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Balanced Rock Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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324 Beckers Lane, Garden of the Gods Trading Post, Manitou Springs, CO 80829-2408
09:00 - 17:00
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Gunnison, Colorado
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This little café in the Trading Post has numerous bison entrees and different food to please everyone in the family. They even make their own delicious fudge!

Thank VickiShehan
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122 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

I like to come here and grab a quick lunch and enjoy some peace on the patio. I come here (as a local) usually in the off seasons, spring, early summer and autumn. It gets VERY CRAZY with all of the tourists in the summer so I avoid the cafe typically during the busy season. Great food (lunch fare) and... More 

Thank kimod74
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 September 2016

Ordered the BLT and it was so thin all you could see was lettuce and bread, VERY little bacon and tomato.

Thank stjogma
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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60 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

I have enjoyed eating at the Balanced Rock Café for several years. I only go in the summer months when I can eat outside. I love the atmosphere of the patio. Also, I can bring my dogs with me to eat. The food is okay...I had the crispy chicken wrap and it was mostly lettuce with a little bit of... More 

Thank Esc_CA_native
Anacortes, Washington
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195 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

What a treat after hiking or just needing to eat. Really good food U order at the counter and they bring ur food to u. A beautiful setting out in the garden and running water . very relaxing WE really enjoyed this place

Thank peterpanjaffray
1 review
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Don't believe the hype. Not a hater at all-but 1 strip of bacon does not a BLT make. Potato salad was pre made but good. Service was overwhelmed by the kids were trying to get food out. $10 for a strip of bacon and white bread? This was not services fault.

Thank Scott H
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

stopped by after our day of family hiking and climbing at Garden of the Gods. Very reasonable and great food. Plenty of reasonable souvenirs too

Thank Roni S
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479 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

We realized we would be in the park for quite a long time so we grabbed a couple of sandwiches here . They were delicious and came with thin cut potatoes . The menu had alot of options and the prices were very reasonable . We would definitely eat here again . The cafe is situated in one of the... More 

Thank Skwiki
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

After hiking the trails at Garden of the Gods and have worked up a good appetite, head to Trading Post and enjoy Balanced Rock Cafe. Buffalo burgers, grilled chicken, and plenty more to choose from but after seeing BBQ Bacon Buffalo Burger, I didn't really look. I'm from Texas so BBQ & bacon in the title grabs my attention! Add... More 

Thank SugarlandRN
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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231 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Busy? An understatement but very enjoyable. The hamburgers, hot dogs etc. are a bit overpriced but well worth it to have this great atmosphere.

Thank Rt66tbird

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 324 Beckers Lane, Garden of the Gods Trading Post, Manitou Springs, CO 80829-2408
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  El Paso County  >  Manitou Springs
Excellent buffalo burgers and a varied menu including salads and sandwiches. Also a "coffee corner" featuring Starbucks coffee.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?