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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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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
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1 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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
Middleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

it looks like a strong wind would blow it down. very mind blogging. one of the best rock formations in the Garden of Gods. The colors are very nice, you can climb very close to it.

Thank theorginalsuz
Colorado Springs, CO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Had lunch here in early June with family and friends visiting from Minnesota. Standard lunch fare (burgers, hot dogs, etc), but a very handy location for a break from hiking and/or sightseeing..

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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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