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Crags Lodge & The View Restaurant in Estes Park, CO

Crags Lodge & The View Restaurant in Estes Park, CO

Specialties

The Historic Crags Lodge is ideally located in the heart of Estes Park on the north side of Prospect Mountain and only minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park. The landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park is the steepest in the United States. Sixty mountain peaks over 12,000 feet high result in world-renown scenery and provide challenges for hikers and climbers. The extreme topography creates an amazing range of ecological zones within a short distance, similar to the changes that would be seen in a drive from Denver to northern Alaska. The View Restaurant is open for dinner nightly from mid-May to mid-October.  Enjoy exceptional food in a casual fine-dining atmosphere. Overlooking Estes Park, The View Restaurant is named for it's spectacular view through its 90-foot wall of French pane windows.  Decorated with the original Old Hickory Furniture Company tables and chairs.

History

Established in 1914.

The View Restaurant is located in the Historic Crags Lodge which is the third oldest lodge in Estes Park.  The lodge was build by Joe Mills, younger brother of Enos Mills who is known as the "Father of Rocky Mountain National Park".

 

Company Info:

Rating: 3.50

Address: 300 Riverside Dr, Estes Park, CO, 80517
  • Mon: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tue: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Wed: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Thu: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Fri: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Sat: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Sun: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Comments (22):

1. Thomas S.
Very, very good. The people in our party of 15 who had the trout were astonished, the chicken was amazing, the steak was superb. Great wine list by the glass or bottle. Excellent beer selections. Very good salad. Terrific 'mixed berry cobbler.' Attentive wait staff. Great view.

30/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Ramon G.
If you are looking for a place to crash for a night up in Estes I would highly recommend Crags Lodge. It is away from the chaos of downtown up on the north side of town.  It's a super cozy, rustic lodge with amazing views and a delicious restaurant.  Rooms with a view can be a little spendy but it's worth it.  There is a long list of DVD's you can borrow if your into that as well.  Technically you are still "walking distance" from town but be ready for a steep walk back up to the lodge on your way back.  A couple pointers...don't get a room under the dining room, it can get a little loud.  There are weddings up there all the time as well so be prepared if the whole lodge is taken over by it.

27/06/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Rebecca S.
The Crags Lodge is old, so don't expect fanciness or luxury.  Our studio was tiny, with the "room" separated into two parts really, the first part just large enough for opening the door and a full sized bed (with ugly old comforter that we immediately hid in the closet) and then a second part through a large doorway with a sofa and efficiency (microwave, coffee maker, fridge, toaster, stove, sink and all kitchen supplies).  The room is heated through a baseboard radiator and the first thing we noticed was that even though ours was completely off, our room was still uncomfortably hot.  We were told this is because neighbors might have theirs on and it pulls heat through our room.  Our entire stay we kept the windows open to the 40 degree February air and were still a bit warm when we slept.  The bathroom was fine, cute shower, small, updated.  We appreciated the efficiency kitchen for breakfasts since the restaurant was closed during winter and the location doesn't really lend itself to walking out into town.  

The hotel is situated about a half mile from the main street of town, but part of that is up a dark, winding, narrow street, so it was not recommended to us to walk into town.  Instead every day we had to hop in our car, drive less than a mile and park.  This also means that you are raised up, so the views over the valley are nice. We had a lovely view of The Stanley across the way and the mountains in the background. No magestic, breathtaking views though.  

The staff was nice and friendly.  They always had a fire in the fireplace which made the lobby cozy.  Even more so, they had a computer, games, and coffee in the main lobby all the time that encouraged us to sit down there a few hours.

Since the hotel is old, the walls were as thin as expected and we could always hear our upstairs neighbors walk around.  But because it is off by itself and not near a main road, it was very quiet aside from other guests.

The only other complaint was that they were hosting a high school fundraising dance the first night we were there. So when we wanted to go to sleep at 9 pm, as we adjusted to the new time zone, we couldn't because of the band playing below us.  The hotel was very nice about it though and promptly at 10 pm the party was over.  It would have been nice to have been told about this ahead of time though, it might not hurt to ask.

24/02/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
4. Hani Y.
I spent a night at the historic crags lodge. Staff are very friendly and helpful. The lodge has an amazing view. I reserved a studio for one night, It was very nice and it offered more than I expected. I would definitely go back to the crags lodge if I plan to visit Estes Park again.

29/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. R W.
We stayed here recently and really enjoyed everything except the room was too dry as we had the bottom level which seemed to not be ventilated adequately so we had to leave the window open all night which cooled it off a little too much. Very nice room with all the amenities. Very nice setup of things inside the lodge to do if you wanted. Would have tried the hot tub except it was too windy unfortunately when we were there. Would definitely recommend this hidden gem in Estes Park.

11/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Aaron B.
Great food, great view. Kids loved the special Mac and cheese as well as grilled cheese. We arrived 20 mins before opening, played some family games by the fire place. They also have a nice little bar that would be good to bring a date and hang out overlooking the city. Crags is one of my new favorites!

19/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Scott Y.
Brian was the best!! We have been back here several years and still great food and the best views!  Thanks for a great 26th anniversary!!

04/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Laura D.
The view is 5 star but our waitress was well below par. Our meats were not cooked to order & even after talking to hostess about our experience mid meal it did not improve.  In fact it only got worse.  We had to ask her to take away empty plates when she tried to squeeze in our dinner plates.  The bright spot was Bryan a waiter who sadly was not ours.

30/08/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
9. Tiffany D.
The food was delicious! Coconut shrimp, filet mignon/shrimp tower, & the rib eye with blue cheese! Our waiter, Brian was awesome...super friendly, personable, and helpful with the menu. Our view of the mountains & trees was pretty even though it did get dark shortly after we began dining. Dick Orleans was playing a great selection of covers from the Beatles to Springsteen. Cozy place. We also stayed at the lodge...our room was like a mini apartment with a fridge, sink, dishes, tea pot, electric mini stovetop, sofa, etc.  I loved how you could feel the history of the place in the lobby. Lovely experience overall! Would definitely return.

30/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Neal J.
Friends of ours coordinated a murder mystery dinner at Crags Lodge for the weekend.  We were able to pretty much get the entire lodge considering winter is really the off season for Estes Park.

Our room was pretty nice with a decent view of the town, queen bed, small stove, microwave, flat screen TV, etc. (pretty much any amenity you needed).  Since it was off season we were pretty much given the run of the place and allowed to bring our own food for the big dinner and use the resort's kitchen to prepare everything.  The staff was super helpful.

The dining/dancing area has a large fireplace and the entire wall is of windows allowing a great view of the trees and town.  The place has been around since 1914 and the upkeep has been pretty amazing.  You truly feel as if you have gotten away.

01/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. Jon W.
This is a very nice place, the waiter service was excellent, but unfortunately Estes Park is not a foodie destination.

15/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
12. Alex S.
I got a great deal on a rate through priceline.  We were very impressed with the property, it has a great historic feel.  Also, the view is great.  Would have rated it higher if the walk downtown was closer.

26/02/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
13. G D.
Helpful staff, wonderful location...If you like rustic, you're in for a treat!  We loved it

07/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Susan O.
Early June, 2011:  The Restaurant:  Filet medallions, house salad, grilled asparagus, half sweet potato, lemon cheesecake, and water.

2nd visit  - beer-battered onion rings, rainbow trout, house salad, rice, water to drink.  Too much salt and pepper on both the onion rings and fish.

Only open for supper, closes at 9 pm, events close the main dining room.

The parking's can be a challenge because this restaurant is in a hotel lodge, and the guests park in the lots closest to it.

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The Lodge:  I've been staying in a one-bedroom unit at the Lodge, which participates in time-share programs.  The staff has been friendly and helpful.  My unit has been just fine.  The parking's a little tight.

04/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Madison C.
3 stars for the view at The View. It was spectacular.  We had the window seats.

2.5 stars for the food. It was just a-ok. To be honest, I was kind of disappointed.  Beautiful view. Mediocre food.  

Liked the house salad w/ cranberry vinaigrette. It was light and refreshing.  Also liked the coconut shrimps.  Ordered the rainbow trout with veggies and rice.  It tasted bland. Nothing special.

Hubby had a ravioli dish.  He said it was just "okay."

Our wait staff was friendly and nice.

The entertainment for that evening was an electric guitar soloist.  Do not expect him to play Queen, Jackson Brown, Sara Bareilles, Green Day, Eric Clapton, Tim McGraw, Lady Gaga or any Fun songs...   *yawn*borrring* Don't expect to jump up and do a sing-along.

12/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
16. Patrick B.
Perfect base camp for anniversary/Mother's Day escape. Cozy room. No complaints. Old building so keep that in mind

17/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Renee L.
This was our favorite dining spot while we were in Estes Park. Jared our server was awesome and made the experience even that much better but we essentially come for the food, right?

I had the walnut crusted trout. It was fresh and had nice sized walnuts on the top. It seemed to be baked and was not fried. It came with a HUGE 1/2 of a yam and a salad. My friend had the brie chicken with bacon and apples. She loved it. I tasted it and agreed it was great.

The wine list wasn't very expansive but was fine and the prices were reasonable.

If there are two of you be sure to ask to be seated outside on one of the three small balconies. We were worried we'd be cold but I seemed to have felt a small warm draft coming over us from inside. It was a beautiful night. We spotted a huge Elk outside while we were walking up. They said they had seen a bear the night before. We kept driving by the restaurant for two days after looking for it but unfortunately weren't lucky enough :).

We ate at Mountain Inn, Mary's Lodge, Twin Owls and Smokin' Daves BBQ while in EP and this was our favorite spot for dining and service! Highly recommend if you're in the area.

The only thing I wouldn't recommend was the Warm Brie with Berry Couli
with fresh fruit and crispy crustini.. It was a slice of brie warmed up with some berry sauce over it (not fresh fruit), a few walnuts and what seemed to be buttery townhouse crackers instead of the crispy crustini. My girlfriend still liked it but she was on a brie kick that night. Just know what you're getting when you order this. I had read it was served wit crackers on another site but we still went for it and the review I read was spot on.

05/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. Nancy D.
Extremely Child Unfriendly Place! Extremely rude staff! If you are brining a child do not stay here unless you are prepared to be treated very badly.

16/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
19. Dan H.
What a disappointment!  I have now experienced the inspiration for the Les Miz musical number "Master of the House.".

We came for our special end-of-vacation dinner celebration with 10 friends and were not served dinner until 1 hour and 45 minutes after we arrived.  They were 'out of bread' to serve at 8:30 and didn't feel they should apologize.  We were chased out of the parking lot when we first arrived, being told that was for Hotel guests.  They also added 20 pct automatic tip.  They readily admitted to watering down salad dressing to make it last longer when one of our crew pointed out their asian salad dressing had no flavor.  My wife's ginger ale was very watered down.  Waiter didn't respond to all our requests.  My food was warm but looked to have been prepared 30 min earlier and set under a warming lamp. View was great but 3 hour long meal was so so painstakingly slow.

02/09/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
20. Jan M.
We had dinner at The View. The food was great and the view wonderful. Nice atmosphere in the restaurant, cozy and quiet.

19/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
21. Elyse N.
My boyfriend and I come to Estes often and we've tried different places each time. The Crags lodge has been the most disappointing.

Pros
Our interaction was primarily with one staff member whom was excellent. The hot tub is a nice feature. They had smores available on our second night which I thought was a nice touch.

Cons
We were lodged in "the annex" behind the lodge. It was extremely small, very outdated, and in need of repair (holes in the wall, peeling wallpaper). It felt more like a tool shed.

Estes park is a wonderful place but the Crags lodge not so much. For your money, you can do much better.

17/03/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
22. A T.
Stayed here for two nights recently.

Location: A+
Great view, quiet spot. In the middle of anywhere you want to go in this area.

Parking: C
Not much they can do about this, but when the parking is full it's a drag.

Staff: A+
For hotel and restaurant. Friendly and helpful. Everything you expect.

Lobby: A
Warm and inviting.

Room: B+
Old, but that's expected too. Comfortable and clean. Wasn't aware that it had a kitchenette and fridge, which were both nice to have. Air flow was an issue. Had a room on the first floor and they had a bear warning, so couldn't open the window or door. I like to sleep in a colder room and this was warm.

Restaurant: B
Pricey but very tasty. Convenient too.

Overall: B+
Would stay here again.

17/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0