7 Best Restaurants in Crested Butte, Southwest Colorado


$$$$ Fodor's choice

"Soup's on" (get it?) occupies two intimate rooms in a historic cabin tucked away in an alley and dishes up five courses of nouveau American cuisine with a strong French accent. Organic herbs grown on the premises accent local produce, and everything, including soups, stocks, and sauces, is made from scratch.

127A Elk Ave., Crested Butte, Colorado, 81224, USA
Known For
  • award-winning wine cellar
  • Colorado lamb
  • artistic presentation
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Nov. and mid-Apr.–mid-May. No lunch, Reservations essential

Montanya Distillers Tasting Room


Stop here for artisanal cocktails and tasty tapas before dinner, and it just might end up being your dinner spot. The rum is divine (ask for a free tasting)—there's a light and a dark, both skillfully distilled on-site in copper stills from Portugal using fresh local-spring water (come by between noon and 5 Wednesday through Saturday for a distillery tour). Try the rum straight or in an inventive cocktail, such as the local favorite Maharaja, which blends chai spices with ginger and lime.

204 Elk Ave., Crested Butte, Colorado, 81224, USA
Known For
  • Maharaja cocktail
  • Asian-style rice and noodle bowls
  • live music
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.

Secret Stash


Sit inside beneath sweeping tapestries in a Japanese-style booth (seating on the floor) or opt for a table on the deck to enjoy amazing pizza in a mind-bending array of formulations—from the "Notorious F.I.G." (prosciutto, dried figs, and truffle oil) to the "Mac Daddy" (with Thousand Island, shaved rib eye, pickles, and a sesame seed crust).

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This small, simple-looking restaurant on Crested Butte's main street serves up perhaps the valley's best gourmet farm-to-table fare. New menus are printed regularly—creatively crafted to accommodate the fresh, organic meats and produce available that day from local farm suppliers—but they always feature a few delicious entrées, along with a generous selection of smaller plates. Because the restaurant's space is so limited, guests must choose between an earlier (around 6 pm) and a later (around 8 pm) seating time, but the close quarters makes for a convivial atmosphere.
214 Elk Ave., Crested Butte, Colorado, 81224, USA
Known For
  • extremely fresh ingredients
  • a well-curated wine list
  • delicious homemade desserts
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Tues. No lunch, Reservations essential

Teocalli Tamale


Known as "Teo's," this Mexican restaurant is housed in a small, historic building and is a local favorite for tasty takeout (or a claustrophobic eat-in experience). You can get a generous portion of tamales, burritos, or tacos for about $10. Lines can be long, so allow plenty of time.

The Eldo


This craft brewery serves gourmet Himalayan fare and features live music on the weekends. Staples include tikka masala and momo dumplings, which you should be sure to pair with a pint made on-site. The restaurant is family friendly, though after dark, expect the true ski-town pub experience, as the bar fills with locals and travelers alike toasting the day's turns.

215 Elk Ave., Crested Butte, Colorado, 81224, USA
Known For
  • live entertainment and pool tables
  • fun ski-town atmosphere
  • great homemade beer

The Slogar


In a lovingly renovated Victorian tavern awash in handmade lace and stained glass, this restaurant is just plain cozy. A menu with a comfort-food bent spotlights family-style options, such as skillet-fried chicken, rib-eye steak, and ribs, paired with sides like fresh biscuits, creamy mashed potatoes, gumbo, and mac and cheese. Southern-style offerings (po'boys, chicken and waffles) abound, while the occasional international entrée (banh mi, anyone?) dots the menu. A Creole-style weekend brunch often includes live music.

517 2nd St., Crested Butte, Colorado, 81224, USA
Known For
  • family-style comfort food
  • Creole Sunday brunch
  • historic building
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Oct.–Nov., mid-Apr.–mid-May, Sun., and Mon. No lunch