El Rancho was built in 1948 by the Jahnke family as a trading post. They sold the building in November 1953 to Mildred and Ray Zipprich, Milwaukee Wisconsin pie distributors. Their daughter Donna and son-in-law Paul McEncroe joined them in February 1958 and operated it, with their children, until 1988. After the McEncroes sold El Rancho in 1988 it was owned and operated by various families.
In May 2015 the Vincent families renovated the historic restaurant as a brew pub, opening in November 2015.
When El Rancho opened in 1954, the dining room accommodated 72 guests. Today El Rancho can serve 332 guests on the main floor dining room and bar, 27 in the private dining room and another 135 guests in our garden level banquet room.
The updated El Rancho is dedicated to serving the community as a gathering place, preparing tasty meals, producing quality craft beer, and keeping Colorado great.
Well, we like to sum it up this way: Views, Brews, Barbecue, and Altitude!
…and we’ve got a fantastically historic building too, but we haven’t found a way to make that rhyme.
But seriously…we’ve got great food. We have AMAZING barbecue. We make our own brews. And we happen to have a front-row seat to one of the most-photographed panoramic views in all of Colorado. So if kicking back and enjoying a drink and some munchies while enjoying a gorgeous view is your kind of thing, you’ll love it here; because that’s precisely our kind of thing too!
…and did we mention you can bring your dog? Our patio is dog-friendly (and open year-round, weather permitting).
El Rancho is conveniently located approximately 18 minutes outside of Denver off of I-70 at the Evergreen Parkway exit
(or the El Rancho exit if you’re coming from the west).
We are located just behind the First Bank on the southwest corner just as you exit the highway.
Yes! Dogs are welcome on our patio overlooking the Continental Divide; so feel free to bring your furry friend!
El Rancho is home to one of the most historic buildings in the area. Click here to read more about our history.
Reservations are not required, but it never hurts to call ahead.