My wife and I have been coming to Grand Lake for 18 years, and have always been on the lookout for somewhere really good to eat. We have tried many of the places in town over the years, but only now took the plunge and tried Rapids Lodge for dinner.
First off, the food is expensive. That is made clear by the menus that can be found online. However, what isn't so clear is that the food is worth the cost. It really was very tasty, and finely presented as well. We each selected a steak for dinner. Both steaks were prepared exactly as we wanted them, and were paired with potatoes and vegetables to round it out. The dinner included a wonderful salad and a sorbet between the courses as well.
While this is not a pretentious restaurant with a strict dress code, it is important to remember that it is a "high end" dining establishment. To me, that means that the pace is slow, the food is wonderful, and the atmosphere is special. It did take our server a little bit to bring us our water, however, in a break from tradition, she also brought out our salads and bread at the same time.
It did seem that she was a bit over-tasked, but she did care, and was a capable person. As a contrast, there are other places in Grand Lake that simply fill positions with whomever will show up for their shift. I personally would rather wait for the right person than be served by the wrong person.
We were fortunate enough to get to sit outside right by the river. The weather was absolutely perfect, and being Spring, the river was really high. Wonderful is the only word to describe it.
A few of the reviews speak of a particularly rude owner/manager. It would not surprise me at all if that were the case...I have come across a LOT of rude owners in this town. I finally ran out of places to eat, and had to circle back around again. Short of not coming, or cooking all my own meals, I am left with patronizing companies that are ran differently than I run mine.
It was quite a wonderful and enjoyable evening.
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