We always enjoyed the restaurant at the Imperial Hotel, but hadn't been there since the closure. We saw a sign while walking around, that they were now open and decided to give it a try. The inside of the restaurant ( and we understand the hotel as well) is beautiful inside! Faux tin ceilings, new floor coverings tastefully done with new carpet, new tables and chairs! Wow! They have a great bar also, in which we've had a lot of fun. On this Labor Day eve ( Sunday) we couldn't find a dinner reservation to be had in town, so we went into the Imperial. We were promptly and graciously met and seated by the hostess. There were four other couples in the place, and the capacity is enormous ( think large group party) Our waitress was interesting or inexperienced. She got our water order, and asked me if I wanted to see the wine list (duh). When my companion ordered the house chardonnay, she asked if that was a white wine. While we were waiting for the wine, and possibly bread, our waitress was engaged in a long personal conversation with another couple. When the wine cane, the chard was undrinkable and my chianti was $8 a glass, and worth about $5 a bottle. After another 10 minutes, we were able to persuade the waitress to bring the bread. The waitress told us to avoid the Chicken Parm due to dry chicken. My companion ordered the chicken Marsala instead, and yes, the chicken was dry. I ordered the Fettuccini carbonara, and it was the BEST I have ever tasted, infused with bacon flavor galore and green peas. The included spumoni was a nice touch after dinner. We will probably be back, but the front of the house staff needs to match the building remodel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic hotel completely renovated in 2010 and 2011. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Imperial Hotel Cripple Creek
- The Imperial Hotel