The town of Grand Lake hugs the beautiful mountain lake from which it takes its name. Nestled at over 8,000 feet, this cozy, quaint town might seem quiet and remote. However, despite its size, Grand Lake is brimming with activity and features a variety of things to do. Among the attractions here are several great restaurants. Some look out over Grand Lake, and others are intimate eateries tucked away on one of the downtown streets. Wondering where to begin? Below, we’ve listed some of the best Grand Lake, CO restaurants, so you don’t have to waste time figuring out where to eat!  

From snowmobiling and skiing to shopping and festivals, there’s always something to do in Grand Lake and surrounding areas. There are just as many winter activities as there are summer activities, and you’ll find some of the best mountain towns near Denver here. If you’d like to find out more about the area, check out our blog or get in touch with a Realtor. We are here to help!

5 of the Best Grand Lake, CO Restaurants

Grand Lake Lodge Restaurant | $$

Enjoy spectacular views of Grand Lake from the dining room at Grand Lake Lodge Restaurant. It’s a cozy place to eat a fantastic meal, with elegant mountain charm from the log construction to the crackling fireplace. If you spend a day in Rocky Mountain National Park, you can stop by the Grand Lake Lodge on your way out—it’s close to the western entrance.  

Grand Pizza | $

A sign of an excellent restaurant is a busy restaurant, which is what Grand Pizza tends to be (so order ahead if you’re in a hurry!). They serve fantastic slices at fantastic prices, and it’s a great place to go if you are looking for a night of no-frills dining. Grand Pizza is on Boardwalk Avenue, just a couple of streets away from the picturesque waters of Grand Lake, so after you grab a bite to eat, you can stroll around the streets and admire the lovely backdrop.

Historic Rapids Lodge Restaurant | $$$

At Historic Rapids Restaurant, you will discover Grand Lake’s only riverside restaurant. With such an incredible view of the surrounding mountains, lush greenery, and the rushing Tonahutu River, it’s no wonder that it has been rated one of the most romantic in town. Inside, there’s a cozy atmosphere, with a fireplace in the dining room and a bar with gleaming wood. Everything on the menu is fantastic, whether you dine on elk chops, duck drumettes, salads with house-made dressing, or just come to have a drink at the bar.   

O-a Bistro | $$

Fresh, Colorado-grown ingredients are used in the dishes you’ll find on the menu at O-a Bistro. A focus on local ingredients means that the menu changes seasonally, making for an ever-changing dining experience! The cuisine that O-a serves is influenced by cultures from all over the world, though Mediterranean-style food is most prominently represented. O-a serves both breakfast and dinner, and both are worth trying!

Sagebrush BBQ & Grill | $$

Sagebrush BBG & Grill is a fantastic place to go when you are looking for a restaurant with a friendly, laid-back atmosphere and great food. And when we say laid-back, we mean it—there are baskets full of peanuts on the table, and patrons are encouraged to throw the shells on the floor. It’s all done in the spirit of fun, though, and on some weekends you’ll even find live music here!

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