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The Down Under

256 E. Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible10%
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“seafood” (7 reviews)
“crab legs” (11 reviews)
“cheesecake” (3 reviews)
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American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
256 E. Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

Fantastic choice of quality food items - love the prime rib, crab legs, and shrimp. Several great choices on dessert bar. Service is outstanding. Top Cripple Creek server works here - Walter. Well worth the money for the quality food.

Thank leonardz908
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

We are so happy to hear the food was good leonardz908! We will make sure to let Walter know to keep up the good work :) We look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed 14 February 2017

We took another couple up for the Saturday Ice show. Had reservations at the Down Under for 6 PM. When we got there, we were told they are not supposed to take reservations on the weekend, but we had them, so they seated us right...More

1  Thank fjpaulick
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the review fjpaulick! We will let Walter know that he is being acknowledged for his exceptional work! We look forward to seeing you again soon :)

Reviewed 1 February 2017

We went on a Saturday evening and enjoyed the all you can eat prime rib and crab legs. The food was delicious, although the crab legs were a little too salty. It was also a pretty good place if you want somewhere semi private and...More

Thank Jeffrey O
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback Jeffrey! We are glad to hear the food was good and we hope to see you again soon :)

Reviewed 3 January 2017

We stopped there wit our group and came upon everything one could ever ask for from a high end place at a low end price. Service was excellent and the food was great . Only open on the weekends . A must stop when you...More

Thank Menorca007
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the review Menorca007! We hope to see you again soon :)

Reviewed 20 December 2016

We went at 6pm opens at 4pm food was cold and had set out since 4pm. Crab wasn't fresh was hard to peel since it had been cooked hours earlier. Prime Rid also Luke warm at best. Makes the Golden Coral look good.

Thank colorado6
Reviewed 18 December 2016

Went here with some friends who won a free meal. I must say, a very big improvement since the last time I went here a couple of years ago. Everything was very delicious and the service was outstanding. We had a very attentive waiter, wish...More

Thank DRCV1111
Reviewed 31 October 2016

We waited for this restaurant to open at 4...it was worth the wait. Steak and seafood was on the buffet along with mixed vegetables, salad bar, potatoes (however VERY thick and with no gravy in sight) chilled large shrimp and crab legs. All food was...More

Thank CableQueen2
Reviewed 21 October 2016

We got into town on a Friday evening and went to the seafood and prime rib buffet. It was great. We had crab legs, shrimp and prime rib. It was all excellent. The price is right too.

Thank Lynn M
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

First for the quality, buffet pricing $27 was reasonable. Crab and shrimp plentiful and fresh. Mussels also delicious. Nice prime rib carving station. Salad bar with triangular plates and wilted spinach inch touch. Chicken cordon blue had nice chipotle sauce. Desert bar attractive, but one...More

Thank Erich M
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Three of us dined for dinner, right at their 4:00pm opening. We were promptly seated and then greeted by our waiter. We were given food service by all staff in our visit. The food on the other hand left a little to be desired. The...More

Thank Power2ools
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Ruth V
Which casino is this in
23 May 2017|
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Response from fjpaulick | Reviewed this property |
Midnight Rose. Call them for reservations. Going there Saturday night.
Pam D
What is the current cost of the buffet
12 March 2017|
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Response from fjpaulick | Reviewed this property |
$27.99. It is $2 off if you have a players card. If you like crab, seafood, prime rib, etc., this is a great place.
Are reservations accepted for Saturdya nights? If not whats the normal wait time?
23 June 2016|
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Response from leonardz908 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they take reservations every night they are open. Usually you can hit it just at the right time and don't need reservations.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 100
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Buffet
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 256 E. Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Cripple Creek
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With historic brick, rich oak floor and low light, this fine dining restaurant is located downstairs in the Midnight Rose. It's now featuring a generous Prime Rib and Seafood buffet Thursday through Saturday. Choose from an expansive wine selection and finish your dining experience with a decadent dessert.
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