The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
The Garden Room. As an evening-only event space that holds up to 55 people, the Garden Room is great for more intimate affairs. Thanks to the stunning countryside and mountain views, it's a serene setting for a family-friendly wedding reception.
The Loft Room. For those who want a small affair, the Loft Room accommodates up to 35 people. With cozy furnishings, it acts as a home away from home.
What You Should Know
Reception prices at The Twin Owls Steakhouse at the Black Canyon Inn have a per-person fee and are based on the room the couple chooses for their ceremony. For example, receptions at The Garden Room and The Loft Room cost more than The Twin Owls. While The Twin Owls is available for both daytime and nighttime hire, the other two rooms are for evenings only. Each room costs more during different seasons, and there's a minimum deposit that varies according to the couple's selection. There's an 8.55 percent tax and 20 percent service charge on top of advertised prices.
All package prices are based on buffet style meals, although it's possible to pay a little extra for a sit-down format. The selection of food available is comforting with an elegant touch. For example, bacon wrapped scallops, French onion soup, braised short ribs and portabella and polenta sandwiches are some of the dishes available. Couples can choose between an open bar or a cash bar for their guests. Open bars last for five hours. There's also the option of a bar that features prices based on consumption.
The Twin Owls Steakhouse at the Black Canyon Inn presents the unique opportunity to get married at an original homestead and mountain lodge. In addition to acting as a rustic wedding venue, it delivers practically unparalleled wedding photo opportunities, with snow capped mountains acting as a stunning backdrop. Other extra perks available at this venue include:
- Wedding photos in front of the floor to ceiling moss cut fireplace
- Unique food options, such as Elk medallions or bison cutlets
- A wine pairing service for meats and seafood
Whether it's the opportunity to get hitched around nature at its finest or the homely-yet-majestic nature of the decor, the Twin Owls Steakhouse at the Black Canyon Inn has the potential to seal some incredibly magnificent wedding memories.
From the Vendor
Twin Owls Steakhouse at the Black Canyon Inn
Twin Owls Steakhouse is located at the Black Canyon Inn and housed in a recently renovated 1920's log cabin. We blend the tradition of family, the celebration of friends and the finest cuisine in Estes Park for a warm and unique experience. We offer many options for your unforgettable event.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
Great Food and LocationReviewed on 11/05/2013 Heather S
The food here was amazing but even better was the atmosphere. The steakhouse was rustic and romantic with the great fireplace in the loft upstairs. Everyone enjoyed dining here.
great reception!Reviewed on 8/28/2013 Laura T
We had our wedding reception at Twin Owls and could not have been happier. We had a great experience from the beginning. Sandra was great to work with and easy to get in touch with, and whenever she was unavailable her assistant, Julie, was just as great. We had a couple of minor contract issues but Sandra was very responsive and was able to fix them as soon as they were brought to her attention. They are very flexible and accommodating. The venue is GORGEOUS - we had very minimal decorations and it would have been fine with even less - and of course the food was delicious. We are still getting tons of compliments on our reception!
AkaileyReviewed on 6/26/2013 Adreann K
Food and service was great! Beautiful and private loft to have a small wedding reception.
This venue is gorgeous! Sandra and her team were so helpful and my night was flawless. The food is amazing and my guests couldnt stop complimenting this venue choice.
Food was delicious! Best food I have ever had at a wedding by far. The bartenders were awesome, very fast and no waiting. The steakhouse was beautiful with a rustic feel. The only negative I have is that they were not flexible with seating arrangements and gave us 1 seating chart with how tables were laid out and there was no changing this. I was upset about this during the planning process but the wonderful service, food, and drinks the night of the wedding made up for this
My husband and I chose this spot because of its true Colorado feel. We first found the Black Canyon Inn and loved the site as well as the convenience of the lodging. Then we located the steakhouse right in the center of it all. We had alot of out of town guests, so we wanted to make sure they could enjoy the night without having to drive or taxi. The day of the wedding the staff could not have been any better. They truly work to make the night one to remember. Our guests loved the food and bartender the best. Because the venue is smaller, it makes for a very intimate wedding. This is exactly what we were looking for. Sandra and her team were very attentive the entire night. They love what they do and you can see and feel that. Little decoration is needed because the location itself is perfect. We couldn't be happier with the outcome.
The Twin Owls Steakhouse was the perfect spot to hold our rehearsal dinner! Sandra was a pleasure to work with and her serving staff went out of their way to make the evening special for us and our guests. Our dinner was held in the loft above the main floor and it was a nice space where our party could be kept separate from everything else. The food was delicious and we were able to offer multiple entrees to our guests to choose from. The bar package was easy to set up with plenty of drink options. The servers were extremely attentive, helpful, and courteous to our guests. I’m glad we chose this place because it set the tone for a great wedding weekend.
Twin Owls Steakhouse!Reviewed on 8/22/2015 Sydney D
We looked at this venue over a year before we planned to get married and booked it right away!( I would recommend this if you love it because it gets booked up very quickly). It is rustic and glamorous with a log cabin feel and huge chandeliers. We had some trouble and communication issues while trying to arrange which package we wanted and how many guests we would have but this was quickly solved. On the day of the wedding, they allow you to decorate at 12:30 pm which worked out perfectly since my ceremony was at 4, cocktail hour at 4:30 and we wouldn't be going into the restaurant until 5:30 for dinner. One other thing I loved on the day is that when my husband and I were about to walk in for our grand entrance they came up and asked us what we wanted to eat(we choose a buffet) and brought our food to us first so we would be able to eat and then have plenty of time to mingle, very classy! The one downside is cost, this is a 5 star restaurant my friends so they do not let you get out easy! We paid about $100 a person which included a buffet with prime rib, tortellini and Alaskan cod as the mains. As well as sides, unlimited soda, juice, tea, wine and beer. It worked perfectly for us, and all our friends and family were raving about the food for weeks! Overall, I had a great experience with Twin Owls, although they were pricy they helped make my day incredible and everything went so smoothly!
Amazingly delicious food and service!!!Reviewed on 8/02/2015 Marianne M
Food was absolutely the best wedding food I've ever had (and I've been to weddings everywhere, including the Stanley Hotel). I was worried the food would be mediocre after our tasting. The food was good then, but I wasn't blown away. Everyone at the wedding RAVED about the dinner they had. And the waiters/waitresses were super attentive to me and my groom. Would recommend this place to anyone!
We were married on July 4, 2015 and I cannot thank Sandra and the rest of the Twin Owls Steakhouse staff enough. As if the venue doesn't speak for itself, the staff just complete the picture. They were all so incredibly accommodating and helpful when planning a destination wedding. I never felt stressed and received prompt responses to all emails. Sandra made sure that our day was perfect! We opted for the buffet and everyone at the reception commented on how delicious the food was. I highly recommend the spicy elk tenderloins for an appetizer, you won't be disappointed!! Since returning home I have not stopped telling all of my family and friends about the phenomenal experience we had at Twin Owls Steakhouse. I cannot wait to return there.
Great food and venue.. terrible serviceReviewed on 9/16/2014 jandee t
It's a shame to give this low of a rating because we were so excited to use Twin Owls for our Reception. The food here is INCREDIBLE. The restaurant is beautiful and rich in history. The staff was flawless our wedding night. Our guests raved about the food and the service. The selection was wide and varied. And the price was very reasonable. Unfortunately it was the planning process that left us feeling neglected. We had a great initial impression with the owners. We dined in the restaurant the night before we met to discuss possibly booking the venue for a wedding and we fell in love with it right away. We were blown away by the food. And one of the owners came by our table (not even knowing our reason for dining there) and swept us off our feet with his personable approach and hospitality. The next morning we met with his wife Sandra, the co owner and again were blown away by the personable approach and packages they offer and we booked a date immediately. That was the end of our good experience in dealing with them. Sandra was difficult to get a hold of. Responses were usually one word answers or none at all. Finally we submitted our final plan 2-3 months before the wedding as required with our idea with linens and lighting etc. Of course no reply so we sought one out, and the response was "yes" it was received. Not answering any of the questions we had. Come to find out the week of the wedding after everything was reserved, that our linen plan wouldn't work b/c of the type of tables they use. It was apparent that our plan wasn't even fully reviewed until then. Fortunately I had a planner who was able to change our linen order in time and hunt down Sandra to get the answers we needed on multiple other items. We were staying on site the whole week before the wedding and tried to meet to make sure everything else was set, but we were unable to find her so we eventually had to talk to another staff member who was unsure of most of what we were asking. The only time we saw her all week was at the very end of the night to collect payment. When there was a problem with the card all of a sudden she was readily available the whole next day calling multiple times to make sure she got paid. Another disappointing thing we were shocked to discover the night of the reception was that were not "permitted" to order shots from the bar. We purchased the highest available food and liquor package with the understanding the whole bar would be available. We were told in advance that shots and doubles would have to be paid for in cash, so when we had money left over to meet our minimums our hope was to open another bar tab for just that purpose. Well the night of the wedding going to order a shot as husband and wife and the bartender told us shots aren't allowed because "people get too drunk". That is not what was in our contract and highly disappointing for all the money we paid to be told as adults were aren't allowed to do a shot the night of our wedding? just bizarre and unacceptable. It was still a beautiful reception with great food, and our guests enjoyed it, but for us it should've been a better experience as a whole.
Gorgeous Reception Venue in Estes Park!Reviewed on 6/18/2013 Christina R
Twin Owls is a wonderful place to have your wedding reception. The log cabin is amazing and is so unique. The food is excellent and everyone will love it! The responsiveness to emails and phone calls is slow; it sometimes took days to get a response. However, they were very accommodating to any changes I wanted to make or any concerns that I had. The value is great, while there is a food and beverage minimum, there is no rental fee. However, we had decided to pay for an extra buffet option, but come the day of the wedding the food was not available for our guests. While I was refunded the money, I was still upset that it was not made and it was one of the things I was looking forward to eating. But, the rest of the food was amazing and was leaps and bounds over normal wedding reception food.
Great food/setting, coordinator hard to work withReviewed on 11/08/2012 Whitney F
Twin Owls steakhouse has amazing food. Huge proportions and a high quality taste. The ambiance was lovely. They've taken really good care of the old mansion, and it has a unique feel to it. My biggest complaint was that the coordinator only works a few days a week, so when we were getting down to the fine details, she'd often be unreachable which was really frustrating. Everything turned out ok, but it felt very last-minute, and I like to plan ahead, so this was really stressful for me. My only other complaint was that the noise restriction forced us to end our reception at 10:30pm, which is really really early, in my opinion. The service on the day-of was great.
YummyReviewed on 10/28/2012 Sarah G
Great food, great staff, great drinks, great location, inside is really cool looking
Bachlorette party dinnerReviewed on 8/05/2012 Kelsey E
Twin owls did a great job with our wild group of ladies. The service was great, the food was amazing, we had a great time overall. Sorry again about the penis confetti! :)
Wonderful for a smaller wedding.Reviewed on 8/02/2012 Nicole F
We had about 40 guests at our wedding. We rented out the garden room and bar/lounge area for our wedding reception in Estes Park, CO. The Twin Owls Steakhouse was excellent. Our food was excellent and our guests were still talking about it a week later. It was the perfect amount of space for our guests and I wouldn't have done it any differently. Their wedding coordinator Sandra was easy to work with and patient. They worked well with our florist and cake company and were very accommodating.
Great staff!!Reviewed on 7/22/2012 Karen S
Sandra and Julie worked together to make our evening absolutely wonderful. The staff was soooo attentive of my husband and I, making sure we had water, drinks, and something to eat if ever we needed. They worked with our DJ to coordinate everything behind the scenes so my husband and I didn't have to worry about a thing. We had a little less than 120 guests so filled the main room, loft, and had the buffet in the garden room. It was a little tough that they opened for decorating at 12:30 on the day-of ... with the wedding at 3:30 I was already getting hair and make-up done and wasn't able to do up the steakhouse on my own. It was tough - I didn't want to ask bridesmaids or mom/stepmom to do it because I wanted them with me during hair and makeup. So that was a little frustrating and "inflexible" The food... holy moly it is the best food we or any of our guests have ever eaten. This is NOT "wedding food" I mean... baked brie, elk bites, NY strip... unbelievable. So good. But WOOOOOWWWW do you pay for it. That is the only reason I had to give value 4 stars... not that it is more expensive than anywhere else in Estes for a wedding... but everyone up there charges too much. So just throw down and do it!!
Beautiful mid-size ReceptionReviewed on 7/22/2012 Jennifer P
We had our wedding reception here in June with about 120 people. They worked with us with long distance planning and were very flexible and accommodating with set-up within the facility. We definitely recommend!
Yummy Dinner!Reviewed on 7/19/2012 Lauren C
This place was awesome! The unique menu was fabulous for our out of town guests. The appetizers were extremely tasty. The dinner itself was even perhaps better than our wedding dinner! And the desserts were to die for! The venue had multiple room choices, and the one we got was perfect. The price was right, and the service was excellent.
Twin OwlsReviewed on 5/10/2012 Amy G
Twin Owls was fabulous. We had a small wedding in the loft area and had a great experience. The food was fantastic and the service was great! Our guests had a fabulous time!
Great foodReviewed on 5/03/2012 Tracey M
Our reception was held here. Was nice to be able to have our guests walk right into the reception after our ceremony at the Black Canyon. We went and took pictures while guests enjoyed cocktails and apps. The dinner was fantastic we has so many guests tell us what a wonderful time they had at our wedding.
Rustic ReceptionReviewed on 11/05/2011 Ariel S
We decided to host our reception at the steakhouse due to its Colorado Mountain atmosphere. The log cabin-like interior does not require much decoration as it is beautiful in itself. The food was delicious & we were able to offer unique options such as Elk. The service was also very good. The in-house planners were very helpful throughout the entire planning process. They were even able to help with wardrobe malfunctions! The "cozy" feel seemed to put our guests at ease and everyone had a great time. There is limited space for guests, but this is the perfect reception spot in Estes Park for a small to medium sized wedding!
Loved this location for my wedding!!!!Reviewed on 10/30/2011 Jennifer F
We had our wedding at the pavilion at Black Canyon, followed by the reception in Twin Owls Steakhouse. Everything was perfect. We couldn't have been happier.
Wedding Day DinnerReviewed on 10/25/2011 Ashley P
The loft in the cabin was a beautiful backdrop for our rustic mountain wedding! The fireplace was roaring and the food was amazing!
Great Food & Elegantly RusticReviewed on 10/20/2011 Kati M
First of all, the food was delicious! The filet mingon macgregor is a must have, every one of our guests raved!! The planning was made very easy, especially from a distance. We had our wedding dinner in the loft, which was cute and cozy and had the rustic ambiance that we wanted. All around fantastic. Can't wait to go back and have dinner there again and relive some wonderful memories!