Resting at an elevation of 6,000 feet at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is a charming mountain city that is popular for being a mecca for year-round outdoor activities. Home to the spectacular glacier-carved Pikes Peak, the Pike National Forest, and some of the best ski slopes in the world, the city is paced with things to do. When you are finished on the slopes, there are a plethora of romantic places for a quiet dinner for two, ranging from the elegant Briarhurst Manor Estate for celebrating special occasions to the casual Cowboy Star Restaurant And Butcher Shop for a one-of-a-kind dining affair.
1.Briarhurst Manor Estate
© Briarhurst Manor Estate
Located in the tiny valley of Manitou Springs, a few miles west of Colorado Springs, The Briarhurst Manor is a beautiful historic Victorian English country manor house that provides a spectacular venue for weddings and receptions of all sizes. Built in 1976 by Dr. William Bell, the founder of Manitou Springs, the stately Briarhurst Manor Estate is a full-service restaurant that serves award-winning Colorado cuisine in an extraordinary atmosphere with spectacular views of the Garden of the Gods and Pike's Peak. The pink sandstone manor house has more than five acres of manicured gardens, lawns and a babbling brook with the Victorian English Country Manor Estate and the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop. The restaurant can be used for private receptions of up to 500 guests in nine different dining rooms, all of which have awe-inspiring views.
404 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, Phone: 719-685-1864
2.Carlos’ Bistro and Wine Bar
© Carlos’ Bistro and Wine Bar
Carlos’ Bistro and Wine Bar is a casual and relaxed restaurant owned by Carlos and Marcia that is renowned for their tantalizing menu of global cuisine and wines and exceptional customer service. Showcasing the creativity and passion of Peruvian Chef-Proprietor Carlos Echeandia, the menu features a range of internationally-inspired dishes with playful twists, all of which are prepared using the finest artisanal, sustainable and organic products available. The daily-changing and seasonal menu feature signature dishes such as mussels and clams in chardonnay cream sauce served with roasted vegetables and kale and mahi-mahi with walnut pesto in a red pepper beurre blanc. The award-winning cuisine is accompanied by a variety of global wines, craft beers, and handcrafted cocktails. Carlos’ Bistro and Wine Bar is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.
1025 S 21st St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, Phone: 719-471-2905
© Caspian Café
Caspian Café brings a piece of the sunny Mediterranean to Colorado Springs with a menu of Greek and Turkish cuisine accompanied by belly dancers. The casually elegant eatery is helmed by Chef Daniel White who prepares dishes with rich flavors and tastes from France, Greece and the Middle East such as Steak Niçoise, gyros packed with succulent meats and salads, falafel, and shish taouk. Belly dancers provide evening entertainment, and a private dining area is available for special celebrations such as banquets. A full-service bar offers a range of libations including fine wines from around the world that can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers, handcrafted cocktails, and other drinks. Caspian Café is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday, and dinner only on Sunday evenings.
4375 Sinton Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80907, Phone: 719-528-1155
4.Cliff House Dining Room
© Cliff House Dining Room
Located in the historic The Cliff House at Pikes Peak hotel, the Cliff House Dining Room is an elegant restaurant that serves upscale New American cuisine and an award-winning wine list in a cozy, romantic atmosphere. Set against a backdrop of spectacular Rocky Mountain vistas and exuding the charm and grace of the Victorian era, the restaurant features damask-covered tables with Christofle Hotel flatware and Riedel crystal wine glasses and walls adorned with oil paintings by local legend C.H. Rockey. The menu follows suit with signature dishes such as Butternut Gnocchi and Wild Mushroom Ragout, New England Clam Chowder, Rocky Mountain Trout, and Grilled Wapiti Elk Chop, accompanied by an extensive wine list of exceptional vintages from around the world. The Cliff House Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
306 Cañon Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, Phone: 719-785-2415
5.Cowboy Star Restaurant And Butcher Shop
© Cowboy Star Restaurant And Butcher Shop
Located in the University Village Colorado shopping center, the Cowboy Star Restaurant And Butcher Shop offer a unique dining experience and exceptional hospitality and service. The restaurant features cowboy-chic décor, an exhibition-style kitchen, and linen-clad tables. The eatery prides itself on using freshly sourced ingredients such as sustainably-sourced meat from a Certified Humane Angus herd, and fresh herbs and vegetables from regional farms and producers. Signature dishes include glazed Maine lobster, pan-roasted veal sweetbreads, and rabbit sausage. The cuisine is accompanied by fine wines from around the world, craft beers by the bottle and on tap, and curated cocktails. The Cowboy Star Restaurant And Butcher Shop are open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, and dinner only on Saturday and Sunday.
5198 N Nevada Ave #150, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, Phone: 719-639-7440
6.Famous Steak House
© Famous Steak House
Located in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, the Famous Steak House is one of Colorado Springs’ finest dining establishments. The elegantly furnished restaurant serves an award-winning menu of exceptional cuisine featuring prime steaks, fresh seafood and fish, handmade pasta and sauces, and fresh salads. The restaurant’s premium wine and piano bar serve an extensive list of wines by the bottle and glass, craft beers from around the world, signature cocktails, and over 30 Colorado spirits. The stylish Chicago-style steak joint boasts an old-school vibe and hosts live piano music on most nights of the week. The Famous Steak House is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, and dinner only on Saturday and Sunday.
31 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, Phone: 719-227-7333
7.Jake and Telly’s Greek Taverna
© Jake and Telly’s Greek Taverna
Located in beautiful historic Old Colorado City, Jake and Telly’s Greek Taverna is an authentic Greek taverna that serves traditional Greek and Mediterranean fare in a casual and relaxed setting. Established in 1997, Jake and Telly’s Greek Taverna serves delicious and innovative Greek cuisine prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options, and a special children’s menu. Using age-old family recipes passed down from the Greek island of Chios in the Northern Aegean Sea, Jake Topakas prepares signature dishes such as grilled octopus, saganaki, spanakopita, souvlaki, gyros, and stifado. Don’t miss homemade desserts like baklava, and stuffed figs. Jake and Telly’s Greek Taverna is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
2616 Colorado Ave #24, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, Phone: 719-633-0406
8.Joseph's Fine Dining
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Blending traditional side-table flambé cooking with nouveau cuisine in an elegant and refined atmosphere, Joseph's Fine Dining epitomizes an excellent dining experience. Featuring blonde-wood décor, crisp white tablecloths, and gleaming silverware, the restaurant exudes an air of style and sophistication, with professional wait staff on hand to provide world-class service. The menu boasts expertly prepared dishes made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, such as pepper steak Flambé, crab-stuffed chicken marsala, scallops, and lobster tortellini, and mahi-mahi croute amande. Dishes can be paired with a selection of fine wines from around the world, and the full-service bar also offers craft beers on tap and by the bottle, handcrafted cocktails, and imported spirits. Joseph's Fine Dining is open for lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner only on Saturday nights.
1603 S 8th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80905, Phone: 719-630-3631
9.La Bella Vita Ristorante Italiano
© La Bella Vita Ristorante Italiano
Owned by native Italian Chef Giuliano Casulli, La Bella Vita Ristorante Italiano is an authentic Italian restaurant and neighborhood favorite in Colorado Springs that serves elevated Northern and Southern Italian cuisine in a relaxed setting. Exuding an Old-World charm, the family-friendly restaurant focuses on using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, preparing each dish from scratch according to age-old family recipes and serving them with passion and flair. Guests can tuck into plates of antipasti, appetizers and other starters, such as Cozze Fresche Marinara, Calamari Fritti, and Burrata alla Bella Vita before enjoying entrées of Vitello Marsala, Pollo Parmigiana, or Fettuccine Vodka con Salsiccia. Classic Italian wines accompany the cuisine, along with curated cocktails and imported spirits. La Bella Vita Ristorante Italiano is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday, and dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
4475 Northpark Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80907, Phone: 719-260-4730
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10.Lake Terrace Dining Room
Located at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, the Lake Terrace Dining Room is an elegant dining establishment that serves classic weekday breakfast and an extensive Sunday brunch buffet with live music. Set on the mezzanine level with beautiful views, the Lake Terrace Dining Room offers an elegant and stylish spot for breakfast with an a la carte menu designed to satisfy every appetite, which includes Colorado specialties and mouth-watering griddle selections. Enticing selections range from traditional European breakfasts include a Smothered Green Chili Breakfast Burrito, Seven Falls Steak & Eggs Breakfast, Colorado Red Trout, and Prime Rib Hash & Eggs, accompanied by freshly brewed coffee and imported teas.
1 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, Phone: 719-577-5771
11.MacKenzie's Chop House
© MacKenzie's Chop House
Located in the Historic Alamo Building, MacKenzie’s Chop House been serving prime steaks and other exceptional steakhouse fare to the local community for over 20 years. Locally owned and operated, the steakhouse celebrates the art of fine dining with an award-winning menu of contemporary American cuisine, a highly acclaimed wine list, and world-class hospitality and service in a casual, yet elegant atmosphere. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner and offers Happy Hour specials at the bar Monday through Thursday. A casual lounge and heated outdoor patio are ideal for pre-dinner drinks, and light snacks and private business lunches, banquets, and pre-theater dinners for up to 60 people are catered for in three spacious private dining rooms flanked by the lounge. MacKenzie’s Chop House is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
128 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, Phone: 719-635-3536
12.Marigold Cafe & Bakery
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The Marigold Cafe & Bakery is a long-standing café and patisserie that serves French-inspired fare and freshly baked treats and sweets. The upscale contemporary bistro and bakery feature warm and welcoming décor and a pretty outdoor patio with spectacular views of Pikes Peak is owned by Chef Dominique and Elaine, who present a French Bistro-inspired menu of classic dishes. The menu features gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, hand-tossed pizza, homemade soups, and decadent desserts such as Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake, Raspberry Cheesecake, Hazelnut Torte, and Fresh Fruit Tart. The award-winning bakery serves freshly baked cakes, tarts, bread, and other sweet treats every day.
4605 Centennial Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80919, Phone: 719-599-4776
13.Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant
© Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant
Hailed, as one of the most unique and intimate dining experiences in the Pike’s Peak region, Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant promises an unforgettable evening. Set in what was once a gold rush hotel in the 1890s in historic Manitou Springs, the fine-dining restaurant and wine bar offers traditional Raclette table-top grill fondue and globally-inspired wines in an elegant and refined setting. The menu features a signature four-course fondue dinner, which begins with freshly made salads, followed by a cheese fondue served with baked bread, fruits and vegetables, which is cooked on a traditional tabletop Swiss Raclette grill. Dessert includes a decadent chocolate fondue. The menu also features à la carte, vegetarian and gluten-free options, and the cuisine is accompanied by an award-winning wine collection with a diverse selection of boutique wines from around the world. Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant is open for dinner only, Friday through Wednesday.
733 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, Phone: 719-685-0277
Located in The Broadmoor Hotel, the Penrose Room is a highly acclaimed, Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant that serves contemporary French and American cuisine and world-class wines against a backdrop of spectacular views. The award-winning restaurant uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients to prepare exquisite continental cuisine and a collection of mouth-watering desserts, which are paired with exceptional vintages from the extensive international wine list as recommended by the professional sommeliers. The Penrose Room trio and vocalist provide soft background music to create a classy and stylish ambiance. Jackets are required for gentlemen, and dressy denim accepted. The Penrose Room is open for dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
1 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, Phone: 719-577-5773
15.Pepper Tree Restaurant
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Boasting panoramic views of Colorado Springs’ downtown city lights, the Peppertree Restaurant is renowned for its exceptional tableside preparation of prime steaks and fresh seafood, along with handmade pasta dishes, vegetarian options, and decadent desserts. The restaurant features a stylish and sophisticated décor and an elegant ambiance, making it a perfect destination for a romantic dinner for two. The menu offers signature dishes such as Chilean Sea Bass, New Zealand Wild Salmon, Maine Lobster, Beef Wellington, Colorado Rack of Lamb, along with fresh salads, roasted vegetables, and other sides and sweet desserts. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive wine list of fine wines from around the world. The Peppertree of Colorado Springs is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.
888 W Moreno Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905, Phone: 719-471-4888
Located between downtown The Broadmoor Hotel and downtown Colorado Springs, Prime25 is contemporary steakhouse with two dining levels decorated in an elegant blend of rich copper, glass, steel, and wood. The restaurant features an open kitchen where diners can watch expert chefs at work preparing prime steaks and other meat dishes using U.S.D.A prime aged beef with bone in the selection, and fresh seafood that is flown in daily. The menu also offers fresh salads and a variety of sides, handmade pasta dishes, vegetarian options, and delectable desserts. An expert team of sommeliers provides the best advice on which wine to pair with each meal, and the full-service bar offers other libations such as craft beers, Champagnes and sparkling wines, signature cocktails, and liqueurs. Prime25 is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday.
1605 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80905, Phone: 719-358-9822
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17.Ristorante Del Lago
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Located on the lobby level of Broadmoor West, Ristorante del Lago is a beautifully renovated restaurant and bar that serves classic Italian cuisine and award-winning wines in a stylish and sophisticated setting. Designed by renowned architect Adam D. Tihany, Ristorante del Lago evokes the luxurious villas of Lake Como with terracotta tiled floors, exposed wood beams, intricate walnut millwork, elegant leather banquettes, and an indoor/outdoor fireplace. Inspired by the finest culinary regions of Italy, the restaurant’s menu features a variety of enticing Old World favorites such as hand-tossed wood-fired pizzas, prime rotisserie, pasta made fresh in-house, and authentic salumi and Formaggio imported straight from Italy. Desserts include tiramisu, cannoli, and homemade gelato – the perfect end to a delicious meal. Boutique wines and rare vintages can be paired with each dish, and other drinks such as handcrafted cocktails, craft beers, and imported spirits can be ordered from the full-service bar. Ristorante del Lago is open for breakfast and dinner, Wednesday through Sunday, and breakfast only on Tuesdays.
1 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, Phone: 719-577-5733
© Springs Orleans
Springs Orleans brings a taste of New Orleans to downtown Colorado Springs with a creative and diverse menu of classic Cajun-Creole cuisine and fine wines accompanied by live jazz music and other special performances. The award-winning restaurant exudes a relaxed, laid-back ambiance in which diners can enjoy a variety of Cajun-Creole fare such as gators bites, seafood and corn chowder, freshly shucked oysters, po’ boys, crawfish etouffee, red beans, and rice, shrimp and grits, fried catfish, and lobster trotolle. Sides range from Voodoo Rice and Truffle Fries to Roasted Potatoes and Grilled Vegetables, and the food is paired with casual wines, craft beers, handcrafted cocktails, and soft drinks. Springs Orleans is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
123 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, Phone: 719-520-0123
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Summit is an upscale, award-winning eatery based in the elegant Broadmoor Hotel that showcases regional and seasonal New American cuisine complemented by an innovative wine and cocktail program in a stylish and sophisticated setting. Designed by renowned hospitality designer, Adam D. Tihany, Summit's striking contemporary design is inspired by the grandeur of Pikes Peak, providing an unrivaled ambiance in which to dine in style. The restaurant features a visually stunning glass-enclosed wine turret that stores over 500 bottles of wine, both boutique and rare vintages that can be savored with each dish, and an extensive bar serves local microbrews, classic cocktails, and casual wines from the most beautiful regions of the world. Summit is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday.
19 Lake Cir, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, Phone: 719-577-5896
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20.The Cliff House Dining Room at Pikes Peak
© The Cliff House Dining Room at Pikes Peak
Nestled at the foot of America's Mountain, the historic Cliff House at Pikes Peak is an elegant Victorian hotel that exudes the charm and grace of a bygone Victorian era. Once a stagecoach stop, and now a turn-of-the-century luxury hotel, the stately crown jewel of Manitou Springs is home to the Dining Room, which serves classic, artistic cuisine, and the Red Mountain Bar and Grill where guests can enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail. The award-winning restaurant’s expert culinary team creates beautifully presented dishes prepared from scratch with freshly prepared locally sourced ingredients and served with flair, accompanied by an extensive list of boutique wines. The Cliff House Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
306 Cañon Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, Phone: 719-785-1000
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21.The Margarita at Pine Creek
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Nestled in the northwest corner of Woodmen, the Margarita at Pine Creek is a casual and relaxed restaurant that has been serving fine cuisine and drinks for more than 35 years. Based in two white adobe-style structures surrounded by forests of Ponderosa pines at the confluence of Pine and Monument Creeks, the spacious eatery features comfortable indoor dining room and multiple patios for outdoor alfresco dining. Diners can enjoy fixed-price dinner menus of globally-inspired cuisine and libations against a background of live music on the patio. The restaurant is ideal for a romantic dinner for two or a gathering of friends for special celebrations. Margarita at Pine Creek is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Friday, dinner only on Saturdays and brunch and lunch on Sundays.
7350 Pine Creek Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80919, Phone: 719-598-8667
22.The Rabbit Hole
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The Rabbit Hole is a hip, late-night New American eatery that specializes in creative cuisine and handcrafted cocktails served in a sleek, subterranean space. Open for dinner, seven days a week; the menu features a variety of entrées of internationally and seasonally inspired cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. Signature dishes include bacon-wrapped meatloaf, braised Colorado lamb shank, pork chops, scallops, Colorado striped bass, and chorizo-stuffed, bacon-wrapped prawns. A wide range of casual and rare wines are served by the glass and bottle, along with craft beers from around the world, handcrafted cocktails and other libations. The Rabbit Hole is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
101 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80919, Phone: 719-203-5072
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23.The Steakhouse at Flying Horse
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The Steakhouse at Flying Horse is a contemporary restaurant set in a beautiful Tuscan style villa with stylish décor and spectacular panoramic views of the Front Range. The restaurant’s expert culinary team presents a menu of delicious appetizers, entrées of prime steaks and chops, pasta dishes and fresh salads, along with a range of sides and an exquisite selection of homemade desserts. The cuisine is accompanied by hand-crafted cocktails from the full-service bar or boutique vintages from an extensive list of old and new world wines. The Steakhouse at Flying Horse caters for special celebrations and events with unique event menu and catering team to take care of every detail, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
1880 Weiskopf Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80921, Phone: 719-487-2635
© Walter's Bistro
Located in Country Club Corners, Walter's Bistro is a casual restaurant that serves contemporary American fare and a selection of diverse wines in an elegant setting with a massive stone fireplace. Situated just a few minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, Walter's Bistro is famous for their lobster bisque and perfect martinis, along with warm and welcoming hospitality and service from friendly staff. The menu features prime steaks, fresh seafood and fish, freshly prepared salads, and daily specials like Whole Maine Lobster, Fried Chicken, and Prime Ribs. The full-service bar serves a wide variety of fine wines and spirits, specialty cocktails and craft beers from around the world. Walter's Bistro is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.
146 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, Phone: 719-630-0201
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- Briarhurst Manor Estate, Photo: Briarhurst Manor Estate
- Carlos’ Bistro and Wine Bar, Photo: Carlos’ Bistro and Wine Bar
- Caspian Cafe, Photo: Caspian Café
- Cliff House Dining Room, Photo: Cliff House Dining Room
- Cowboy Star Restaurant And Butcher Shop, Photo: Cowboy Star Restaurant And Butcher Shop
- Famous Steak House, Photo: Famous Steak House
- Jake and Telly’s Greek Taverna, Photo: Jake and Telly’s Greek Taverna
- Joseph's Fine Dining, Photo: Joseph's Fine Dining
- La Bella Vita Ristorante Italiano, Photo: La Bella Vita Ristorante Italiano
- Lake Terrace Dining Room, Photo: BillionPhotos.com/stock.adobe.com
- MacKenzie's Chop House, Photo: MacKenzie's Chop House
- Marigold Cafe & Bakery, Photo: Marigold Cafe & Bakery
- Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant, Photo: Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant
- Penrose Room, Photo: Kondor83/stock.adobe.com
- Pepper Tree Restaurant, Photo: Pepper Tree Restaurant
- Prime25, Photo: Prime25
- Ristorante Del Lago, Photo: Ristorante Del Lago
- Springs Orleans, Photo: Springs Orleans
- Summit, Photo: Summit
- The Cliff House Dining Room at Pikes Peak, Photo: The Cliff House Dining Room at Pikes Peak
- The Margarita at Pine Creek, Photo: The Margarita at Pine Creek
- The Rabbit Hole, Photo: The Rabbit Hole
- The Steakhouse at Flying Horse, Photo: The Steakhouse at Flying Horse
- Walter's Bistro, Photo: Walter's Bistro
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