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The Essential Guide to Dining in Steamboat

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When in Steamboat, small plates and cocktails are a must at Laundry
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Heading into the mountains is second-nature to many city dwellers working and living in Denver — some might say it’s a weekend standard. Fortunately, there are mountain towns within just a few-hours drive that are worth the trek for scenery, sports, and eating.

Steamboat sits approximately three hours northwest of the Mile High with breathtaking mountain views, relaxing hot springs, endless outdoor activity, and a noteworthy dining scene. Here, 10 of the season’s essential spots for eating and drinking, from the classic haunts to the latest additions and even a roaming taco snowcat.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Laundry

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127 11th St
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
(970) 870-0681
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The Laundry is both charming and rustic-chic with an intimate evening appeal for happy-hour drinkers and those in search of the ultimate night cap. Not only are the cocktails strong, but the small bites are worth ordering. Fun fact: The space was in fact Steamboat Laundry from 1910-1970.

Laundry is great for happy hour or a night cap
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2. Creekside Cafe & Grill

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131 11th St
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
(970) 879-4925
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Like any popular breakfast joint, Creekside usually has a wait, but it’s worth it. The space is small, cozy, and generally packed with a happy morning crowd. Early risers should grab a window seat and enjoy any of the 13 eggs Benedict that the menu offers.

California eggs benedict with avocado, tomatoes, sprouts and mixed greens.
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3. Low Country Kitchen

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207 9th St
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
(970) 761-2693
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The fried chicken at Low is some of the best in Denver and Steamboat, though the cocktails and happy hour prices are just as nice. Here, a warm and rustic interior along with comforting Southern fare is just the right recipe to make any long day seem quite worth it. Note: This restaurant recently moved from its longtime Steamboat home to the site of the former Cloverdale restaurant, which closed last fall.

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4. Back Door Grill

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825 Oak St
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
(970) 871-7888
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Back Door is the place for a burger and a cold brew to go with it. It’s known for cranking out crave-worthy American plates such as the G6 burger with queso, jalapeños, pepper jack, and an onion ring.

Juicy double cheese burger and crispy potato fries.
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5. The BARley

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635 Lincoln Ave
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
(970) 761-2195
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Just below street-level sits Barley, a craft brew oasis. Thirty taps rotate regularly, and the ambience is that of the local watering hole where board games are played between pint glasses.

The lower level bar is a craft brew lover’s delight.
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6. Salt & Lime

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628 Lincoln Ave
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
(970) 871-6277
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It’s not a trip to Steamboat without a quick pit-stop at Salt & Lime. Pitchers of margaritas set the stage for flavor-packed tacos served on rustic boards, such as al pastor with salsa verde and piña fresca, drizzled with a lime crema.

Tacos al pastor is made with grilled pork adobada, salsa verde, piña fresca and lime crema.
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7. Table 79 Foodbar

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345 Lincoln Ave
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
(970) 761-2463
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Crispy portobello fries made with truffle oil, red chile flakes, and grana padano are the way nights in Steamboat should start. The rustic charm and dimly lit interior at Table 79 make for a memorable dining experience over offerings of elevated and unique comfort food.

The dining room is just intimate enough for date night and just roomy enough for large groups.
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8. Taco Beast

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2305 Mt Werner Cir
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
(970) 879-6111
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This taco-making snowcat serves lunch Thursdays through Mondays throughout the season at the base of the Sunshine ski lift. While weather permits, find beef barbacoa, elk chorizo, pollo asado, and butternut squash tacos ($5 each) plus a salsa bar and street corn.

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9. Timber & Torch

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2305 Mt Werner Cir
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
(970) 871-5171
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The newest restaurant to try in Gondola Square, Timber & Torch replaced Bear River this ski season, serving all-day food and drinks across two indoor-outdoor bars and a heated patio until midnight. There’s smoked trout avocado toast for breakfast, togarashi fries alongside après ski drinks, and fish and chips (pictured) for dinner.

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10. T Bar At Steamboat

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2045 Ski Time Square Dr
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
(970) 879-6652
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Après-ski is a must in the mountains. At this Steamboat staple, the beer flows endlessly, and the food menu far exceeds expectations (see Argentine steak empanadas with cilantro chimichurri and creme fraîche). The mountain views also are unbeatable.

Sip a beer and enjoy the view
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1. Laundry

127 11th St, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Laundry is great for happy hour or a night cap
The Laundry/Facebook

The Laundry is both charming and rustic-chic with an intimate evening appeal for happy-hour drinkers and those in search of the ultimate night cap. Not only are the cocktails strong, but the small bites are worth ordering. Fun fact: The space was in fact Steamboat Laundry from 1910-1970.

127 11th St
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

2. Creekside Cafe & Grill

131 11th St, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
California eggs benedict with avocado, tomatoes, sprouts and mixed greens.
Creekside Cafe/Facebook

Like any popular breakfast joint, Creekside usually has a wait, but it’s worth it. The space is small, cozy, and generally packed with a happy morning crowd. Early risers should grab a window seat and enjoy any of the 13 eggs Benedict that the menu offers.

131 11th St
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

3. Low Country Kitchen

207 9th St, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Lucy Beaugard/Eater

The fried chicken at Low is some of the best in Denver and Steamboat, though the cocktails and happy hour prices are just as nice. Here, a warm and rustic interior along with comforting Southern fare is just the right recipe to make any long day seem quite worth it. Note: This restaurant recently moved from its longtime Steamboat home to the site of the former Cloverdale restaurant, which closed last fall.

207 9th St
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

4. Back Door Grill

825 Oak St, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Juicy double cheese burger and crispy potato fries.
Back Door Grill/Facebook

Back Door is the place for a burger and a cold brew to go with it. It’s known for cranking out crave-worthy American plates such as the G6 burger with queso, jalapeños, pepper jack, and an onion ring.

825 Oak St
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

5. The BARley

635 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
The lower level bar is a craft brew lover’s delight.
The BARley Colorado Craft & Draft/Facebook

Just below street-level sits Barley, a craft brew oasis. Thirty taps rotate regularly, and the ambience is that of the local watering hole where board games are played between pint glasses.

635 Lincoln Ave
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

6. Salt & Lime

628 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Tacos al pastor is made with grilled pork adobada, salsa verde, piña fresca and lime crema.
Lucy Beaugard/Eater

It’s not a trip to Steamboat without a quick pit-stop at Salt & Lime. Pitchers of margaritas set the stage for flavor-packed tacos served on rustic boards, such as al pastor with salsa verde and piña fresca, drizzled with a lime crema.

628 Lincoln Ave
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

7. Table 79 Foodbar

345 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
The dining room is just intimate enough for date night and just roomy enough for large groups.
Table 79 Foodbar/Facebook

Crispy portobello fries made with truffle oil, red chile flakes, and grana padano are the way nights in Steamboat should start. The rustic charm and dimly lit interior at Table 79 make for a memorable dining experience over offerings of elevated and unique comfort food.

345 Lincoln Ave
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

8. Taco Beast

2305 Mt Werner Cir, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Steamboat [official]

This taco-making snowcat serves lunch Thursdays through Mondays throughout the season at the base of the Sunshine ski lift. While weather permits, find beef barbacoa, elk chorizo, pollo asado, and butternut squash tacos ($5 each) plus a salsa bar and street corn.

2305 Mt Werner Cir
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

9. Timber & Torch

2305 Mt Werner Cir, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Timber & Torch [official]

The newest restaurant to try in Gondola Square, Timber & Torch replaced Bear River this ski season, serving all-day food and drinks across two indoor-outdoor bars and a heated patio until midnight. There’s smoked trout avocado toast for breakfast, togarashi fries alongside après ski drinks, and fish and chips (pictured) for dinner.

2305 Mt Werner Cir
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

10. T Bar At Steamboat

2045 Ski Time Square Dr, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Sip a beer and enjoy the view
T Bar at Steamboat/Facebook

Après-ski is a must in the mountains. At this Steamboat staple, the beer flows endlessly, and the food menu far exceeds expectations (see Argentine steak empanadas with cilantro chimichurri and creme fraîche). The mountain views also are unbeatable.

2045 Ski Time Square Dr
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

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