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“Hole in the wall filled the hole in our stomachs!”

Rock Inn Mountain Tavern
Ranked #3 of 128 Restaurants in Estes Park
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, 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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Hole in the wall filled the hole in our stomachs!”
Reviewed March 12, 2014

Talk about your hole in the wall, but fantastic food. It was our best meal over our three-day stay. It's an old cabin, but the inside is cozy and warm. Much, if not all, of the food is organic, natural or otherwise. I didn't need A1 for the steak - ate it as it came. Happy hour was a BOGO, so that was awesome. Nothing pretentious, just great food and service. Put this place on your list.

Visited February 2014
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Eaton, Colorado, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good food, good atmosphere.”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

We were up in Estes celebrating our 3rd anniversary. We really enjoyed the wood burning fireplace, and the whole atmosphere that went with it. We went on a Sunday afternoon, and it was relatively quiet. The waitress was very good. The one complaint I have is that my hamburger was overcooked; but as the menu stated, they only serve it well done. Even with my burger prepared differently than what I usually would like, we would recommend it 100%.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Nathan T
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Estes Park, Colorado
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Rock Inn”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

They have a good menu. This is a fun place with many musical groups for entertainment. That is all I have to say!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank SandraM31943
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2014

To start we walk in to no hostess and a sign saying wait to be seated. Waited 10 minutes and then just went searching. The hostess was standing in the back by the kitchen area. I asked for the hostess. "Oh yeah that's me" she says. It was just an awkward exchange from there. As if we were in the wrong because we came in the front door.

Anyway, Coming from Omaha, NE we may be a bit spoiled when it comes to steak. That said we had the New York strip, and it was just okay.

Being names a tavern I expected a better beer selection, but it also was pretty standard.

Atmosphere is good and it was very busy with live acoustic music.

The service was good, but my wife and I are a servers dream. Order eat pay.

Overall nothing special really. Would try another place over this when we return to Estes.

Visited March 2014
Thank Eeviac
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fun tavern with great food for adults. Not a great place for kids.”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

The food in this tavern is very good and a great value. Our server, Kaci, was personable, accommodating and quick on her feet. They have an extensive wine list and live music. We plan to come back again soon. Given the tavern environment, we were pleasantly surprised to find such healthy gourmet cuisine. I highly recommend the wild salmon and locally caught trout.

This isn't a kid-friendly establishment, but I would love to come back with friends. The menu is a little too high brow for young kids, but great for adults.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Erin M
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