There may not be a better time to visit the Broadmoor than autumn and a newly reopened restaurant adds reason to make the trek to Colorado Springs. Restaurant 1858, at the base of Seven Falls, launched a couple of weeks ago, focusing on Colorado cuisine and seating about 100 guests in the main dining room, with room for more outside and at the bar.
The menu, curated by executive sous chef David Patterson and chef de cuisine Kathleen Symons, features a wide array of German, French, and Creole cuisines, inspired by the immigrants who traveled west to seek their fortunes in the gold rush. Changing dishes with the seasons, Restaurant 1858 sources its ingredients from local growers and ranchers, including Broadmoor Farms, Bio Herbs and More, Arkansas Valley Organic Growers, and others.
The décor highlights hand-hewn stone and reclaimed barn wood, large wooden beams, hardwood floors, and custom lantern mining inspired light fixtures. Gold Rush art from the Broadmoor's Western art collection is displayed throughout the restaurant, and is accented with historic photographs of the area. Dining al fresco puts guests close to the thundering water of the spectacular natural box canyon into which 181 feet of falls tumble.
Seven Falls, also known as "Colorado's Grandest Mile of Scenery," is one of the oldest attractions in the Pikes Peak Region and is the only falls in Colorado to make National Geographic's list of international waterfalls. Taking advantage of the natural resource,the Broadmoor also launched Soaring Adventure, two zip-line courses that end above the park and the Falls.
The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner service.