My in laws used to go here years ago and I ve heard a lot about how great they were back then. We went to dinner there the other night and it was not the best, by far.
The overall environment of the place is great...wonderful views!
Not very happy with the fact they didn t have about 4 of the items on the menu and didn t tell you until you ordered it and then they let you know it was gone. And while not their fault, I was saddened by the fact every single main entree, has mushrooms or bacon in it - even if it s not listed in the description. Being allergic to those, it made it very hard for me to order, but again...that s not a quality issue on their part.
The food was more than lacking in my own opinion. I think I ve had better (and obviously far less expensive) at cheap chain steakhouses.
A quick overview from the four meals and desserts we ordered -
The chicken fried steak was tiny, and had a strange country gravy that was Yellow. Apparently it was fairly dry as well.
The Filet Mignon - very thin cut for a filet, the person eating it said they ve had better sirloin steaks and it wasn t worth it for the money.
The half a chicken meal - Chicken was dry dry dry!
Rack of Lamb - the one meat in the meal that WAS cooked well and tender! :)
As far as sides, we all had the same things, outside the rack of lamb. The lamb comes with a cheese stuffed tomato, which was actually fairly good. The rest of us had mashed potatoes, which seemed to have no seasoning in them, and a veggie medley of squashes and onions which was cooked to the point of mush.
My biggest beef with the dinner for us all, is that it was all barely lukewarm and there was only a few other parties in the place.
Dessert - Worse than dinner sadly. One of us had the Brownie sundae and the bottom of the brownie was burned.
The childrens sundae was fine, seeing as it was just ice cream and sauce.
The Creme Brulee was more like a Panna Cotta....it was VERY gelatin in texture, not soft and custard like. And it was fairly flavorless. Just tasted like milk and sugar really.
And lastly, this is where they lost me for good. The lemon cake. It showed up and was incredibly dry....and then I found out why, half the cake was still nearly frozen. =/
Sorry, but when I go to a place that has a well known name around the area, and is considered a finer dining restaurant that s a treat and splurge to go out to...I don t want to get frozen lemon cake.
Sadly I think El Rancho is getting by on a name only anymore.
We were looking forward to going on a vacation to Colorado but hadn't been there for 4 years. We almost didn't go based on some of the reviews with old management. We decided to give it a try and so glad we did! The wait staff was professional and the service was exceptional. We each ordered a cup of soup, shared a wedge salad, and prime rib. After we ordered a warm loaf of bread with garlic butter was on the table, shortly the soup and salad came, and then the main course. EXCELLENT food and service. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
This place is now under new owners and management. They are returning it back to it's old luster and charm. Everything is on the up and up so go back and give it another try if you didn't like it before. They are also going to offer room service to the hotel up the driveway finally. Trust me, go back! You won't be disappointed, and if you are let me know, I'll tell the owners!
I spent a couple days in Denver and stopped into El Rancho for lunch on my way from the ski slopes to the airport. There's an exit specifically for the restaurant right on the highway so it was easy to get to. As soon as I stepped foot inside the bar, I was impressed. It has a very cozy, Colorado feel and I instantly fell in love with the atmosphere. The bar area is huge and looks like it would be a lot of fun in the evenings with the pool table, big screen TV, etc. The bartender was warm and welcoming. I wandered around the restaurant to get a look at the Colorado views. The rest of the restaurant is similarly large yet relaxed and there was a nicely-laid out banquet room.
The selection and prices on the menu were terrific. It's suprisingly hard to find a decent meat-free salad in restaurants but El Rancho had, and I ordered, their greek salad. It was perfect and I'm looking forward to stopping into El Rancho each time I go into Denver.
great view...so cool on the deck in the summer...ahhhhhhh......had the southwestern empanadas for appetizers,they are filled with shredded buffalo meat are delicious!!Can,t wait to try more off there unique menu!
I ordered the Apple & Sage Stuffed Chicken, and exchanged the potatoes for rice. EVERYTHING WAS PERFECTION. The service was good and the atmosphere and spectacular view was worth the 40 mile trip from the Denver airport.
My husband ahd the Elk Medallions. He hadn't eaten Elk in at least 20 years. He gives it an Excellent rating.
Don't listen to the negative people. Try it. It was fun driving through the beautiful magificent mountains. It is April 10, 2008 and it was snowing! There was a spectacular water fall breaking through the snowy cascade. God's country. Nothing like Dallas, that's for sure.
My wife and I moved into the area from near Lake Ontario in NY State and now live in Aurora, CO. We were in Lakewood and asked around for a good place to eat with a nice view and several people mentioned El Rancho in Evergreen.
We walked in to the dining area and right away the smell of delicious food got us hungry. We looked around and saw a variety of plates that all looked good to us. We decided to try the buffalo burgers and they were as good as we've ever had.
I can't imagine that the person from Houston had a bad waitress or food. Everyone we saw was treated well and enjoyed the food immensely.
Our daughter is visiting us from NYC and this is where we decided to take her for lunch.
Service was terrible. Only 3 tables being served and we had to go to the bar and get our own drinks. Waitress came back and she didn't say anything. When food arrived it was cold and we complained and she said sorry, no offer to fix. When our table was not cleared after 20+ minutes and check did not arrive, we asked the manager and told him about our displeasure. He said oh well and was sorry. Bill came from manager with $60 tip(18% gratuity for party of 9), and we asked him over to discuss. He said there was nothing he would do since we agreed to pay the 18% when we sat down and read menu. Waitress even came over and agreed service was terrible, but manager told her to be quiet and sent her away. We said we refused to pay full gratuity and he said he would call the police. We finally paid because it was late and we had large group ready to go home. El Rancho has a nice ambience, but the hig prices, terrible service and arrogant manager have steared us away from ever eating there again. Tourist Trap!