Are you wanting to shake up your dinner routine and maybe add a little romantic flare into the mix? If you are looking for a Colorado establishment that has both stellar food AND views, you will want to be sure to visit one (or all) of these 12 incredible waterfront restaurants:
1. The Riverside (Boulder)
This restaurant, Internet cafe and popular events venue is situated along Boulder Creek and offers some of the most beautiful views in the city. (Also, they WANT you to bring your computer to work along the river... I mean, I guess if I HAVE to...)
2. Rapids Lodge and Restaurant (Grand Lake)
One of my family's favorite waterside locations is Rapids; a cozy little restaurant that offers a multi-course menu and tables along the roaring Tonahutu River.
3. Bridgewater Grill (Golden)
Located in the heart of Golden is the lively Bridgewater Grill and its home-cooked American cuisine, live music, and views of both the beautiful Clear Creek and Rocky Mountains.
4. Mustachio's On The Lake (Granby)
Lake Granby has truly never looked (or tasted) so good!
5. Boathouse Cantina (Salida)
When it comes to fresh Mexican fare served in a fun and hip atmosphere, there is no topping this Boathouse. (The piece de resistance? The close proximity to the mighty Arkansas River.)
6. Willow Creek (Evergreen)
Think this wildlife sighting from the patio at Willow Creek is pretty cool? So do we. What's even better? It happens on a regular basis.
7. Mishawaka Inn (Bellvue)
The perfect triple threat: food, drinks, AND outdoor concerts (via their amphitheater) along the stunning Cache la Poudre.
8. Rivers Restaurant (Glenwood Springs)
Can you picture yourself sitting on this dock with a glass of wine in hand whilst enjoying the company of both good friends and the Roaring Fork River? I sure can!
9. Waterfront Grille (Estes Park)
Are you looking to earn points with your sweetie? Just take her (or him) to the picturesque Waterfront Grille for dinner and then stay the night in a suite at the Estes Park Resort. (You can thank me later.)
10. Pug Ryan's (Dillon)
I would toast to that view of Lake Dillon ANY day.
11. River Runners at Browns Canyon (Buena Vista)
Are you feeling a little hungry from all that hardcore rafting along the Arkansas River? No problem; just pull up to the River Runners for a wide selection of delicious food and drinks.
12. Pelican Lakes Restaurant & Bar (Windsor)
Do you like the nightlife, baby? Then you're going to LOVE this restaurant and bar and its epic views of the Water Valley lakes and Rocky Mountains.