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“Great views, average food”

Trailhead Restaurant
Ranked #35 of 137 Restaurants in Estes Park
Price range: $5 - $30
Cuisines: American, Italian
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Trailhead Restaurant can be entered from the gift shop. At the Trailhead you may enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and beverages, including regionally brewed and national brand beers, served from our Old West log bar. The experience of the Trailhead will be unforgettable as you dine surrounded by a panorama of towering mountains and the nearby seductive high peaks and forests of Rocky Mountain National Park.For those wanting a truly remarkable dining experience, try a meal on our expansive log and stone pillar open-air deck. From your table you will be treated to a magnificent view of mountains soaring above Fall River as it winds past forests, meadows and grazing wildlife. To the east you will see Fall River Valley bordered by mountains. To the west are majestic high peaks with a glimpse of Trail Ridge Road, leading to the Continental Divide and all that awaits you ahead in the Park, including the region’s highest mountain: Long’s Peak.While enjoying your meal or drink, have a park meal prepared, packed and ready-to-go when you are. Or, if a visit to our restaurant is not possible, you may simply want to take snacks, coffee, or other beverages and one of our packaged lunches with you. Don’t forget dessert!
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Had dinner on July 3. The place was dead. I think there was only 3 or 4 other tables seated. I would have thought it would have been quite busier during vacation season. Food was mediocre (we all had burgers). The view was great. Right outside the entrance to RMNP.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

The deck has great views and its relaxing. Food is not the best ever but it us not bad at all. Good spot for a quick lunch and to take a break from driving to or from RMNP.

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Reviewed July 3, 2013

We ate breakfast here our last day at Estes Park. The dining room is very nice with a great view. There is also a gift shop next door if you have little ones and want to kill a few minutes while you wait for your food. It was inexpensive, too. I would go back!

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Right next to the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park sits the Trailhead Restaurant. It is in a string of buildings that includes the Fall River Visitor's Center (open seasonally - ie., not in winter), an expansive gift store, and the restaurant.

My experiences have been consistent with other reviewers. Some of the options are quite good (hot, fresh fries, the wraps, and so on) and others not so great (the elk stew, some of the burgers). I've never eaten breakfast here, so I can't comment on that but the breakfast menu looks good.

The service can be a bit slow, but other times it has been pretty quick. I think it depends on your server.

The scenery is awesome - looking towards the park and towering pines as you eat.

The adjoining gift store - which has 2 floors - has something for everyone. From the usual stuff (t-shirts, mugs, etc.) to the exotic (handmade wooden crafts, night lights, lotions).

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

We should've known better when we showed up at 7pm & the place was a ghosttown. We sat outside & the view was great. My husband asked if a substitution could be made on a meal & was told no because 'it was premade'. We both had the house specialty elk stew, it came out luke warm, bland, & between both of us we had 7 pieces (approx 1" cubes) of elk, 3 of which were just chunks of gristle. We both felt Dinte Moore made higher quality stew. My cornbread pieces were dark brown. We each ate 3-4 bites & couldnt take anymore. When our server finally returned we asked to cash out & expressed our disappointment in the meal. Our server returned with the check & had taken 10% off. We asked to speak with the manager & were told the manager wasnt there that day, & staff couldnt take off more than 10%, but we could pay the entire check & return another
day to speak with a manager. Just what I wanted to do on vacation. We've worked in restaurants & knew how messed up this was, we also felt bad for our server. She ended up taking our 2 beers off & the 10%. We paid $28 for this horrible meal. Way better places to go in Estes than this.

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