As a general rule, I avoid restaurants in cities and tourist towns alike that are known for their view. (You know, the "Top of the ..." restaurant types.) You pay for the view; food is often a secondary consideration. Given the limited fine dining options is Estes Park, I decided to transgress my rule and give The View a try. Among previous reviewers, I have to side with those who rated the view (as in vista) as wonderful and the food as better than typical Estes Park fare. First, be aware that nowhere will you find signage that suggests that the name of the restaurant is The View. (The actual sign on the restaurant is "Golden Eagle Resort Restaurant and Reception.) The dining room is quite attractive with rustic furniture and the often mentioned 90 foot window overlooking Estes Park and out onto the surrounding mountains. Had it not been so crisp last night, I would have chosen the outdoor balcony tables. They are very private and have the best view. As far as the meal, the server was prompt and efficient but only some aspects of the meal merited the mid-range ($20 - $35 entrees) price point. I loved the cream of chicken soup. Sweet and spicy with shredded chicken. The bread was unimpressive, though, as were the by-the-glass wine options. The entree, a lime rubbed pork tenderloin with garlic vinaigrette, was just ok. The meat itself was cooked medium-well when a tenderloin is best served medium-rare. (The server never asked about how I wanted the meat prepared. That's usually a good sign in a good restaurant and signifies that the chef knows what she or he is doing. Future diners at The View are wise to request how they want their meat prepared.) What I found most startling about the meat was that the primary tastes were mustard and pepper. Maybe the mountain air is corrupting my taste buds! The taste was good; just not what I expected. The sides -- garlic mashed potatoes and fresh sliced zucchini, carrots and celery(!) -- were fine. What capped off the experience was the very talented acoustic guitarist who played at 7 pm. I stuck around until he finished his first set. All in all, I offer a very good rating: excellent room, attentive and professional waiter, nice view, good musician, tasty soup, ok entree, wine fairly priced ($8 a glass) for the brand. Nothing was sub-par.
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