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Screen shot 2011-07-19 at 12.05.17 PMThe restaurants below are some of our favorite places to eat in and around town. Dining in Steamboat is diverse, whether you are looking for an intimate dinner location or a great breakfast stop, check out the list below to see what places best represent the mood and style you are looking for.

Dinner – On the Mountain

Upscale

Cafe Diva– Consistently rated one of the premier dinning experiences in the Yampa Valley, this restaurant is located at the base of the mountain and provides an intimate environment for a night our with your significant other. Chef Kate creates a new menu four times a year, one for each season. With one of the best wine selections in town, you’re set for a perfect night out.

The Truffle Pig – This restaurant is a wonderful addition to the mountain base area list of fine dining options. You won’t fine a more convenient place to Après or fine dine. Featuring American cuisine crafted from the freshest ingredients. The après ski scene includes an inviting atmosphere, live entertainment, compelling drink specials and mouthwatering menu items.

Three Peaks Grill – Offering the freshest East and West coast exotic oysters, Northeast clams, Alaskan crab and some of  Steamboat’s most mouth-watering steaks, this establishment will leave a lasting impression on your dining experience. The spacious dinning room, cozy couches and wonderful libations will only add to your experience and the friendly staff will welcome you back for years to come.

Fun and Family

Slopeside – The name says it all. After a fun day of skiing, kick back, soak in the sun and let the fun begin. Hands-down the best place to Après ski in Steamboat. Open for lunch, dinner, and late night happy hour, this family friendly restaurant has a large menu to please any hungry mountain go-getter. There is usually a live band playing throughout March and April. Located slopeside, near the Preview lift.

Rex’s America Bar and Grill – Located in the Holiday Inn up on the mountain, Rex’s strives to be a fun and entreating place for the whole family. The diverse menu ranges from Maui -Maui to Pizza. With 8 HD TV’s and a huge outside patio bar the fun never stops. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7am-11pm.

Dinner – Downtown

Upscale

Bistro c.v. –  Featured in many top publication, this establishment focuses on a new style of Rocky Mountain cuisine. The locally inspired dishes are served in a very sophisticated setting. The menu has evolved over the years, but it focus remains on using the best indigenous ingredients available throughout all four seasons.  Chef Vaughn’s elaborate vision will sooth your palate and tease your senses.

Harwigs – Harwigs is a family owned restaurant that has served the Steamboat community for over 32 years. They deliver an elegant dining experience, in a relaxed atmosphere. Their innovative cuisine is prepared with creative passion by a second generation chef. The menu changes seasonally and focuses on local agriculture and fresh ingredients. Harwigs’ award winning wine list complements the Chef’s creations and with global selections that appeal to connoisseurs and novices alike.

E3 Chophouse – From char-grilled steaks, exquisite fish dishes to scrumptious house made dessert, E3 offers only the freshest all natural and seasonal ingredients. From the range to the restaurant, the all-natural beef severed comes directly from the family ranch in Kansas. Enjoy wonderful views of the Yampa River, while dining in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Mahogany Ridge – Mahogany Ridge brewery offers diversity in dining from hand packed Angus burgers with award-winning house brewed beers; to fresh tuna ceviche and distinctive wines and top shelf liquor. The talented chefs skillfully prepare each dish with an array of unique and international flavors. Stop in for a casual quick bite to eat, or to mark a momentous occasion. You are guaranteed to find something that will please your palette.

Fun and Family

Salt and Lime – Steamboat’s newest and most progressive Mexican restaurant puts a twist on your dining experience. With an emphasis on tacos, Chef Vicki Conacher uses traditional cooking techniques, combined with only the freshest ingredients to create a flavorful menu that will tempt the taste buds. From Red Pepper Bacon Poppers to Spicy Chilaquiles, fresh flavors are their priority.  Don’t forget to try their amazing varieties of Margaritas. You’ll love the bright vibrant atmosphere, mix and match dishes, and late night activity.  Open daily from 11-11.

Carls Tavern – The adventurous spirit of local ski pioneer Carol Howelsen was the inspiration to this wonderful dining establishment. This spirit is alive and well at Carlos. With a fun and entertaining Happy Hour, pool table and shuffleboard located in the Antler Room, to the flavorful menu complete with oysters on the half-shell and jerk-rubbed chicken wings, Carols has something for everyone. Here, the hospitality is genuine, the beer is always cold and the food is always made from scratch.

Johnny B. Good’s Diner – Johnny B. Good’s is a 50’s style diner located in the heart of downtown. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. Why the Fifties you may ask? Because undoubtedly the fifties has to be considered America’s favorite decade. Populated with heroes good and bad, it was a wonderful time to experience. At Johnny B’s they try to replicate that electric feeling. To accomplish this they endeavor to provide the best tasting food, with friendly, attentive service at a price that will put a smile on your face. They are open at 7:00 A.M. daily serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Their menu provides a wide variety of options including eggs benedict, waffles, corned beef hash, homemade meatloaf, luscious juicy burgers, thick tasty malts and much much more. Don’t forget pie happy hour from 3-5 daily.

Breakfast

Winona’s – This cafe is located on Lincoln Ave., in the middle of downtown. Well known by locals for its fantastic cinnamon buns, this cafe opens for breakfast and lunch, and offers the possibility for enjoying breakfast in restaurant or cinnamon buns on the go.
Freshies – Located on 40, between downtown and the mountain, Freshies is a great place for either breakfast or lunch. With both an indoor, diner style seating area, and an outdoor patio, Freshies is a great stop just off the Yampa Core Trail.
Creekside Cafe – Located on 11th St. off of Lincoln Ave., Creekside Cafe has a great outdoor seating area. Also famous for its Wafflelaughagus, a waffle covered with the kitchen sink, is a great location for a Sunday afternoon brunch in the sun.

Lunch

Backcountry Provisions – A fantastic sandwich shop on Lincoln and 5th. Beginning in Steamboat this store has proven its popularity and expanded to Fort Collins and Jackson, WY. A great place to stop in for a bite, or to grab a sandwich on the go.
Noodles and More – Perhaps our favorite place to eat in town, Noodles and More provides a fun atmosphere with fantastic food. Some of the best sushi I have ever had!