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“Delicious white chicken chili and cornbread”

Spruce Tree Terrace
Ranked #43 of 67 Restaurants in Cortez
Cuisines: American, Native American
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Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating
Description: Patio Dining at it's best! Stop at Spruce Tree Terrace Cafe, located in the heart of Mesa Verde National Park, for favorite American classics and Southwest specialties. Convenient cafeteria service with indoor and patio dining offering a seasonally updated menu filled with fresh, delicious appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. Be sure not to miss our popular Navajo Tacos!
Tampa, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Delicious white chicken chili and cornbread”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

I was given a taste of the white chicken chili before ordering it and it was DELICIOUS!!! The cornbread fresh out of the oven was a nice and yummy addition. My husband ordered a chicken wrap that he said was good. The portion was large. We left feeling very satisfied.

Visited June 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

A good place to eat while in the park. Nice variety of food and well liked by the family. Try the Navajo taco.

Visited July 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“A Free Tour”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Walk down yourself. No need to pay to go into this one. There are usually helpful Park Rangers down there to provide you with all the info you may need to know....A must see!

Visited July 2013
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Austin, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“So slow, but surprisingly tasty with good outdoor patio”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

Oh dear, the folks at national parks seem to work in a time warp (not our only encounter with excruciatingly slow service on this trip). The cafe is counter service, where it took 20 minutes for me to get to the front of a small line. I know it's not McDonald's, but they should be able to speed up taking orders.

I didn't think the prices were that bad, given that there is no restaurant for at least 30 minutes away. The chicken salad sandwich with side item was about $8.50. The very nice side salad was about $4. The homemade potato chips were tasty. Even the fruit salad had lots of flavor. Overall the food was surprisingly tasty.

The outdoor patio with umbrellas is a lovely spot to watch birds fly by, lizards sit in the sun, and for us to enjoy cool breezes.

  • Visited July 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Convenient location, lousy food, high prices”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

I expected to pay a premium cost for the convenience of dining at Spruce Tree House but did not expect the mostly lousy food. The chicken on the Southwest chicken salad was like jerky. The pizza was burnt. The hot dog and chips were decent. The fry bread was fresh and really quite tasty. Nice touch: the self-serve drink dispenser had a lot of choices including Gatorade.

The staff was busy talking with each other about their social plans and pretty much threw our trays at us.

  • Visited June 2013
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