took us a little over 30 minutes to get to Allenspark, driving part of the way in moderately heavy snow and on icy and snowpacked roads.

The Inn is the quintessence of cozy, rustic charm, with scarcely a dozen tables. From start to finish, the service was spot-on; we were never forgotten, and never rushed.

Our meal started with freshly-baked bread, with a delicate note of lemon, and accompanied by geranium-infused butter. Nice. We decided to forego appetizers. Caron ordered the blackberry-peach soup (yogurt-based and served cold) while I went straight to the petite salad of field greens, with a wonderful, light vinaigrette dressing. We were both very pleased, and beginning to hope that we'd finally found truly fine dining, if not exactly IN Estes Park, at least a reasonable distance away,

Caron ordered the Lobster Curry, while I chose the Steak au Poivre, a favorite of mine. Both were prepared table-side by Will, the fellow who will be assuming ownership and operation of the Inn, having worked there with owners Mieke and Hermann for many years. He described each ingredient as it was added to the pan.

Finally, our entrées were served. Caron and I are both in our 50s, and have eaten in many fine restaurants over the years. This was one of those special nights, one of those meals we'll remember for many years to come. Both dishes were simply outstanding. Her curry was slightly sweet, but it didn't overwhelm the lobster. I may have had better steak au poivre, but Will's certainly ranks among the very best.

Yes, the Fawn Brook isn't cheap, but one often gets what one pays for. We got a delightful, very memorable meal a few days before Christmas... an early Christmas present to ourselves!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“My new favorite spot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

I've been wanting to go to this restaurant since I moved to Estes Park, and always heard such good reviews. Finally on my 3rd wedding anniversary we went. My hubby had the salmon which came with a duck starter - he cleaned his plate in a pinch. I had the seafood monte carlo which was delicious, all the seafood was spectacular and the sauce and homemade noodles made it perfect. We finished with a berries and cream, topped with a rose hip sauce(harvested from their property). The dessert went perfectly well with a traditional hot buttered rum. Yum! This is for sure our new favorite spot. Thanks for the great service Will!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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“a rare find in the mountains”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

We stopped in on October 17, 2012. Having been to this restaurant several times over the years, great to know it is still excellent. The menu is diverse and the selections are exquisite.
My wife had the duck, which was excellent; my rack of lamb was roasted to perfection. There is a very good selection on the wine list; I also suggest you try the Pernod Martini from the cocktail list.
The ambiance of the old cabin is just wonderful, it is what you would hope for in a small out of the way mountain town.
Will, the mater dei / server provided excellent service.
Don't miss an opportunity to visit Fawn Brook Inn.

Visited October 2013
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Holualoa, Hawaii, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best Beef Wellington Ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

The quaint little restaurant located in a rustic hunting lodge has a five star rating. We have enjoyed each and every visit. The price fix dinner for two featuring the beef wellington is the best ever. five courses that meet all your expectations. During the summer the entry to the restaurant is planted as a humming bird garden. There are hundreds of humming birds waiting to great you to fantastic dinning experience.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Will E, Manager at Fawn Brook Inn, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
We never tire hearing of the great experiences had at our restaurant! So glad you could enjoy the hummingbirds; be sure to stop in for the amazing fall colors soon to come.
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Gainesville, MO
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“Absolutely Wonderful!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Tucked away in the small town of Allenspark, CO is a 5 star restaurant! The food was amazing. I had one of the specials for the night, trout, along with the cold soup, both were delicious. The hummingbirds outside were a delight to watch from our window. Meike came by our table several times to check on us and our meal. She took the time to see where we had hiked and knew exactly what trail we had hiked that day. The wait staff were fantastic and took the time to answer all our questions about the food and area. If you're in the area of Estes Park or Lyons take the time to dine here!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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