North America’s Rocky Mountains stretch over 3,000 miles from British Columbia and Alberta in Canada south through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and down to New Mexico in the United States.
To choose a list of the best restaurants in the Rockies, we’ve limited the area to the American portion of the mountain range. Within that rugged, beautiful landscape lie several National Parks and a number of small towns and villages.
The following list of seven restaurants comprises some of the best to be found within that majestic area:
SALT – 1047 Pearl St. Boulder, Colorado
This Boulder favorite delivers farm-to-table fresh food that surpasses expectations. Try the sweet pea ravioli with lemon beurre blanc and shaved radishes. Salt is also known for its local, grass-fed beef that they braise and slow roasted to a sublime perfection. Not sure what you want? Ask the food servers…they know from experience.
SOUTH RIDGE SEAFOOD – 215 S Ridge St. Breckenridge, CO
Take a step back into time at South Ridge and enjoy the trappings of an old time, Rocky Mountain saloon complete with a with a marble bar, pressed-tin ceiling, spinning overhead fans and wonderful stained-glass windows. The excellent kitchen staff severs delectable dishes like Pacific sole with parmesan risotto cakes and grilled trout with lemon-thyme aioli. South Ridge is famed for its après-ski scene with tasty
servings that go for as little as $3.
JUSTICE SNOW’S – 328 E Hyman Ave. Aspen, CO
Aspen, one of the premier ski areas in the Rockies, draws the rich and famous as well as the average working-class visitor. One of the local’s favorite restaurant, Justice Snow’s, is located inside the historic Wheeler Opera House.
The retro-fitted old saloon and restaurant combines antique wooden furnishings with a modern touch. Travel the Rockies said, “Although it’s known mostly for its variety of speakeasy-era cocktails, the inexpensive and locally-sourced menu offerings keep the locals and the skiers coming back.” Try the $10 gourmet burger. It’s the best in Aspen!
THE DUNRAVEN INN – 2470 Hwy. 66 Estes Park, CO
The Dunraven Inn is considered one of the top restaurants in Estes Park. The table service and large selections of wine are top quality. The Dunraven has a wonderful selection of steaks, seafood, fresh salads and Italian pasta dishes served with a mountain view second to none. It is the most intimate and romantic venue in town as well as being the friendliest.
THE OTHER SIDE RESTAURANT – 900 Moraine Ave Estes Park
Located near the entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park, The Other Side is one of the best restaurants in Estes Park when it comes to offering fabulous vistas. It is situated near the Big Thompson River and offers spectacular views of the mountain range through the restaurant windows. The food is good too, especially the steaks, seafood and pastas dishes. For a meal with a view, few can top The Other Side.
THE BELTON GRILL and TAP ROOM Glacier Nat Park, MT
This exquisite restaurant, Glacier Park’s finest, is located in the park’s original 1910 Chalet. They feature the finest, world-class meals prepared by local Montana talent in a unique outdoor kitchen.
Guests savor the intimate experience of dining in the Grill Dining Room, which is limited to only forty-five guests. The restored original wainscoting and leaded glass windows offer a setting a truly memorable dining experience.
All of the entrees are grilled on the Belton Boiler BBQ which was salvaged from the basement of the old Lodge and once served as the storage tank for hot water.
The Belton Grill’s head chef, Melissa Mangold, serves savory and imaginative dishes can delight any palette. She uses local ingredients from their Flathead Lake orchard and other Montana growers to create a setting for a unique dining experience for park visitors.
BOZEMAN TRAIL STEAKHOUSE – 675 E. Hart St. Buffalo, WY
The Bozeman Trail Steakhouse, located in Yellowstone National Park, is a family-friendly restaurant with a full menu available all day.
They are noted for their authentic buffalo burgers and steaks, venison stew and scrumptious elk dishes. Kids are always welcome to order from their own menus. A full bar which offers 16 draft beer choices makes for a refreshing treat on warm Wyoming days.