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“The best in Evergreen--which ain't saying much.”

Willow Creek Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 76 Restaurants in Evergreen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Bar
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Highway 74
Description: Curtis & Kristopher Lincoln welcome you to Willow Creek Restaurant, overlooking Evergreen Lake in beautiful Evergreen, Colorado.Long-time locals, Curtis and Kristopher realized the tremendous need for a restaurant serving fresh, wholesome food while maintaining an awareness of how resources are harvested. They strive to use sustainable seafood, farms and ranches whenever possible. Willow Creek Restaurant has been created with the entire community in mind. Bring your families, have your meetings, or just meet friends at the restaurant for some great conversation, wonderful food and extensive wine options.
Reviewed January 3, 2012

Willow Creek is beautiful! The room is gorgeous, it has a lovely deck, and it overlooks Evergreen Lake from its location in the Lakepoint Center. The food is indeed the best in Evergreen, but what a low bar that is!

On a recent visit, one of us ordered a "shellfish pan roast" which was like a very bland seafood stew. It had the advertised scallops, mussels and razor clam, which is a rare find in Colorado. We were disappointed that there were two razor clam shells on the plate, but the meat of only one. I wonder where the other one went.

The other meal was duck confit over pappardelle. The duck was very flavorful, as was the sauce, but the pasta seemed like it had come from a box. We couldn't quite identify what was missing but it was another disappointment.

Really good restaurants are rare between Denver and Vail. Willow Creek could be the exception, but the kitchen needs to pay more attention to those important little details.

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Reviewed December 23, 2011

A great restaurant with dining on the deck, an inside fireplace, a spectacular view, a chef that fly fishes and fine cuisine near home is a real find. When the sky is Colorado Blue, the air crisp, and the sun just starting to set, the search for dining that takes advantage of this naturally provided ambiance can reach the intensity of the search for just the right fly during a infuriating evening hatch in Cheesman Canyon. On May 21, 2011, the predicted Judgement Day for some, Brenda and I set out to find the perfect spot for a "last supper." Stumbling around on Opentable.com I happened on Willow Creek Restaurant right on the lake in Evergreen that looked perfect. Could it be ?

 We set out on I-70 toward Evergreen. Just a little past 6PM, the clouds parted over Overlook Mountain and a strong beam of sunlight backlighted Buffalo Bill's gravesite. Certainly this was a sign that we had a wonderful evening in store, Buffalo Bill was finally forgiven for miscasting the West, or the world was actually not going to end. As it turned out, two out of three were confirmed by first hand experience. 
Chef Curtis Lincoln and his wife Kristopher have returned home to Evergreen to raise their kids and provide us with exceptional cuisine and Colorado high country dining ambiance after years of crisscrossing the country. Chef Curtis left his position at Brown Palace to start the Willow Creek Restaurant in 2009. The wine list, menu, and service reflect their wide experience. You'll find rabbit and trout among even more imaginative dishes. The wine list has a number of Malbecs, my favorites. 
As we were relaxing with our wine at a window table, I noticed Chef Curtis still in his apron walk alongside the restaurant, pick up a fly rod and stroll toward the lake. He took a couple casts in the evening twilight and then gave a fly to a young fly fisher working the shore. He then strolled back up hill, put the fly rod back in the rack next to the restaurant, and went back to the kitchen. Now, you tell me. Where are you going to get better food, from a chef that puffs a hit on his break behind the dumpsters, or from a chef that casts for a hit in the evening sun and then goes back to his cuisine? 

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Reviewed December 20, 2011

It's so easy to overlook the restaurant around the corner, but in this case that would be a mistake. Willow Creek is an exceptional restaurant with a talented chef in a beautiful setting overlooking Evergreen Lake. We began with gnocci with crispy pancetta and wild mushrooms that came, unexpectedly, in a rich brown broth. It was heavenly! Bruschetta Three Way with duck confit, trout and mushrooms ragout was unusual and worth every bite. Entrees are well-conceived - we had a thick pork chop that was slightly smoked before grilling and the bricked chicken was juicy and redolent of rosemary. We then shared a dessert of bread pudding with baked pomegranate seeds, vanilla ice cream and sliced fresh strawberries. It was light, airy and delicious. Each dish was thoughtfully prepared and one step above the usual. We will be returning as soon as possible!

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Reviewed December 9, 2011

We have lived in Evergreen for 12 years and have seen restaurants come and go. It is our mission to help make sure Willow Creek is one that stays forever. The food, location, ambience and friendly service keep us coming back again and again. The husband and wife team of Chef Curtis and Ring Master Kristopher, have struck the perfect balance between casual and upscale. This is a place to bring out-of-town guests, as well as enjoy as a local, with a range of options to fit most any budget. And the wine list just keeps getting better and better!

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Reviewed August 13, 2011

The scenery, view, and the courteous staff is very nice. Atmosphere is electric, people seem excited and talk a lot. On the appetizer list, their anti pasti dish is probably best for a group. The salad with arugula was good too, bruschetta was lacking in interest. Entrees were B+' one friend had the penne dish, it was average, 2 had the dungeness crab and a white fish, it was average. We like going here particularly because of the view, however being there for drinks and an appetizer (2 glasses of champagne and 6 oysters on the half shell) and paying $36 before tip is a bit over the top. Especially disconcerting are the skimpy pours. We previously had vodka cocktails, they were tiny and too much ice; today the champagne was less than 1/2 of a normal sized glass of champagne. We will go back, but perhaps ponder what we will get for our money. Chart House has the best happy hour on the mountain. Great food and nice pours!

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