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Estes Park in October

My mother in law is coming for a visit in October I am looking for good food In Estes please help !!

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  1. Sunday brunch at the Stanley Hotel is a must...the elk are getting "active" on the golf course, the trout are hungry, and the road to RMNP will be closed soon... so much to see and do...!

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    1. re: Veggo

      Thank you so much Sunday at the stanley is a must!

    2. Estes Park is, alas, not a culinary destination. I've heard good things about the Dunraven Inn but have never eaten there, because it only opens at 5 p.m., and we're usually back home by then after a day of hiking. Lots of mid-range, un-Chowish food, which might please your MIL, depending on where she's from and how her tastes run.

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      Dunraven Inn
      2470 State Highway 66, Estes Park, CO 80517

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      1. re: ClaireWalter

        Agree regarding Estes Park not being a culinary destination! The locals swear by the Dunraven Inn, but I'd advise trying the one just outside town - Dunraven Downtown was a disappointment. For a down-home country breakfast (again not particularly a foodie destination!), the sparsely decorated but friendly Mountain Home Cafe in the parking lot near Safeway is one of our favorites.

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        Mountain Home Cafe
        457 E Wonder View Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

        Dunraven Downtown
        101 W Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

        Dunraven Inn
        2470 State Highway 66, Estes Park, CO 80517

        1. re: colorado101

          "in the parking lot near Safeway"? I just don't see that capturing the whole Rocky Mountain experience in autumn.

          1. re: colorado101

            By way of a follow-up - there are two (unrelated) Dunravens. Just outside of town towards the YMCA - YES. Downtown - NO.

        2. Just returned from Estes Park. Surprisingly good lunch at The Stanley Hotel, and ditto for dinner in the dining room at Mary's Lake Lodge. (Don't sit in the Tavern at Mary's Lake Lodge - very noisy for Mom). Also, lunch at Mary's Lake Lodge is an option with wonderful views and good food. We also tried Twin Owls Steakhouse for dinner, but the food was only "okay" and the ambience (lighting) was disappointing.

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          Mary's Lake Lodge
          2625 Marys Lake Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517

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          1. re: oldzinman

            Thank you all for your help! I know estes is not a foodie town but you can always hope that there might be something out there! And maybe it does not have to be right in estes but around the town!

            1. re: oldzinman

              I'm going to second oldzinman's recommendation. Ate in the Chalet Dining Room at Mary's Lake Lodge just last night, and it's the best meal I've had in Estes Park -- and we eat there a lot en route back from hiking,, skiing or snowshoeing. The menu is varied, and in fact, you can get more casual fare in the fancier restaurant and vice versa. Excellent service.

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              Mary's Lake Lodge
              2625 Marys Lake Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517

              1. re: ClaireWalter

                Thank you all for your help I will let you know how it goes!!

            2. Best food I've had in Estes (which isn't saying much) is at the Rock Inn Tavern. It looks like a roadhouse bar from the outside - OK, it is kind of a roadhouse bar - but they have surprisingly good food and a very friendly staff. Despite how it looks from the outside, definitely a place you could take an older relative (except when they have live music on weekend nights - gets a bit loud).

              Oh, and Smokin' Daves BBQ is pretty decent barbeque as well.

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              1. re: monopod

                Late to the original question but agree completely on both Rock Inn Tavern and Smokin' Daves.

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                Rock Inn
                318 E Commercial Ave, Anaconda, MT 59711

              2. I have enjoyed visting Estes Park every summer since the 1950s when my parents first brought me there. My husband and I were pleasantly surprised by the quality and creativity of the food at the Stanley Hotel this summer. We haven't eaten at the Stanley in years but had heard a new chef was there so we thought we'd give it a try again. In the past we were consistently dissapointed but on this trip our tastebuds were overjoyed! The chef, whom we met when he came to our table to see if we were enjoying our food, was very friendly and has the talent that rivals the top in his field in any of the larger cities in the U.S.