El Rancho Restaurant, Colorado

Written by on June 4, 2010 in CO Cities, Dining, Lodging - Comments Off on El Rancho Restaurant, Colorado

El Rancho Restaurant is a Colorado classic. In operation since 1948, the restaurant offers visitors and locals alike a rustic dining and lounging experience with sweeping views of the Continental Divide as a backdrop. The scenic gathering spot even offers event rooms, where you can celebrate your special occasion with Colorado as a backdrop.

Located in Evergreen, right off I-70, El Rancho is a great stop on the way back from skiing, or worthy of a special trip while visiting Denver. Walking into the restaurant through the rustic old wood doors, you immediately get the feeling of a western landmark, where countless have walked before and enjoyed many a fine meal and drink.

The large, rustic dining room has unique seating with antique wood tables and chairs, along with antler chandeliers. Off the dining room is a deck where you can dine al fresco when weather permits. Enjoying a fine glass of wine and a meal with the sweeping Continental Divide views gives you the sense that this is pure Colorado. An eclectic menu features everything from buffalo flank steak to elk medallions to gourmet salads and pizzas to classic comfort food such as the wild game meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Appetizers range from the exotic such as elk and buffalo wontons, to classics like the chicken quesadillas. The extensive wine list offers a bit of everything from sparkling wines to classic Cabernets and cocktails of all sorts are also available.

The cozy, yet spacious tavern area draws you in with a long bar seating area, as well as multiple tables for groups. There is even a fireside spot with a couch and cozy chairs for guests to sit at while enjoying their Colorado cocktail. The lodge feel is further complemented with the bison head that greets you as you enter the tavern and the stuffed cougar over the fireplace. Those looking for games can play either pool, or a variety of video games including the classic 1980’s Ms. Pac Man. Have a few and play your favorite tunes on the juke box or check out local sporting events on the big screen TV. Locals as wells as tourists mix in this casual tavern setting enjoying cocktails and conversation.

Two separate rooms are available for special events including weddings, business meetings, or private parties. If you are looking for a classic Colorado setting, high quality food and inspiring views, look no further than El Rancho. Intimate parties as well as gatherings as large as 200 can be accommodated.

Historic El Rancho is a restaurant that is well worth the visit. Not only can you take in breathtaking views as you dine in a historic spot, you can also enjoy a unique meal, a fine glass of wine, and create a special memory with the Colorado Rockies as a backdrop.

  • El Rancho Restaurant is open for dining Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (9 a.m. to noon for brunch).
  • Enjoy happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m.
  • For more information on El Rancho Restaurant, visit www.historicelrancho.com or call 303-526-0661.

About the Author

Terri Bankemper is a native Californian who has lived in Colorado since 2001. The beauty of the mountain landscape drew her to Colorado and continues to inspire her today. Since moving to Colorado, she met her fellow adventurer and now husband, Carl, and together they have two children, Devon and Kelsi. Exploring incredible landscapes and sharing an appreciation of nature is something Terri aspires to share with her children. Terri and her family live in Evergreen, a mountain town in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies.

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