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“Not very appetizing” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Spruce Tree Terrace

Spruce Tree Terrace
State Hwy 10, Cortez, CO
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Ranked #44 of 59 Restaurants in Cortez
Cuisines: American, Native American
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch
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!
Carefree, AZ
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“Not very appetizing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

We wanted a quick lunch so we could continue our exploration of Mesa Verde National Park, so we both ordered hotdogs. I had coleslaw with mine, my husband had chips. What could go wrong? The buns were cold and gummy, hotdog was skimpy (for the price). My coleslaw had absolutely no taste whatsoever. Chips were stale. Thank goodness we could eat outside because the grease smell inside was overpowering. Even walking through the gift shop I could feel the grease penetrating my clothing. We got out of there quickly. We will bring our own lunch next time we visit.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Australia
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503 helpful votes 503 helpful votes
“Good cafe to enjoy the outdoors.....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This is the only real option for a decent meal until other eateries in Mesa Verde NP open up later in the season.The Park is open year round in good weather and this Café is right in the centre. Open daily except for the usual holidays and with restricted winter hours or longer hours in high summer.

We had a great grilled cheese sandwich and a bakery item but could have had a burger or taco. Other items available depend on the season especially over the winter/early spring period where there is a limited menu but usually appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts - one popular suggestion is their Navajo Taco.The coffee is not too bad either and the service was friendly and efficient.

There is indoor seating and also a nice terraced area where we sat in the sun to eat our lunch. In the summer though it would be quite hot without those umbrellas for shade. A rather nice gift shop is located within the same building to make your break even more leisurely.

Enjoy your experience!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Eureka Springs
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
“Fabulous Soup”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I had a fry bread and the soup of the day - which was pork & bean. Both were excellent, but the soup was among the best that I have ever had. Each item was only $3.50 and an ample size serving. I thought it was so great that I complimented the cook. He was grateful and offered a small sample of the next days soup to try. It was good too but promised to be better after slow cooking overnight. These are home-made and a bargain, especially at a national park setting. Do be sure to walk around and see the gift shop, the museum and the Indian ruins while you are there.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Collins
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“Can you say Food Poisoning?”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Thank God, I just had a fruit cup here,but my husband wasn't so lucky,he had the BBQ pork, and within 4 hours it was back with a vengence. Wait and eat in Cortez

  • Visited July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Florence, Montana
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“Surprisingly good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

End of the season for Aramark concessions, but pleasant help and a nice variety of lunch choices, well prepared and reasonably priced. Cold windy day and hot food was a plus.

Visited October 2011
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