Adam’s Mountain Café (934 Manitou Ave., 719/685-1430 or 719/685-4370, www.adamsmountain.com, daily 7 a.m.–3 p.m., Tues.–Sat. 5–9 p.m., closed Mon. Oct.–Apr., $8–22) is a homey-feeling restaurant with lots of vegetarian options. They are kid-friendly and have a nice creekside patio where diners can watch other tourists sample the waters of Cheyenne Spring.
The Cliff House (306 Cañon Ave., 719/685-3000 or 888/212-7000, www.thecliffhouse.com, daily 6:30–10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.– 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.–p.m., $20–35) is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a separate (cheaper) Veranda menu available in the summer months for dining outside the main dining room. The huge wine list is impressive and one of the six staff sommeliers can help you make the right choice to accompany the buffalo filet with lobster raviolis or other delectable entrées.
Another fine dining option is the Briarhurst Manor Estate (404 Manitou Ave., 719/685-1864 or 877/685-1448, www.briarhurst.com, daily 5–8:30 p.m., $20–45), which was the home of Manitou’s founder, Dr. William Bell. The pink sandstone tudor-style house is open for dinner nightly and entrées feature Colorado elk and lamb. Call ahead to verify Monday and Tuesday hours in the fall and winter.
A guidebook from the visitors center has a complete listing of the town’s restaurants, and most places are within easy walking distance of lodgings and other eateries.
© Mindy Sink from Moon Denver, 1st Edition