Formerly a center of the Colorado gold rush and priding itself on being 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.
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 beer comes courtesy of Breckenridge Brewery, which was originally established by Richard Squire, a skiing enthusiast with a talent for creating craft beers. The eclectic menu features traditional pub food, as well as daily specials, soup and salads for those that fancy something a bit less meaty.
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
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 such as Best Pizza in Summit County for ten years running.
If you want a place to eat that is awash with history, The Hearthstone Restaurant is the place for you. 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. New American cuisine is the order of the day, and diners can complement their meal with one of some 200 wines available from their cellars.
Octopus carpaccio with fava bean hummus | Courtesy of Relish
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; mountain food with a background in the city. There is escargot, moules frites and boeuf bourgignon, with the menu changing with the seasons.
Relish prides itself on its Breckenridge roots and serves up Colorado-inspired cuisine in both classical and non-classical ways. The restaurant is frequently busy, with locals and tourists enjoying dishes such as Colorado steak, Colorado quinoa and surf and turf. The head chef’s background in both classical and non-classical cookery gives the dishes a unique Relish twist.
Boasting ‘the best view in Breckenridge’- 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 still stays true to its mountain roots with predominantly wooden and brick features within and an impressive open air kitchen with a two and a half ton open hearth; one of only seven built in the USA.
As you may guess from the name of the restaurant, 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.
A relatively new addition to the Breckenridge food scene, Twist opened in 2011 and has brought casual, New American comfort food to the slopes ever since. 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. The bar gets busy at happy hour, with many choosing to accompany their drinks with the great tacos.