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“Our favorite restaurant in Estes Park”
Review of The Other Side

The Other Side
Ranked #28 of 141 Restaurants in Estes Park
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $25
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet, Reservations, Takeout
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.
Reviewed September 23, 2008

We had both breakfast and dinner here and both were excellent. I had fried trout for breakfast and according to my partner, I didn't come up for air.

For dinner we ate in the lower, more upscale restaurant where I had Trout Almondine which was excellent and he had the buffalo which was just perfect.

The service for dinner was a bit lacking with our waiter bringing out salads for three tables at the same time, which ended up in confusion and receiving the wrong one and it was difficult to get the check, but the scenery and the food more than made up for a waiter having a bad night.

Thank Leighann912
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Reviewed September 23, 2008

During an 8 day stay in Estes, 4 of us ate here for 5 breakfasts, a lunch and 3 dinners. Lik Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant, at breakfast "you can get whatever you want" (except grits). Pancakes, waffles, french toast, all kinds of egg dishes, fruit, cereal: it was all there, well-prepared and in generous portions. (One caveat: if you're from the South, their idea of "country ham" is not what you'd get back home) At lunch and dinner you can choose between the grill for less expensive, traditional "local diner" food (pot roast, country steak, etc.) or the dining room for a more extensive/expensive menu. Four versions of trout are available with almondine our favorite. Prime ribs were were very good as was salmon and a couple of pork tenderloin dishes. And a beef-barley soup hit the spot one chilly day. Service in both rooms was prompt and attentive and the ambiance was very pleasant. A good, all-around restaurant.

Thank NCATdayhiker
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Reviewed August 26, 2008

This restaurant has a lovely duck pond side setting, but the cook/chef should be forced to tast his own food! The appetizer of crab cakes was a soggy mess that tasted only of bell pepper, the salad had been sitting out so long it was brown and wilted, the broccolii cheese soup was an inedible glop with unmelted cold cheese stirred in, the pricey entries (elk and lamb porterhouse) had zero seasoning (not even salt and pepper) so were flavorless, and even the baked potato was re-heated from the refriderator abd rock hard. I did recommend that the cook taste the sauces because they had been sitting reducing so long that they were glue. The wait staff was pleasant, but nothing could save the horrid food.
Also, we arrived early, and there was only approximately 25 per cent customer capacity, so the kitchen could not have been rushed. What was the reasoning for old pre-prepared food?
Hopefully this was just a terribly off night, and decent kitchen staff will return.

2  Thank solarnachr
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Reviewed August 3, 2008

The front desk of our hotel (Saddle Inn) recommended us this restaurant and we dont't regret it.
From the outside you can't imagine what it is inside. You have the choice between the upper level - more cafetaria style - and the dinner room downstairs, with large windows unto a nice pond full of ducks and geese.
We had a table by the window and could enjoy sunset over the pond.
For our last evening in the Rockies we first ordered a Californian champagne, which was served in two small bottles (just like in an airplane). Strange!
The ceviche with salmon and a white fish was excellent. Afterwards my wife took a local trout with wild rice, and I got a perfectly grilled (pink inside) piece of Ahi-Tuna with wild rice.
Fish was of good quality, but not really extraordinary.
We paid 85 $ for two (we decided to have coffe and tea after dinner in the Stanley Hotel: we would definitely recommend this to everyone)

1  Thank harmonie
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Reviewed July 21, 2008

We ate upstairs, in the cafe, instead of in the dining room, because we are, well, cheap. It was perfectly fine. We had a BLT, the hot roast beef sandwich, kid's chicken tenders, an alpine burger and a couple of beers. Our server was brand new and made a few mistakes, but nothing serious. This was the place we figured we would go back to if we ran out of reasonable choices. Food prices appear to be pretty much the same throughout Estes Park (every entree is 9.95 and every beer is 3.50), so it was nice to find a less expensive burger and a kid's meal that was big enough for a 12 year old.

Thank JaxAmerican
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