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The Waterfront Grille

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1700 Big Thompson Ave, The Estes Park Resort, Estes Park, CO 80517-8928
+1 970-577-6416
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The view from the dining room will blow you away! We only ate breakfast here, and were surprised at how empty it was. If there are long waits everywhere else, head over to Waterfront Grille and walk right in. Food is excellent (except for dulce de leche french toast which was way too sweet). Egg dishes and oatmeal were perfect.... More 

Thank Nancy v
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food, great service beautiful view of the lake at sunset. Would recommend eating outside, weather permitting.

Thank Kimberly H
Denver, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We intended to go to this restaurant for a "big" Anniversary so decided to check it out prior to the actual day. I ordered the flank steak & my husband the pan-fried trout. The steak was shredded or pulled & just piled on the plate with no effort of presentation whatsoever - it was tough & almost inedible. The risotto... More 

Thank davidc2010
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had breakfast twice here. Each time the service was slow. The first time we had to wait to be seated even though there was only one table in use but no hostess around. Once we got seated the service was much quicker, except the cook left an item off an order, but it was quickly resolved when it was... More 

Thank JayWeb
Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Waterfront Grille at the Estes Park Resort is one of the best restaurants in Estes Park, gateway to the famed Rocky Mountain National Park. Executive Chef Tim Richardson offers a dinner menu that is primarily gluten-free, with each item clearly but discreetly marked as GF. Believe me, the food is so good that non-gluten-free diners are just as happy... More 

Thank Carol F
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

At $50.00 per person for a Mother's Day Brunch, one would expect a gourmet spread that includes something beyond the ordinary. Instead, what was provided was a selection of cold foods (clumped together rice, as if it had been cooked and then promptly refrigerated the night before), freezing vegetables, and get this - raw chicken. That's right, an entire tray... More 

Thank Kelcy L
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Checked in at The Estes Park Resort and went to get dinner about 430. We could not order dinner until after 5. I know for majority of people that wouldn't be a problem so don't think I am running them down just because they didn't adapt to our schedule. The staff was polite, apologetic. We ordered Trout fries as an... More 

Thank John W
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Never expecting to find a restaurant that caters to food allergies on a gorgeous lake in Colorado, was I ever surprised! Amazing menu with gluten free choices everywhere, even the toast for breakfast! Very consistent (we ate every meal here for 3 days) very beautiful, and the people who work here are amazing!

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Parker, Colorado
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

What a special night! Our waitress Ashley could not have been more spectacular! The chef was amazing! Do not pass up the smoked trout fries! The cheese beer soup was delicious! I had the chili renenos unlike any I have had before! My husband had a delicious flank steak! We definitely will make this a stop every time we come... More 

Thank LauraRoland
Estes Park, Colorado
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

My husband and I made a reservation here expecting to have a nice, romantic dinner in Estes Park. The waiter was very nice and salads tasted pretty good, but I found a hair in mine. I ordered the roasted chicken and my husband ordered the Alamosa striped bass. The entire chicken dish came swimming in broth, which ruined the au... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $42
American, Bar, Gluten Free
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1700 Big Thompson Ave, The Estes Park Resort, Estes Park, CO 80517-8928
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Estes Park
  • Phone Number: +1 970-577-6416
  • This restaurant is at The Estes Park Resort
The Waterfront Grille, located inside The Estes Park Resort, is the only Lakefront Dining in Estes. Completely remodeled in 2013, our upscale restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days per week. Breathtaking views overlooking Lake Estes, the Continental Divide, and Long's Peak from both our dining room, and outside deck seating area.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?