Dinner with a view ... 

When the OCN team ventured to Estes Park, Colorado, for a day trip, one of the things at the top of our to-do list (along with the ghost tour at The Stanley Hotel, of course!) was to eat at Twin Owls Steakhouse. The restaurant sits at the top of several "best of Estes Park" travel lists, and it came highly recommended by one of our coworkers who recently ate there on her honeymoon. So we made ourselves a reservation and then looked forward to it all.day.long.

The Place:

Twin Owls Steakhouse

Twin Owls sits atop a foothill about 10–15 minutes south of Estes Park, which makes it super-convenient after a day of galavanting in Estes or in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park.

Estes Park map

Twin Owls Steakhouse's proximity to downtown Estes Park is shown by a red place marker.

Twin Owls

Twin Owls ordinarily has a gorgeous view, but on the day we visited, it was mostly obscured by smoke from wildfires. Here's a peek of the view on a different day, though, from the patio:

patio

Courtesy of Twin Owls' Facebook

twin owls

The Atmosphere:

The general ambiance could be described as "rustic mountain lodge meets class." It's not too formal, but not too casual either. We were happy that we weren't out of place in our jeans (no change of clothes on a day trip!), but we could have dressed to the nines and felt comfortable, too.

twin owls steakhouse

Moose antler chandeliers perpetuate the rustic mountain vibes, along with the added charm of white lights strung across the ceiling ... 

antler chandelier

Tables are spread apart to accomplish adequate social distancing! Doesn't it look lovely? Photos don't do it justice. 

twin owls dining room

The Drinks:

Between bottles of Coors Light and glasses of Sauvignon Blanc, we chose to keep things simple. But the plenteous drink menu options are anything but!

cheers

The Food:

To start us off, the staff brought us bread and seasoned olive oil. Then we chose Elk Kabobs and Burrata Caprese for our appetizers! These were delicious, and several members of the OCN team were able to try elk for the first time!

appetizers

The 8-oz. Beef Sirloin, accompanied by green beans and house-made steak sauce, was perfect.

steak

The Diver Sea Scallops, with leeks, fava beans, potatoes, were drizzled in a white wine-butter sauce. It tasted as incredible as it looks!

scallops

The 6-oz. Salmon Filet was so good (several of us ordered this one!), we didn't want it to end! The pad of herb butter on top added that extra bit of flavor. (Insert chef's kiss here!)

salmon

There are so many delicious options on the Twin Owls menu, and I can't wait to go back and try more of them next time I'm in Estes! They feature some amazing-looking salads, and I'd love to sample the prime rib and house-mashed potatoes as well!

Since our reservation was at 5 p.m. (when they open), and we had tickets for the 6:30 p.m. Stanley Hotel Ghost Tour, we knew we would be running short on time. The staff pleasantly accommodated us to make sure we were in and out and on our way in an hour. They even boxed up our desserts for us so we could indulge in them after spooking ourselves at the Stanley (and boy, did we need it!).

Twin Owls makes a great place for dinner in Estes—Just make your reservations in advance! By doing so, you'll also experience the added relief of knowing that a delicious dinner with a view is waiting for you (sometimes getting dinner in Estes Park comes with a long, frustrating wait!).

What do you think? Have you eaten at Twin Owls before? What other restaurants do you recommend in Estes Park? Tell us in the comments!