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“Superb Dining in a Delightful Setting”

Twin Owls Steakhouse
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Ranked #14 of 137 Restaurants in Estes Park
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $35
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Rt 34 Bypass
Description: Twin Owls Steakhouse is located at the Black Canyon Inn and housed in a recently renovated 1920's log cabin. We blend the tradition of family, the celebration of friends and the finest cuisine in Estes Park for a warm and unique experience. We offer many options for your unforgettable event. Private Event Dining available for 20-55 guests or reserve the entire Restaurant for events of 75-185 guests.
Reviewed June 11, 2014

We ate here for our 40th anniversary and found the food, service, and setting all equally excellent. As other reviewers have noted, the restaurant has a log cabin feel, but is quaint and quiet enough for intimate conversations. The host gave us the choice of a romantic table for two on a loft overlooking the main dining room, or a table by a window overlooking a cute little boulder-surrounded yard with birds and bunnies and the "Twin Owl" rock formation in the distant. We choose the view.

The service was spot on. The host, water boy, and server (Heather) all shared with us their favorite choices. The menu was quite large and the choices legion, but we had to make a choice. So, we went with ...

For starters, the Berry Brie en Croute (French Brie stuffed with dried mango, pineapple, cranberry & apricot ... all wrapped in flakey puff pastry and served with fresh fruit and baguette slices). Other reviewers have complained about the fruit, we found the whole combination delightful, balanced, and very tasty.

We followed this with a "Classic" Caesar Salad (crisp romaine lettuce, croutons & shredded parmesan tossed in our homemade caesar dressing), but I would not say their homemade dressing was "classic." It was tasty and creamier than classic, but not classic.

My wife had the Filet MacGregor, described as the "House Special: Hand-cut tenderloin filet, served over a balsamic demi-glaze, topped with bleu cheese, pistachios and bearnaise. Served with oven roasted rosemary potatoes." Although cooked to order, and quite large, at 8 ounces, it was a bit tougher than we expected. Not the best filet we've ever had.

However, my choice, the Colorado Elk Medallions, we're exceptional. The exquisitely tender "Denver leg of elk medallions" were served with balsamic onions, a scrumptious sweet potato puree, and a side of nicely sautéed veggies (green beans, carrots, and zucchini). The meat had absolutely no "wild taste" and was stunningly tender. I'm not sure I've ever had a better elk dish, and I've had quite a few.

We also enjoyed a side of green chile/white cheddar mashed potatoes, which were unique and quite tasty without being "hot" or "too spicy."

We paired our entrées with two excellent wine suggestions from Heather: a Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon (2010) and a Luigi Bosca Malbec (2011). Both were excellent matches for the food and good values.

We saved room for a delicious chocolate mousse cake.

All-in-all, our best and favorite dining experience this week in Estes Park. We will be coming back.

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Reviewed June 10, 2014

The restaurant has a rustic cabin like atmosphere, and a menu which offers various delicious entrées. My wife ordered their Buffalo (Bison) New York steak, medium. Unfortunately, her steak came back well-done. Upon informing our server of the oversight, they pleasantly took her tray and promptly replaced her order. Whether it was due to their mistake in my wifes dinner order, or that we were celebrating our 21st anniversary, we were offered our desserts for free. Overall, the service was excellent, and their meals were priced fairly.

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Reviewed June 9, 2014

My wife and I "try" to eat here annually on our anniversary. It doesn't get any better than this! The staff/owners are "spot on" and the food is excellent. You'd be selfish to want better!

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Reviewed June 9, 2014

Twin Owls is a restaurant we visit each time we are in Estes Park. From game to beef to chicken, each dish has been developed fully with flavors and textures that truly shine. The restaurant is in an old house, and they worked to retain that feel, with an upper level dining alcove, large windows across the front with a view of Twin Owls, and fireside dining tables. Service is great, attentive but not suffocating. One of our favorites!

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Reviewed June 7, 2014

The restaurant is of log-cabin construction and perfectly suited to Estes Park.

Almost everything on the menu is heavy. Even the vegetarian pasta is in a cream sauce. May of the meats are in sweet fruit sauces. That being said, it is a steak house and the steaks are very good. My elk was tender and paired deliciously with the pureed sweet potatoes. Something of a surprise, my wife's ribs were better than in most BBQ joints. The meat was perfectly cooked. We enjoyed a started of very nice salad, even though the advertised walnuts and blueberries were absent. The French onion soup was OK, but nothing special.

Would return. Come hungry.

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