For an amazing Rocky Mountain adventure, you won’t be disappointed with all that Steamboat Springs, Colorado has to offer. In the winter, you’ll enjoy epic snow conditions and an amazing ski resort. The summer offers nearly endless amounts of hiking and biking trails, opportunities for fishing, whitewater rafting, and so much more. What makes Steamboat even better is its vibrant downtown area that’s home to an amazing variety of shops and restaurants. As food lovers ourselves, we know that an amazing meal can be the cherry on top of a fun-filled vacation day. While you’re in town, you’ll have some great restaurants from which you can choose. To give you a little food for thought (pun intended) before you arrive, we’ve put together a list of our 10 favorite restaurants in Steamboat. Bon appetit!
Back Door Grill
Located at 825 Oak Street, the Back Door Grill is a local favorite. What it lacks in space (the dining area only seats about 50) it makes up for with its delectable menu items. Here, you’ll find a great assortment of sandwiches, salads, stick-to-your ribs sides, and tacos, all of which are delicious. But for us, their “New School Burgers” selection is what stands out the most. Each of these burgers features a unique and tasty combination of ingredients. Two of our favorites are the Buzz Lightyear, which includes Swiss cheese, bacon, fried egg, and avocado, and the Dennis Popper, which has jalapeno poppers, pepper jack cheese, an onion ring, barbecue sauce, and ranch dressing.
Cafe Diva is the perfect place if you’re looking for an intimate and elegant dining experience. Open nightly for dinner, the restaurant is located at 1855 Ski Time Square Drive. It’s well known for its innovative menu and top-notch customer service. Their menu changes seasonally but it usually includes a nice variety of meat, seafood, and game options. Vegetarian and gluten-free menus are also available. If you’re a wine-lover, you won’t be disappointed with their selection – they serve over 300 types of wine. Don’t forget to finish off your meal with a decadent dessert. The creme brulee is always a wonderful choice.
Kickstart your day in Steamboat with a visit to Creekside Cafe at 131 11th Street. As their name would imply, they’re located right next to Soda Creek. So if you’re visiting during the warmer months, opt for a seat on their picture-perfect patio. Open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, they serve both breakfast and lunch items. Their breakfast menu includes a little bit of everything from pancakes and waffles to omelets and eggs Benedict. They actually serve nine different types of eggs Benedict, which can lead to some tough decision making. On the lunch menu, there are salads, sandwiches, and burgers, all of which are made with local products when possible. Creekside can get busy, especially on weekends, so plan to arrive early.
Harwigs features a unique menu as well as an inviting and relaxed atmosphere. It’s a wonderful choice especially if you’re celebrating a special occasion. Their menu changes at least once a month, but their chefs continually focus on serving as many local options as possible. It often includes a number of seafood, game, and meat entrees as well as interesting appetizers and wine bar selections. Speaking of wine, Harwigs has a huge wine cellar and sommeliers who are on hand to help you with your selection. Open nightly for dinner, Harwigs is located at 911 Lincoln Avenue.
For a fun atmosphere and a one-of-a-kind menu, head to Laundry. So named for a laundromat that used to occupy the space, this restaurant is a great choice especially if you’re visiting with a group. They have a tapas-style menu that makes it incredibly easy to sample a huge variety of flavors. Large plates are available, too, but it’s a limited selection. On the small plates, some of our top picks include the mac and cheese, shoestring potatoes, and beef carpaccio. Laundry serves a sizable selection of wine, beers, and spirits. Their specialty cocktails are quite impressive, too. The restaurant is located at 127 11th Street.
LOW Country Kitchen
If you’ve got a hankering for some Southern cooking, you’ll love LOW Country Kitchen. Located at 435 Lincoln Avenue, the restaurant is open daily starting at 4:30 p.m. You can settle in for some great Happy Hour deals or opt for a hearty dinner. Their menu features staples of Southern cuisine including fried green tomatoes, gumbo, and jambalaya. But you’ll also find delicacies like smoked marrow bones and Wagyu sirloin steak. We’ve found that the buttermilk fried chicken with a side of jalapeno cheddar cornbread never disappoints. Pair it with one of their specialty cocktails, like the classic Sazerac, and you’ll feel like you’re in New Orleans.
Mazzola’s Italian Diner
Mazzola’s is a cute and cozy restaurant located underneath the Hotel Bristol at 917 Lincoln Avenue. A visit to this wonderful restaurant ensures you’ll enjoy friendly service and huge portions. Each meal begins with a complimentary serving of bread and hummus. Then you can choose from a selection of classic Italian dishes, soups, salads, and pizza. All of their pasta sauces are made from scratch as is their pizza dough. Mazzola’s is the oldest restaurant in Steamboat and once you treat yourself to a meal here, it will be easy to see why it’s stood the test of time.
The Rusted Porch
The Rusted Porch bills itself as “Your Home for Burgers, Bacon & Beer” and they’re not kidding. You’ll have plenty of chances to indulge your bacon cravings with menu items like bacon artichoke dip, the bacon and blue burger, or the bacon and egg sandwich. They have a dozen beers on tap, including several seasonal offerings, and a number of domestic and international bottled beers. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention their fries, all of which are wonderful. In addition to traditional French fries, they serve lemon garlic fries, poutine, and fire fries (which are coated in pepper powders). You’ll find The Rusted Porch at 690 Marketplace Plaza.
Salt and Lime
At Salt and Lime, you’ll enjoy classic Mexican favorites with a twist. Their menu features a variety of tacos each with its own unique flavor, like the bison taco that includes onion strings, manchego cheese, Mexican crema, and pico de gallo. You won’t be disappointed if you opt for a dish off their Classic menu, either, with items like their shrimp enchilada or chile relleno with cheese and potato. Salt and Lime is also a great choice for grabbing a drink after a long day of outdoor adventures. In addition to margaritas, they serve craft cocktails, domestic and Mexican beer, and a nice selection of wine.
Winona’s, located at 617 Lincoln Avenue, is well-known for their delicious (and huge!) cinnamon rolls. And while we highly recommend them, they’re far from the only delectable item on the menu. The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch daily. If you love eggs in all their forms, you’ll love Winona’s. They serve an incredible variety of scrambles, omelets, eggs Benedict, and breakfast burritos. If you’re not able to make it for breakfast, don’t despair – their lunch menu is similarly tantalizing. It includes salads, soups, and sandwiches that are perfect for refueling mid-day.