Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater is the COOLEST place to see a concert in Colorado. Red Rocks Park also has many great hiking trails and other activities to enjoy during the day. Either way, visiting one of these delicious restaurants in Morrison will enrich your experience of the park.
Parking at Red Rocks on a concert day can get crazy. If you don’t want to risk hiking down the base of Mount Morrison after the show, you’ll want to park as close to the amphitheater as possible. This means you’ll want to get there as early as possible. But you’ll likely want to get dinner beforehand.
This list has the best restaurants in Morrison which is right next to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. I recommend getting to one of these restaurants early, then heading to the park as soon as possible to get good parking.
Ship Rock Grill is actually inside the amphitheater. It’s the perfect place to eat before a show at Red Rocks. Keep in mind Ship Rock Grill gets BUSY. If you plan to eat there, make reservations as far in advance as possible.
For Day Trippers
There’s so much to do at Red Rocks Park during the day, from hiking to learning about music and dinosaur history. At some point, you’ll probably want to stop for a meal or a post-hike beer. Here’s a list of the best places to go, whether you want something chill or upscale.
Here’s a list of the best restaurants in Morrison to eat and drink at next to Red Rocks Park
The best place to grab a beer
Red Rocks Beer Garden
You have to visit Red Rocks Beer Garden at least once. It’s a staple. This spacious, top-rated beer garden is perfect for grabbing a beer before a show or after exploring the park. They have pizza and delicious soft pretzels, but their lovely patio and local beer are what they’re known for. Red Rocks Beer Garden is located outside Red Rocks park in downtown Morrison.
The best upscale dinner:
Hungry Goat Scratch Kitchen and Wine Bar
For something a little more upscale (but still with a chill, mountain vibe), check out the Hungry Goat. The food here is top-notch and all made from scratch. It is on the pricier side, but the food is sooo good. I recommend getting the salmon caesar or shrimp and grits. Pair it with the baked goat cheese dip. If you’re an Old Fashioned kind of person (you know, the cocktail), you have to try theirs. Their unique campfire old-fashioned has tastes of fire, smoke, chocolate, and marshmallow.
For a fun dive bar:
Morrison Holiday Bar
If you’re looking for a fun spot to keep the party going after a show, visit the Morrison Holiday Bar. This lively dive bar is where country and rock n’ roll collide. It features several patios, regular live music, and classic burgers and beer. Plus, it was the recipient of the Coors 2013 Best Banquet Bar in America.
The best diner-fare:
The Cow an Eatery
The Cow is a great laid-back diner-style restaurant with DELICIOUS food. It’s my go-to place for a hearty comfort meal after a long day in the mountains. They serve burgers, sandwiches, breakfast burritos, beer, and more. Plus, they have the BEST milkshakes around. Happy hour is every day from 2–5 pm. You’ll get half-price select appetizers (fried pickles, chips and guac, etc.) plus cheap wine, beer, and well drinks. No matter the meal, The Cow serves it, and it’s delicious.
For homestyle European food:
Cafe Prague is arguably one of the best European restaurants near Denver. They serve excellent Czech fare. You have to try their schnitzel and goulash soup. The lamb, halibut, and beef stroganoff are also crowd favorites.
For a cozy tavern with good food:
Rooftop Tavern is a cozy, lodge-style tavern above Toni Rigatoni’s Italian Kitchen. Enjoy delicious Italian fare but without the stuffy setting. Sip on a craft beer while sharing fresh garlic bread, mussels, or a charcuterie board with your friends.
For No Frills Hot Wings:
Looking for inexpensive yet delicious hot wings? You have to stop by Willy’s Wings. Their signature sauces include buffalo style, bbq, and teriyaki. They recently started serving garlic parmesan and a lemon pepper dry rub too. Willy’s has an extensive list of sides, from classics like fries and cole slaw to buffalo shrimp and rocky mountain oysters.
The most convenient pre-show dinner:
Ship Rock Grill
Ship Rock Grill is a southwestern-style restaurant at the top of Red Rocks Amphitheater. You can sit indoors or on their patio with great foothill views. It’s a great spot to eat before a show. Definitely plan to make reservations in advance.
For margs and tex-mex:
You’ll recognize the Morrison Inn by the sign out front touting “Fun Mexican Food.” It’s the place to go for delicious margaritas and tex mex. You can enjoy live music from their lovely patio from late spring to early fall.