Top 10 restaurants in Colorado Springs, United States

April 14, 2018 Cedrick Jardin

A crossroads for historians, sportsmen, architects, artists and gourmands, Colorado Springs offers a delightful mix of Western charms. Sunny skies and crisp mountain air make it a perfect place for a golf outing, extreme sports or a picnic in one of the many, many well-maintained parks.
Things to do in Colorado Springs

1. Penrose Room

1 Lake Ave, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO 80906-4269 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards French, American, European, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +1 866-443-9426
Excellent
81%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 208 reviews

Penrose Room

Elegant ambiance, gracious service, and a creative menu invite guests into Colorado's only Five Star, Five Diamond dining experience at the Penrose Room. Contemporary European cuisine is inspired by the seasons and displays the delectable creations of our executive chef. Hand-crafted dishes are filled with the finest seafood, meats, and local produce. Our expert sommeliers will navigate you through an extensive European wine list to perfectly compliment your dinner. In conclusion to your impeccable meal, a collection of dessert temptations await to delight your palate. Dance the night away to the soothing sounds of our live entertainment in the classic, stylish atmosphere of the Penrose Room. Located at the top of the South Tower overlooking the Resort grounds. Attire: Jackets required for gentlemen, tie optional. Dress suits, dress slacks and evening attire are required. Please no denim, athletic wear, sport wear, pool attire, or gentlemen's hats.

Reviewed By AroundtheWorld - Minneapolis, MN

It was my husband's birthday so we went to the Penrose Room. Since we were staying in the South Tower, it was handy. I was surprised by a number of things. First, we arrived early in order to have drinks in the bar next to the Penrose Rose. I ordered a Blood and Sand and the man delivered it but said it had been made without cherry herring since they were out. It was acceptable but I was surprised they even delivered the drink in the first place. My husband's second martini (with Chopin vodka) was definitely not right. He has sent a drink back only one other time in his entire life. He said this one tasted like gin...and the barkeep did sip it, throw it out, and make a new one which was good, by the way. On to diinner. For the price, we were both disappointed. I had read the other reviews on here and thought well....you know....some people.... But I guess I am one of those "some people" now. The amuse buches beetween courses were not particularly amusing or tasty. The menu tries too hard to be "gournet," and it is rather difficult to find something to enjoy. I did like my foie gras and lobster. Ray was terribly disappointed in the tiny (6-8 ounces max) ribeye. On the plus side, they decorated his dessert for his birthday, the music was lovely, and the service was impeccable. I am not difficult to please....but this was definitely not my premier spot of all time. We had better meals in the old Charles Court back in the day.

2. Over Easy, A Daytime Eatery

28 S Tejon St Ste A, Colorado Springs, CO 80903-1541 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 719-471-2311
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 793 reviews

Over Easy, A Daytime Eatery

Over Easy adds a fresh twist to breakfast and lunch favorites using local, organic ingredients. Our extensive menu features items made from scratch daily including Gourmet Pancakes, Stuffed French Toast, Eggs Benedict Selections, Breakfast Quinoa, Lunch Salads & Sandwiches, Ultimate Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar and more. Over Easy also caters to vegetarian and gluten-free guests.<br> <br>Awards: Named Top Breakfast Spot in Colorado by Refinery 29. Recognized as #10 on Urbanspoon’s list of 101 Great Breakfasts in the US. Voted Best Breakfast Restaurant in Colorado Springs & Highlands Ranch.<br><br>Mission Statement<br> <br>Love local? So do we. Better ingredients. Better for you. The philosophy at Over Easy is simple. We select local ingredients, whenever possible, from small producers to offer fresh, chemical-free, delicious produce and meats. Our farmers are not only our purveyors; they&apos;re our friends. A big thanks to our local Colorado-proud suppliers including Hickman’s Eggs, Barista Espresso, Col

Reviewed By Angela W

Food was really good, the restaurant and staff were really mellow. The food portions were just right, and it was definitely hard to choose something off the menu. Bob Marley playlist was a great way to ease into the day.

3. Uchenna

2501 W Colorado Ave, Ste 105 Use Entrance to the Building, Colorado Springs, CO 80904-3070 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Waitstaff, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 42 +1 719-634-5070
Excellent
83%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 537 reviews

Uchenna

Uchenna is closed on Monday.Open Tuesday-Friday lunch 11:30am to 2:00pm dinner 5:00pm to 08:00pm Saturdays and Sundays 12:00pm to 2:00pm dinner 5:00pm to 08:00pm Honoured to welcome you.Peace and Blessings

Reviewed By bluejay377 - Havre de Grace, Maryland

Located in a strip mall type setting in the historic section of Colorado Springs. A little hard to find, but worth the search.

We arrived near the end of the lunch service, and despite our late arrival and our group of 5, they were more than gracious and accommodating. We felt rude and were prepared to leave, but they insisted we stay and made a special setting just for us.

The lemonade with rose water was yummy. I especially loved the lamb with basmati rice. My daughter's shrimp with basmati rice was very good as well. We have been to several Ethiopian restaurants in our travels, and we always compare new experiences to our favorite Ethiopian restaurant in Washington, DC. The food at Uchenna is very, very good, but it did not have the exotic spice level nor the exotic presentation you would get from the Ethiopian restaurants in DC where you must grab food items off of a tray using the Ethiopian bread. You do not get silverware. Uchenna is a tamed down, touristy version of our favorite Ethiopian restaurant.

Lunch plates are not overwhelming. Just the right amount of food without over doing it. Prices are reasonable with most of our plates around the $13 range.

Given the fact that we were given such kind service, I do not feel comfortable offering any criticism, but just in case you experience a similar situation, please be forewarned. My daughter has always had acid reflux, and for various reasons, never finishes any meal. She tends to eat slowly and deliberately, and tends to graze throughout the day. Well, the fact that my daughter had leftovers appeared to really insult the owner. She made it a point to ask why both my wife and daughter did not finish their plates. I was rather put off trying to explain health issues to somebody I do not know, but it was equivalent to scolding your grandmother. While the owner wasn't looking I tried to stuff in the remainder of my daughter's plate so that as little as possible was left. It made for an awkward end of the meal. Our plan was to take the 2 small remainders back to our hotel for later, but by the time I bulldozed through them, it just wasn't worth it. Even the tiny bit left on the one plate seemed not to be kosher. The point being, lick your plate clean to keep her happy LOL.

4. Marigold Cafe & Bakery

4605 Centennial Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80919-3304 Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards French, American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 719-599-4776
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Marigold Cafe & Bakery

A Fine French Restaurant Inspired By Classic European Bistros Combined With A World Class Bakery in Colorado Springs!

Reviewed By rtfax - Colorado USA

Truly remarkable!! Bravo to their hands on, friendly, hard working, dedicated owner GUS!!! Restaurants get high ratings (like Marigold has) by nurturing it well, selecting staff with skills to do their jobs there, training and being a model to them yourself in your own hard work. It is definitely noticed and we have been there many times and it still stands up to 5 star scrutiny and deserves the accolades it gets. I just went back over the past months of reviews and agreed with all the many 5 star ratings. What we find hard to understand is the few poor ratings. A few referred to how the previous owners were so friendly. We not only didn't see that, never greeted by those owners, but remember a couple times when food was not right. We actually reviewed this restaurant twice before in 2016 when we had some problems with the food which was operated by another owner who was never to be seen and food problems never rectified at all. That is not happening now. All the servers we have had in the recent visits have been top notch. No faults. So, we would think the few bad reviews have some other motive behind them. A bad review can knock a top rated restaurant down when not warranted.
Colorado Springs, by the way, is not the easiest place to find a quality restaurant with super good food, home cooked, loving preparation, and leaving with memorable tastes on your palate. Not many out there - and we go out often. We have enjoyed their Beef Bourgignon that was better than that dish we had in Dijon, France where it originated from. The lamb chops are so tasty, well cooked and presented - it rivals any other place we have had them and for a lower price than the restaurants that do occasionally offer. Veal Marsala was tender, tasty, nice flavoring. We had tried that many times with previous owner and had tough as a shoe heel that was quite unpleasant. Eating this tender veal morsel was a true delight and we told Gus our previous experience with veal there in the past and we were delighted to find it superbly done and tender. The lamb shank last night was 'off the charts' - a surprise, a real treat, getting the attention of other patrons walking past our table to ask about it, and an enormous portion that allowed a huge take out of it to return home to enjoy later. The assorted veggies was a quality tasty selection of Summer Squash, asparaGUS, red pepper, green beans. Yummy. The mashed potatoes are nicely done, reminiscent of when my mom - French - used to prepare them. I ate every bite on my plate. Thanks Marigold! Thanks again Gus! And, by the way, the fresh made French bread is the best I have ever tasted - well done!
Also, looking at some the restaurants with high ratings. some of them we do not agree with as we have not had positive experiences with them. So beware!
But, we can not express this enough - MARIGOLD, run by super GUS is the place for you to try out - and when you do, to return to again and again for a memorable night out. Mind you, this is a popular place and you really should RESERVE in advance to ensure your place there.
Lastly, Gus gave us a nice box of dessert treats to take home last time we were there. We savored them for breakfast the next day. Nice touch! Last night, he treated us to two desserts - which also got the attention of passersby going by our table. Really good stuff. Be sure to take some home if you are too full from the meal to have one on the spot. Check out the big display case as you go out and, if you don't pick one out, you will probably be dreaming about them later on. Well, when Gus gave us those treats, we really felt we were the only ones he treated so special like that. It felt that way because he is genuine. When we read other reviews, we see he has done that with other customers and that was great to see and made us have an even deeper respect for GUS in knowing how generous and caring he is about his customers satisfaction and building up the solid GOLD STAR reputation MARIGOLD CAFE and BAKERY has in our community.
We tell everyone about this place. Everyone!! Most, surprisingly are not aware of it or where it is or how to get there, But, don't let that stop you from reserving, putting it on your GPS and getting there to enjoy yourself. You will be grateful to us if you decide to do so. We take all our visiting guests there and they talk about the experience long after.
Great job - to all the friendly, hard working, professional staff and cooks there - keep it up!! Your are noticed - you are appreciated. And you are definitely recommended to many people. Dr. Richard and John - So this five start review supercedes the two given previously with the previous management. Well done Gus!

5. Lake Terrace Dining Room

1 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80906-4269 Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner +1 866-443-9426
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 206 reviews

Lake Terrace Dining Room

Breakfast Monday through Saturday, the Lake Terrace Dining Room is the perfect place to start your morning. The a la carte menu offers something to satisfy every appetite, from traditional European breakfasts, to exciting variations on Eggs Benedict; as well as Southwestern specialties and mouth-watering griddle selections. Located on the Mezzanine level of BROADMOOR Main. Sunday Brunch Offering 150 enticing choices alongside sculpted ice and live piano music. Located on the Mezzanine level of BROADMOOR Main. Attire: RESORT CASUAL Dressy denim and collared shirts are required. Seasonal sport coat or blazer suggested. Please no athletic wear, sport wear, shorts, pool attire or gentlemen’s hats. Breakfast Bermuda length shorts, denim and collared shirts are suggested. Please no athletic wear, pool attire or gentlemen’s hats. Brunch Dressy denim and collared shirts are required. Seasonal sport coat or blazer suggested. Please no athletic wear, sport wear, shorts, pool attire or gentlemen’s hats.

Reviewed By psudino - Weehawken, New Jersey

First and foremost, perfectly delicious food. Our hosts chose a tailgate mix, which was awesome that we had tacos, chips and queso, sliders, and chili at such a nice resort. It furthered my opinion that regardless of the Broadmoor's distinction, it is far from pretentious.

Second, you know you are in at a resort close to nature when a deer just walks up to the patio where you are eating. Literally, this deer was just hanging out about 5 feet away from some of my business colleagues. It wasn't until they approached her that the deer ran down the sidewalk, over the bridge to the other building and finally into the woods. Seriously, this deer knew her way around the resort!

Anyways, great food, great location, and apparently deer friendly too.

6. Mountain Shadows Restaurant

2223 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904-3324 Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 17 +1 719-633-2122
Excellent
68%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 345 reviews

Mountain Shadows Restaurant

Reviewed By AmyCzestochowa - Colorado

You may be put off by the parking (or lack thereof) at first, but it is worth circling the block for. There is no off-street parking at the restaurant. But find a spot and get yourself inside! Nothing fancy-schmancy, but the place is very clean, and the staff very welcoming. The entire menu is offer all of the time, and the variety is good. I had the biscuits and gravy and corned beef hash. The former was delicious, tne hash was a little too mushy for me, but it may just be me. My husband had the huevos rancheros, and was satisfied. The Chile needed to be hotter for our taste, but we are used to NM heat levels. We ordered a cinnamon roll to go (get one before they sell out for the day), and it was impressive. $8 for a cinnamon roll?!? Yes, and when you get it, you'll know why. Our family of seven was able to share it!
The only disappointment diri g the meal was the tea. Cheap, awful excuse for tea, and a single bag was brought out, along with a cup of hot water and a small kettle. I am used to tea being improperly served, but it is still a disappointment when it happens. If you don't drink tea, or if you are not particular, it won't bother you

The service was friendly, and we left full and satisfied. I would certainly go again.

7. Paravicini's

2802 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904-2444 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 719-471-8200
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Paravicini's

Reviewed By StephLV1015 - Austin, Texas

This restaurant is a very quaint corner Italian bistro that has an intimate atmosphere and delicious food!

The Tortellini Carbonara was sooo good. Perfect amount of sauce and plenty to take for leftovers the next day. The Chicken Parmigiana was also a hefty portion and was delicious too.

Yum, yum... eat here!

8. Over Easy

5262 N Nevada Ave Ste 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80918-8716 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 719-598-2969
Excellent
68%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 206 reviews

Over Easy

Over Easy adds a fresh twist to breakfast and lunch favorites using local, organic ingredients. Our extensive menu features items made from scratch daily including Gourmet Pancakes, Stuffed French Toast, Eggs Benedict Selections, Breakfast Quinoa, Lunch Salads & Sandwiches, Ultimate Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar and more. Over Easy also caters to vegetarian and gluten-free guests.<br> <br>Awards: Named Top Breakfast Spot in Colorado by Refinery 29. Recognized as #10 on Urbanspoon’s list of 101 Great Breakfasts in the US. Voted Best Breakfast Restaurant in Colorado Springs & Highlands Ranch.<br><br>Mission Statement<br> <br>Love local? So do we. Better ingredients. Better for you. The philosophy at Over Easy is simple. We select local ingredients, whenever possible, from small producers to offer fresh, chemical-free, delicious produce and meats. Our farmers are not only our purveyors; they&apos;re our friends. A big thanks to our local Colorado-proud suppliers including Hickman’s Eggs, Barista Espresso, Col

Reviewed By Westernhorizon - Colorado Springs, Colorado

This was my first visit as I was with Friends who recommended it and it was a convenient location for all. Obviously a very popular place with the under 35 crowd...most likely due to good food and it's urban, hipster feel being located near UCCS.
We went on a Sunday (I Do Not Recommend) which meant we had a 30 minute wait just to get seated for breakfast...NOT an exaggeration.
There are some communal tables for singles and couples if you don't mind eating with strangers at each elbow and across from you, but even those had a wait and if you wish to have a semi private conversation with your friends you just have to wait.

The service was excellent all throughout, from the polite and kind hosts, who had to deal with the throngs waiting in a highly inadequately sized waiting area, to the server who was not only thoroughly knowledgeable about the menu and ingredients...a rarity these days... but also polite, conversant AND very hospitable...also VERY rare in servers these days.

While the prices seem a little steep for breakfast/brunch...the food was well prepared and the portions sufficient enough. My Breakfast Burrito ($10.50) with a side of Biscuit & Gravy ($4.29) was pretty well prepared. The chorizo was a little over cooked and the green chili (an important thing in Colorado) lacked a bit of flavor, but neither of those ruined the meal.
I had the Ginger Splash ($5.50) to drink which I recommend as very tasty, however I think you're probably paying a little extra for the presentation rather than the carrot juice, honey lemonade & ginger ingredients. The raw sugar encrusted carrot strip garnish was a nice touch.

Sorry to sound like a stick in the mud, but all that said, value remains important and $65 (Before Tip) for 3 People for Breakfast just seems pretty outrageous to me when you can easily get out of many comparably tasty breakfast joints for $10 to $15 per person not over $20 per person without having to wait 30 minutes to get seated.
Unfortunately there's not much businesses can do when they are saddled with the ever increasing costs of doing business from the already high and ever increasing minimum wages of $7.18 for tipped and $10.20 for untipped workers, which just means price increases will continue to be passed on to the consumer.

9. TAPAteria

2607 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904-3024 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 719-471-8272
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 281 reviews

TAPAteria

Traditional and creative spins on Spanish Tapas combined with exceptional Spanish wines, and hand crafted cocktails set in a classic Barcelona ambiance. TAPAteria offers a 100 percent gluten free menu of small bites meant to share in a group setting.

Reviewed By Mistygirl20052015 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Went to Tapateria for lunch. Have never been there before and did not know expect. The food choices were amazing, waitress was great. Will definitely go back to Tapateria. Great atmosphere!

10. Caspian Cafe Mediterranean

4375 Sinton Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80907-4235 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek, Middle Eastern, Persian, Egyptian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 20 - SGD 33 +1 719-528-1155
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Caspian Cafe Mediterranean

Bringing wonderful dishes from the Mediterranean to a Colorado Springs Restaurant, Caspian Café is sure to please the palate with amazing flavors prepared by Chef Daniel White. Dishes represent the full range of the Mediterranean from French and Greek Classics such as Steak Nicoise and Gyros to Middle Eastern Dishes such as Falafel and Shish Taouk. Full service bar and private dining area available for banquets. Evening reservations recommended.

Reviewed By peterballantine - North Salt Lake, Utah

I stumbled upon this restaurant after having driven into Colorado Springs and found it to be a great find. The server was quick and efficient and new all of the specialties by memory and made a good suggestion for the prime rib that was one of their weekends best. I have the grand Marnier chocolate mousse for dessert which was very good but lacking on the Grand Marnier, and if they had a little bit more it would make this absolutely amazing. This restaurant is right off the freeway so the assessability is easy. They had a belly dancer there who you could tell loved her work and she is a true artist.

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