Durango is a hub for the restaurant scene! With a very diverse and wide range of customers throughout the durango area, local chefs have developed their individualism and talent, focusing on varying aspects such as organic foods and unique takes on traditional meals. The variation and abundance of restaurants is Durango contribute to its truly tasty and exciting atmosphere.
Come join the newest fine dining sensation to hit Southwest Colorado. Primus offers wild game, fresh seafood, and has uncompromised quality with their unmatched meals in Durango. Apart from the fantastic selection of food, they have finely crafted cocktails for every palette.
Animas Chocolate & Coffee
Casual and comfortable atmosphere where chocolate lovers can relax while tasting amazing chocolates. From decadent truffles to divine darks, chocolate confections made on the premises using the highest quality chocolate, simple ingredients, no preservatives.
Diamond Belle Saloon
Legendary Old West saloon in the heart of historic downtown. Famous ragtime piano, costumed Belle girls, cowboys and bartenders. Daily live music, lunch, happy hour and dinner. Sunday brunch. Gunfights Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:30pm, June through October.
East by Southwest
Voted Durango’s best happy hour, hottest date night, best dessert, best cocktail and best bartender. Full sushi bar, vegetarian options, sake, Asian beers, libations. Comfortable upscale, urban setting. Kids’ menu.
Featured in Durango Magazine summer/fall 2020
Offering contemporary American cuisine, they offer a fine selection of local products that feature many local ingredients.
Jack’s Meats, Poultry, & Seafood
Inside Nature’s Oasis Market, Jack’s provides the highest quality, ethically produced products. Only the best Meyers beef, Niman Ranch, Smart chicken and more. Locally owned, family operated.
James Ranch Grill
Local grass-fed beef and freshly grown vegetables… what more could one ask for?
Magpie's Newstand Cafe
Sunny sidewalk patio in the heart of downtown. Most affordable sandwiches in town. Traditional or grilled panini. Breakfast burritos, salads, smoothies, espressos, house-brewed chai and fresh-made gelato. Selection of magazines, cards, games, puzzles, candy and sodas.
Featuring something for everyone. Menu items crafted by their master with meats, produce and ingredients from local family-owned farms and ranches.
Mama Silvia's Italian Kitchen
Traditional Italian cuisine crafted by East by Southwest owners Hydi and Sergio Verduzco, featuring delicious and unique antipasti, farinacei and insalate. Once inside, there’s a modern and comfortable design. Fun for the whole family.
Durango’s great natural market is the largest provider of natural and organic products in the Four Corners. Fresh sandwiches, salads, soups and hot foods daily in the deli. Largest selection of supplements and beauty care products in the region. Also home to Jack’s Meat & Seafood, River Liquors and Serious Delights Bakehouse. Locally owned since 1993.
Nayarit Mexican Casual Cuisine
Named after the Mexican state Nayarit, offering authentic Mexican food that cannot be found anywhere else in Durango. Best-known for the selection of tequilas and margaritas, fresh seafood and delicious tacos.
The Office Spiritorium
Locals’ favorite happy hour. Perfect after-work and late-night Victorian bar at the historic Strater Hotel. Creative libations, local beers, and fabulous wines. Amazing interior setting. Daily happy hour, dinner and live music.
Old Tymer’s Cafe
Locals’ favorite for over 25 years! One of the Four Corners’ best patios. Superb salads, marvelous margaritas and huge burgers (voted Durango’s best). Full bar, plus 15 beers on tap. Handful of TVs.
Next to Nature’s Oasis, River Liquors is “on your way.” Home to the first beer cave in Southwest Colorado, wine always on sale. Open daily.
Sunnyside Farms Market
A full-service retail butcher shop with a complete line of fresh meats, poultry, and seafood. Sunnyside Farms Market provides grocery and butcher shop needs, and also deli to-go orders.
Taco Libre is Durango’s newest Mexican eatery. Come enjoy our traditional and affordable Mexican street food paired with modern mixology and a fun eclectic atmosphere! Check out our extensive food and drink menu.
Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant
Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant is the place to go for the finest in Mexican food. We have a full bar that serves all kinds of liquors and beers.From mild to hot and spicy, we have something for everyone. Our appetizers include soups, salads, burritos, enchiladas, and lots more. Try some of our genuine Mexican seafood or classic dishes today. We’re open seven days a week. Ask about our kids’ menu.
Restaurants in Durango, Colorado
A culinary collective with a progressive vision giving a nod to the site’s history. From tacos to pizza, sushi to Indonesian cuisine, 11th Street Station’s independent food-truck kitchens cure any craving. Outdoor deck perfect for relaxing with a cold drink or a quick lunch. 1101 Main Ave., 946-6903. www.eleventhstreetstation.com
425 Degrees Take & Bake Pizza
“Who bakes the best pizza? You do!” Offering traditional, thin and gluten-free pizzas to take home, as well as wings, cookies and salads. Order by phone for pickup. 50 County Road 234 inside Elmore’s Corner Store, 970-799-0425.
81301 Coffee House & Roasters
Coffee house and roasting company using the pour-over coffee-making process. Offering hot coffee, iced drinks, mochas, lattes, chai and homemade baked goods in a laid-back atmosphere. 3101 Main Ave. #1, 970-385-1941, www.81301coffee.com
Animas Brewing Co.
Just off the Animas River trail near Rotary Park. A family-friendly brewpub serving house-made beers and Colorado wine and spirits, along with a spin on comfort food and plenty of kid favorites. Relaxed, family-friendly. Comfortable outdoor seating. Open 11am, Tuesday-Sunday, 4pm on Monday. 1560 E. Second Ave., 403-8850. www.animasbrewing.com
Animas Chocolate & Coffee Company
Casual and comfortable atmosphere where chocolate lovers can relax while tasting amazing chocolates. From decadent truffles to divine darks, chocolate confections made on the premises using the highest quality chocolate, simple ingredients, no preservatives. 920 Main Ave., 970-317-5761, www.animaschocolatecompany.com
Animas River Beer Garden
Comfortable yet elegant. Enjoy casual dining with picture windows overlooking 100-year old trees shrouding the Animas River. Enjoy a savory selection of seafood, steaks, poultry and more. In DoubleTree by Hilton Durango. 501 Camino Del Rio 970-259-6580. doubletree3.hilton.com
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar
Serving delicious family favorites, from their famous boneless wings to mouthwatering salads and chicken dishes. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nine televisions, full bar, casual, comfortable, friendly atmosphere. 800 Camino del Rio inside Durango Downtown Inn, 970-259-5850, www.applebees.com
Bar D Chuckwagon Suppers
Old West music and comedy stage show with traditional barbecue supper. Fun for the whole family. Nightly from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Reservations required. 8080 County Road 250, 970-247-5753, www.bardchuckwagon.com
Delicious breakfast sandwiches and breakfast burritos. Tasty burgers, hot dogs, fries, hot pastrami, salads, specials and much more. Boasting “the best Reuben in town”. 1220 Carbon Junction Rd. inside the Exxon gas station across from Walmart, 970-247-1144, www.bartsdeli.com
Boathouse at Electra
Overlooking Electra Lake, the Boathouse opens for the summer in June. Former Seasons chefs Dave and Jenn Stewart prepare James Ranch beef, fresh fish and locally sourced produce. Everything is made from scratch. 141 Electra Lake Rd. W., 970-247-5180, www.electralake.org/the-boathouse-at-electra
Fresh homemade breads, pastries, cookies and deli sandwiches served daily. From whole wheat to rye, ginger snaps to scones, Bread is fast, friendly and fantastic. 42 County Road 250 and downtown at 135 E. Eighth St., 970-247-5100, www.breaddurango.com
Located on the Fort Lewis mesa, this new coffee shop offers a wide variety of coffee drinks, as well as crepes, Paninis, salads, granola, pastries, and baked goods. 100 Jenkins Ranch Rd., A2, 970-946-8979.
Redrock Foods, a Burger King Corp. franchisee, owns and operates the Durango location and 19 New Mexico and Colorado stores. Come to Burger King for the famous Whopper and chicken sandwiches. Order online, via phone, or in person. 1415 Main Ave., 970-247-9095, www.bk.com
Lunch and dinner menu features burgers and Colorado craft beers, with a breakfast menu focused on the morning classics. Thirteen high-definition TVs promise no bad seat in the house, and the daily happy hour will keep your glass full. 21636 U.S. Hwy. 160 W. inside the Holiday Inn & Suites, 970-385-6387, www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/durango/drodc/hoteldetail/dining
Carver Brewing Co.
One of the Southwest’s original brewpubs, and located in historic downtown Durango, Carver’s offers tours of its solar/wind-powered brewery, and has 12 award-winning handcrafted brews on tap. Hearty and fresh creations for every meal. Kid-friendly. Organic produce grown at Carver Farms and other local sources. 1022 Main Ave., 259-2545.www.carverbrewing.com
Chimayo Stone-Fired Kitchen
Contemporary American bistro with a southwestern flair. Creative small plates, salads, artisanal pizzas, plus fire-roasted steaks, chicken and seafood. Stone-hearth ovens in an expo kitchen. Specialty cocktails, fine wines, and local tap beer. Unique, casual fine dining. 862 Main Ave., 259-2749. www.chimayodurango.com
Favorite longtime Durango restaurant, offering delicious and traditional Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine. Full bar and beautiful riverside patio. Parking. Dine in or take out. 1525 Main Ave., 970-259-0868, www.durangochinacafe.com
Popular south-side eatery, open for breakfast and lunch, whose goal is for you to leave with a smile. Specialty breakfasts, Mexican food, specialty sandwiches, burgers and salads. Catering, delivery and take out. Prices from $4 to $10. 810 E. College Dr., 970-375-0117, www.cjsdiner.net
Cold Stone Creamery
The secret recipe for smooth, creamy ice cream is to make it fresh daily in the store, and then customize it with your choice of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone, as Cold Stone does perfectly. Custom, signature ice-cream cakes, pies and cupcakes. 598 Main Ave., 259-5052. www.coldstonecreamery.com
College Drive Cafe
Creative and large menu, fresh-roasted organic coffee, friendly folks and atmosphere. Daily, delicious specials and tried-and-true entrées. Everyone is treated like a regular at College Drive Café. Free Wi-Fi and cozy dining room. Free Wi-Fi. 666 E. College Dr., 247-5322. www.cafedurango.com
Common Grounds Cafe
Staffed by high-school students who want experience. Sandwiches, yogurt, chips, fruit and cold drinks. Featuring baked goods from Bread and coffee from Desert Sun Coffee Roasters. It is the perfect snack spot for kids, library patrons and river-trail users. 1900 E. Third Ave. inside the Durango Public Library, 970-375-3380.
Cuckoo’s Chicken House & Waterin’ Hole
Family sports eatery. Broasted chicken, 20-plus kinds of wings, most menu items under $12. HDTVs, satellite sports. Full menu and bar. Dine in or take out. 128 E. College Dr., 970-259-6322, www.cuckooschicken.com
Family-friendly menu selections to satisfy everyone of all ages. Serving delicious and classic breakfasts like pancake or egg platters; with seafood, salad and steak lunches and dinners, Denny’s provides affordable and delicious meals.
666 Camino del Rio, 247-1512. www.dennys.com
Derailed Pour House
An 1890s bar with a stage for local and touring musicians. Offering martinis, wines, 14 beers on tap and fresh cocktails. Menu items made from scratch and eight sports screens. Everyone feels like a local. 725 Main Ave., 247-5440. www.derailedpourhouse.com
Legendary Old West saloon in the heart of historic downtown. Famous ragtime piano, costumed Belle girls, cowboys and bartenders. Daily live music, lunch, happy hour and dinner. Sunday brunch. Gunfights Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:30pm, June through October. 699 Main Ave. inside the Strater Hotel, 970-247-4431, www.strater.com/dining/diamond-belle-saloon/
Fast, friendly delivery or carryout. A variety of delicious pizzas, chicken wings, breadsticks, pasta, sandwiches, salads, sodas and more. Enjoy a classic meal anytime you crave it. Open for lunch, dinner and late night. 1485 Florida Rd., 259-3660. www.dominos.com
Voted the “best bagel in the Four Corners.” Freshly baked bagels, muffins, cinnamon rolls and pastries. Great breakfast selections and lunch bagel sandwiches. Takeout bag lunches. 106 E. Fifth St. next to the train depot, 970-385-7297.
Durango Beer & Ice Company
First founded in 1887, and continuing the tradition with a restart in 2020,
the new railroad-inspired tasting room offers local brews from High Trestle Brewing Company, along with great “pub grub”, including a variety of burgers and homemade red and green chili. 3000 Main Ave., 970-746-4466.
Durango Coffee Company
Durango Dawg House
A great place for a quick, affordable lunch or dinner, indoors or on the patio. Soon-to-be-famous specialty hot dawgs, fresh-cut fries and the best gyros in town. 600 Main Ave., 970-259-3647.
For a warming soup, a satisfying sandwich or mouthwatering burger, the airport deli is just the ticket. For a quick bite or just a place to relax while waiting for a plane, the Durango Deli is the perfect traveler’s haven. 1000 Airport Rd., inside the Durango-La Plata County Airport, 970-259-6964.
On historic Main Ave., “The Diner” is one of the town’s landmark eateries, known for its nostalgic no-frills meals and local camaraderie. Brand-name green chile and Southwest salsa are sold nationwide. Breakfast and lunch all day. 957 Main Ave., 970-247-9889, www.durangodiner.com
Fresh donuts and bagels, breakfast burritos, lunch favorites – something for everyone. Grab a breakfast burrito or bagel sandwich, or relax in the comfy dining room for a full breakfast or lunch. 2653 Main Ave., 970-247-1610. www.durangodoughworks.com
Durango Joe’s Coffee
Nine convenient locations in Durango, Farmington and Aztec, serving the best espresso/coffee drinks, blended drinks and smoothies paired with tasty pastries, breakfast burritos, salads and sandwiches. Enjoy “legendary customer service”. Loyalty programs, fair trade and certified-organic coffees and teas. 40 Town Plaza, 970-375-7891; 732 E. College Dr., 970-375-2121; 3455 Main Ave., 970-375-6384; 331 S. Camino del Rio, 970-764-4848; 1211 Escalante Dr., 970-382-5911; www.durangojoes.com
Durango Natural Foods
Durango’s first and only community-owned food market and deli. The best local, organic produce; non-GMO groceries and bulk foods; locally raised meat and eggs; cruelty- free body-care products; and more. 575 E. Eighth Ave. at the corner of College and Eighth, 970-247-8129, www.durangonaturalfoods.coop
East By Southwest
Voted Durango’s best happy hour, hottest date night, best dessert, best cocktail and best bartender. Full sushi bar, vegetarian options, sake, Asian beers, libations. Comfortable upscale, urban setting. Kids’ menu. 160 E. College Dr., 970-247-5533, www.eastbysouthwest.com
Durango’s premier destination for the flavors, spices, and excitement of genuine African food. Lunch is served at their sister restaurant, the Smiley Café at 1309 E. Third Ave., 970-844-0771. Dinner is served at the Eat Zawadi location at 509 E. Eighth Ave., 970-422-8462, www.eatzawadi.com
El Moro Spirits & Tavern
Lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. El Moro is named after the early-1900s saloon that occupied the historic site. Comfortable, with exposed red-brick walls and hardwood floors. A “farm-to-table” restaurant featuring local fresh foods. 945 Main Ave., 970-259-5555, www.elmorotavern.com
Eolus Bar & Dining
Locally owned and operated since 2013, named for the famous peak near Chicago Basin. Featuring farm-to-table and vine-to-wine. Contemporary American cuisine. A fine array of local products. Elegant dining room, comfortable bar, rooftop patio with views. Reservations accepted. 919 Main Ave., 970-259-2898. www.eolusdurango.com
Father’s Daughters Pizza
Family owned and operated and with a full bar, featuring the East Coast flavor of Sicilian or New York style pizza. Dough made fresh daily. Great salads, wings and soups. Private parties welcome. 600 Main Ave., Ste. 110, 970-385-0420, www.fathersdaughterspizza.com
Devoted to quality local and imported ingredients and the traditional method of artisan wood-fired baking. Always fresh, handmade, wood-fired pizza, sandwiches and salads. Gluten-free options, daily specials, full bar, family friendly, seasonal rooftop patio. 735 Main Ave., 970-247-0264, www.fireduppizzeria.com
Voted Durango’s favorite for Mexican food and margaritas. Traditional northern New Mexican fare. Hatch red and green chiles. Carne Adovada, tamales, blue-corn enchiladas, stuffed sopapillas and vegetarian menu. Full bar. Parking. 431 E. Second Ave., 970-259-9494, www.gazpachodurango.com
Gianni’s Oven & Grill
Fresh ingredients and homemade tastes, the perfect place for an Italian lunch or dinner. Serving pizza and calzones, hot hero sandwiches and delicious pastas in a cozy family-owned atmosphere. 2477 Main Ave., 970-764-4727.
Award-winning restaurant serving burgers from 100% grass-fed, USA-raised beef; turkey and vegan burgers; sweet and regular fries; salads. Indoor/ outdoor seating, kiddie corral. Vegan, allergy, gluten-free friendly. The American burger made healthy, ethical and delicious. Dine in or carry out. 7261⁄2 Main Ave., 970-247-1081, www.eatgrassburger.com
This very reasonably priced, popular southwestern and American diner serves fajitas, carnitas, enchiladas, smothered burrito plates and burgers. Vegetarian and kids’ meals and takeout. Great food and friendly service. Considered a classic, local favorite. 2603 Main Ave., 970-259-3558.
Happy Pappy’s Pizza & Wings
New to the Durango area, Happy Pappy’s has a wide variety of build-your- own pizzas, flavorful wings, and beer. Using longtime family dough and wing recipes along with the best ingredients possible. Order online, over the phone, or in person. 2411 Main Ave., 970-764-4213, www.durango.pappys.pizza
Hermosa Coffee Roasters
Dedicated to providing the highest quality specialty coffee along with unparalleled customer service. Serving a wide variety of coffee from around the world, connecting the Durango community in the process.
738 Main Ave. 970-259-2059, www.hermosacoffee.com
Hermosa Creek Grill
Locally owned café in the Animas valley north of town, the perfect stop
on the way to the mountains. Delicious and unique egg dishes, pancakes, cinnamon rolls. Daily specials. Sandwiches, burgers, authentic gyros, salads. Full espresso bar. 32223 U.S. Hwy. 550 N., 970-247-0014, www.hermosacreekgrill.com
Highway 3 Roadhouse & Oyster Bar
Locals’ hang-out. Unique appetizers and full bar. Happy-hour oysters, $9/ half-dozen. Slider night is Wednesday, $3.95/slider. Thursday Ladies’ Night, $5 drinks. Friday catfish night, $12.95. Great for private parties.
955 CO Hwy. 3, 970-385-7444, www.highway3roadhouse.com
Tastes from such top-of-the-world regions as Nepal, India and Tibet. Daily gourmet lunch buffet. Dinner temptations include yak, lamb, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian. Fresh bread from the Tandoor oven. 992 Main Ave., 970-259-0956.
Gourmet pizza, salads and sandwiches, plus a full bar. Dine in, take out,
or order online for in-town delivery. If you love fresh homemade pizza and friendly service, this is the place for you; just ask the locals. 441 E. College Dr., 970-259-5551; 2915 Main Ave., 970-422-8337; and 125 Mercado St., #105, 970-764-4208;
Hot Tomatoes Cafe & Catering
Cozy, charming spot for breakfast, lunch and take-out box lunches. Delicious fresh sandwiches, tasty soups and salads. Baked goods include pumpkin bread, apple Danish, muffins and chocolate croissants. Event catering. 939 CO Hwy. 3, 970-385-5577, www.hottomatoescafe.com
J.Bo’s Pizza & Rib Company
Known locally as Bo’s, this fast, casual, family eatery serves pizza, ribs, grinders, burgers, salads, local microbrews and more. Pool tables, jukebox, video games, live music. Eat in, take out or delivery. 1301 Florida Rd., 970-259-0010, www.jbosdurango.com
James Ranch Market & Grill
J. Bo’s Pizza & Rib Company
Known locally as Bo’s, this fast, casual family eatery serves pizza, ribs, grinders, burgers, salads, local microbrews, wine and more. Pool tables, jukebox, video games, live music. With kids, the friendly restaurant, the lounge or the patio is easy. Eat in, take out or delivery. Get some. 1301 Florida Rd., 259-0010. www.jbosdurango.com
Jean-Pierre Bakery, Café & Wine Bar
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wine room for small business meetings or private dinner parties. Live classical and/or jazz music on the weekends. Traditional yet innovative dinner menu. Full bar. Reservations recommended. Top-rated sweets on Trip Advisor. 601 Main Ave., 970-247-7700.
The popular franchise has featured gourmet sandwiches since 1983. Jimmy John’s is known for its irreverent attitude, low prices, great and healthy food and speedy delivery, with more than 2,000 stores nationwide. 1316 Main Ave., 970-259-0577, www.jimmyjohns.com
Locally owned drive-through at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Camino del Rio. Shade-grown organic, fair-trade coffees. Energizing and satisfying espresso drinks, teas, smoothies and more. Grab-n-go breakfast and lunch. Fast and friendly. Get your Jitters organically. 802 Camino del Rio, 970-799-5282.
Delicious and traditional Southwestern foods along with Mexican and Native American dishes prepared fresh daily. Fast and efficient service; great prices and free parking. 325 S. Camino del Rio in the Centennial Center, 970-247-3536.
Ken & Sue’s
Locals Ken and Sue Fusco invite you to be their guest. Creative and tasty food and great service at reasonable prices. Upscale, comfortable eatery. Year-round patio. Reservations are encouraged. 636 Main Ave., 970-385-1810, www.kenandsues.com
Taste Tuscany in the La Plata Mountains, just 10 miles west of Durango on Hwy. 160. Mediterranean and American-inspired cuisine, bistro setting. Extensive wines, full bar, takeout, ever-changing seasonal menu. Events and banquets welcome. Reservations accepted. 4 County Road 124, Hesperus, 970-247-5674, www.kennebeccafe.com
Recently changed to La Hacienda, this colorful family restaurant on the north side of town offers great margaritas and delicious, authentic Mexican food. 2850 Main Ave., 970-375-2492.
A live foods salad bar. Fresh, healthy, organic, cultured foods. Friendly, fun setting. Locally sourced food when possible, kombucha on draft. Grass-fed beef; cage-free, hormone-free chicken; salads. Compostable cutlery and dishes. 680 Main Ave., 970-286-0227, www.thelivingtreesaladbar.com
Lone Spur Cafe
Classic Old West with western themed wall décor. The café serves hearty breakfasts such as steak and eggs. Lunch features burgers, classic sandwiches, soups and salads. Weekend-only dining menu features prime rib and rib eye steaks. 619 Main Ave., 970-764-4280, www.lonespurcafe.com
Los Amigos Del Sur
In the Main Mall downtown, this unassuming restaurant is small, but features a great Mexican menu and handcrafted margaritas. Friendly, comfortable atmosphere serving everyone’s favorite dishes, including “street” tacos and vegetarian platters. 835 Main Ave. #106, 970-764-4042, www.durangoamigos.com
Macho’s Fast Mexican Food & Drinks
Fresh and bursting with flavor, great dishes prepared with the highest quality ingredients. Authentic Mexican meals. Beto’s Burrito Bowl is a favorite! Great atmosphere, friendly service, affordable prices. Take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey. 1485 Florida Rd., 970-422-8540 and 275 E. Eighth Ave., 970-259-4108.
Magpie’s Newsstand Cafe
Sunny sidewalk patio in the heart of downtown. Most affordable sandwiches in town. Traditional or grilled panini. Breakfast burritos, salads, smoothies, espressos, house-brewed chai and fresh-made gelato. Selection of magazines, cards, games, puzzles, candy and sodas. 707 Main Ave., 970-259-1159.
Featuring something for everyone. Menu items crafted by their master with meats, produce and ingredients from local family-owned farms and ranches. 699 Main Ave. inside the Strater Hotel, 970-247-4431, www.strater.com/dining/the-mahogany-grille/
Mamma Silvia’s Italian Kitchen
Traditional Italian cuisine crafted by East by Southwest owners Hydi and Sergio Verduzco, featuring delicious and unique antipasti, farinacei and insalate. Once inside, there’s a modern and comfortable design. Fun for the whole family. 150 E. College Dr., 970-247-5533, www.mammasilvias.com
May Palace Restaurant
Some of the town’s best and most delicious Chinese food. Traditional specialties: Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin and 38 lunch specials. No MSG. Full menu for takeout. Full bar. Great location downtown. 909 Main Ave., 970-259-4836.
Michel’s Corner Crepes
Longtime Durango chef Michel Poumay brings authentic sweet and savory French crêpes to the heart of downtown. Each made fresh to order. Perfect to grab some unique fare to go, or dine on the patio. 598 Main Ave.,
970- 769-0256, www.michelscorner.com
Located in the Walmart shopping center and featuring tasty Peking and Mongolian barbecue, plus Hunan, Chinese, Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine. A variety of beer and wine, free parking, and all-you-can-eat dishes. Dine in or take out. 1135 S. Camino del Rio #230, 970-259-7228, www.mongoliangrilldurangoco.com
For the perfect on-the-go meal, Mountain Munches offers a variety of healthy, organic snacks like customized trail mix, falafel waffles, and paleo skittles, which includes a mix of different fruits. This is the ideal stop for those on the paleo or vegan diet. 3701 Main Ave., #102, 970-317-9855.
Mutu’s Italian Kitchen
From classic to contemporary cuisine, Mutu’s offers a menu that everyone in the family can enjoy. Culinary Olympic medalist owner/chef Rustin Newton creates delicious, savory dishes with fresh and local ingredients. Excellent wine selection, house-made lemongrass martinis. 701 E. Second Ave., 970-375-2701, www.mutusitaliankitchen.com
Durango’s great natural market is the largest provider of natural and organic products in the Four Corners. Fresh sandwiches, salads, soups and hot foods daily in the deli. Largest selection of supplements and beauty care products in the region. Also home to Jack’s Meat & Seafood, River Liquors and Serious Delights Bakehouse. Locally owned since 1993. 300 S. Camino del Rio, 970- 247-1988, www.naturesoasismarket.com
Named after the Mexican state Nayarit, offering authentic Mexican food that cannot be found anywhere else in Durango. Best-known for the selection of tequilas and margaritas, fresh seafood and delicious tacos. 2525 Main Ave., 970-385-1595 and 1135 S. Camino del Rio, #290, 970-259-4114, www.nayaritmexicandurango.com
Food so good, you won’t trust the water! Funky, casual Mexican restaurant with a unique take on traditional Mexican food. Giant burritos, grilled quesadillas and tasty tacos. A wide selection of world-famous margaritas and local beers. 552 Main Ave., 970-259-4221, www.ninistaqueria.com
Locals’ favorite happy hour. Perfect after-work and late-night Victorian bar at the historic Strater Hotel. Creative libations, local beers, and fabulous wines. Amazing interior setting. Daily happy hour, dinner and live music. Strater Hotel, 247-4431.www.strater.com
Olde Schoolhouse Cafe & Saloon
Lively place for great pizza, calzones, beer and spirits. Just three miles south of Purgatory Resort, across from Needles Country Store. Stop in after a great day of skiing! 46778 U.S. Hwy. 550 N., 970-259-2257, www.oldeschoolhousesaloon.com
Olde Tymer’s Cafe
Locals’ favorite for over 25 years! One of the Four Corners’ best patios. Superb salads, marvelous margaritas and huge burgers (voted Durango’s best). Full bar, plus 15 beers on tap. Handful of TVs. 1000 Main Ave., 970-259-2990. www.otcdgo.com
Established in 1972, the Ore House is one of Durango’s oldest and finest restaurants. Hand-cut, USDA-certified prime and choice steaks; sustainable wild seafood; seasonal produce; a selection of award-winning wines and handcrafted seasonal cocktails. Reservations encouraged. 147 E. College Dr., 970-247-5707, www.orehouserestaurant.com
Voted “Durango’s best breakfast,” a ’50s-style diner with a train. Homemade hash browns, chili verde, pancakes, omelets, biscuits and gravy, French toast, cinnamon rolls, soups, salads, homemade pies and shakes. Burgers, Reuben and club sandwiches. Kids’ menu. Takeout. 18 Town Plaza, 970-247-0526, www.oscarscafedurango.com
Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza
Freshly prepared, ready to pop into the oven, pizzas from gourmet to “deLITE.” Including Papa’s All-Meat, Cowboy, Papa’s Favorite, Vegetarian. Gourmet, stuffed to thin, crispy crust, there’s a Papa Murphy’s pizza for everyone.
12 Town Plaza, 970-382-0961, www.papamurphys.com
Find all your favorites at this national chain pizzeria. Pan-style, stuffed crust, thin and crispy, or hand-tossed styles. Ask about the Pizza Supreme. Buffalo wings, bread sticks, salads, sodas and much more. Delivery and takeout. 1316 Main Ave., 970-259-2112, www.pizzahut.com
PJ’s Gourmet Market
Just north of Durango on U.S. Hwy. 160. Rare treats or necessities, fresh produce, meat, poultry, seafood. Deli with the best salads, meats, cheeses. Freshly baked breads, sweets, pastries. Everyday groceries. Fresh local and regional products: coffee, snack chips, sodas, salsa, honey. 67 Trimble Crossing, 970-247-0100, www.pjsgourmetmarket.com
Restaurateur Jimmy Nguyen, owner of Rice Monkeys, unrolls Pop Sushi in October at the corner of Florida and East Animas roads (formerly Plate). As executive chef, 26-year veteran Ray Srisamer oversees a Japanese tapas restaurant with a full bar. Urban atmosphere, seating for 70. Sashimi, thinly sliced fresh fish. 42 C.R. 250, Unit 400, 422-8182.
Primi Pasta & Wine Bar
Primi, meaning first course in Italian, serves a unique and tasty variety of authentic and handmade pasta dishes, sauces, paninis, salads, gelato and wine. Offering a casual atmosphere to relax and enjoy. 1201 Main Ave., #102, 970-764-4138, www.primidurango.com
Chef John Daly III provides a beautiful array of fresh seafood, wild game and locally produced grains and produce in this tasteful setting. With both an upstairs and downstairs dining area, Primus offers a unique and exciting menu to those seeking to enliven their taste buds. 1017 Main Ave., 970-259-1945, www.primusrestaurant.com
Purgatory Resort Restaurants
The resort offers fun, convenient bars and restaurants, including indoor
and al fresco options. From pastries, salads, gourmet burgers, pizza, steak, pasta and fish entrées, choose a variety of delicious dining options. One Skier Place, 970-247-9000, www.purgatoryresort.com
Raider Ridge Cafe
Locals’ choice for healthy meals. Tasty wraps, deli sandwiches, breakfast burritos, vegetarian green chile, local organic coffee, and the very best fresh-fruit smoothies in town. Takeout orders welcome. 509 E. Eighth Ave., 970-375-9727, www.raiderridgecafe.com
RGP’s Flame-Grilled Wraps
Homemade dough grilled over an open fire and filled with the freshest ingredients. Local favorite: Southwest turkey club. Also, pulled-pork barbecue and chicken pesto panini. In the heart of downtown inside the Main Mall. 835 Main Ave., #107-B, 970-382-9868, www.rgpswraps.com
Healthy, creative, delicious Asian food in a fast, friendly environment. Sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, traditional Vietnamese. Specialty rolls, rice bowls, egg rolls and platters with favorites such as ceviche, seared black-pepper tuna, Saigon noodles, beef pho, ginger chicken. To-go party platters, delivery. 1050 Main Ave., 970-403-3852, www.ricemonkeysdurango.com
Brought to you by the owners of Cuckoo’s Chicken House & Waterin’ Hole and The Animas City Theatre. Serving traditional American food like burgers, French fries and prime rib. Wide selection of beer and wine. Dine in or take out. 128 E. College Dr., 970 764-4661, www.theroostdurango.com
Seasons Rotisserie & Grill
Changing dinner menu to showcase the area’s bounty. Wood-fired grill, great service, award-winning chef. Critically acclaimed, internationally awarded wine list. Main Avenue views, private-cellar dining, patio. Reservations encouraged. Dinner nightly beginning at 5:30pm. 764 Main Ave., 970-382-9790, www.seasonsofdurango.com
Serious Delights Bakehouse
Local family bakery provides a wide variety of fresh breads, pastries and desserts, and proudly offers delicious gluten-free options. Treats are always handcrafted from scratch using local, organic ingredients when possible. Inside Nature’s Oasis market. 300 S. Camino del Rio, 970-403-1517, www.seriousdelights.com
Serious Texas Bar-B-Q
Selected by Sunset Magazine as one of the best barbecue restaurants in the West. Smoked meats, huge sandwiches and legendary ribs. Outdoor deck. 18-hole mini golf at south location. 650 Camino del Rio, 970-259-9507 and 3535 N. Main Ave., 970-247-2240, www.serioustexasbbq.com
Seven Rivers Steakhouse
For an authentic steakhouse experience, this restaurant wows with selections of mussels, giant prawns, lump crab, scallops and shrimp. Prime cuts of beef, such as petite filet and New York strip. Beautiful décor. Reservations available. 14324 County Road 172, Ignacio, inside Sky Ute Casino Resort, 970-563-6235, www.skyutecasino.com
Known for great coffee and espressos, and for amazing and healthy breakfast burritos, quality baked goods, great soup and sandwich lunches in a fun, friendly café. 555 Rivergate Ln., #B1-103, 970-422-8558, www.singletrackcafe.com
A locals’ favorite with the wonderfully different, delicious and healthy foods of Thailand made with the freshest ingredients by native Thais. Call in, carry out or dine in. Very affordable, healthy and delicious. 5191⁄2 Main Ave., 970-385-9470.
Ska Brewing & The Container Restaurant
Eat local while enjoying fresh craft beer right from the source. Built from repurposed shipping containers, Chef Jeremy Storm serves brick-oven pizzas, sandwiches, soups, salads, kids’ options. Live music on Thursday nights. 225 Girard St., 970-247-5792, www.skabrewing.com and www.containerrestaurant.com
Sky Ute Casino Resort
SKY UTE CASINO RESORT
For dining options: Seven Rivers Steakhouse for upscale steaks and seafood; Willows Café Bistro for breakfast, lunch, dinner; Rolling Thunder Grill for pub fare; 49 Lounge for sports fans with TVs, a full bar and appetizers; Shining Mountain Café for Native American fare. 14324 County Road 172, Ignacio, 970-563-7777, www.skyutecasino.com
A cozy and inviting coffee shop in the popular Smiley Building. Serving
fresh, local coffee from 81301 Coffee Roasters, breakfast burritos, salads, sandwiches and a delicious variety of home-baked, gluten-free goodies. 1309 E. Third Ave., 970-844-0771, www.thesmileycafe.com
Breakfast and main menu items all day like American classics like cheeseburgers and fries. Happy hour (half-price fountain drinks and slushes) every day, 2–5pm. Monthly specials. 240 E. Eighth Ave., 970-247-8160, www.sonicdrivein.com
Durango mountain dining with great mountain views of Engineer Peak. Steaks, wild game, fresh fish, poultry, soups, salads, homemade desserts since 1986. Kids’ menu, full bar, wines. One mile south of Purgatory Resort. Birthdays, reunions, weddings or a night out. 48475 U.S. Hwy. 550 inside Silverpick Lodge, 970-247-3527, www.sowseardurango.com
Fresh-brewed coffee, mochas, Frappuccinos, lattes, pastries, bagels and more. Outdoor seating. 6 Town Plaza inside South City Market, 970-247-4475; 311 W. College Dr. inside Albertsons, 970-382-2224; 3130 Main Ave. inside North City Market, 970-385-4340; 2817 Main Ave., 970-382-1783, www.starbucks.com
Steamworks Brewing Co.
Great spot for a casual lunch or dinner. Award-winning selection of beers, cocktails and wines. Nightly food and drink specials. World-famous Cajun Boil. Games on several TVs. 801 E. Second Ave., 970-259-9200, www.steamworksbrewing.com
Subways In Durango
Fast, inexpensive and ready to go when you are. Perfect for backpacks or picnics. Delicious salads and sandwiches. Fresh meats, crisp veggies, breads baked daily. 2101 Main Ave.,970-259-0887; 1537 Florida Rd., #101, 970-247-2335; 1145 S. Camino del Rio, 970-382-9511; www.subway.com
Sunnyside Farms Market
A full-service retail butcher shop with a complete line of fresh meats, poultry, and seafood. Sunnyside Farms Market provides grocery and butcher shop needs, and also deli to-go orders. 1305 Escalante Dr., #101, 970-375-6400, www.sunnysidefarmsmarket.com
Switchback Taco Bar
T’s Smokehouse & Grill
Fast becoming a local favorite with hickory-smoked barbecue, po’ boys, fresh-ground burgers and Creole fare. Newly renovated interior. Largest patio in downtown, with a horseshoe pit and great views. Eat in, take out, delivery, catering. #3 Depot Pl., 970-259-6000, www.tssmokehouse.com
Known for “thinking outside the bun” with original tacos, burritos, gorditas, Mexican pizza, chalupas, nachos, cheese roll-ups, quesadillas, taquitos and taco salad. Salsa, guacamole, sour cream, extra cheese, rice, beans. 2902 Main Ave., 970-259 5588, www.tacobell.com
Tacos, enchiladas, tamales, burritos, guacamole and chile rellenos. Everyone’s favorite Mexican dishes in the Three Springs neighborhood. Beer and wine. Fresh, authentic Mexican food. New “fast-casual” eatery seats nearly 100. Family-operated by Silvia, Juan and Miguel Aguayo. 150 Confluence Ave. #101-C, 970-422-8399, www.tacoboydurango.com
Wrestle down some tacos at Durango’s newest taqueria. Serving lunch and dinner for dine in, take out, and delivery. Enjoy signature drinks at the full bar. 1150 Main Ave., 970-764-4186, www.tacolibredurango.com
Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant
Hola! For an authentic Mexican food experience, Tequila’s is highly inventive; always surprising customers with their daily specials. Known for the town’s best margaritas. Wonderful food, drinks and great service that you won’t soon forget! 948 Main Ave., 970-259-7655, www.tequilasmexicandurango.com
Tucked inside the Alpine Bank at 11th and Main, authentic Thai cuisine such as spring rolls, egg rolls, chicken satay, crab Rangoon, wonton soup, chicken peanut salad, pad Thai noodles, curry dishes and stir-fry. Eat in or carry out. 101 W. 11th St., 970-385-3903, www.durangomenus.com/thai_kitchen.html
Top That Frozen Yogurt
Self-serve frozen yogurt at the corner of Main and College. The shop offers multiple flavors of the delicious, healthy treat plus over 40 toppings. Sodas, bottled water and other refreshments. 600 Main Ave. #105, 970-422-8088, www.topthatfrozenyogurtdurango.com
Turtle Lake Refuge Café
Locally grown, wild-harvested, living-foods lunch. Soup, salad, entrée, dessert for suggested $15 donation. Raw, organic, vegetarian and vegan ingredients. Sharing the Victorian brick building with Rocky Mountain Retreat. Patio in summer; warm (greenhouse) second floor in winter. Open Tuesday and Friday 11am-2pm. 848 E. Third Ave., 970-247-8395, www.turtlelakerefuge.org
Union Social House
Upper East Side Coffee Deli
In the Grandview area. Gourmet coffee/espresso drinks, teas, smoothies, bagels, healthy breakfast sandwiches, delicious burritos and fresh in-house baked goods. Hot, toasted lunch sandwiches, soups, and salads. Free Wi-Fi. 28902 U.S. Hwy. 160 E., 970-385-5747.
Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers
Hot, juicy 100-percent pure beef burgers, savory chicken sandwiches, garden sensation salads, delicious French fries and frosty shakes. Try the Baconator! Take out or eat in. Drive-through until midnight. 1840 Main Ave., 970-247-4505, www.wendys.com
Yellow Carrot Restaurant & Bar
Modern dining from Sari Brown. Creative vegetarian choices including roasted cauliflower with kale rice; mango and coconut curry; Tomato Bombs with cabbage, raisins and caramel vinaigrette. Also featuring bisque, chowders, steaks, chicken, ribs, grits and burgers. Catering available. 3206 Main Ave. Suite #1, 970-259-3773, www.theyellowcarrot.com
Fresh-Mex: burritos, quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, tamales, soups, fish tacos, salads, rice bowls. Beer and margaritas. Daily specials, kids’ menu. Eat in, take out, catering. Online ordering at ChowNow. 2977 Main Ave., 970-247-3355 and 400 S. Camino del Rio, 970-247-1002, www.ziataqueria.com
Nightlife in Durango, Colorado
8th Avenue Tavern
Neighborhood favorite just south of College Drive in College Plaza. Top notch karaoke three nights a week, Thursday through Saturday. Choose from over 46,000 songs to sing before a nonjudgmental crowd. Bar snacks available. Off-Main beverage prices! 509 E. Eighth Ave., 970-259-8801.
The Balcony and The Balcony Backstage is the Four Corners’ destination for live music, tasty beverages, great food & good times. “Gotta come up to get down!” Full lunch and dinner menu, weekend brunch. Salads, sandwiches, tacos, burgers and more. 600 Main Ave. #210, 970-422-8008.
Bookcase & Barber
Showcasing Durango’s local talent while transporting guests to another time with an intimate atmosphere, expertly crafted cocktails and superior service. Do you know the password? 601 E. Second Ave. Suite B, 970-764-4123, www.bookcaseandbarber.com
Durango Craft Spirit’s
El Rancho Tavern
Four Leaves Winery
Charming downtown winery and tasting gallery. Over 20 wines made on site: varietals, ports and specialty crafted wine. Tastings, by the glass, or take home a bottle. Local chocolates for pairing. Appetizers include artisan cheeses, hummus and artichoke dips. 528 Main Ave., 970-403-8182, www.fourleaveswinery.com
Previously known as Pongas, The Garage is a modern and energizing option for entertainment in downtown Durango. Featuring live performers, an array of billiard tables and a fantastic variety of food and drink.
121 W. Eighth St., 970-382-8554.
A classic long bar with lots of seats, a few tables, and mirrored shelving stacked with bottles. With a restaurant serving all-American food like burgers and fries, Joel’s is fun, friendly and moderately priced.
119 W. Eighth St., 970-903-0266.
Moe’s Starlight Lounge
This fun lounge is a local favorite for food and live music, plus one of the area’s best patios. Largest selection of vodkas in Colorado; world-famous Bacontini. Great appetizers; over 90 martinis. Happy hour Monday–Friday, 4:30–7pm: half-price well drinks and appetizers, discounted drinks. 937 Main Ave., 970-259-9018.
Locals’ favorite happy hour. Perfect after-work and late-night Victorian bar at the historic Strater Hotel. A wide selection of creative libations, local beers and fabulous wines. Amazing interior setting. Daily happy hour, dinner and live music. 699 Main Ave. inside the Strater Hotel, 970-247-4431, www.strater.com/dining/the-office-spiritorium/
One of Durango’s “last REAL bars,” Orio’s is a sports bar and much more, with pool tables. 652 Main Ave., 970-259-6120.
Wild Horse Saloon
Durango’s favorite for live country-western music and southern rock. National artists and talented locals. Giant dance floor, dance lessons, special concerts, karaoke, DJ Crazy Charlie. “A fun-loving redneck’s dream.” 601 E. Second Ave., Suite C, 970-375-2568,www.durangowildhorsesaloon.com