Are there any restaurants close without going into Estes Park?
Yes There are a few. We actually went to Nicky's as it was very close and was great! I would ask the front desk what is open during the season you are there.
Yea. Two or three are very closeby. Ask the manager for coupons.
We really like Nicky's Steakhouse. It's on highway 34 between Estes Park and McGregor. They have two dining rooms, the nicer steakhouse and a more casual area. I've only eaten in the casual part. They have a large menu, but I highly recommend the honey fried chicken!
Yes. There is a restaurant just before you enter the park. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The patio is dog friendly. As you are heading back toward Estes Park, there is a restaurant a mile or so down the road on the right side. McGregors is not that far from downtown Estes Park, and there are plenty of restaurants in town.
Get an answer from McGregor Mountain Lodge staff and past guests.