We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Restaurant advice - place between Denver airport and Estes?

Chicago, IL
Level Contributor
112 posts
8 reviews
Save Topic
Restaurant advice - place between Denver airport and Estes?

We'd like to break up our drive and stop for lunch (June) at an interesting restaurant between Denver airport and Estes Park (where we'll be spending a few days).

I've been told to avoid the tollroad during this drive. Can anyone recommend an nice restaurant, maybe with some scenery and/or history?

thanks

Nederland, Colorado
Level Contributor
11,221 posts
15 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Restaurant advice - place between Denver airport and Estes?

About halfway would put you in Boulder where there are many good restaurants. The Pearl Street Mall is a great place to have lunch. Check the Boulder forum, there are several recent posts about dining. To get you started:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g33324-i831-k63870…

Windsor, Colorado
Destination Expert
for Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park
Level Contributor
10,916 posts
131 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Restaurant advice - place between Denver airport and Estes?

From DIA to Boulder and on to Estes Park, take one of these more scenic routes. (E-470 toll road avoided)

Boulder through Boulder Canyon (.3 mile walk to Boulder Falls) to Nederland and joining the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway (72 to 7) to Estes Park

http://goo.gl/maps/XN4HL

Boulder to Lyons then through very pretty South St. Vrain Canyon and joining the Peak to Peak to Estes Park

http://goo.gl/maps/TlfqC

Highway 36 from Boulder all the way to Estes Park is slightly quicker but not nearly as scenic.

florida
Level Contributor
458 posts
227 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Restaurant advice - place between Denver airport and Estes?

If you take the Boulder route, and don't stop to eat there, there is a decent Indian spot in Nederland. Also, in Lyons, should you take Hwy 36, Smokin Dave's BBQ, Nepals, Oskar Blues or The Fork are all decent options. That's about 30 minutes from Estes.

Chicago, IL
Level Contributor
112 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Restaurant advice - place between Denver airport and Estes?

thanks!

5. Re: Restaurant advice - place between Denver airport and Estes?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 12:16 am, May 28, 2014