10 Restaurants That Bring Dining in Breckenridge to the Next Level

We love our pizza, and let’s face it, a heaping plate of ooey-gooey nachos (with a cold beer, of course) tastes great after a long day in the backcountry. But as both locals and visitors seek out more refined meals, restaurateurs have responded. The best part? Upping the ante has not meant upping the attitude. Try these 10 favorite/best restaurants in Breckenridge for top meals blended with Breckenridge’s laid-back atmosphere.

At the Blue River Bistro, rustic American classics combine with artisanal cocktails for an incredible dinner. Also open for lunch and weekend brunch, the Bistro offers up live jazz and blues on a regular basis. And unlike some restaurants in Breckenridge, you won’t find them closing their doors come May.

Martini glass on bar Blue River Bistro
Blue River Bistro has some of the best martinis in town with tons of options to choose from. 2 happy hours daily.

When steaks and game suit your fancy, head to Briar Rose Chophouse & Saloon. The dining room offers an elegant atmosphere, and for those that prefer casual, the historic back bar serves both the full menu and small plates. Family-style sides encourage diners to dig in and share.

Briar Rose Steak
Mouthwatering steak at Briar Rose.

Internationally inspired, the menu at Ember has been known to feature everything from lamb osso bucco to chicken fried goose breast and barramundi bass. A full gluten-free menu (appetizers and entrees) makes this an easy go-to for those with special dietary needs.

Ember Plate of food
A delicious plate of food from Ember.

Hearthstone Restaurant, a Breckenridge classic, serves naturally-raised beef and game, sustainably-caught seafood, and Colorado produce in uncomplicated fashion. Be sure to try their seasonal special cocktails and take in the details of the building, a historic home constructed in the early 1880s.

Views from inside Hearthstone Restaurant in Breckenridge
The views of Breckenridge from inside Hearthstone are some of the best in the county, not to mention the food is incredible.

Understandably, many recognize Modis for the prohibition-era cocktails (Pimm’s Cup, anyone?). Still, don’t overlook the contemporary cuisine—make a light happy hour meal from starters or go all in with a three-course dinner.

Women Laughing while drinking at Modis in Breckenridge, one of the best restaurants in Breckenridge.
Modis has an upbeat and energetic vibe.

The world sandwich selection dominates the lunch menu at Park & Main. Come sunset, the international flavors remain and entrees of elk, seafood, and steak steal the show. Be sure to check out the small pours wine list and daily food and drink specials.

Billed as Colorado-inspired cuisine, Relish blends chef and owner Matt Fackler’s culinary experience with regional influences. The result: a seasonally-changing menu full of exciting combinations. Consider Relish for dinner, or for a more refined après experience.

Happy Hour at Relish in Breckenridge
Relish’s intimate and well-lit setting is perfect for a relaxing meal.

Twist, another offering from Matt Fackler, serves up a fresh take on classic comfort food and drinks. The menu changes seasonally, but past dishes have included veal and rabbit layered meatloaf, and chicken and dumplings (duck fat fried, of course). It’s a casual setting with high quality standards.

Outdoor dining at Twist in Breckenridge
The outdoor patio at Twist is one of the best dinner spots during the summertime in Breckenridge.

Unmatched sunset views will be the first thing you notice at the Traverse Restaurant and Bar, located in the recently-remodeled Lodge at Breckenridge. Once the food arrives, Chef Brent Turnipsede’s (and his team’s) skill and creativity become clear.

Comfort is the scene at Doma 1898, located in a historic Main Street home. Strike up a conversation with your neighbors at the bar or community table, or settle in a cozy corner spot to sample from their shared plates and refined  foods like duck confit and venison stew.

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The Breckenridge Dining Guide showcases many more options; pick one up at the Breckenridge Welcome Center, where you can also get advice and favorites from in-the-know locals. Also, read up on the newest restaurants in town for 2018.

By Breck Editorial

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