- Courtney Stanley
Located halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs, Castle Rock is a great spot for adventurous travelers. Explorers can take a zip line tour, hike up to the castle tower-shaped butte that gave the city its name, or visit one of the nearby golf courses. Here’s our guide to help you find some of the city’s best restaurants to complete your adventure in Castle Rock.
Crave has sold over a million burgers at its four locations and their success lies in their unusual ingredients. Take the Luther burger for example: a burger is topped with candied bacon, cheddar cheese, and a fried egg all squished between two glazed donuts. Or there’s the Nutty Professor, topped with peanut butter, bacon, jalapenos, and onion. The messy, you’ll-definitely-need-a-fork-with-that burgers are fresh ground Colorado beef patties, hand-formed and grilled to perfection. At Crave a classic American meal becomes a gourmet experience.
Crave, 3982 Limelight Ave., Castle Rock, CO, USA +1 303 814 2829
The chefs at the award-winning Union Bistro are proud to create new American recipes taking inspiration from around the world. They use the freshest local ingredients for their menu of made-from-scratch dishes. Union Bistro is known for its signature dish called “The Chop,” which consists of a double bone pork chop served with mashed potatoes, apple chutney, and cider mustard glaze. The comfortable restaurant claims the best happy hour in Castle Rock, and it has an outdoor patio perfect for dining on in decent weather.
Union Bistro, 3 South Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, CO, USA +1 303 688 8159
Damascus Grill has been serving Colorado a great selection of authentic Middle Eastern cuisine for decades. When restaurant owner Mahmoud Kassir originally came to America, he missed the food from his home in Syria. After his mother passed down her recipes to him, he opened Damascus to share the flavorful, spice-filled dishes with everyone. The hummus is flawlessly smooth and tasty, and pairs perfectly with freshly baked pita. Try the popular lamb chop dish or the savory Syrian sausage, both served with saffron rice and vegetables.
Damascus Grill, 703 Wilcox St., Castle Rock, CO, USA +1 303 688 4441
Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Company
Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Company is inspired by the ingredients and brewing practices of the Rocky Mountains. You’ll find award-winning craft brews, like the Lightning Strike Stout, a rich, dark oatmeal stout brewed with caramel and chocolate malts, roasted malt, barley, and oats. The grill serves classic American fare—burgers, sandwiches, and steaks—plus seafood, Mexican cuisine, and pizzas.
Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Company, 880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO, USA+1-303 814 9273
Cookies and Crema
Stop in for a quick lunch or lounge with a coffee and pastry at this quaint bakery. The food, made from locally sourced and organic ingredients whenever possible, suits breakfast or lunch. Try the Hatch Valley breakfast plate, which consists of grilled Texas toast topped with pepper jack cheese, sausage, bacon, and an egg smothered in homemade green chili sauce and served with country potatoes. The fair-trade coffee is roasted two times every week. The spicy-sweet coffee drink called the Mayan mocha is made with cinnamon, cayenne, and dark chocolate. Cookies and Crema is an important fixture in the community, and the owners work to give back to local schools, churches, and media.
Cookies and Crema, 4284 Trail Boss Dr, Suite 100, Castle Rock, CO, USA +1 720 985 2883
The Old Stone Church Restaurant
The Old Stone Church Restaurant has stood in Castle Rock since 1888, and in 1975 the vacant church, outgrown by its congregation, was remodeled and transformed into a fine dining restaurant. The food is as eclectic as the venue, with an ever-changing menu to fit the season. The Old Stone Church’s fresh seafood, like its popular calamari appetizer, is sourced from Hawaii every week. Enjoy a long lunch in the homey, reverent atmosphere, or make a reservation for a classy dinnertime meal.
The Old Stone Church Restaurant, 210 3rd Street, Castle Rock, CO, USA +1 303 688 9000
MIYO “Make It Your Own” Cafe aims to serve delicious breakfast, lunch, and small bite options to a crowd who know what they want. Relax in the casual restaurant with one of MIYO’s tasty breakfast burritos or the decadent vanilla French toast, which is rolled in Frosted Flakes to get its signature taste. MIYO has plenty of simple and tasty lunch options like fresh salads, burgers, and wraps. The upbeat atmosphere of the restaurant makes it a great place for meeting friends or spending a relaxing afternoon alone.
MIYO Café, 858 W Happy Canyon Rd, Castle Rock, CO, USA +1 303 814 7200
Find plenty of seasonal, local beers on tap at Maddie’s Biergarten. Take your chosen brew out onto the large picnic tables in the outdoor seating area to enjoy the European-style biergarten. With good vibes and a comfortable atmosphere, Maddie’s is a favored hangout for drinks. Maddie’s also has a full menu offering an eclectic selection of food that ranges from a German steak sandwich to fajitas back to brats and hot dogs.
Maddie’s Biergarten 330 3rd St, Castle Rock, CO, USA +1 303 663 5073
Get a warm pastry pick-me-up at Dream Pastries. The outdoor seating and the house-made Danishes, cakes, croissants, and fresh bread are reminiscent of a European cafe. Dream Pastries also sells breakfast sandwiches, quiche, and crêpes with hot coffee or fresh-squeezed juice. The service is friendly and happy to help you choose something from the beautiful display cases.
Dream Pastries, 370 Perry St, Castle Rock, CO, USA+1 303 814 1991
Cheffin’s Cheesesteaks & Cubanos Food Truck
The Cheffin’s Cheesesteaks & Cubanos Food Truck visits local hotspots to deliver delicious cheese steaks, pulled pork, burgers, and Cuban sandwiches. Ed’s Cuban sandwich is made with a chipotle mayo sauce and banana peppers to give it an extra kick. Check the food truck’s social media accounts for daily updates on where to find it.
Cheffin’s Cheesesteaks & Cubanos Food Truck, Castle Rock, CO, USA +1 303 587 3168