Bonny and Read is a fine dining restaurant in downtown Colorado Springs. The menu centers around seafood, steaks, and unique cocktails. The owners also own the Rabbit Hole, another fine dining restaurant next door underground, as well as the SuperNova Bar and Arcade, and Stir Coffee and Cocktails, all downtown.
There is also an outdoor patio. I don't typically sit outside to eat, as weather in Colorado, if not unpredictable, or windy, is too hot for my taste.
Bonny and Read has a lot of class. From chandeliers to chairs to the wall art, this restaurant is impressive to sit in. The white tablecloth also adds a nice touch (MacKenzie's Chop House does this also).
We came here shortly after happy hour (M-F 3-6PM), with the intent to take advantage of their $6 apps and slightly cheaper drinks. We didn't actually order any entrees, as the appetizers filled us up!
I ordered a beer first. Above is a Unibrow beer, brewed by Colorado Mountain Brewery. It is similar to a Blue Moon, and it comes with an orange slice. It's a smooth beer, very carrot/pumpkin colored, and also has a slight pumpkin aftertaste.
Squeezing the juice from the orange gives it a hint of orange kool-aid from when I was a kid!
For our appetizers, we ordered the flash fried calamari, the beer battered fish and chips, and the shrimp and scallop ceviche. I didn't think about how much fried food we'd ordered, we just got what sounded good. The oil is likely what filled us up then.
For being fried food, it tasted great. The frying oil was clearly clean, as the cod, calamari, and fries are light, fluffy, and light-colored. Presentation was tasteful, and the ceviche was a nice finisher, as it's more acidic and refreshing. Pair that with a smooth beer and it was an excellent meal for lunch.
We did get to eat here last year on a food tour also, where we were served the Alaskan halibut with red potatoes and asparagus. It was served in a lemon buerre blanc sauce, which I didn't think I would enjoy. The meal ended up being scrumptious. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of that meal from then, but I do have a group pic of our table, below:
In the group picture, you'll notice the art on the wall. The owners of Bonny and Read commissioned an artist to do their wall murals for Bonny and Read restaurant, as well as The Rabbit Hole, and it's great art!
This was an entertaining and unique restaurant, definitely worth a visit. It was pretty dead when we came for happy hour, but bustling when we went for the food tour, so I've gotten to see the restaurant on both sides of the coin. Our waitstaff was courteous and attentive on both occasions. Take a visit when you can, it's a fun place!
Is there a parking lot at/near Bonny and Read?
There is metered parking all over downtown. There is a parking lot structure across the street, and if you're staying at the Antlers, they have parking for their guests.
Does Bonny and Read have Happy Hour on Sunday?
There is no Sunday happy hour. Happy hour is Monday through Friday, 3PM-6PM. $6 apps, $4 house wines, wells, and drafts, and $1.50 oysters.
Also on Monday, with two entrees, you get a bottle of house wine (Rawson's Retreat) for $6.00.
What kind of menu does Bonny and Read have?
It's a seafood and steak restaurant, with a long list of beer, cocktails, and wine. They list their entire menu on their website, but I like to wing it when visiting a restaurant: looking at the menu for the first time when I sit down feels more special.
Bonny and Read is located at 101 North Tejon Street, Suite 102 Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
I'm Kevin James Bond, native to Colorado and author of this site, which exists to educate anyone who wants to hear a local's thoughts and experiences with Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas. I am also a Colorado Springs real estate agent. You can learn more about my real estate services at Kevin James Bond, RE/MAX Real Estate Group.