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.
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
The Ranch House Restaurant has the poten ...
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, i ...
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 restau ...
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 vi ...
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 park ...
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 gre ...
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 ...
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 ha ...
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 sp ...
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.
Superb dinner and fabulous service! A w ...
Superb dinner and fabulous service! A wonderful venue and ambiance for a relaxing easy dinner. Salads, entrees and deserts are truly special.
Sean was our server and she is absolutely superior - the best service! Thank you. Alan & Linda
Extremely poor service. There were long ...
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.
A perfect dining experience starting wit ...
A perfect dining experience starting with the beautiful scenery of the Rocky Mountains and homestead ranch. Amazing and unique menu selections for entrée, salads, main course, and dessert. The local ranch-raised Wagyu beef is one of the best you will eat. This is our go to place to eat whenever we are near the Winter Park area.
An absolutely wonderful experience! The ...
An absolutely wonderful experience! The setting, food, service...everything so well done. We tried the Field and Stream tasting menu with wine pairing - every course was fabulous. The entire evening was relaxed. We left feeling sated (not stuffed) and well cared for.
It was an amazing night. I went there to ...
It was an amazing night. I went there to celebrate my birthday and they made sure I had a very special time. The food was amazing. I recommend the blood orange cheesecake it was delicious. They also brought chocolate plate over for my birthday. It was some of the best chocolate I've ever tried.
My second time at the Ranch, very enjoyable!
We both adore the Ranch, it's a very romantic place, away from the busy city. We both enjoy a peaceful and quite secluded location...where we can relish in the outdoors! The restaurant compliments the occasion with a magnificent meal.
Review of Ranch House restaurant
We invited friends to join us at Devils Thumb Ranch for a few days. We made reservations to the Ranch House restaurant and everyone was very complimentary about the food, venue and cost. Thanks for the great evening Ranch House!
Wife and I had a great dinner, would definitely go out of our way to come back again. At first I thought the steak pricing was a bit ridiculous (compared to other fine steak houses), but once I had a bite I stopped complaining. The Elk was another stand out favorite. Best I have had. Unique setting and excellent food, should be on everyone's list for a fine dining spot when in the Winter Park/Fraser area.
Wonderful Restaurant Experience in Winter Park
Devil's Thumb restaurant I believe is the best in the Winter Park area. Beautiful setting and decor is perfect. Wednesday is half price wine day which makes this slightly more affordable. Cost is probably around $200 a couple. Steak is a specialty but at $12 to $14 an ounce it is very expensive.
Hit or Miss
I ordered the chef's tasting menu and only half of it was good. The first course of wagyu carpaccio was delicious and the beet sampler was the star of the line-up. However, the bacon wrapped elk came with uncrisp and undercooked bacon and raw gnocchi. The dessert of goat cheese cheesecake was overpowered by a cherry sauce that did not go well with the dish. The wine pairings were average, nothing to write home about. The service was above average but I wouldn't go back for the food.
Visited February 2016
Side dish nightmare
My wife side dishes were inedible. The squash had a chemical bitter taste and the sautéed greens were too salty. Both were sent back to the kitchen and waitress brought 2 different side dishes that were better. The short ribs were too well done and crispy. This will be our last time to eat at this restaurant. Wait service was excellent but the food was not well prepared.
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