“Living up to it's potential. Spectacular at last!!!”
As locals, we have been visiting this place for 23 years through various iterations, concepts, and ownerships. It's a beautiful location, built of rose quartz with a magnificent view of Mt. Evans, and we have hoped for decades for the kitchen and service to match the site. We had high hopes upon Brian and Sarah's return, and with persistence and vision those hopes have been realized.
We visited again this evening (after several months hiatus) in a driving snowstorm (we always seem to be drawn to dine out when the conditions are at their most adverse - don't know why) and had by far the best dining experience not only for the Bistro but in the Colorado high country, period. The menu, which was itself vastly improved from our last visit, was perfectly executed. The gnocchi were feather-light, delicate and succulent in a red sauce of commensurate finesse, with depth and complexity like none I've ever experienced. The Frutti di Mare made it hard to believe we were 1000 miles from the nearest ocean - fresh, tender, well balanced. I had to order the Crab Beignets - how can you pass up that kind of decadence - and they didn't disappoint with the sensational ginger lime chutney.
Beth Ann, our server, was attentive and engaging and made our evening a delight, as did the rest of the staff . The cocktails were perfectly constructed and the exquisite Monterey chardonnay was the ideal complement to our entrees.
It was a perfect evening. A table by the wood-burning fireplace, two-feet of fresh powder outside, and heart-warming hospitality inside - this is perhaps the last true Colorado mountain fine dining experience. Please come and cherish this gem in our backyard.
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