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
We've been going to this restaurant for years to celebrate our anniversary. This year was a real let-down from our prior experiences. In the past, we've always found the food to be outstanding, with a great combination of ingredients and flavors. The presentation has always been high class chef quality. However, this year neither my wife or I were impressed with either the quality of the meal or the presentation.
Getting an average meal for a high dollar price isn't something we're willing to do again. Next year we'll look for another restaurant.
Our dinner here was truly a memorable dining experience. The menu, the service and the ambience were all outstanding. This is an expensive venue, but well worth the splurge for that special occasion. The unique mountain ranch setting make this restaurant distinctive from many others, but the exemplary food and wine list are outstanding features as well.
What a wonderful couple of evenings having dinner here. Jeff our waiter was outstanding and the food was fresh, relatively light, and lots of interesting flavors, textures and color. Hubby had the lamb and the bison, I had the scallops and lamb. Both were outstanding. The spinach salad is a standout as far as I'm concerned...and ah the pineapple cake...wonderful. The real star is the stunning view across the valley...a not to miss at sunset. We'll be back!
Everything was wonderful. It seems like the wait staff are trained to swoop in and remove food dishes at the first sign someone has stopped eating. We had to ask multiple waitstaff to leave plates that still had food and sauce on them. This happened to the point that it was laughable. Someone should address this in training.
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.
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