Guide to Food, Wine, and Beer in Grand County, Colorado
Grand County has over 100 restaurants and bars spread throughout the area, but don't fret; we've compiled a guide to food, wine, and beer in the county to help you eat and drink your way through our five major towns (and a few quaint towns in-between). Whether you want to sample local microbrews, try Rocky Mountain cuisine like elk or venison, sip regional wine or indulge in gourmet cuisine, there is something to please everyone's palette in Grand County. Here are just a few of our favorites.
Located in historic downtown Tabernash, just west of Fraser, the Tabernash Tavern has a vintage feel and channels years of Colorado past even though it was only built in 2008. Vintage beer cans and old skis adorn the walls providing a warm and casual setting to indulge in some of the best cuisine in Grand County. Tabernash Tavern offers inspired creations from Chef Alberto, including an international mix of appetizers, entrees, soup, salads and desserts. Enjoy the vast beer selection and incredible wine list. We recommend starting with the Lamb Chop Fondue and the Quinoa Risotto, a tavern original, for your main course. Tabernash Tavern is open daily for dinner and happy hour and serves lunch Friday to Sunday. Find out firsthand why Tabernash Tavern is a favorite of locals and tourists alike.
Winter Park Winery
Located along US Highway 40, the Winter Park Winery prides itself on its wonderful wine, small-town charm and great atmosphere. All of Winter Park Winery's wines are made onsite and are handcrafted to achieve the best quality. We recommend the "2007 Grateful Red," a Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot blend; or if you prefer a white, try the "2007 Chardonnay" a dry white with hints of sage. Open year round, their tasting room offers wine by the glass, bottle and case. There is roughly enough seating for 20 folks, so get there early to ensure your group a table. Come experience the bold, rich and flavorful spices the Winter Park Winery is serving up to visitors and locals alike.
Formerly a general store, grocery store and a hardware store, the first brick building in Granby now houses the family-friendly restaurant, Brickhouse 40. The Brickhouse 40 prides itself in providing you with the opportunity to make life more enjoyable, if only for a few hours, by serving fresh and creative food in a fun environment. Enjoy top–notch service and sit back and relax as the friendly staff takes care of all your wants and needs. Try one of their pizzas and wash it down with a Wooly Booger beer brewed right here in Grand County. Brickhouse 40 is open daily for lunch, happy hour and dinner. Make sure to stop in this historic gem in Granby, where they'll treat you like family.
The Peak Bistro & Brewery
Located in WInter Park, The Peak Bistro & Brewery serves up standard brewpub food alongside upscale, re-invented bar food. Enjoy great local craft beers like the "Winter Park Ale" or the "Timberline Stout" brewed right at the Peak. Not sure where to start? The Peak offers 4-ounce beer samples so you can taste and find your favorite, and once you selected the brew that suits your palate best, take home a 12-ounce bottles, 22-ounce bomber bottles or 64-ounce growler of your favorite beer. Learn more about their menu and beers and make a reservation at The Peak today.
If you're looking for a hearty and adventurous place to wine and dine in Winter Park, Volario's is the place to go. Mixing Spanish influences with Northern Italian mountain cuisine, Volario's in Winter Park is truly a unique place to unwind. Volario himself is not from the Grand County area, but someone who visited and couldn't imagine leaving. Let the experienced culinary masters bring the seasonal tastes of Spain and Northern Italy to you in the most beautiful mountain setting. Located within the Vasquez Creek Inn, the restaurant couldn't be easier to access.
Devil's Thumb Ranch - Ranch House Restaurant
Folks in Grand County know that if it's a special occasion, there's really only one place to go — the Ranch House Restaurant at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa. Located in a serene meadow with the Continental Divide towering above onsite at Devil's Thumb Ranch, the Ranch House Restaurant serves "New American Mountain Cuisine" created by Chef Evan Treadwell. The menu is seasonal and changes nightly to reflect the freshest choices available. A typical menu for the Ranch House may include Colorado cuisine like elk filet mignon, Rocky Mountain trout, wild boar and venison. The hours for Ranch House Restaurant are Wednesday – Sunday from 5 – 9 p.m. and reservations are recommended due to the intimate nature of the restaurant. Enjoy award-winning food crafted by world-class chefs and scenic beauty in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at the Ranch House Restaurant at Devil's Thumb Ranch.
Rapids Lodge and Restaurant
The historic Rapids Restaurant is a stunning riverside venue in Grand Lake. Established in 1915, the Rapids Restaurant features signature sandwiches, homemade soups, steaks, seafood and wild game. The dining room provides a great atmosphere to enjoy fine dining in a casual mountain environment. Take your loved one out for a special meal here, voted "Most Romantic" and "Grand Lake's #1 Restaurant" by Grand County's Sky-Hi News. Eat at Grand Lake's only riverside restaurant and enjoy the rich tradition and rustic ambiance of the historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant.