Add Some Flavor with Estes Park Restaurants

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Are you planning Estes Park, Colorado travel? If you are, then make sure you plan the right dining options in addition to your lodging and things to do list. Failure to plan for your dining experiences could force you to dine in the same chain restaurants you could enjoy at home, rather than experiencing those locations that locals know and love. One way to spice up your vacation experience is to go for something a little different than the traditional American cuisine found in so many restaurants.

Grumpy Gringo
Stop by the adobe-style restaurant Grumpy Gringo for some family recipe Mexican food.

Spice Up Your Trip to Estes Park with Mexican Cuisine

Few people travel to Estes Park, Colorado, to sample Mexican cuisine, yet many who are on Colorado vacations find this is an excellent place for authentic Mexican food.

Throughout Estes park, you will find several tasty options for spicy food from south of the border. Some of these locations are owned by Mexican families and utilize family recipes passed down over several generations, so you can be certain the food will be spicy and authentic.

Grumpy Gringo

Located one mile east of town on Highway 34, Grumpy Gringo offers tasty Mexican dishes in an adobe-style restaurant building that is comfortable and inviting. This family-owned and operated restaurant uses third-generation Mexican family recipes for tantalizing and tasty meals.

Many of the items were developed using recipes created specifically for the restaurant. They also have their own line of flavored margaritas. The restaurant welcomes families dining together and has a tasty children’s menu.

Casa Grande
Enjoy the colorful decor as well as the authentic Mexican dishes at Casa Grande.

Casa Grande

The colorful chairs and painted wall murals that greet your eyes when you walk into Casa Grande showcase the true Mexican style of this popular location. For over eight years, Casa Grande has served authentic Mexican cuisine to Estes Park guests and locals alike.

Open for lunch and dinner seven days per week, this family-owned and operated restaurant sits at the base of Rocky Mountain State Park. Consider dining out of doors to enjoy the great views. In addition to the restaurant, you will enjoy a full bar when visiting Casa Grande.

Ciscos Restaurante y Cantina

Ciscos Restaurante y Cantina offers Tex-Mex concoctions and a full bar to make your dining experience memorable. The restaurant is in Lower Stanley Village and friendly staff members that will help you enjoy your meal. The food is made fresh daily, so you will always enjoy tantalizing spices and fresh flavors when you dine here.

If You Go

If you are going to plan Estes Park, Colorado travel, be sure to visit the visitor’s bureau for more information about dining options. Their website is

Grumpy Gringo
1560 Big Thompson Ave.

Casa Grande
220 East Elkhorn Ave

Ciscos Restaurante y Cantina
509 Big Thompson Ave.

Nicole Harms has been writing professionally since 2006, specializing in travel and finance writing, with work having been published on USA Today, the New York Stock Exchange and in addition to here on Go Colorado!

Header photo courtesy of Ciscos Restaurante y Cantina.
Grumpy Gringo photo by Scott Clark.
Casa Grande photo courtesy of Signs of Life.