Crested Butte PICKs, Restaurants  Comments Off on CRESTED BUTTE: Dinner
Jan 262012

Top PickMaxwell’s

David Wooding, Executive Chef at Maxwell’s Steakhouse, loves to feed people!  And he does a good job doing so.  Maxwell’s restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Crested Butte on Elk Avenue. features hand cut steaks of the highest quality, pastas, lamb chops, elk, pork chops, fresh garden salads and more.  Hungry yet?



Craving comfort food? The Slogar Restaurant serves up skillet-friend chicken and steak dinners served family-style.  The toughest part is deciding what tastes the best: mashed potatoes, fresh biscuits, creamed corn, chutney, steak, chicken.


The Wooden Nickel

The Nickel, Crested Butte’s oldest saloon and great steak house, has been hosting visitors and locals alike under the current ownership since 1981. It’s a tradition not to be missed. Dating prior to 1929, The Nickel bar and building will take you back to the early mining era of the Rocky Mountains. Quality food, friendly staff and a 600+ bottle wine selection.



Craving Asian?  Bringing you the best culinary treats from Thailand, China, Japan and Vietnam, Ryce is an Asian bistro in the heart of Crested Butte. Spacious riverside dining room and an atmosphere that is perfectly casual.


Avalanche Bar and Grill

Just steps from the lifts, the Avalanche is a family friendly eatery and sports bar with a large, diverse menu.  A local’s favorite, the Avy serves dinner all winter … and all summer. Soup and Salad. Chicken and Pasta. Steak and Seafood. Specialties and Sandwiches.  Pizza (starting at 2 pm) and Desserts.  They’ve got it if you want it.


The Lobar

Voted Crested Butte’s best sushi restaurant, Lobar is where you go for good times and … sushi!  Lobar got started in 2004 under the guise of being Crested Butte’s only night club, but the ruse only lasted 8 days until they added Sushi to their menu.  The rest is history…they’re known for serving great sushi and even better parties.


Donita’s Cantina

This casual and colorful Mexican eatery is family owned and operated since 1980.   To start, sip on a famous fresh lime margarita while munching on chips and Donita’s legendary salsa.  Enjoy ample portions of enchiladas, burritos, chimichangas, tacos and other Mexican favorites. Donita’s fajitas are to die for!

Donita’s was rated one of the top twelve Colorado “Hot Spots” according to the Denver Post.


Brick Oven Pizzeria

Boasting the best patio in town, Brick Oven is the place to go for pizza.  Featuring pizza by the slice, deep dish or thin crust, you can dine in, take out or choose (free) delivery.  Great atmosphere! Open til 10 pm.



Inspired by the cuisines of Southern Europe, Django’s Restaurant and Wine Bar is a small plates restaurant (with an extensive wine menu) located at the base of Mt. Crested Butte.  Voted Diner’s Choice Award in 2011 by Open Table, Django’s is highly recommended by locals and visitors alike.  They use only the freshest ingredients, with all sauces, pureés and desserts made in-house daily.

With it’s intimate atmosphere, it’s great for date night.


EastSide Bistro

EastSide Bistro is an upscale, casual neighborhood bistro located on 6th Street.  The menu evolves seasonally & represents the eclectic, creative, sophisticated visions of the owner’s (Ben and Liz) passion for food — using locally fresh ingredients & prepared with innovative, contemporary style.  All of their breads are made in house daily by local G.G. Bakery and all of their organic produce comes from the local farmers at Delicious Orchards in Paonia.

One word…yum!


The Last Steep

A true Crested Butte original, the Last Steep has a casual and relaxes family-dining atmosphere with an affordable menu.  So, what’s your fancy? Caribbean island flair? Cajun chicken pasta? Curry shrimp & coconut salad? Artichoke-cheddar soup in bread bowl?  You’ll love their diverse menu selection.

Named after the Owners’ favorite North Face ski run, The Last Steep is just across the street from the Mountain Express Free Shuttle stop at 2nd Street and Elk Avenue. Voted Best Burger and Bloody Mary, too.


Lil’s Sushi Bar and Grill

Just ask the locals, it is hands down the best sushi in town.  Executive Chef and Owner Matthew Smith takes pride in serving the highest quality fish in town, which is flown in 6 days a week (thanks to Fed-Ex), so you can count your dinner always being fresh, not frozen!  Opens at 5:30 pm, seven nights a week.  They have a killer happy hour, full bar, wine list and extensive Sake menu (not to mention their killer martinis).

Pssst….it was also voted “Best Place for a First Date.”


Do You Have A Local Favorite?

This list is a work in progress and will be continuously updated.
If your favorite is missing, please submit a recommendation below for review.  Thanks!

Submit your recommendation for Top Picks

Sponsored by:

Resort Entrepreneurs website