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A dark roast on a bright day, a frosty microbrew in an award-winning greasy spoon… There’s plenty of places to eat in Estes Park! Ask our staff for their favourite pub to grab quick grub or the best place to dine when ambience is key and your groove is gourmet! Here are some venues to get you started:
Breakfast and Coffee Shops
Buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy for breakfast, elk burger with pepper jack and chipotle mayo for lunch. The Notchtop Cafe is where the sandwiches compete with Longs Peak for height, so buckle down!
Organic, fairtrade, and fresh-roasted, Kind Coffee makes a great cuppa joe. You can also get hot eats and smoothies with a kind smile. It’s a nice atmosphere for an affogato (shots over ice cream!). Get your fix and hang with the locals.
One of our absolute top picks, when in Estes you must eat at The Rock Inn Mountain Tavern est. 1937. Opening daily at 4 p.m., all sauces are made from scratch, the music is live and, if you go on Thursday, you’ll meet some of our great National Park workers who kick off their weekends with a cold draft!
Smokin Dave’s BBQ
For 25 years, Dave has grilled with the soul of a Southern Pit Master. Honoring the art of American barbeque, try a Smokin’ Platter or Smokin Dave’s BBQ legendary ribs. With two locations in Estes Park, you can’t leave without taking home a 16 oz. jar of Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ sauce for $5.50!
Twin Owls Steakhouse
A 90-year-old log cabin just north of downtown Estes, Twin Owls Steakhouse serves up a selection of steaks, wild game, and seafood for the whole family (incl. a great kids menu!). Try Twin Owls’ hand-crafted cocktails or order from their extensive wine list!
Elkin’s Distillery is the first legal distillery in Estes Park. If that statement alone doesn’t sway you, how about the fact that there’s a tasting room? Try Elkin’s Colorado Whiskey, distilled and bottled right here in the Rocky Mountains of Estes Park. The bottles are beautiful and their swag is sought-after. Open from noon till nine, you’re going to love their carefully-curated high-proof menu. Elkin’s Distillery, adding adventure to whisky!
Rock Cut Brewery and tap room quickly became a favorite among the locals. Tucked into the base of Prospect Mountain, getting there is an easy walk from the main drag. With twelve craft brews on tap, you’ll get an honest to goodness idea of what Rock Cut Brewery can do! Try the Galactic Portal, a wonderful IPA.