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The View Restaurant at the Historic Crags Lodge

300 Riverside Dr, Estes Park, CO 80517
+1 970-586-1087
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good23%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“empanadas” (11 reviews)
“duck confit” (6 reviews)
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300 Riverside Dr, Estes Park, CO 80517
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

The food was phenomenal. Props to the chef. Best Duck Confit I've ever had and my wife loved the Braised Short ribs. Empanada appetizer was excellent. Service was great. Now for the not so good: atmosphere & wine list. What a shame to have such...More

Thank Peter W
Reviewed 25 September 2017

Jessica and Shad, along with their amazing staff were absolutely the best. I don't think that we could have had a better wedding ceremony or reception here. The breathtaking views, the rustic feel, the food and the staff were top notch. I cannot thank all...More

Thank kaileyschumacher
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

The restaurant is in an old hotel. The bones of the building are special but in need of some love. The restaurant tables are organized in uninteresting rows. Walking in to the hotel and restaurant you are at once awed and disappointed. So much more...More

1  Thank LJSpock
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

We try to eat at the View when we come to town. The food is usually very good but it always appears that there is not quite enough wait staff. Most of us ordered the chicken breast which had a nice crust and was moist....More

1  Thank SKS06
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

I am sad to read poor reviews for this charming restaurant because our experience at The View was superb. We were celebrating a birthday and were seated on a semi private balcony with spectacular view of Estes. Our waiter was John who provided excellent service...More

2  Thank Cgbobdog
Reviewed 5 September 2017

We spent a wonderful weekend exploring the beautiful Rocky Mts and stayed at a great little cabin where we grilled our first night's dinner. Since we were also celebrating a birthday we were looking for a special local restaurant. Crag's View Restaurant does have a...More

2  Thank Annette G
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

When in beautiful Estes Park, Co, who wants to enjoy dinner looking at four walls? My first priority was to have a scenic view followed by great food and service. Crags turned out to be exactly that. The drive up to the lodge is tight....More

2  Thank paulwilj
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

The View is a restaurant we go to every time we are in Estes Park. Amazing food and an amazing view of the city. For a romantic dinner request to sit on the balcony.

1  Thank bryantcpa
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I proposed to my (now) fiance at The View last week and I can't think of a better experience or location for such as occasion. I chose The View because I wanted a romantic setting and that certainly didn't disappoint. Even though it was an...More

1  Thank Edward W
Reviewed 14 August 2017

The location has a great view, but the tables that are closest to the windows are available via reservation only. Those tables have significantly better views than those toward the back of the room where we were. The food was average; we ordered a variety...More

1  Thank Sladphie
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Alan M M
14 February 2017|
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Response from Paula U | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I am sure that can be done, however, the restaurant is not part of the lodge, they seem to have a limited selection, prices, are well, kinda expensive, it is a nice venture, but, seems they have better luck with... More
4 October 2016|
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Response from Debra K | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do take reservations. You will not be disappointed...the food and service is excellent. If you can get a balcony table I highly recommend it. Depending on weather of course!
21 August 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$26 - US$38
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 Riverside Dr, Estes Park, CO 80517
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Estes Park
  • Phone Number: +1 970-586-1087
  • E-mail
Located in the Historic Crags Lodge, the View is an established, destination restaurant for many people living along the front range. Dining is casual yet elegant and offers the best view of the surrounding mountains and downtown Estes Park through it's ninety foot wall of windows. Our bar opens at 4:00 PM and Happy Hour is from 4-6. The menu is an eclectic mix of unique entrees such as the Signature Short Ribs, Duck Confit, Roasted Eggplant Dip and our signature Cobbler. Gluten free and vegetarian options available. Only fresh, local ingredients are used in the menu and the staff is welcoming and friendly. The View is a perfect mix of atmosphere, views, excellent food and fine wine.
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