About Us


as a fine art

The Flagstaff House was originally built as a summer cabin in 1929 by Chicago schoolteacher Hattie Bilchert. In 1937, park ranger Joe van Gorder bought the cabin as a place to host special events. Later in 1954, the Buelkes family purchased the property, coined it “The Flagstaff House,” and re-established it as an elegant summer restaurant. When The Flagstaff House next became available for purchase, Don Monette jumped at the opportunity. He had always wanted to own just one restaurant that was truly “fine-dining” and to be able to concentrate on making it an incredible experience for our guests.



Don bought The Flagstaff House and the surrounding five acres on November 1st, 1971. The Monette family greatly expanded the property, weatherized it to be open year-round, and added several outdoor terraces which allow diners to enjoy the changing seasons atop Flagstaff Mountain. We continue to look for new ways to bring exciting tastes to our menu while constantly upgrading our facilities to offer the most forward-thinking concepts with regards to service, care, and culinary selections that match our guests’ desires.


Our Team

General Manager & Co-Owner

Executive Chef & Co-Owner

Executive Sous Chef

Sous Chef

Chef Tournant

Pastry Chef

Assistant Manager / Event Coordinator

Director of Events

Wine & Beverage Director

Dining Room Manager

Lead Bartender






Partner & Exec. Chef

Senior Consultant



The Flagstaff House has earned 42 Forbes Travel Guide Four Star ratings and 33 consecutive AAA Four Diamond ratings. We have also received the coveted Wine Spectator Grand Award every year since 1983 and are listed as one of OpenTable’s 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. In 2023, The Flagstaff House received Best of Boulder Awards for Fine Dining, Overall Restaurant, Restaurant Service, Wine Selection, and Restaurant Dessert.
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