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“My Favorite” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rock Inn Mountain Tavern

Rock Inn Mountain Tavern
Ranked #6 of 129 Restaurants in Estes Park
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Open 7 days a week at 4pm Sunday Mornings we are serving Brunch from 10am to 2pm Built in 1937as a dance hall for the Big Band Era, The Rock continues to be a lively gathering place with local flair. In the winter, our two wood-burning stoves keep the room toasty for folks stopping in for a beer or a bite after playing in Rocky Mountain National Park. During the summer season we enjoy stunning continental divide views from our outdoor dining patio. Our menu is an ever evolving blend of hand-crafted, hearty comfort food with a health and planet conscious twist. We aim to fill you up with goodness so you can get back to enjoying the mountains again tomorrow. We feature Certified Angus Beef, All-Natural Colorado chicken, fresh salads, whole grains, organic teas and coffees, local beers, sustainably produced wines, and a full bar. On Many Fridays after dinner, we set-up one of many original Colorado bands on our 76 year old stage, clear the dance floor and boogie all night. Some of the bands playing these days include Chain Station, James and the Devil, Old Town Pickers, The Sweet Lillies, Stringboard Theory, Cadillac Grip Funk, KC Groves, and many more. During the summer time, acoustic music acts play most other nights of the week, sunday nights are a mellower feeling as we host acoustic Colorado songwriters during dinner. You might catch Jon Pickett, Alex Thoele, Sarah Caton, Jay Roemer, Billy Shaddox, Jay Stott, or Terry Kishiyama and Ash Ganley. We also offer a great open bluegrass pick on Thursday nights lead by a few talented local musicians, either joining in on the pick or just sitting back and enjoying the bluegrass, tuesdays are a funny night of music. We look forward to having you join us. Reservations are not accepted, however if you want to give us a call, when you are on your way we will be happy to get a table ready for you or put you on the list. During the off-season there is rarely a wait. In July, August, and September it is best to get here before 6.
Estes Park, Colorado
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4 reviews
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“My Favorite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

As a local here in Estes Park and someone who has visited about every restaurant/bar in town, the Rock Inn is undoubtedly one to check out. Not only is the food awesome, the atmosphere is nice, service is excellent and did I mention the Devil's on Horseback? The Rock is also one of the only bars in town bringing in great music. Lot's of good beers to choose from and mountain views--- can't get much better than that.

  • Visited June 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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19 reviews
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“Very tasty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

The food here is very good and a little bit of a surprise - not your normal "tavern" fare. Service was good and it was a busy night. The staff is very friendly. The cost is a bit more but the food is good, so worth the splurge. (Flatiron steak is the best!)

Visited May 2013
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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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“Great atmosphere and good food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Although this tavern is a little ways out of Estes Park, it is worth the trip. Our motel owner recommended it as a good local place to go. The place was packed with people of all ages. Service was good and the food was delicious. I believe that there is music at the weekends, but we were there on a week night, so cannot comment on that aspect of the place.

  • Visited May 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Excellent food, great beer on tap, comfortable atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We were at a conference at the YMCA and stopped at this Inn for dinner and drinks one night. It was well worth it. Ate delicious fresh trout and steak, and happy hour deals meant we could try two Colorado brews for the price of one. The atmosphere appealed to every age - families, older couples, and young couples. The bartenders and waitstaff were incredibly friendly and helpful.

  • Visited June 2013
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Greeley, Colorado
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“Dinner in the Rockies.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

Rock inn mountain tavern
Appears promising with its rustic charm and full parking lot. Unfortunately, it started off as all show and no substance. We began with Devils on horseback (stuffed dates wrapped in bacon) which appeared fresh out of the freezer and tossed on a plate for all the work that went into the presentation. Taste was ok at best.
For dinner, I ordered the NY strip, bistro style (encrusted with peppercorns and topped with a port wine reduction) which came with a side salad and potatoes. The salad was wet, so the dressing became runny and the lettuce had a bitter taste. The steak was prepared perfectly, as were the "Longs Peak" potatoes (baby reds boiled then flash fried). My companion had the same experience with his salad. However, he had the pan seared trout, Cajun style, over mashed potatoes. The entree was well prepared and delicious. Service was very good and our waiter was attentive. Overall, the dinner was good, although a little pricey. I would return but hope that before I do, the management recognizes that diners are looking for the whole experience to be outstanding, not just the main protein.

  • Visited June 2013
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