4 Colorado Restaurants with a View


Views from Huntington House Tavern at Grand Lake Lodge.(Photo by Liana Moore.)

Of course a state boasting the stunning Rocky Mountains offers plenty of places to take in a beautiful view. Where better to enjoy these views than at a restaurant with a delicious dinner served to you while you enjoy the views. Here are four restaurants whose views and food we have most enjoyed.

Huntington House Tavern at Grand Lake Lodge

Huntington House Tavern is located in Grand Lake Lodge and as such has the grand historic national park lodge feel. The dining area is gorgeous. Request a table near the windows, which slide open for an al fresco feel to your dining experience. Here you will find what may be the best restaurant views in Colorado. With plenty of spectacular mountain and lake views in the state, that is a pretty strong statement that I don’t say lightly.

The food is about as spectacular as the views at Huntington House Tavern.(Photo by Liana Moore.)

The food matches the environment. The menu changes and is two courses for $49. Warm loaves of bread proceed dinner. These buttery soft rolls straight out of the oven were so delicious that our son took the initiative to order more all on his own. Our first course choices included a lodge salad and cheese and charcuterie board. We didn’t go wrong with our dinner choices of seared diver scallops with jumbo lump crab cakes and a grilled 10 oz marinated sirloin. My husband made the comment that he would have made the two-hour drive just for that steak. Of course, handcrafted cocktails, wine and delicious desserts are also available to compliment your dinner experience.

Open only during the summer season.

Sam’s on Snowmass Mountain

Floor to ceiling windows offer view of the snow mountains at Sam's.(Photo by Liana Moore.)

Our ski weekend skiing Snowmass Mountain ended with the most special dining experience. So, I’ll lead with that. Plan ahead and make reservations at Sam’s for lunch, located at the top of the Village Express lift. This is an experience that you won’t want to miss.

The restaurant design is impressive. The walls are mostly comprised of windows looking out to the most incredible mountain views. Art is subtly infused throughout. A clean, modern design with impeccably set tables lets you know as you enter that you are in for a special experience.

A delicious steak entree at Sam's that is actually bested by their housemade pasta dishes.(Photo by Liana Moore.)

If you know us, you know that our kids are foodies. Our lunch started with pan roasted mussels, the most delicious mussels ever. My husband couldn’t resist the steak, that was amazing. But the housemade pasta dishes, of course, were the best of all. The small portion is plenty, especially if you have appetizers. I highly recommend the Cavatelli and Rigatoni Bolognese.

I would make a trip to Snowmass just to have this culinary experience once again. All of the Snowmass on mountain dining is really good. But Sam’s is extra special.

Open only during the winter season.

Tennessee Pass Cook House

This restaurant is a true Colorado mountain experience. Located in a yurt across from Ski Cooper on the way to Leadville, guests hike, snowshoe or nordic ski a mile-long trail to dinner. Once seated a delicious four-course meal is served in a rustic environment. Depending on the season your views out of the yurt may be of snow covered trees, or golden aspen leaves. The entire meal has a distinctive Colorado flavor.

Zach's Cabin in Bachelor Gulch

Connected to Beaver Creek Mountain, Bachelor Gulch is home to the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch. Make reservations on a snow evening and snowshoe up the mountain to dinner on an evening with a full moon. There's nothing better than earning your dinner and then taking a sleigh pulled by snow cat back down the mountain. Anyone not up for a vigorous hike up the hill can take up the sleigh. Not only are the views at the restaurant spectacular, but they are even better on the way up and down the mountain.

The bar area isn’t very large but there is plenty of space to relax up front if you happen to get there early. Then enjoy a delicious dinner. The appetizers sounded amazing on the menu, but the entrees were even better. A group can probably share a couple of appetizers (the fig salad was the best) and then each order their own entree. Enjoy dinner and friends. The host or hostess will let you know when a snowcat is available to take you down. Or, if you aren’t too relaxed after dinner you could certainly hike back down.

Tell us in the comments below which Colorado restaurants you have experienced with breathtaking views and wonderful food!

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