The Reader Rock Garden has nothing to do with reading. It’s a tribute to William Reader who collected and preserved many alpine species on a previously barren hillside.
You have to wind your way up from the parking lot, through the lovely garden to the cafe, which is located in an “arts and craft” style house. It’s the perfect place to go for an unhurried lunch with friends. Located near the Stampede grounds, it would also be a great refuge from the “maddening crowds”---but I’d make reservations!
The luncheon menu is simple with an emphasis on fresh salads. The salads are pretty, ample and delighted several of my friends. I had the egg salad and borscht special. The egg salad spilled over the sides of the bread, which, unfortunately, broke apart. The borscht, however, was really tasty. Later, several of the group had dessert. One raved about the cheesecake which she stated was the best she had ever had. The peach and the rhubarb crisp looked excellent, but, alas, the kitchen ran out before I had an opportunity to sample it.
The Reader House Cafe is not without its faults, but I would go again and again. And probably will. I’d suggest you give it a try.