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“Off the beaten track and glad we found it - great dining experience”

Rapids Lodge Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 34 Restaurants in Grand Lake
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $46
Cuisines: American, Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant was established in 1915 and is situated along the banks of the scenic North Inlet River. Lunch (summer only) and Dinner (reservations recommended).Enjoy an extensive wine list and historic ambiance. Please visit our website for up to date menus.
Reviewed October 14, 2010

We did not have reservations and stumbled on the Rapids. Hidden amongst the condos with great ambience both inside and out, this is a jewel of Grand Lake. Food was a bit pricy but quality and service made me rate it a good value. We all thoroughly enjoyed our food. Waitress had to inform our daughter that they were out of her initial first choice in dining and brought her an extra shrimp cocktail to apologize for the inconvenience. Very friendly staff and hostess - we'll be back next time in town.

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Reviewed September 14, 2010

We went there in less than our best attire and were welcomed at the door without hesitation and without a reservation. The staff was extremely friendly and attentive. Short, but very good wine list with reasonable prices. The food was great. Unbelievable variety and quality.

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2  Thank BDG6610
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Reviewed September 13, 2010

Great atmosphere with a nice view of the river. Also a great patio right next to the river to enjoy drinks before you dine. I had the elk medalions (cooked rare) which were probably the best elk I have ever tasted from a restaurant. My wife had the beef filet which was also excellent. The soup was a ginger lemongrass which was to die for.

If you are looking for an upper scale meal in Grand Lake, this is the place to go.

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2  Thank COloveBirds
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Reviewed August 19, 2010

We had a great stay in the Grand Lake area. One of the highlights of our stay was dinner at the Rapids Lodge and Restaurant. We were able to get a table(without reservations) overlooking the river and my wife had the beef short ribs and I had the elk tenderloin. Both of our meals were excellent. The staff did a great job and I would absolutely go back next time I’m in the area.

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1  Thank Keith L
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Reviewed June 9, 2010

On a recent trip to Grand Lake, we wanted to celebrate our time in beautiful Grand Lake with a meal to remember. We asked several locals for recommendations and noticed The Rapids Lodge Restaurant came up a lot! A stroll slightly off the main street boardwalk brought us to this lovely 1915 historic inn, clinging to the banks of a rushing river. Friendly staff put us at ease and made our evening so very special. With full view of the river and surrounded by lovely woods and antiques, we had the most fabulous meal, including a complementary, fresh shrimp/pate' appetizer tray, soup or salad, and hot bread, in the Lodge's charming, historic setting... The very essence of a fine Rocky Mountain evening out! Lamb Chops with an intriguing fresh blackberry compote...Trout Almondine ...each dish was top notch! Though at first glance it's a bit pricey, it was well worth every penny considering the free delicious appetizer tray, amazing soup or salad, and an incredible setting. What a gem in the Rockies, for sure. The Rapids made our weekend!

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1  Thank greatplaces1
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