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“Breakfast Buyer's Remorse”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of The Other Side

The Other Side
Ranked #27 of 128 Restaurants in Estes Park
Price range: $8 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Buffet, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Nestled by the Big Thompson River near the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, The Other Side Restaurant invites you to enjoy traditional all-American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner: choice steaks, prime rib, lobster, crab, pasta, salads and daily Chef's Specials.
Loveland, Colorado
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60 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Breakfast Buyer's Remorse”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

Estes Park is a town built on tourism, so this review is geared toward advising travelers, and is specifically regarding brunch. At one time "The Other Side" was a very nice dining venue and my family trekked up the hill to Estes Park to enjoy meals and gaze at the abundant natural beauty right outside the large picture windows. Over the years, The Other Side has see-sawed back and forth between delightful and unacceptable over the years - perhaps a reflection of managerial changes?? But that's all history, and our experience today moved me to fire up the laptop and warn out-of-towners to plan on a different venue for brunch. At the start there was incredible confusion with simply writing names down on the waiting list, resulting in a packed waiting area. When we were finally led from the crowded waiting area to a table, we were surrounded by at least a dozen empty tables! Why was everyone still waiting? Strike one. Our server was pleasant throughout, and I noticed other servers were very polite and on the ball - no complaints there. Then coffee came, and I did not understand what bad coffee even meant until today. Strike two. At the buffet I took a serving of bacon, a waffle, and scrambled eggs. The bacon was great, the scrambled eggs were watery and tasteless, and the waffle - OMG. I thought waffles were fairly innocuous, but something went very, very wrong with these waffles. I nervously wondered if some cleaning products had accidentally fallen into the batter - it was just that bad. So with only bacon in my tummy, I took a second pass. Most of the desserts look like they were plucked from a supermarket freezer - messy cream pies in disposable aluminum pie tins, tiny dried-out eclairs, etc. I located some pineapple and got more bacon. To add insult to injury, coffee wasn't even included in the price ($76 + tip for 4 people). The price would be reasonable for decent food. Additionally, be advised there are steps up and down everywhere here - and on the first set of steps we negotiated here we were warned by the hostess to be cautious of the greenish puddles (of what?) on the steps. The place needs some updating. Unless you are traveling with a team of adolescent males, whose ravenous appetites might lead them to enjoy even a bowl of shredded cardboard, I urge you to try another breakfast venue in town. Nicky's has a nice, reasonably priced breakfast (no buffet but very good coffee and food), and so does the Egg and I. Bottom line = avoid this brunch!

  • Visited April 2012
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English first
Estes Park, Colorado
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great food great view”
Reviewed April 20, 2012

Always a nice treat to go to The Other Side. We send lots of guests out their way. Prime Rib is great, and they have a Mexican Buffet once a month that is wonderful

Visited August 2011
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2 Thank tejanajuana
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Estes Park, Colorado
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Both dining areas are nice!”
Reviewed April 7, 2012

This restaurant is ALWAYS a good place to go eat. The food is reliable, the staff pleasant and it's this home town gal's favorite..

Visited April 2012
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1 Thank TONYSbabe4
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Loveland, Colorado
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Elk Chops”
Reviewed April 3, 2012

The elk chops with cranberry drizzle were amazing! The elk sausage with jalapenos, duck mussels and wild boar apricot sausage appetizer was a unique experience. All the food was very good. The ambiance next to to the fireplace was perfect for an anniversary. The service was great as well. All in all it was a very good experience.

  • Visited January 2012
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Thank Christine S
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Loveland, Colorado
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Really, Really Great Brunch”
Reviewed March 18, 2012

This place has a Sunday Brunch that is truly outstanding. Not like a "Vegas Brunch", with umpti-jillion items, but a classy, very well prepared brunch, with just enough stuff: custom omlettes, salads, smoked salmon, various breakfast items, great desserts, and a beautiful setting. This place IS Estes Park.

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3 Thank john r m
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