Originally Posted by ssh
...and, if you want an "experience" with exceptional food, try the Alpenglow Stube
at the top of the Gondola at Keystone. This is the kind of place I like to visit once as a "date night" with my bride during a week's vacation...
Definitely a great place! We go there late in April when they do 2 for 1's (they also do 2 for 1's in Nov.) Along the same lines is Keystone Ranch. I think the Ranch is even a notch better. It's a true 4-star restaurant, six course meals, with the sticker shock to match. Der Fondue Chessel is a great place too and it's also at the top of the gondola - it's fun to take about a dozen people there for the social atmosphere. Since you're close by, you should give them a call on the shoulder season. They're more than happy to tell you when 2 for 1's are going on.
For completeness, I should mention this great restaurant we have down in Silverthorne. I eat there all the time, and judging from the number of people in there it seems to be a popular place. They serve all kinds of stuff - breakfast, lunch, and dinner and kids really love it. It's located right off the interstate and it's called "McDonald's". This is the kind of place I like to visit once as a "date night" with my girlfriend during a week's vacation...