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“Bland food and rude service”

The Wild Rose Food and Spirit Co.
Ranked #70 of 135 Restaurants in Estes Park
Price range: $5 - $10
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Aurora, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Bland food and rude service”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

I wanted to be fair and try to give this restaurant another chance, the group I was with were interested in the menu/specials. I have avoided this place for at least four years, but sadly nothing has changed. We waited in the doorway of the restaurant for quite some time before the staff even noticed we were there. my meal was very bland and cold. No one in my party was please with their food either. The server was quick to leave the dining area and avoid/ignore the guests. I will not visit this establishment again, and I will let others know to avoid it as well. The chef needs to be replaced with someone who knows how to prepare good/edible food not the awful mess that come out of that kitchen.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank igloo02
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English first
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A memorable dinner with the chef showing his talent”
Reviewed October 24, 2012 via mobile

We arrived at 5:30 on a Saturday evening and we called in before , it was quite bussy . Our party was very large , all ages and kids . We have been at this restaurant several times and have been treated superb . Our menu was a four course Meal put together by the Chef . We had Buffalo Steak ( needs to be ordered Medium Rare ) what we did same with the Elk Chops , fresh Atlantic Salmon , not to forget the tender Chicken Marsala, and our delicious pasta dish with Tiger shrimp . The Chef came out several times to make sure we where happy and satisfied . The whole meal was outstanding and our waiters friendly , and helpful . Thank you again for a wonderful time at your establishment. Thx chef !!!

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3 Thank Himmelfahr
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Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“So Much Potential, So Little Effort, Unfortunately Easily Forgettable”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

For new travelers to Estes Park discovering where to go for a bite to eat, we'd highly recommend going to the nearby Rocky Mountain Visitor Center first. Why? Besides having a large area of comfortable cushy leather couches near the fireplace, cold water, free internet, and helpful staff, they have a slide rack of all the dining menus in Estes Park and surrounding area. It's the best way to visually peruse the options easily in one place for newcomers and a relaxing place to unwind for a few minutes following a long drive.

That said, we settled on The Wild Rose.

The Good: It's a spacious-enough and comfortable sit-down place off the main drag, Elkhorn Avenue, with large windows letting in the light. A quaint and older building that's been modernly updated, the Wild Rose prices is moderately reasonable in an area of touristy-pricey places with some walk-in burger, sandwich, candy and cookie shops thrown in for good measure. The food is freshly done and fairly wholesome. The beer selection, and especially the local brews, are outstanding. From here on out, though, it begins to suffer.

The Not-So-Good: Having the grilled Reuben sandwich on swirled rye with Thousand Island dressing on the side seemed like a good bet. The corned beef was good and freshly sliced, the sauerkraut crisp and not too wet, the bread was fresh, soft, and outstandingly local. However, the sandwich wasn't grilled whatsoever-- it was as cold as the day. The dressing was nonexistent but it did come after I asked about it. The sandwiches come with a side of either French fries, salad, or onion rings; I chose the onion rings which were good.

Not bad, or for that matter, all that great, either, for $8. It was easily forgettable.

The wife had the "Vegetarian Lover" pasta ($10): sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes and seasonal vegetables served with fettuccine pasta, sprinkled with feta cheese and fresh herbs. She liked it, but said the plate was drowning in feta, short on vegetables, and no fresh herbs were found or 'sprinkled.' No salad was included, either, so she opted for the one-time through 'salad bar' ($3.50). The price was right; but the salad bar, tired looking, ill-maintained, and offering minimal choices, was left to its own devices in a cubbyhole doubling as a wait station. The soup, cooked and forgotten and spilled about for who-knows-how-long as if no one really cared, looked equally unappetizing. We were served a white dinner bread, somewhat on the flavorless side, which came at the end of the meal for some lonely and unknown reason.

The menu was very basic and uninspired. Sandwiches, soup, burgers, chili, pasta. A fewer lightly-exciting and higher-priced German and fish selections were on the dinner menu, running on either side of $20.

Let's talk about the service staff for a moment: After the host seated us we were promptly forgotten in the dining room with only one other party eating, as he went back between doing something and nothing. 10-15 minutes later, we saw our waitress. She was a sweet, pleasant, cute-as-a-bug gal, speaking English as a second language which unfortunately was hard to understand. She was clearly new and excited to be waiting tables but challenged in areas of providing basic service and communication, and without the benefit of much supervision or training, she woefully suffered even as adorable as she was. An example was failing to tell us to help ourselves to the salad bar after taking our order, or the habit of always saying 'Your Welcome' when coming to the table.

The Wild Rose has as its owner/operator, a European chef, Hubert Felden, who is "classically trained in Europe" and, as the menu states, "Hubi’s culinary passion is expressed in each and every dish that comes out of his kitchen... Hubi has put this training to practice, gaining many years of experience in some of the finest kitchens in Europe and the United States."

Well, we failed to see this. We wanted to, we wished we had, but Hubi's premise simply failed to materialize. We didn't see the "culinary passion expressed in each and every dish that comes out of his kitchen." In fact, we didn't even see Mr. Felden or his "passion" remotely at all. Nor was any chef seen. What we did observe, though, was a young inexperienced 20-year-old trainee cooking up the dishes himself and having a difficult time doing so, such as pulling pasta out of hot water. We could see why our food wasn't the way it was described on the menu: the newly minted cook didn't know the dish and hadn't read the menu. Sadly said, we could have had a better meal by cooking it ourselves at home.

To sum up, The Wild Rose has so much potential that it fails to live up to. It was anything but noteworthy, delicious, or uniquely special. A great location, a tired menu, a lack of inspiration, and a lack of any oversight while running on autopilot makes it a truly mediocre spot that's soon forgotten-- and a recipe for disaster.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank MrDA1
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Shellman Bluff
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Good food for the $ and right on the main street”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

We enjoyed sitting by the open window and people watching while we had a nice dinner on our last evening in Estes . Service was ok, salad bar was ok and atmosphere reminded me of a pizza joint rather than a nice sit down restaurant. Food was good value for the $, with the Wiener Schnitzel and Beer Battered Fish and chips getting the best votes at our table. My brother and I both had the trout which was overcooked while the wild rice was crunchy. Overall this place just did not stand out among the other places in Estes.

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank BluffLife55
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Clarkesville, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Great food and atmosphere. I had fish and my wife had Italian and she said it was her favorite place to eat in Estes.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Michael F
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