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Margarita At Pine Creek
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Ranked #41 of 1,412 Restaurants in Colorado Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $45
Cuisines: American, International, Contemporary
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Woodmen
Description: Since 1974 The Margarita at PineCreek has been serving fine food, spirits, good times and memories. Our focus has always been on serving great food in a comfortable setting. Our eclectic cooking style is innovative, yet recognizable and we use the freshest possible ingredients. Our staff (some here for 30 years) serves in a professional, unpretentious manor, creating a refreshing & relaxed atmosphere. The Margarita thrives on local customers while appealing to the many out of town visitors looking for a true local experience. We are an independent, local, community-driven restaurant. We host many local events and fundraisers as well as: the Colorado Farm and Art Market, a "Dinner and a Movie" series, special wine dinners & many culinary events to appeal to the varied tastes of our customers.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good sometimes, bad others”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2007

Great food for the price. Best deal in town, but wow, the restuarant needs a makeover. Good food is what's important, but when you're stuck eating on a tabletop that is made of broken glass and glitter and who knows what else, well it just clashes with the beauty on your plate. That darn handmade table (you know which one I'm talking about) was sticky and looked as if it had about 100 coats of laquer on top. Again, not appealing - definitely not a fit with the Margarita's claim to "fine dining". Silk flowers are strewn around this rather oddly-lit dining room...Why not cut a few fresh flowers from the garden? The chandeliers are dusty, if you can even call them chandeliers (more like handmade upside down glass jars) and the silverware looks more like "diner"-ware. Unpretentious, yes, but a decor update could really do this restaurant a world of good.

I must say that the food is always fresh and very innovative - but because the menu changes daily, you never quite know what you're going to get. The quality is always there, but the tastes are sometimes off. And I'm not always in the mood for surprises. I suppose you take your chances when you dine out, but slow down Chef...please stick to what you know, stick to what you cook well and if it gets rave reviews from your customers, put it back on the menu! Ax the lamb sirloin with chantrelle bacon sauce (10/05), ew.

Staff members are nice, but again, I'm so distracted by the dusty antiques on the wall and the "can't miss it" ticket booth in the lobby, that I seem to forget easily that the food is actually quite tasty.

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English first
south east
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“price fixed varied chef designed menus”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2006

Having spent 3 weeks traveling in the S.W. dining at the finest in each area, this was a very refreshing and unpretentious experience. The menu is price fixed at $35.00 pp, and offers choices of creative/well prepared dishes, including choices of appetizers, salads, entree,deserts,etc, 5 courses in all. It was by far the least expensive meal for the fine chef prepared cuisine offered. Well worth going.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Okay, but Overpriced”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2006

Went to Margarita at Pine Creek on a recommendation for a special occasion meal. While the atmosphere was cozy and pleasant, we felt that the food was extremely overpriced. In addition, since the menu is quite limited and changes daily, it may be difficult to please parties with "special needs" eaters (vegetarians, etc.).

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“What a wonderful surprise!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2006

We had our first ever experience at The Margarita at Pine Creek last night (Jan 21) and we both had our socks collectively knocked off. This type of dining is very reminiscent of restaurants in Italy with 5 separate courses and a very refreshing change from the mundane and typical that can be found on any street in any American city. It turned dinner into a dining experience unlike any other. We knew the prices were going to be higher than normal when there was no mention of them but we also suspected we were in for something special. This isn't the type of place you go if your goal is to stuff your face with huge portions for low prices. Just go to a boring chain if that's what you're into. THIS is for a special evening of equisite cuisine and lovely atmosphere. I highly recommend the red wine that is a blend of shiraz, cabernet & merlot. The name is Willa Willa something or other. Fabulous! Please do your self a favor and put this place on your list for your next special occasion. Our waitress Chris was a sheer delight and the experience as a whole was remarkable. I'm looking forward to our next visit.

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Colorado Springs, CO
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Cozy & Wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2005

I live in Colorado Springs and the Margarita at Pine Creek is one of the best kept secrets for lunch or fine dining. When we have out-of-town guest, it is always the one place that gets rave reviews. The setting is right off the interstate, but you would never know it once you arrive. Inside is a treat with quiet nooks and beautiful views of Pikes Peak. The service is always incredible; on one visit I took a friend who had recently become a vegetarian so when the specials were mentioned she asked if there was a vegetarian option. There wasn't so the chef came up with one on the spot. She loved it and still talks about it when I see her. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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