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Located at the ski area on Mount Crested Butte, The Avalanche Bar and grill features relaxing lunches, apres ski, and delicious dinner. They are also the best “sports bar” in the valley with a dozen flat screen TV’s so you can watch the game from every seat in the house. Read more here.
A classic pub and a long-stay of Mt. Crested Butte, the Brown Labrador Pub has been serving superior drinks for over a decade. Enjoy a smoke-free Apres ski spot inside or out on their deck with daily drink specials. Located slope-side at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Stop by for great drink specials and inspiring views. Read more here.
Enjoy Crested Butte’s finest pizza, subs, pasta and libations at the Brick Oven. They serve excellence in everything- their food, environment, and service to customers and community. Pick from the best salad bar in town, pizza by the slice, or other menu items. The Brick has the most beers on tap in town plus a full bar. Located right in downtown Crested Butte at 3rd and Elk. Read more here.
The most popular après ski bar and eatery on the mountain offers live music, great lunches, daily drink specials, and their signature beef brisket, pulled pork and BBQ ribs with three specialty sauces! Don¹t forget the fried pickles and sweet potato fries! The huge outdoor deck has the best slope-side mountain views at the ski area. Open for lunch, après ski, Happy Hour and early twilight dinner. New this year, Grab N’ Go Breakfast is available starting at 8:00 am until 10:30 am. Read more here.
At django’s, you’ll experience creativity and variety in all sizes and flavors. Season Shared Plates crafted with care and perfect to share. This Fork-to-Mouth restaurant has been in Crested Butte since 2008. Adventurous menu, electric wine list, and shared plates makes this establishment one of a kind. Visitors and locals both feel at home in this casually elegant atmosphere: sharing a quick bite, relaxing with a glass of wine, or exploring the full menu of southern European cuisine. django’s has an incredible selection of wines from around the world, offered by the bottle, the quartino or in flights. Read more here.
Nestled into one of Crested Butte’s funkiest historic remodels, this miner’s shack turned “cocktail cabin” offers house infused artisan cocktails and tasty plates both sweet and savory. From its nibbles and sips to atmosphere, The Dogwood is anything but ordinary. Step outside the box and into the cabin for a rosemary infused vodka martini and star anise braised beef sliders. Read more here.
Crested Butte’s newest micro brewery is a “Sunny Place for Shady People”, serving nine beers on tap, a huge selection of over 40 bottled beers, cocktails, bar food and live music regularly. Located upstairs, next to the post office, downtown Crested Butte. Happy hour daily from 3-8 pm: $1.50 pints! Bad beer night is Tuesday from 9pm until it’s gone. Stop by and play some pool, watch the game, dance, or enjoy the great outdoors on our sunny deck with other shady folks. Open daily from 3 pm until 2 am. Read more here.
The menu focuses on comfort food classics using only fresh ingredients. The restaurant finds fresh, quality, locally sourced ingredients when possible. They make their dishes from scratch. This place is kid friendly, with full family dining as well as a fully stocked bar with Colorado brews on tap! Read more here.
As you fill your car at the gas station at Butte Avenue & Highway 135, go inside and fuel up for the day with the Gas Cafe. They serve locally roasted coffee, breakfast, and lunch including hot sammies, cold sammies, salads, and food from the fryer. Their burger selection would rival any! You’re pretty much guaranteed two things with the Gas Cafe: friendly service and great food! Read more here.
Kochevar’s is a true, authentic Crested Butte bar you can still walk into and order your spirit of choice, if you can take the salt. Jacob Kochevar, born in 1874, came to the United States from Yugoslavia at 16 making the Kochevar family one of the oldest lineages in Crested Butte. Jake was reputed to be one of the best carpenters in town, and in 1891, finished building himself what still stands as Kochevars. Many of the hand-hewn timbers came from the site, and the basement still holds testament to this fact with the stumps that remain there. The roof trusses were raised by block and tackle and pulled by horse. Read more here.
Voted Best Bloody Mary four years running, The Last Steep Bar & Grill is a true Crested Butte Original named after a favorite ski run on the mountain. The Steep’s specialties include fresh salads, appetizers, sandwiches, wonderful desserts, and more. With one of the largest menu’s in town, you will find something for everyone’s tastes. Open for lunch, dinner, and late night from 11am daily. Read more here.
Come to Lil’s, and you will find the freshest seafood transformed into creative seasonal entrees and a wonderful assortment of sushi. Vegetarian entrees, elk and beef tenderloin, chicken and duck combined with fresh seasonal vegetables, sauces, pastas, and freshly prepared desserts complete a culinary offering for all tastes. The casual atmosphere combined with excellent cuisine, wines, beers, cocktails and service are why Lil’s has become a favorite of locals and seasonal visitors. Serving dinner nightly at 5:30pm, with a sushi happy hour until 6:30pm, come enjoy a true Crested Butte favorite. For reservations, call after 4:30pm. Read more here.
Join your host Michael for traditional, regional, Italian cuisine passed down to Michael from his grandmother. Cozy, relaxed atmosphere, and the best Italian in town. Come taste Italy tonight. Marchitelli’s proudly features generations of special family recipes. Enjoy traditional Italian cuisine including unique sauce and pasta combinations, as well as specialty entrees of Veal Marsala, Elk Medallions, Chicken Florentine, and Seafood Pasta. Also indulge in the gourmet homemade desserts, full bar, and wine list. Open for dinner nightly at 5pm, and reservations are recommended. Read more here.
Come to McGill’s to enjoy the newest breakfast restaurant in town. Serving fantastic breakfasts and lunches with a creative twist, McGill’s also offers malts, shakes, and floats at the soda fountain. McGill’s opens at 6am, serves breakfast until 3pm, and lunch starting at 11am. On Sundays, only the breakfast menu is available from 6am-2pm. Read more here.
Voted “Best Apres Adventure Bar” in Outside Magazine’s 2012 Global Travel Awards. Open daily year round. Visit us for rum tastings, distillery tours, artisan cocktails, appetizers, and made-from-scratch cuisine. Everything from the fermenting, to the distilling, to the bottling is done in house! They also ship their rum to 42 states and 7 countries! Read more here.
A Crested Butte tradition for more than 27 years, Paradise Cafe features a casual atmosphere and excellent food. Specializing in your favorite breakfast burritos, skillets, pancakes, French toast, huevos rancheros, fresh fruit, and traditional breakfast, the Paradise Cafe is also open for lunch. A great selection of beer and wine, and a full children’s menu is available. Read more here.
Paradise Warming House offers cafeteria-style breakfasts and fresh lunches offering gourmet deli sandwiches, super salads and a selection of daily homemade soups and chili. Enjoy their outdoor grill, extensive seating and spectacular views. Located on the mountain at the base of the Paradise Lift. Open for breakfast and lunch. Read more here.
Really, when was the last time you ate baba gannoush? You know falafel is not just for hippies anymore. Life is too short to eat Big Macs. Life is too sweet not to eat baklava. Visualize the immaculate gyro dripping savory tzatziki sauce on your chic pantalones. Always open 11am to 9pm everyday. Challenge Pitas with your freaky dietary needs. If they can feed a lacto/ovo vegetarian toddler with a wheat allergy and a distrust of legumes, they can feed you. Read more here.
The Historic Princess Western Design Co., Wine Bar, and Coffee House (formerly the historic Princess movie theater) is a great place to go for a fun but relaxing evening. With an atmosphere like no other, they have combined a fine bar with a unique mix of furniture, accessories and art. Located across from the Post Office, The Princess is open seven days a week. Read more here.
“The peak of perfection in handmade chocolates”. Be sure to stop by for the delicious fudge, chocolate drops, nut clusters, ice creams, candy apples, caramel apples, and much much more!! Grab a picture on the bench outside with Truffles the Bear while snacking on your Birthday Cake ice cream cone or milk chocolate dipped sea foam. Read more here.
Born from more than 40 years of combined restaurant experience, Ryce brings the best and greatest variety of Asian foods to Crested Butte. Specialties from Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, as well as sakes, champagne and creative martinis; a casual atmosphere with patio and riverside dining available. Lunch and Dinner. Read more here.
Voted Best Pizza in Crested Butte since opening in 2002, the Secret Stash is the place everyone must visit in town. Skiing Magazine called it “The hip joint on Elk Avenue”. Locals call it the funkiest pizza place ever, made-from-scratch, hand tossed gourmet pizzas, grilled Asian style BBQ wings, fresh salads, and more. A full service bar and limitless beverage possibilities also await you. The decor has been collected from the world travels of the owners, who have visited over 70 countries around the globe. The Secret Stash is a truly unique pizza joint. Read more here.
Serving spectacular skillet-fried chicken dinners and grilled steaks, the Slogar uses a recipe famous for great flavor since 1915. Hospitality at the historic Slogar includes family-style service in comfortable and unique Victorian surroundings. Enjoy the generous portions and the modest price of the Slogar’s sensational skillet-fried chicken served with mashed potatoes, creamed corn, biscuits, and ice cream for dessert. Serving dinner daily from 5-9pm. A full bar and wine list are available. Read more here.
Serving creative French and American cuisine using the freshest seasonal ingredients in a warm, cozy atmosphere, Soupçon’s changing menu includes Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Yellow Fin Tuna Tartar, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Rack of Lamb, Grilled Elk Tenderloin, Atlantic Salmon, and Sauteéd Halibut. Soups and desserts are made fresh daily. Soupçon has one of the most extensive wine lists in town as well as cocktails. Seating nightly at 6:00pm and 8:15 pm, Soupçon is located in the alley behind the Forest Queen Building in downtown Crested Butte. Reservations recommended. Read more here.
Tasty fresh lime margaritas, handmade tamales, a huge selection of burritos and tacos, affordable prices and lightning-fast service – what more could you ask for? The fresh salsas include mild tomato, salsa verde, roasted chile corn, and a hot smoky chipotle. Burritos and tacos feature slow-cooked shredded beef, marinated and grilled steak or chicken, gourmet veggies, and blackened mahi-mahi. Try one of the many unique creations – a chile pesto or spicy Thai burrito with peanut sauce. Dine in and enjoy a drink from the large selection of Mexican beers, or take it to go. A fresh and healthy alternative, Teocalli is open every day at 7 am for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night. Read more here.
Always attracting a crowd, this is the place to see and be seen! Serving gourmet lunches of upscale regional American Cuisine with French undertones and exotic drinks at a bar made completely out of ice! Sip on a specialty beverage at the end of the day on the large sunny deck, and enjoy the beautiful vistas while people watching! Located on the mountain at the base of the Twister Lift. Open for lunch and evening Last Tracks Dinners. Reservations required for Last Tracks dinners and recommended for lunch. Read more here.
The Woodstone Bar & Grille located in the Grand Lodge Hotel in Mt. Crested Butte offers breakfast and dinner daily in a cozy dining room. For breakfast enjoy a hot cup of Starbucks coffee with the generous buffet or a-la-carte specialties. For dinner enjoy regional Southwestern cuisine fused with an international flare. Dinner specials change nightly. Apres ski is also available starting at 4pm. Come and enjoy the new High Definition Plasma TVs next to the toasty fireplace! Open daily from 7am to 10:30am for breakfast, and dinner begins at 5pm. Large parties always welcome. Special meeting & banquet facilities are available. Read more here.
Known for the best steaks in town, the Wooden Nickel specializes in tender Filet Mignon, USDA Prime Graded NY Strip and Rib Eye steaks, succulent Prime Rib, Elk Tenderloin, Alaskan King Crab, BBQ pork ribs, pork and lamb chops, fresh grilled seafood, and fresh garden salads. The Nickel also serves burgers, chicken fried steak, and buffalo burgers. Whole Maine lobster and a variety of surf and turf combinations are available nightly. Go for a special evening at Crested Butte’s oldest bar and meeting place. The bar opens at 4pm daily with Happy Hour until 6 pm daily. Dinner is served nightly until 10pm. Read more here.
Tin Cup Pasty Co pays tribute to the area’s mining past, bringing back the Cornish pasty long since forgotten in Gunnison County. Dine-in, or carry-out so you can get back to your adventures, either way our pasties and sides are for the entire family to enjoy. Craft beer, craft soda, and fun desserts too! And depending on the season, take advantage of our large outdoor patio and lawn. Read more here..
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