Monday, March 07, 2011

Casa Bonita, Casa Bonita!

Even if you're not from the Denver area, you might have heard of Casa Bonita. It's a favorite of the creators of "South Park," and they even created a whole episode about it.

If you grew up here, you probably went to Casa Bonita many times as a kid. But if you arrived here as an adult, it's worthwhile to make a visit, just so you know what people are talking about.

The place has been there more than 30 years, and little has changed (or been updated) in that time.

Yes, there are cliff divers, who make the 30-foot dive into the deep pool.
The odor of chlorine permeates everything.

There are also mariachis, who sounded great! And the space is big enough that they aren't overwhelmingly loud.
We got seated in one of the "caves" rather than next to the waterfall, which was fine by me – you could actually have a conversation.
The place is renowned for its bad food, but I thought my chicken fajitas platter was OK, and the sopapillas for dessert were tasty. Our waitress was friendly and reasonably efficient.

When we were done eating, we spent another couple hours wandering around the place, playing video games in the arcades, watch the cliff divers and magic show, and generally marveling at the cheesiness of it all.

If you you have a chance, you should check it out, too!
Casa Bonita
6715 W Colfax Ave
Lakewood, CO 80214


  1. Whoooooosh! The rush of memories!

    I only got to visit Casa Bonita once in my life. Our marching band was at the state competition and we all had dinner there. It was the first non-McDonald's-restaurant experience I'd ever had, so I was extremely out of my element. I remember the scenery, the divers, and the sopapillas. A magical evening.

  2. Cool! I'm sure it hasn't changed an iota since you were there.