Food & Nightlife

Food & Nightlife

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Steamboat Restaurants – On Mountain

The Steamboat Mountain Village has a small range of restaurants, ranging from pub grub to upscale fine dining.

Café Diva (1855 Ski Time Square Drive) in the Torian Plum Plaza is a restaurant that finds a lovely balance between formal and casual. They serve up well crafted food and it has a wine list that goes on and on. This restaurant is renowned as offering the best fine dining in Steamboat, although we’ve also heard some reports that it’s highly over-rated for the price.

The Truffle Pig also offers fine dining (Gondola Square) as well as gourmet bar appetizers. Try the truffle fries for a naughty indulgence! This is a beautiful restaurant and bar that’s well worth a visit.

Also in Gondola Square are the Gondola Pub and Grill and the slopeside Bear River Pub and Grill, as well as a couple of restaurants in the Sheraton Hotel. There are also another couple of bars in the Mountain Village where you can get a good feed.

Hazie’s is located up at Thunderhead Peak, necessitating a gondola ride to get up there for dinner. They have upscale dining from Friday to Sunday or more relaxed meals in the bar. They also offer very family friendly Western BBQ nights.

Another special experience is dinner at Ragnar’s on a Friday or Saturday night (or holidays). Located at Rendezvous Saddle, part of the fun is catching the gondola up and then riding in a snowcat driven sleigh to get there. Ride hard during the day because they serve up a 5 course Scandinavian feast!

For day time dining see the Steamboat ski resort facilities page.

Steamboat Springs Restaurants

The majority of Steamboat restaurants are located downtown. If you plan on visiting a popular restaurant, it’s wise to make reservations.

Best rep for fine dining goes to Bistro CV (345 Lincoln Ave Steamboat Springs), whilst another good choice is the Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill (5th Street near Lincoln Avenue). The dining at Mahogany is eclectic and incredibly varied; from upscale meals to simple burgers and appetizers. Eat in the dining room for a little more flair or you can eat in the vibrant bar area. If you become a regular there, you might even be able to call the establishment “the Hog”!

In addition to lots of microbrews, Steamboat Springs serves up lots of steaks, which seems in keeping with the cowboy country theme of Steamboat. There are various steakhouses in town or on the outskirts of town. Three Peaks Steakhouse is located a little out of town, or there’s the Old West Steakhouse.

Ore House at the Pine Grove (sounds like “whore house” to me!) is also located at the base of the hill on the periphery of town (1465 Pine Grove Road, Steamboat Springs). They really ham up the old western steak house with great décor such as wagon wheels, horse shoes, chaps and bison heads! The Ore House has a really relaxed environment and friendly service, and the steaks, cocktails and wine seem really reasonably priced.

There are also lots of really inexpensive Steamboat Springs restaurants. As one example, Cantina (818 Lincoln Ave) serves up low-cost Mexican meals and margaritas, and if you hit happy hour (from 4 to 6pm) then you can really go for it without breaking the bank. Cantina has some really interesting twists on traditional Mexican fare.

For breakfast or lunch, Steamboat Springs also has lots of economical options. Winona’s (617 Lincoln Ave) offers the most amazing menu from small bakery treats to huge hearty breakfasts, some of which are potential heart stoppers. Johnny B Good’s is another diner that’s great for a quick cheap meal.

Steamboat Bars – Mountain Village

The Steamboat Springs après-ski scene can be good, but don’t come to Steamboat expecting the outrageous partying of Whistler, St Anton, or even Aspen.

A good place to head for après drinks is the T-Bar. Catch it on your way down the hill. The T-Bar has lots of outdoor seating or there’s a small area inside to congregate and share a beer, a wine and a yarn. Part of this bar used to be the old patrollers’ van and it’s retained the culture of a locals’ hang out. Definitely try the food here – it’s absolutely amazing!

If you want to go on an après pub crawl, head next door to the Slopeside Grill; another good spot to watch the stragglers coming off the hill. The Bear River Bar and Grill is another obvious spot for après drinks and they have gas fires out the front to keep you warm, and they also have an Austrian style drinking tent. Prost!

For a good bit of debauchery and fun, try the Tugboat Grill and Pub. It’s been around a long time and has a well established reputation for partying.

If you’d prefer a quiet refined drink, the St Cloud Mountain Club in Torian Plum Plaza is open to the public in the evening. This is a great spot for cocktails and tapas.

Steamboat Springs Nightlife Steamboat Springs has a few more options for bars and nightlife. Laundry Kitchen and Cocktails (127 11th Street Steamboat Springs) has a chic funky vibe. If you want to watch sport on the big screen, head to the Tap House Sports Bar and Grill.

The Ghost Ranch Saloon is a music venue that hosts bands and it can really get rocking.