Insiders Guide to Dining in Steamboat Springs

After a fun day of skiing or riding the slopes, or an invigorating hike or mountain bike ride, you will want to relax and refuel. Steamboat Springs has plenty to choose from either downtown or on the mountain and everything is within minutes of a complimentary shuttle, free city bus, or quick cab ride.

Deciding where to eat out can be daunting given the choice of over 60 restaurants and the wide variety of food from Mexican, Italian, Indian, Steakhouses, Seafood to Pub Grub. Here’s a helping hand:


Big House Burgers – Utilizing locally raised beef, free of antibiotics and hormones, means both a tasty and healthy burger. A unique list of dogs, brats and burgers are available or build your own. There is a full bar and over 50 beers to choose from. If you aren’t a burger lover, you can select hormone and steroid free chicken or a nice selection of salads and home-style dinners.

Fiesta Jalisco – This family run Mexican restaurant offers an extensive menu, great service and great value for family dining. Their meals are billed as “real Mexican” cuisine with delicious family recipes that date back many decades, passed down from one family member to the next. Owner Diaz explains that Fiesta Jalisco’s cuisine is real Mexican, but California-style, with every item on the menu made fresh, daily from scratch. “Nothing is pre-made,” he promises.

Mahoghany Ridge Brewery & Grill – Just because its the only brew pub in Steamboat doesn’t mean they only serve beer. They are just really good at ales! The menu primarily focuses on “Dipping Entrees” which means you get to choose two sauces to go with your Chile Rubbed Beef Tournedos or Caribbean Jerk Spiced Duck Breast or Tandoori Spiced Yellow-fin Tuna, to name just a few. The sauces range from chutneys to salsas to spicy but pleasant soys, Thai barbeque, and chipotle aioli are available for the less adventurous.

Mazzola’s – You get an instant understanding of why Mazzola’s is a family favorite when you learn their motto is, “Dress down, eat big, talk loud, and break a few rules!” Their menu is extensive covering pasta, pizza, calzones, and amazing house specialties. It’s fun, it’s casual, and it is great value. Their portion options are big and bigger! You’ll have plenty left over for the next day. Kids are entertained with a ball of dough to shape before they bake it just for you.

Rex’s American Grill & Bar – There is something for everyone at Rex’s. The Bar has 8 hi-def TV’s for the sports enthusiasts but the noise never reaches the main restaurant. In the summer, the outdoor patio is a huge hit for live music and has plenty of area for kids to run and play. The range of food is impressive as their tasty Buffalo Burger or Elk Sausage Burger are just as good as the Seafood Risotto or Ruby Trout. Likewise, the kids can enjoy a hand tossed pie or homemade Cheddar Mac.


Bistro c.v. – As one of the newer additions to fine dining in Steamboat, bistro c.v. wasted no time in becoming everyone’s favorite. The Denver Post Dining Critic, Tucker Shaw, concurred by writing, “bistro c.v. may just be my favorite new restaurant of the year.” Their philosophy of cooking simply, honestly, and innovatively comes through in the steak tartare starter, baby herb salad, or the array of fish selections that come from natural, organic, humane fisheries. With floor to ceiling windows, it is a favorite spot for watching the Steamboat crowds.

Cafe Diva – You simply cannot go wrong with this intimate, unique gem in the heart of the slopeside. Since opening their doors over a decade ago, the staff has consistently provided exceptional, unforgettable service to accompany the ecletic offerings and extensive wine list. Their signature “Surf and Turf” is a mouth-watering combination of Maine Diver Scallops and Elk Tenderloin. They book up fast so don’t delay!

Harwigs Cellar – For the best culinary experience, romantic dinner for two, or unique setting for a special occasion, look no further than the Wine Cellar Table at Harwigs & L’Apogee. An authentic, European dining experience with multiple courses and wine pairing awaits you and up to 9 of your closest friends. For larger groups, the restaurant has ample room and deserves The Wine Enthusiast’s recognition as “one the top 100 restaurants in the U.S.”

Riggio’s – If you’ve never been to Italy, you will get a sense of it when you taste and smell the Italian fare at Riggio’s Ristorante. It has been family owned since 1990 and you will think the entire staff is family and you are simply their house guest. It can be difficult to choose but the Lobster and Shrimp Gnocci, Pollo Puttanesca, or Salmon Carciofi are certainly favorites. The desserts are homemade so save room for the Tiramisu.

Saketumi – When sushi is done right it is sublime. Saketumi does it right and in style. It is no wonder this slope-side gem is frequently jam-packed. Its popularity, and refusal to take reservations, may be its only failing. Choose from an extensive menu of sushi and sashimi delights or one of the Asian fusion dishes that light up the palate. They also make a pretty decent Mojito.

Source by Robin Craigen

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