When you talk to people about Casa Bonita in Lakewood, CO there are usually mixed reviews. However, it is still something everyone spending time in Colorado wants to experience at least once. My niece had heard of Casa Bonita from South Park, but had no idea that it was real. When she found out it was, she had to go. So after a day of playing at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, we stopped in for dinner on our way back.
She was immediately amazed at the building itself. I do have to say it is a pretty interesting with its pink and white 85 foot tall stucco tower. Of course we had to take pictures in front of it to share with her friends 🙂 While the outside is interesting, when you walk in you feel like you’ve entered a fictional world. Some of that good, and some of that bad.
First you have to wait in a long line (depending on the day and time) to order your food by number. Then we walked through a line that reminded us of a ride at Disneyland, lol We finally got our food and headed toward the tables. We hadn’t walked very far before we ran into another line. We had to stand in this line to be seated. This wouldn’t have been bad except for that fact that we were carrying heavy trays of food. It wasn’t so bad for us, but we saw several families with kids, that were having a lot of problems. Trying to hold onto trays, and little hands at the same time looked very difficult.Anyway, we finally got seated and had fun looking around at all the fake palm trees, volcanic rock, and the huge 30 foot waterfall and pool in the center of the restaurant. This is what Casa Bonita is known for. We were up a level and didn’t have the best view, but we were able to see enough while we were eating. The food is not the greatest, but we knew this going in, so we just enjoyed the ambiance and the entertainment. This included live mariachis. That was really cool. However, I have to give the kudos for their sopapillas. They were, as my niece said, the bomb. They were really good and all we had to do was raise our little flag on the table and they brought us more.
🙂 After we finished we walked around and got a better view of the waterfall and waited for another show to start. Sometimes they have funny shows where people “accidentally” end up in the water. However, we caught one with divers doing tricks in the water. They were amazing and we amazed how they didn’t end up getting hurt. Besides the waterfall and the mariachis, they have puppet shows, flame jugglers, a wishing well, Black Bart’s secret hideout, and an arcade filled with 80’s video games.Even though we were all adults, we had a great time exploring and being entertained for a couple of hours at Casa Bonita. We were lucky and it was too busy when we got there, but it was a WAY different story when we left. My best suggestion is to visit late in the afternoon or early evening during the week. Less waiting and you will probably get a table closer to the waterfall and pool to see the shows. Don’t worry though, if you don’t get a table close, the different shows run every 15 minutes and you can see it from other areas of the restaurant. Here is a link to their site with their menu, hours, and showtimes.
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