Where to Eat in Palmer Lake: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Rosalyn Ihle

Palmer Lake is a Statutory Town in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. The population was 2,420 at the 2010 census. Palmer Lake was founded by General William Jackson Palmer in 1871 and was incorporated in 1889.
Things to do in Palmer Lake

1. Rosie's Diner

411 Highway 105, Monument, CO 80132 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 719-481-3287
Excellent
47%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 245 reviews

Rosie's Diner

Reviewed By malinaricdan - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Nice place to visit. Great hot chocolate. Eggs Benedict was ok. Portion is large but sauce is a bit heavy. Hash browns are good. My friend had the pancake sandwich with the eggs on the side. Lots of food. Great service! Always busy on saturdays.

2. Rock House Ice Cream

24 Highway 105, Palmer Lake, CO 80133-9045 Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American SGD 7 +1 719-488-6917
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 40 reviews

Rock House Ice Cream

Great locally made Ice Cream in an historic building . Located in "down town" Palmer Lake! Please call for SEASONAL HOURS!

Reviewed By RE M - Maui, Hawaii

Try a summer or fall road trip from the Denver area south on Colorado 105 to Palmer Lake to get excellent ice cream and wonderful brats.

A roadside stop well worth your time. Gourmet ice cream, hot dogs, brats, soup and sandwiches abound.

Enjoy the food while looking around the Rock House history since 1927.

3. La Rosa Southwestern Dining

25 Highway 105, Palmer Lake, CO 80133-9052 Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 719-368-7676
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 64 reviews

La Rosa Southwestern Dining

Enjoy the authentic New Mexico and southwest dining choices offered by La Rosa Southwestern Dining, a rapidly rising star offering an exciting and truly memorable culinary experience in lovely Palmer Lake. Offerings include caldillo (green chili stew with white beans and fork-tender pork), pork adovado, cumin-rubbed lamb tacos, stacked enchiladas, mouth-watering tres leches cake.

Reviewed By Retired40 - Larkspur, Colorado

La Rosa is a great little local place. The service is great and accomplished by real people with real personalities. Cozy and well decorated. The food was fantastic. Fresh guacamole, warm chips and pico de gallo along with a well made simple margarita was a great start and hit the spot. I had the shrimp diablo as an entree. It was full of flavor, and seasoned perfectly; it was sensational. My wife had the cod dish and it was also exceptional. I don’t claim to understand what the difference between “authentic” Mexican, New Mexican or Colorado Mexican food is and don’t care. I do know this is good, fresh food. We did not have room for desert. This place is a keeper.

4. Serranos Coffee

625 Highway 105, Monument, CO 80132-9161 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast, Dinner +1 719-481-9445
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 88 reviews

Serranos Coffee

Reviewed By 618pamelag - Monument, Colorado

this is a favorite hang out for hubby to meet up with friends. Nice choices, good quality and yummy extras.

5. The Villa at Palmer Lake

75 Highway 105, Palmer Lake, CO 80133-9052 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, American, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 16 - SGD 34 +1 719-481-2222
Excellent
57%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
9%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 145 reviews

The Villa at Palmer Lake

Located in the heart of Palmer Lake, CO

Reviewed By coloradocarol - Colorado Springs, CO

There have been several incarnations of The Villa at Palmer Lake over the years. The building that had housed various versions of "The Villa", most recently housed a restaurant called "The Sundance". The Sundance only lasted about 1-1/2 months.

Now the building again houses a new version of The Villa. And, yes, they do feature Italian entrees (including pizza). But it is a whole NEW menu -- not the same as the Sundance -- not the same as prior versions of The Villa. So, in order to read about the restaurant that exists now, ignore any reviews or menus that date prior to 10/18/17. Also the days/times open may be incorrect for some sites.

We visited on 11/2/17 for dinner. My dinner companion had the Lasagna; I had the Baked Wild Mushroom Gnocchi. Both were very good and were generous in size. We took some of each home for lunch the next day. No salads, bread, or other sides come with the entrees but are available a la carte. We also shared an order of the Zeppole dessert. Super yummy!

We did have one small problem but servers and the manager jumped in immediately to correct it. (A crack in a dish which occurred just after the entree was served.) They also went above-and-beyond by offering a complementary dessert. Things happen -- and so nice when a restaurant responds well!

We ate in the main dining room (fireplace, tablecloths, quiet setting . . .) but there are also more informal areas for dining. We will return.

6. Wesley Owens Coffee

1744 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO 80132-9215 Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, British, Soups Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner SGD 3 - SGD 10 +1 719-238-0725
Excellent
60%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Wesley Owens Coffee

Reviewed By Sewhappybjm - Greenville, South Carolina

We did not try the food, but the hot beverages were great. I tried the Sherpa Chai Latte. If you've never had chai before, this version might be a little intense. The spices, especially the pepper, were stronger than most other versions of chai that I have tried. I liked it. It was a nice change of pace. The latte was also delicious.

7. Pikes Peak Brewing

1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO 80132-9215 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Bar, Pub Late Night, Drinks +1 719-208-4098
Excellent
55%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 158 reviews

Pikes Peak Brewing

Reviewed By Bartley W - Monument, Colorado

This place is always packed and offers some of the most interesting-tasting beer I've ever had. Atmosphere is very warm, friendly. The wait staff is personable. The patio is nice as the pub is dog friendly, too. The food is about average for just about any brew pub short and a short-order cook. But I'm a tough food critic / gourmet chef with a degree specializing in Greek and Turkish cuisine. The place would really benefit if the owner would let a few food vendors outside, gourmet food trucks. I'd go back more often if they brought in some street food folks outside.

8. La Casa Fiesta Restaurant

230 Front St, Monument, CO 80132-9136 (Formerly LA Casa Fiesta) Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 719-481-1234
Excellent
32%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 271 reviews

La Casa Fiesta Restaurant

Reviewed By HootCheech - Omaha, NE

We do not understand how this place has so many positive reviews. Trip Advisor users had never let us down like this.

From our first interaction with staff to seeing a bill for over $60 for garbage - awful. The girl at the counter didn’t bother to write our name on the waiting list, so we sat in the freezing breezeway for who knows how much longer than necessary.

The server was the best part but, don’t get excited, that’s not saying much. She left us without drinks or any idea when she’d take our order for over 13 minutes (I had to stop watching the clock to keep my frustration in check). After she finally took our orders and delivered drinks, she never bothered to refill anything that wasn’t alcohol (two cups sat bone dry for half the time we were seated).

The presentation was awful - no color, as the life had been cooked out of everything. Several times I looked hard to see meat on two of the dishes. My family is nice and didn’t want to complain, but I knew they were all hungry when we left. I was insulted by the minuscule amounts of meat served and how much we paid to be insulted.

The children in our family were so impressed with this place that they refused dessert! I’ve never seen that happen with this bunch. It certainly wasn’t because they were full.

Husband’s dinner was so tasteless that he can’t guarantee the few bites of meat that he ate were actually what he ordered.

I would give zero stars if I could. After 9 hours on the road , our first vacation meal was one of the worst dining experiences we’ve ever had.

There is no doubt in my mind that Taco Bell would’ve provided a better value and experience.


9. Starbucks

624 Highway 105, Monument, CO 80132 Seating Breakfast, Dinner +1 719-488-1187
Excellent
34%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
13%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 15 reviews

Reviewed By ColoradoDoc - Colorado

There are actually two Starbucks in Monument, this free-standing Starbucks on the west (mountain) side of Highway 105, and the second a small sit-down Starbucks inside the Safeway on the east side of the highway. We like them both, but the free-standing unit is larger, has more comfortable seating, and a larger menu.

10. Speedtrap Bistro

84 Highway 105, Palmer Lake, CO 80133-9045 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 16 +1 719-488-2007
Excellent
60%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 96 reviews

Speedtrap Bistro

Reviewed By rbr0912 - Colorado Springs, Colorado

I've gone here frequently, sometimes for dinner, sometimes for after dinner coffee and dessert. I also like the weekend breakfast. Great vibe, decent music (depends on the musician playing of course), great food. And (at least they used to - not sure if they still do), they had a wine tasting with food pairing on the last Wednesday of the month which I recommend.

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