When you head up to Estes Park, you want the experience to be the best that it can be. You can eliminate some dining aggravation by knowing where to go ahead of time.  These are the top-rated and best restaurants in Estes Park, according to Yelp reviews.

There's so much to do in Estes Park, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, that it's easy to get overwhelmed, especially when it comes to getting a great meal. There are a lot of restaurants, from McDonald's to very upscale.

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This "Best Restaurants in Estes Park" list is comprised of the top rated in Estes when it comes to being "Good for Dinner," but many are open for lunch and even breakfast as well.

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What's the key thing when it comes to "Best" restaurants in Estes Park?

Many of these restaurants have great views. I can understand that, when you go to Estes Park, you want the "full" experience of mountain dining, whether it be seeing the mountains, Lake Estes, or the river.

Are these restaurants just for tourists?

I don't believe so, really. Good food at a great spot is what everybody enjoys.

Is Ed's on the list?

Yes, one of the town's legendary spots, rates.

I think with this list, you'll find the right spot for whatever occasion brings you to Estes Park: Just to get away, anniversary, birthday, after a great hike in the mountains, etc. If anything, you can bookmark the list for each time you visit, as each visit may be different.

Let's eat.

13 Best Restaurants in Estes Park

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