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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, 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
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.
Our Favorite Restaurant in Colorado
We discovered this restaurant while staying at Devils Thumb Ranch and we return here even when we are not staying at DTR. They are so accommodating and the food and experience are spectacular. The trout and the elk are amazing. We share a tasting menu and add an entrée and salad or app. Goat cheese cheesecake is so yummy! I cannot recommend this place enough. It is fantastic for romantic special occasions.
good but improvements need to be made
The arugula side salad was quite large and the thick stems should be trimmed back.
Ordered a 3 oz piece of the wagyu beef med+ and it came very rare.
Bread could be better (2nd day we were there it wasn't fresh).
The squash soup was amazing!
Over all this is an outstanding restaurant
Outstanding food and service. My only concern is that for a steak at $14.00 per ounce (three oz minimum, I splurged and had four oz) you should get more than a salad consisting of arugula only and shoe string fries (great fries by the way but not appropriate for a $59 steak) on the same plate. I would suggest a salad with tomatoes, onion, and croutons - maybe plated separately or not. A potato of some sort with a vegetable to provide some texture and variety. My wife had the lamb, beautifully prepared but the portion left her still hungry. The Wagyu beef was exceptional tasting and perfectly prepared. If you come with an appetite you will leave still hungry. I appreciate small plates but this struck us as skimping. Daughter had the Wagyu burger with the shoe string fires which is appropriate and unbelievably great even at $25. The wine selection by the glass was very good.
Fabulous food, elegant rustic decor, and great service in a beautiful mountain setting! From the moment one drives up to Devil's Thumb Ranch, viewing the multitude of illuminated trees, until the last chocolate truffle is eaten, everything is perfect!
Great Dining Experience
We spent a few nights at Devils Thumb Ranch and had a very enjoyable dinner at The Ranch House Restaurant. They serve Wagyu Beef that they raise on the Ranch. My wife ordered the Filet Minon, it was a the best Filet Minon I had ever had. It was perfectly charred on the outside, cooked to the perfect Medium Rare on the inside and had great flavor. It was odd to pay so much for a perfect steak that had as sides shoe string fried Potatoes and a side of Arugula. It should have been paired with something that matches the quality of the steak closer. I had the four course meal with Bacon Wrapped Elk that was excellent. The beet assortment was very good as well and topped off with a goat cheese cake.
It was a great dining experience. They also have a nice Bourbon selection. If you ask, they have some bottles that are on allocation and not found very often.
I look forward to returning.
We enjoyed a prix fixe dinner Christmas night. I am fairly picky and I have to say this was one of the best meals I'd ever had, start to finish, from a wonderful amuse bouche to scallop appetizer to prime rib to salted caramel chocolate cheesecake. The wine and liquor menu gives you lots of options. We enjoyed a drink at the bar both before and after dinner while listening to a father and son playing guitar and sax. Our server was personable and very responsive. We couldn't have had a better experience and will be back!
We got engaged at the Ranch House 8 yrs ago and it was so wonderful that we came back to celebrate our engagement and our daughter's bday again. The waitstaff was attentive and were wonderful to our daughter however it was wine down Weds with a prix fix menu option with 1/2 priced wines...which we choose to do---the food was such a disappointment! Unfortunately it was not the food experience we hoped for nor remembered.
service and food excellent, unique dishes,
food was very fresh and perfectly prepared. We sampled a variety of dishes and wine and were completely satisfied with our food and drink.
The staff was personable, knowledgeable and efficient.
It was a lovely evening
Great setting - terrible service & food
I eat at this restaurant a few times a year and this experience was the worse yet. The service was terrible and " there was nothing I put in my mouth I liked" as my friend and wife mentioned after dinner. Devils thumb ranch also owns Valorios in WinterPark and our last meal there was great. We figured the more upscale Ranch Resturant would be outstanding. We were wrong.
The food was excellent. Wait service was bad.
We were very pleased with the food. the service was horrible. The waitress seemed to get lost and would come back if some one reminded her. There were only four tables occupied at the time. One table was obviously employees that were catered to over the top. All the staff stopped there and made sure everything was perfect for them. Kind of upsetting for the cost of the meal and expectation of good service.
Top 10 Feast of all Time
Order the taster menu and let Chef Daniel L. take you on an adventure. Truly exceptional integration of flavors delicately combined to compliment the subtleties of each element. The wines were well paired to round out one of the best meals I've had in memory.
Outstanding from Start to Finish
This was my second time dining here. It was a special occasion and I had the same server, Shawn who I remember made the whole experience extra special. She was patient, friendly and answered our questions about the menu. She went out of her way to make sure we received everything we wanted and more. The room was pretty quiet, which made conversation easy. The food was outstanding. We loved meeting the chef, who gave us a little background on some of our dishes. Everything was delicious. I loved the trout and the elk loin, which was far from the gamey taste I had remembered elk to be. It was so tender. The complimentary prosecco at the end of the meal was the icing on the cake. I love coming to the Ranch House and hope to see Shawn again who makes it all that much better.
Be ready to spend $$$!!!
Salads were mediocre at best. Entree was quite delicious. I had the Colorado Elk and I must say it was extremely good! My only displeasure was the way they pretty much force you into a fixed price meal which was massively over priced! My wife, son, and I enjoyed our meal, but we will not be returning.
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