Restaurants in Colorado

Colorado is better known for its freshly powdered slopes and rustic ski resorts than for its cuisine, but Colorado restaurants cater to the state’s diverse tourist crowd with an eclectic mix of dining experiences. These range from haute cuisine served in elegant settings to simple American comfort food served in low-key, laid-back environments. Restaurants in Colorado serve up everything from fine dining to trendy fusion experiences – so after a long day on the slopes, grab a bite at one of these fantastic Colorado restaurants:

At Root Down in Denver, chef Justin Cucci serves up sustainable “field-to-fork” fare with a seasonal menu including fusion delicacies like sweet-potato falafel and hoisin-duck confit sliders – all served in the eccentric atmosphere of a converted gas station. For environmentally conscious travelers, this restaurant is a must; in addition to serving up world-class dishes, Cucci takes the sustainable ethos very seriously. Everything in the restaurant is made with reclaimed materials, and the restaurant operates largely on wind energy.

In Vail, The Tenth does away with traditional ski lodge fare (think bland burgers and soggy nachos), replacing it with delicious, elegant meals like elk Bolognese ziti, pheasant pot pie, or pan-seared halibut with lobster risotto, all served in a casual ski lodge environment. Customers on the go can even order gourmet snacks from a special express menu.

Situated at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, Café Diva serves regionally inspired New American fare from acclaimed chef Kate Rench.


The Willow Creek Bistro, located at the Ritz-Carlton Club in Aspen Highlands, is an American bistro serving classic American fare crafted by chef Jamie Flatt.

Taking its name from the famous Boston eatery, Steuben's Food Service strives to recreate the American Regional Classics we all know and love. The bright blue paint, light wood accents and metallic tables offer a throwback to those classic '50s diners, but the interior still has modern touches.

Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson’s Friulian menu features hand-cut pasta and pork in half a dozen forms, while the wine list of co-owner (and Master Sommelier) Bobby Stuckey glitters with northern Italian gems.

The Rustique Bistro resembles a Provençal cottage, with stucco walls and dried herbs and flowers hanging from the rafters.

In the heart of downtown Boulder, Centro Latin Kitchen serves up gourmet versions of Latin cuisine typical of the open-air markets of Central and South America.

Serving an American-style breakfast and brunch, the Blue Moose has a carved moose at the entrance and a chandelier of multicolored cups and saucers, with spoons dangling underneath the saucers and a bulb inside each cup.

Chef Alex Seidel, named as one of the Best New Chefs in 2010 by Food & Wine, teams up with maitre d’ Paul Attardi at this upscale restaurant in the Country Club neighborhood.

The Ranch House Restaurant at Devil's Thumb Ranch sits on more than 5,000 acres of wilderness at the base of the Rocky Mountains.

The entrée menu is divided into “Things That Swim” and “Things That Don’t,” like grilled Rocky Mountain red trout with potato-bacon-shrimp hash, and grilled New York strip with melted Saint Agur blue cheese.