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Zephyr Lodge Condo -- Area Information


 

Local Dining

This information is compiled to assist guests who rent our Condo at the Zephyr Mountain Lodge.  If you've arrived at this page as a result of a web search on Winter Park Dining, we hope you benefit from the information.  And if you need lodging, thank you for considering us.


OVERVIEW:

Once in Winter Park, look for a copy of the Grand County Menu Guide.   Copies of this full color 8 1/2 by 11 guide are available at the concierge desk and at the literature racks in the Zephyr Mountain Lodge.  Or download a copy here.  Use this guide to fine tune your dining agenda.  Many restaurants have menus and even prices.

 

Or before you leave for Winter Park, you can do some research from the comfort of your own computer.  To make matters as simple and friendly as possible for you, we've made a table of Winter Park Region dining establishments along with pictures.  Just click on the picture for a larger view and to see our notes.  [We've eaten in about 70% of the Restaurants listed].  Should you want another opinion, we have included the 2 most comprehensive websites describing Winter Park dining opportunities.   

 

Reading our tables:  The restaurants are grouped by location.  Green highlighted restaurants are the webmaster's favorites....
-- At or near the ski area [you can walk from the Zephyr Mountain Lodge]

-- In the town of Winter Park [about 3.5 miles].  Drive or shuttle bus.

-- Fraser/Tabernash Restaurants [from 6 to 10 miles].  Driving recommended.

-- Grand Lake Restaurants [35 to 40 miles].  Driving required.  Call for reservations.
-- Restaurants between Denver and Winter Park

 


CLOSE TO SKI RESORT
You do NOT need a car to get to these establishments from the Zephyr Mountain Lodge.   The Doc's Road House is right in the Zephyr Building.  It is our favorite. 

The Club Car, Derailer Bar, Lodge at Sunspot, West Portal Deli, Docs Road House, and West Portal Food Court are run by the ski corporation.  The Lodge at Sunspot is only open selected nights and includes a gondola ride to the top of the mountain.  It should not be missed. 

The best bet for Continental Breakfast is the Balcony House Coffee and Tea Mart [in the 1950 vintage wooden base lodge].  The best bet for full breakfast is the Food Court at West Portal [black metal building]. 

Chef Al Sapien -- Grand County's favorite -- has partnered with the restaurant at Iron Horse formally known as Jane Creek Grill.  The new Tabernash Tavern boasts an international menu prepared in Sapien's unique style. 

Click here for an interactive map of these restaurants.

Restaurant Type YR Phone $$$$ Meals Live
Music

Photo
[Click to Enlarge]

Balcony House Coffee and Tea Mart Bakery
Sandwich
Chilli/Soup
SW 726-5095 $$ B-L N
Club Car Lunch W 726-1442 $$ L N coming soon
Derailer Bar

 

Bar W 726-5514 $$ Snack Y
La Collina at Iron Horse Burgers & Sandwich Surf & Turf SW 726-2332 $$$ D N
Goodys - Menu Ice Cream & CrÍpe SW   $ BLD N
Cheeky Monk - Menu
Note:  we had a bad experience there and cannot recommend this establishment
Belgian Beer Cafe SW 726-6871 $$$ L-D Sat Eve
9-12
Lime - Menu Mexican SW 726-5463 $$ L-D N
Back Bowl Soup Company Hearty Soup & Sandwich SW 624-0010 $$ B-L
some
Dinner
N
Docs Road House American SW 722-5450 $$$ L-D N
The Lodge at Sunspot - Menu Gourmet W 726-1446 $$$$ D N
Box Car Deli Sandwich SW 726-5514 $$ L

N

West Portal Food Court Sandwich W 726-5514 $$ B-L N coming soon
Starbucks Coffee, etc. SW   $ B-L-D N
Five Mountain Tavern - Menu American
Burgers &
Shakes &
Sandwich
SW 726-8801 $$ B-D N
Moffat Station American / Western SW 726-4211 $$$ B-D N

WINTER PARK TOWN RESTAURANTS
The town of Winter Park [about 3.5 miles by car from the ski area base] has the greatest concentration of restaurants.  Travel from the ski area by personal car, shuttle bus, or taxi [Home James].

Our personal favorites include Deno's, Gasthaus, Hernando's, Randi's, Rudi's, the Shed, and Smokin' Moe's.  It all depends on the cuisine we're craving after a day of exercise.

Click here for an interactive map of these restaurants.

> interactive map of these restaurants.

Restaurant Type YR Phone $$$$ Meals Live
Music

Photo
[Click to Enlarge]

             
Base Camp Bakery & Cafe Breakfast
& Lunch
SW 726-5530 $ B-L N
Carlos & Maria Mexican SW 726-9674 $$ L-D N
Carvers Bakery Breakfast 365 726-8202 $ B-L N
Davinci French
Greek
Med
SW 363-7265 $$$ D N
Deno's Mtn Bistro Bistro 365 726-5332 $$$ L-D N
De Antonio'sPizza Pizza SW 726-9999 $$ L-D N
Down Under Appetizer
Burger
Sandwich
SW   $ L-D Fr
Sa
Fontenot's Cajun
Seafood
Pasta
365 726-4021 $$$ L-D N
Gasthaus Eichler
 
German SW 726-5133 $$$ L-D N
Hernando's Pizza Pizza/ Pasta SW 726-5409 $$ L-D
take
out
&
deliver
N
Mirasol Cantina Mexican SW   $ L-D
open
till
12AM
N
McDonald's Burgers SW 726-0566 $ B-L-D
take
out
N
Mountain Rose Cafe
[formerly The Kitchen]
Griddle-
  cakes
Hearty
  lunches
SW 726-1374 $$ B-L N
New Hong Kong Asian SW 726-9888 $$$ L-D
take out
N
SmokeHouse BBQ BBQ SW 722-0227 $$ L-D
take out
N
The Pub Bar Food SW 726-4929 $$ L-D

Y

Randi's Irish Saloon Irish SW 726-1172 $$$ L-D

N

Rudi's Deli Sandwich SW 726-8955 $ L-D

N

Smokin' Moe's Ribhouse & Saloon BBQ SW 726-4600 $$$
take
out
L-D Y
Subway Sandwich SW 726-0202 $ L-D N
The Sushi Bar Sushi SW 726-0447 $$$ eve N
Strip & Tail Steak & Seafood SW 363-7047 $$$ D N
The Ditch on 40 Burgers
Sandwich
Mexican
SW 363-7113 $$ L-D N coming soon
The Library Sports Grille & Brewery Burgers Wraps
Salads
SW 726-7951 $$ D Y

FRASER RESTAURANTS
The possible eating establishments extend from town of Winter Park into Fraser -- and then to special special experiences nestled in the woods a few miles from Fraser.  A car is recommended to get to these places which are from 6 to 12 miles from the ski area base.

Visitors looking for  a dining adventure should consider "Dinner at the Barn" which includes sleigh [or hay] ride, western dinner, and live entertainment.  Or for one of the most romantic meals and settings don't miss the "Ranch House at Devil's Thumb".  [The other two equally romantic dinner spots are "The Lodge at Sunspot" and "The Rapids".]

Click here for an interactive map of these restaurants.

Restaurant Type YR Phone $$$$ Meals Live
Music

Photo
[Click to Enlarge]

Azteka

Family Mexican

SW 726-2451 $$ B-L-D N  
Crooked Creek Saloon Burgers/ Mexican SW 726-9250 $$ B-L-D Y
Dinner at the Barn Western SW 726-4923 $$$ D Y
Domino's Pizza Pizza SW 726-4300 $$ L-D N
Elevation Pizza Pizza SW 726-0066 $$ L-D N
Julio's Mexican Grill Mexican SW 363-7083 $$ L-D N
KFC/Taco Bell Chicken/
Mexican
SW 726-8888 $ L-D N
Wild Horse at Pole Creek
 [owned by Chef John
  Cribari]
Mediter-
ranean
S 726-1135 $$$ L-D  
Ranch House at Devils Thumb Ranch Gourmet SW 726-5633 $$$$ D Y
Sharky's Eatery Local SW 726-7149 $ BD

N

Wildhorse Gourmet Catering SW 726.9952 $$ B-L N

GRAND LAKE RESTAURANTS
There are  over 50 restaurants between the Ski Resort and Grand Lake.  So we would recommend choosing a Grand Lake establishment only if you were interested in one of these two special spots. 

Restaurant Type YR Phone $$$$ Meals Live
Music

Photo
[Click to Enlarge]

Caroline's Cuisine Cont SW 627-9404 $$$$ D Y coming soon
The Rapids Restaurant Cont SW 627-3707 $$$$ D N coming soon

Of course if you are planning on spending a day in Grand Lake sampling some of the activities--  such as fishing, boating, horseback riding, or snowmobiling -- then any Grand Lake restaurant may be your top choice.  Grab a local Grand Lake dining guide.


DENVER to ZEPHYR RESTAURANTS
You have endless eating opportunities in Denver.    Once off I-70 and on US 40, there are a number of quaint dining establishments.  The Peck House has almost a century and a half of history in a region barely more than a century old.  The food is great. Beau Jo's makes unique mountain pizza -- a must visit for hungry travelers.  And the Empire Dairy King has some of the best burgers and shakes at reasonable prices.  Don't miss the chance to stop.  Or visit the ORIGINAL Hard Rock Cafe.  Not the one that started the chain, but the "joint" that was in existence dozens of years before the chain was conceived.

The location of these restaurants is shown on this quick map.

Restaurant Type Locate Phone $$$$ Meals

Photo
[Click to Enlarge]

Empire Dairy King Sandwiches
Ice Cream
Empire (303)
569-3103
$ L,D
The Original Hard Rock Cafe Casual Empire   $$ B,L,D
Jenny's Casual Empire (303)
569-2570
$$ L,D
The Peck House Gourmet Empire (303)
569-9870
$$$$ D
Marietta's Mexican Berthoud
Falls
  $$$ D
Beau Jo's Pizza Pizza Idaho Springs (303)
567-4376
$$ D

RESTAURANT COMPARISON WEB SITES: 
We searched the web [so you wouldn't have to] and came up with the following other websites that offer information on dining in the winter park region.

Web Site [Just click to open in separate window] # Reviews Notes
skitownrestaurants.com 26 excellent collection of restaurants including guest reviews
winterparkguide.com/dining/dining.php 34+ publishers of a great restaurant booklet -- including menu's.  Pick up your copy at the Concierge's desk.

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