Dining

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.

Primus

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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.

Coffee Bear

Coffe Bear in Silverton is the happiest coffee shop in the world! We have been up and running since November 2016. Yes, we stay open year round. Yes, we serve food. Yes, we have way too much fun. We proudly serve Kaladi roasters Coffee in all forms. Drip? Yup. Espresso? You bet. Mochas? All day! Pumpkin Spice? Get out. We are located in Silverton — a historic, western, mining town nestled at 9,318′ in the most beautiful mountains in the world(The San Juans!). Whether you’re going off-road in the summer, or back-country in the winter, these mountains are tough, and you’ll need a mean cup of coffee with a burly breakfast burrito to tackle them.

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.

Eolus

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.

Mahogany Grille 

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.

Natures Oasis

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.

River Liquors

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

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.

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Restaurants in Durango, Colorado

11th Street Station

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

2nd Deli & Spirits

Fast, convenient and delicious takeout combined with a laid-back and enjoyable bar atmosphere. Offering hot and cold sandwiches along with a full bar. 601 E. Second Ave., 970-259-1000, www.2nddelidurango.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

Bart’s Deli

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

Baskin-Robbins

Serving 42 delicious ice cream flavors, as well as a variety of ice cream cakes, smoothies, sundaes, shakes and blasts. 32 Town Plaza, 970-247-1231, www.baskinrobbins.com

Bird’s

Enjoy their signature rotisserie chicken, along with fresh and tasty house made salads and sandwiches. Something for everyone. 2957 N. Main Ave., 970 426-4596,www.birdsdurango.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

Bread

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

Brewed Awakenings

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.

Burger King

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

Burger Theory

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

China Cafe

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

CJ’s Diner

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

Denny’s

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

Diamond Belle 

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/

Domino’s Pizza

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

Durango Bagel

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

Coffee shop and café. Comfortable meeting place. Locally roasted coffees. 730 Main Ave., 970-259-1011, www.durangocoffee.com

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.

Durango Deli

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.

Durango Diner

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

Durango Doughworks

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

Eat Zawadi

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

Fired-Up Pizzeria

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

Gazpacho

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.

Grassburger

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

Griego’s Restaurant

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

Himalayan Kitchen 

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.

Homeslice Pizza

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;

www.homeslicedelivers.com

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

Where unforgettable food and memories are made. Experience a table-on- the-farm organic restaurant, farm market and ranch tours.
33846 U.S. Hwy. 550, 970-676-1023, www.jamesranch.net/harvestgrill

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.

Jimmy John’s

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

Jitters Java

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.

Kachina Kitchen

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

Kennebec Cafe

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

La Hacienda

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.

Living Tree

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.

Mahogany Grille 

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.

McDonald’s

Fast and friendly service. Order from the dollar menu or the regular value meals. Enjoy favorites like the Big Mac and classic French fries.
201 W. College Dr., 970-247-2446, www.mcdonalds.com

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

Mongolian Grill

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

Mountain Munchies

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

Nature’s Oasis 

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

Nayarit Restaurant

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

Nini’s Taqueria 

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

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. 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

Ore House

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

Oscar’s Cafe

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

Pizza Hut

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

Pop Sushi

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

Primus

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

Rice Monkeys

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

The Roost

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

Singletrack Café

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

 

Sizzling Siam

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

 

Smiley Cafe

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

Sonic Drive-In

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

Sow’s Ear

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

Starbucks Coffee

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

Featuring unique Mexican-inspired street food like Sonora dogs, elote and tacos; fresh cocktails; affordable prices; fun, laid back environment. 741 Main Ave., 970-422-8074, www.switchbacktaco.com

 

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

Taco Bell

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

Taco Boy

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

Taco Libre

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

Thai Kitchen

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

Featuring live music, vintage decor, full bar, delicious food from a food truck and fun for the whole family. A great gathering place to relax and enjoy. 3062 Main Ave., www.unionsocialhouse.com

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

Zia Taqueria

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.

Balcony Bar & Grill

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 

Distillery and tasting room. Durango’s first grain-to-glass distillery since prohibition. 1120 Main Ave. #2, 970-247-1919, www.durangospirits.com

El Rancho Tavern

Founded in 1942, El Rancho is a local pub in downtown Durango. Breakfast and lunch service from Durango Diner. 975 Main Ave., 970-259-8111, www.elranchotavern.com

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

The Garage

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.

Joel’s Bar

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.

Office Spiritorium

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/

Orio’s Roadhouse

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

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