About Ranch House Restaurant at Devil's Thumb Ranch
Folks in Grand County know that if it's a special occasion, there's really only one place to go. Ranch House Restaurant at Devil's Thumb Ranch sits rather unpretentiously on the edge of a sweeping meadow with the Continental Divide above, and worn hardwood floors below. You see, it's located in the original homestead that was built on the Ranch in the 1930s. We like to think that when those early pioneers picked the spot for their home, it was chosen for it's magnificient views - elk and moose wander by, the stars blanket the sky like you'll never see in a city. We also like to think that those early Ranchers knew a thing or two about eating well. And we carry on the tradition with style at Ranch House Restaurant. We serve New American Mountain Cuisine here - which means real food, cooked with real ingredients. Organic and locally grown whenever we can. Always fresh, always delicious.
Tabernash, CO 80478
Hours of Operation:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Wednesdays through Sundays
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We offer special events from 2 to 180 persons. Various spaces available including private wine cellar, meeting rooms with views and large conference area with views.
Ranch House Restaurant at Devil's Thumb Ranch Ratings and Reviews
Wow! Dinner at Ranch House was spectacular. First, the dining room is comfortable and nicely appointed and the view of the ranch is outstanding. We ate late and there was no crowd. The waitstaff was courteous and very knowledgeable about the menu. Dinner was well paced between the charcuterie appetizer with house made everything (compote, cheese, meats); beet tasting plate; Colorado trout and elk tenderloin main course; homemade chocolate ice cream for dessert.
The chef is committed to sustainability in his food choices and uses local foods when possible.
The commitment to detail in service, presentation and preparation shines through everything and everyone there. Chef even came to our table to say hello and talk about his food.
It was a dark, stormy night and the staff even offered to escort us to our car using their cell phone flashlights.
Very expensive but worth every penny for a special night out.
We had an absolutely fabulous meal. I met a local resident on the ski lift at Winter Park who recommended Devil's Thumb, and I'm glad he did. One of our party who has traveled and dined extensively commented that it was probably the best meal she had ever enjoyed. I would highly recommend the local Wagyu ribeye. The service was attentive without being overbearing and the ambience was lovely. In fact, we explored a bit more of this beautiful resort after dinner. It was well worth the drive out of town!
The food at the Ranch House Restaurant was exquisite - interesting flavors and combinations but not overly contrived or too complicated. The presentations were beautiful. The beet tasting small plate was fabulous as were our main courses of lamb and trout. The finale was a flourless chocolate torte with cranberry compote - AMAZING! Even my decaf coffee was delicious. Our servers were all lovely and informative without being pushy. It was truly a memorable meal and this restaurant is a reason, alone, to return to Devil's Thumb Ranch.
Restaurant is hard to find. Two different hotel staff members gave us wrong directions from main building. Another just admitted she had no idea. One we found it, service was impossibly slow. Was over an hour from the time we were seated to when our entrees arrived. Literally had to complain to manager (who was very responsive) before we could get any service. Bad experience overall.
My fiance and I had 5:00 pm reservations and were fortunate enough to have the restaurant to ourselves . We were given a wonderful table by the window with a view of the mountains. Service was wonderful overall as well as the food. My fiance had the butternut squash ravioli and I had the filet. She loved her and mine was good as well but at $14 an ounce, just too expensive. It was a special occasion for us and was very nice overall.
We had one bad experience with our server. My fiance ordered the butternut squash ravioli and they gave her a butternut bisque. We don't eat at fancy restaurants often to so we assumed that was her meal. She ate about 1/3 of it and our server returned and we asked and she said that my fiance ordered the butternut squash bisque and not ravioli so that's why she received the bisque. We are both 90% confident she ordered the ravioli but the server insisted she said the bisque.....arguing with the customer is not my idea of good customer service. The server went and had the ravioli made which was delicious; however, we were still charged for the bisque and ravioli. I didn't argue it as it was a special occasion for us and I didn't want to ruin the moment but that experience left a very bad taste in our mouths.
Will we be back? Maybe on another anniversary special occasion waaaay down the road, but paying $70 for 5 ounces of filet is not something I plan on doing again. I'll stick with Outback as it's nearly as good for 1/3 the price.
The Ranch House Restaurant has the potential to be a fine restaurant. My wife and I dined there for Thanksgiving. The food was actually quite inventive, but everything was served about room temperature. Additionally the service does not measure up as a fine restaurant. Given the cost of the meal... $65 per person, the overall experience was lacking. We spent Thanksgiving at Devil's Thumb one year ago, and had a similar experience. The kitchen needs to work on the overall service experience, especially getting food to the table while still hot.
Although the meal and decor was great, it was very expensive. I love that the Wagyu is from cattle from the ranch but it seems like it was pricey considering. My mom sent a bottle of champagne to the table but found the process very challenging. Without alcohol, our bill was over $240 for one appetizer each, wagyu steaks and a dessert each. The meal was great but they definitely capitalize on the market being the only nice restaurant in the resort.
This has been one of our favorite restaurants for many years. This particular evening was not up to par. The pork was good, but the vegetables were cold. There was no vegetarian offering on the menu. The risotto on the tasting menu offered as a substitute entree was OK but was not really prepared as an entrée and was quite bland by itself and really not a good value. It was explained to us that the staff was strung out because of staffing during the low season and this was making them feel overburdened, which in turn made the evening feel unrelaxing to us.
We will be back, but hope for a better evening next time.
Restaurant is beautiful with gorgeous views. Service was good... the food was not. The tartare was the best. The butter lettuce salad was bland. The elk medallions were delicious but the accompanying potato cake and peas were average at best. The worst part was my husband's shortrib which was dry! We'd still do it again just because it's charming and beautiful.
Everything was great except for the parking. There was a wedding going on, and I had to park quite aways from the restaurant. There was almost no lighting. I got lost getting to my car, and driving to pick up my wife, drove onto a walkway thinking it was a driveway. Damaged my car. Would never eat there again at night.
Wanted an really nice resturant with great food for our 48th wedding anniversary. The Ranch House filled the bill with a great menu and deliscious food. The views were fantastic, Continental Divide and the Devils thumb. Service was top notch and we had a great dining experience.
Lovely setting and view. Generally very good food with lots of flavor and a lovely presentation. Tomato and goat cheese salad, trout, lamb, and fixed price menu meals were excellent. Beef short ribs were dry. Wagyu beef was so expensive at $12 to $14 per ounce with a 5 ounce minimum that no one ordered it. Also why not just say 5 oz filet, $70. ($14 per additional ounce). Service was friendly, leisurely, and attentive but staff need to watch that water glasses are frequently refilled for those only having water with their meal or who are trying to deal with the altitude. Biggest problem overall: it was very expensive at over $100 per person.
Absolutely delicious, great view. We had the bison tenderloin and trout and was prepared perfectly. Service was on point. It was a perfect evening for mother-daughter special dinner. Many people gave me good reviews of Ranch House prior to our visit and I was not disappointed.
The food is excellent and the view is spectacular. To start there is a great selection of whiskey, bourbon, rye, and scotch. The menu includes many local seasonal items. Our group had an assortment of appetizers, five for the four of us. The Charcuterie Platter is a standout among giants. The only negative was that our party was four and the platter only had some items in quantities of three. The main courses were delicious. The meats were cooked perfect and the composition great. I really can't say enough good things about the meal.
Extremely poor service. There were long delays between courses. When our main courses finally arrived, food was dried out. I assume this was from our meals sitting under a warming lamp for a long time before our waitress brought them out to us. After our meals were served, our waitress never checked back to see how our meals tasted.
We barely ate our main courses. When a bus girl came to take away our plates; we told her how dissatisfied we were. To his credit, the manager came to our table immediately and "comped" our main courses and glass of wine. This was nice gesture, but our evening was still a huge disappointment. We had a terrible evening.
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