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“Best pub & restaurant in Estes Park!”

Rock Inn Mountain Tavern
Ranked #4 of 128 Restaurants in Estes Park
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$20
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Open 7 days a week at 4pm Sunday Mornings we are serving Brunch from 10am to 2pm Built in 1937as a dance hall for the Big Band Era, The Rock continues to be a lively gathering place with local flair. In the winter, our two wood-burning stoves keep the room toasty for folks stopping in for a beer or a bite after playing in Rocky Mountain National Park. During the summer season we enjoy stunning continental divide views from our outdoor dining patio. Our menu is an ever evolving blend of hand-crafted, hearty comfort food with a health and planet conscious twist. We aim to fill you up with goodness so you can get back to enjoying the mountains again tomorrow. We feature Certified Angus Beef, All-Natural Colorado chicken, fresh salads, whole grains, organic teas and coffees, local beers, sustainably produced wines, and a full bar. On Many Fridays after dinner, we set-up one of many original Colorado bands on our 76 year old stage, clear the dance floor and boogie all night. Some of the bands playing these days include Chain Station, James and the Devil, Old Town Pickers, The Sweet Lillies, Stringboard Theory, Cadillac Grip Funk, KC Groves, and many more. During the summer time, acoustic music acts play most other nights of the week, sunday nights are a mellower feeling as we host acoustic Colorado songwriters during dinner. You might catch Jon Pickett, Alex Thoele, Sarah Caton, Jay Roemer, Billy Shaddox, Jay Stott, or Terry Kishiyama and Ash Ganley. We also offer a great open bluegrass pick on Thursday nights lead by a few talented local musicians, either joining in on the pick or just sitting back and enjoying the bluegrass, tuesdays are a funny night of music. We look forward to having you join us. Reservations are not accepted, however if you want to give us a call, when you are on your way we will be happy to get a table ready for you or put you on the list. During the off-season there is rarely a wait. In July, August, and September it is best to get here before 6.
Wichita, Kansas
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Best pub & restaurant in Estes Park!”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Great food, awesome happy hour, excellent menu and many Colorado beers on tap. The food is incredible as is the staff. Have lots of music at night that you won't want to miss. Have an awesome Sunday brunch (order from the menu) that is really exceptional. Love the Rock!

Visited June 2014
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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Where the locals hang out - so you know it's good!”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

We visited the Rock Inn twice during our stay in Estes Park last month. The first night we wanted to hang at the bar and have a few beers. The beers on tap are all Colorado beers - which was nice to see. We enjoyed Fat Tire and 1664 beers from New Belgium Brewery. On our second visit, we decided to sit outside which has covered seating. Atmosphere both inside and out was great. We both had the French dip sandwich - which was very generous - and the longs peak potatoes. It was a very good meal, but if you're a foodie and hoping for amazing, you might be slightly disappointed. But as far as good food and beer in Estes Park this is definitely where you should go.

  • Visited July 2014
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Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Mountain food and atmosphere at it's best”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

The Rock Inn is staffed by some of the most friendly staff you will encounter. The food, especially the trout, is great. Their buffalo burger is a little high priced but excellent. The old log construction gives it that nice mountain touch and atmosphere. Two wood burning fireplaces/stoves keeps it toasty. Love the Rock Inn and staff. Frequent live entertainment during and after dinner is a thursday through saturday feature.

  • Visited June 2014
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Denver, Colorado
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84 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“HIGH PRICE FOR AVERAGE MEAL AND SLOW SERVICE”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

This place quality and service are going down. Service is very slow ( waited for beer 15 min.) and prices very high for the small portions. The food preparation is up and down ( overcooked, undercooke etc.).Beer is $ 5.00, mini burger is $ 16.00. Live music can not fix all of above. Not recommended regardless limited choice you have in Estes Park.

  • Visited June 2014
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2 reviews
“Decent food but should be in higher price category. Special was $35.”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

This restaurant had good atmosphere and excellent service. They had Decent food but should be in higher price category. The special was $35 and the regular plates were in the mid twenties. We were expecting more bang for our buck. The food was ok but not worth the high price.

  • Visited June 2014
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