Restaurants in Colorado SpringsDid you know there are over 500 restaurants in Colorado Springs? Ok, now that's a lot of choices. And youre on vacation! You dont have time to sort through them all.
So were only going to tell you about the ones we really enjoy. Hopefully you will too.
That means we favor dining experiences with mountain views, that might sit creek side, or even have a Western feel.
Whatever it is, we think you'll like it, no matter what fare you're hungry for.
So here is our list of favorite restaurants in Colorado Springs
Poor Richards Our perfect gem for casual downtown dining. A deli/coffee-chocolate-winebar/toystore/bookstore all in one building. Choose your own ingredients for a hand-made organic pizza, order a glass of Merlot, and browse through the book stacks while you wait for dinner. Often there is live instrumental music. An excellent way to spend an afternoon or evening. One of our favorite restaurants in Colorado Springs.
324 1/2 N. Tejon St.
Adams Mountain Cafe This is the restaurant everybody talks about. Our first month here we heard about Adams Mountain Café no less than five times. Located just up the road in Manitou Springs, they are famous for their delicious organic meals, especially breakfast. A nice place to fuel up before a day of shopping in Manitou, or visiting the Cog Railway to Pikes Peak. Check the hours below, as there are breaks in service.
934 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, Colorado, 80829
Breakfast Tuesday thru Sunday 8am - 3pm
Wines of Colorado One of the first restaurants in Colorado Springs we visited, Wines of Colorado is a great vacation restaurant because of its back-patio seating next to a flowing mountain creek. They make a mean buffalo wine burger with green chiles too. Maybe from the name you could tell they also have a substantial wine selection. Taste all you want, buy a couple bottles to take home, maybe even grab a custom winestopper from their attached gift store. Ten minutes up the Ute Pass (Hwy 24) in Cascade, its worth the drive. A great place to eat before or after your visit to Pikes Peak.
8045 W. U.S. Highway 24
Green Mountain Falls Social Club - We found this gem almost by accident. Located up in Green Mountain Falls right behind The Pantry, this little hideaway isn't immediately visible unless you walk right into the leaf-covered arbor entryway. Walk down the path along the creek and under several cottonwood trees you'll find an almost magical outdoor dining room. Views of the foothills, lights in the trees, the creek flowing right beside you, and the main attraction is a cowboy singing cowboy songs. He takes requests and has a great voice. (This guy actually played bass for John Denver, so he's really good.) Not really a social club at all, but a down-home restaurant with a fantastic setting. Great quiet place for casual family dining or a unique place to take a date. Stroll by the town lake and gazebo afterwards, it's right across the street. Call ahead for the schedule on live entertainment.
6980 Lake St
Keg Lounge This little bar off the main road in Manitou Springs doesnt let you know from its exterior that it makes an incredible blackberry-raspberry salad. Our friends took us here just to try The Berry Salad. It is unbelievable. If youre visiting the shops in Manitou, or coming down from a Barr Trail hike, stop in The Keg Lounge and try a salad, sub sandwich, or veggie burger.
730 Manitou Ave
Wooglins Deli A funky little deli near downtown--just across the street from Colorado College--this is another one of our favorite restaurants in Colorado Springs. Menus are written on huge chalkboards. Local artists paintings and sketches decorate the walls. The staff is eclectic and friendly, the food is fantastic: big sandwiches, soups, and bakery. We vote for the Ruben sandwich, and chicken salad-salad.
823 N Tejon St
Amandas Fonda We love it here because of the creekside dining. Grab a chair by the river, order chips & salsa, a margarita or two, and enjoy some tasty Mexican food outdoors in beautiful Colorado. You might even see a raccoon by the creeks edge. Very popular and parking can be tricky, so give yourself some time to lounge (re:wait) before dining.
3625 W Colorado Ave
109 E Pikes Peak Ave
Phantom Canyon Brewing Company Located downtown in the historic Cheyenne Building across the street from the Antlers Hilton. This is an extremely popular pub/restaurant serving American, English, and Italian food. The décor is hardwood floors and massive windows. Upstairs has billiards, a full bar, and juke box. A very lively pub, and can be loud as its usually busy. We enjoyed the spicy chicken tenders with cucumber dipping sauce, and our drink votes go to the Zebulons Peated Porter and the Bloody Mary. They brew their own beer, so if you're a beer-lover, order a "flight" and taste them all.
2 East Pikes Peak Ave.
Jake & Tellys Friendly atmosphere, great service, colorful Greek murals. Fun location in the middle of Old Colorado City. Lots of dishes to choose from, as well as wine and martinis. The stuffed grape leaves are delicious. Also one of the restaurants in Colorado Springs that has views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range off the deck.
2616 West Colorado Avenue
1720 W Uintah St
Front Range BBQ Located right next to Bancroft Park in historic Old Colorado City, the Front Range BBQ has become our new summer hang-out. Excellent, friendly service plus actual views of the front range off their outdoor patio make this a fantastic casual dining experience. Add to that delicious BBQ sandwiches, salads, and micro-brews (any place that serves Laughing Lab always gets extra points from us) and you've got yourself a winner. The location is an extra bonus--after dinner, you can walk 2 blocks up Colorado Ave to get ice cream at the Colorado City Creamery.
2330 West Colorado Ave
Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q - This new joint really caught our attention when we made a wrong turn and had to turn around in their parking lot. And we realized how packed the place was! Literally every space was taken and people were circling the lot to get inside. They even have their own gas station. Turns out this is the new favorite family-style restaurant in Colorado Springs. The long lines and massive dining area might not be your thing, but the brisket, jalapeno sausage, and ever-present bottles of BBQ sauce might change your mind. If you enjoy the novelty of eating off sheets of butcher paper and a picnic atmostphere, Rudy's could be your BBQ favorite.
315 S. 31st St
Colorado City Creamery - An Old Colorado City favorite. We love the "make your own" option at their sundae bar. They also serve healthy non-dairy options for the more health-conscious, which is a nice choice. But there is a lot to be said about a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream, marshmallow, cherries, sprinkles, hot fudge, gummi bears, chocolate chips, and almonds on top. If you eat on their outdoor patio, you can people-watch and some nights live enterainment in the form of a keyboard player may be outside as well. Or you can always take your cone and walk & shop.
2602 W Colorado Ave
111 E Pikes Peak Rd
Thats our list so far, but Im sure well add morethere are so many great restaurants in Colorado Springs to choose from. A brief walk downtown alone will reveal many surprises: French, Japanese, Mediterranean, Nepalese and more.
If you're a beer lover looking for food and drink together, visit our Colorado Springs Brew Pubs page!
In the meantime... happy dining.
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