Formerly a center of the gold rush and Colorado’s largest historic district, Breckenridge is now well known for being one of the state’s most popular ski resorts. In between runs, why not relax in one of our pick of 10 top restaurants in the resort.
With dramatic views and beer aplenty, it is no wonder that Breckenridge Brewery & Pub is one of Breckenridge’s most popular after-ski destinations. It first opened in 1990 and still remains the only brewpub in Breckenridge. The eclectic menu features traditional pub food, as well as daily specials, soup and salads for those that fancy something a bit less meaty.
Situated in downtown Breckenridge, Briar Rose Chophouse & Saloon has been serving high quality aged beef and fresh wild game since 1963. The restaurant has strong relationships with the local meat suppliers to ensure that only the best quality produce is served in the restaurant. The chophouse environment brings one of the more elegant dining experiences in Breckenridge and the back bar saloon pays homage to the town’s old West roots.
Giampetro Pasta & Pizzeria, Breckenridge | Courtesy of The Hearthestone Restaurant
Giampetro Pasta & Pizzeria
Breckenridge’s resident pizzeria and traditional Italian restaurant since 1963, Giampetro Pasta & Pizzeria has been under its current ownership since 2002. While the fast service may be enough for a lot of the ravenous skiers and boarders in town, it is the high quality pizza and Italian dishes that allows Giampetro’s to maintain its popularity and win accolades.
If you want a place to eat that is awash with history, The Hearthstone Restaurant is the place for you. The restaurant opened in 1989 in a house that was first built in the 1880s. There are also great views across the town, ski resort and the Tenmile Range. Ingredients are sourced from family farms around Colorado and their seafood is sustainably sourced.
Octopus carpaccio with fava bean hummus | Courtesy of Relish
Le Petit Paris
Le Petit Paris is Breckenridge’s sole French restaurant, but the lack of competition doesn’t stop it from consistently providing high quality food to skiers who are in the mood for a certain je ne sais quoi. The menu brings the traditional flavors of Paris with a contemporary edge. A welcoming little slice of Paris in the Colorado mountains.
Relish prides itself on its Breckenridge roots and serves up Colorado-inspired cuisine in both classical and non-classical ways. The owners have been Breckenridge residents for over 20 years and the chefs have spent most, if not all, of their lives in the state, their pride in Colorado shows in the food and ambience. The restaurant is frequently busy, with patrons enjoying dishes such as Colorado steak, Colorado quinoa and surf and turf.
Sevens is nestled at the bottom of Peak 7, making it easy to make the move from hurtling down the slopes to fulfilling your appetite. It offers ‘mountain cuisine’ heavy with delicious steak, burgers and seasonal fish, in a modern setting inside the Grand Lodge. The restaurant is casual and family friendly and due to its location gets particularly busy around lunch and at the end of the ski day.
Southridge Seafood Grill is the place to go for seafood lovers. As with most of the restaurants in Breckenridge, the Grill offers a mix of meat and seafood dishes, but unlike the others, their seafood is firmly at the heart of the menu. The decor is traditional, stylish and unpretentious and the fully stocked bar, which is often busy with locals, acts as a centerpiece of the restaurant.
For barbecue in the mountains, The Steak & Rib is the place to go. In addition to their excellent barbecue offerings, the baby back ribs and prime rib come highly recommended and there is a good selection of seafood, from scallops and wild Alaskan salmon to Alaskan crab legs and lobster. For those that don’t fancy a sit-down meal, their bar is a popular place to wind down after a day on the slopes.
Twist opened in 2011 and has brought casual, New American comfort food to the slopes. The menu includes traditional home comfort food such as meatloaf, NY strip steak and chicken and dumplings as well as more exotic dishes including pad thai. Patio seating is also available, so you can breathe in the fresh air and take in the mountain vistas.