Durango is home to some of the best cuisine found in a mountain town. Many classically trained chefs choose Durango because of the great lifestyle, and bring to town a flare for food not usually associated with small towns. Many visitors continue to remark about their surprise and delight at the variety of cuisine—from casual to elegant, economical to award-winning haute cuisine.
Some favorites include:
In the heart of historic downtown Durango, Cosmopolitan features an "old world, new world" fine dining experience. Chad Scothorn, owner/ proprietor, has expanded his award- winning Telluride restaurant to Durango. Cosmopolitan serves old world favorite dishes combined with eclectic food combinations. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and dinner service begins at 5:00 PM every day of the week.
Ken & Sue’s
On Main Street visit a locals favorite, Ken and Sue’s, where on any given night Ken or Sue will be on hand making sure everything is up to par. Ken trained at the Culinary Institute of Arts in NY and counts Dan Marino as one of his many fans. The food at Ken and Sue’s ranges from large Pork Medallions wrapped in bacon and Filet Mignon prepared to perfection, to the Southwest Cobb Salad and Crusted Halibut. Don’t miss the award-winning deserts and creative martinis served nightly.
Next to the train depot in historic downtown, the Palace is a must-see. This 40-year-old restaurant is a local favorite: voted Durango's best patio. happy hour, steaks, seafood, pastas, great appetizers, house-made desserts. Lunch, tavern and dinner menus. Open daily 11am to 10pm..
Enjoy traditional northern New Mexico cooking, featuring hot red and green chiles grown locally just for Gazpachos. Large platters will keep the entier family filled, including enchilladas, chile rellanos, tamales and more. Specility tequilas make for a large Margarita menu and vegetarian options are available.
Tequila's Mexican Restaurant
Hola. For an authentic Mexican-food experience, come dine at Tequila's. The daily specials are highly inventive and surprising. Tequila's is also known for the best margaritas in town. Come enjoy the wonderful food, drinks and incredible service. You won't forget the colorful atmosphere at Tequila's.
East by Southwest
East by Southwest is the local´s favorite destination for sushi and mojitos. The unique menu blends flavors and flares from Japan, the Pacific Rim and Latino touches to create "fusion" cuisine. A large selection of sushi offerings range from California Rolls and Sushimi to East by Southwest Rolls topped with flavorful sauces. There are also options for vegitarians and meet lovers, including Kobe beef, poultry and duck. Happy hour features $5 rolls and discounted drinks.
Authentic Japanese cuisine made right before your eyes by experienced, knowledgeable sushi chefs in a friendly, entertaining setting. Wide variety of delicious seafood and vegetarian choices for unforgettable dining.
Mountain Madness Pizza & Pub
Mountain Madness is the closest “in-town” restaurant to Purgatory and your après ski destination once down the hill. Located just north of Durango at the intersection of Hwy 550 & CR 203 right across from the Iron Horse Inn. Their focus is gourmet brick oven pizzas complimented with great apps, huge salads, Panini sandwiches and amazing wings, all washed down with 10 craft brews on tap and a full bar. There are 7 HDTV's for all your sports viewing pleasure. “Our goal is to provide a high-energy atmosphere with a simple menu, where friends gather and all are welcome and comfortable”. 970-247-5236 - Open M-F at 3pm, Sat & Sun at 2pm – Happy Hour every day from open to 6pm and all day on Sunday! Meter FREE parking right at the front door! mountainmadnesspub.com
Cuckoo's Chicken House & Watering Hole
Serving Genuine Broasted Chicken, featuring 20+ varieties of wings. Plenty of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, children's items, and entrees priced under $10. We have 7 TVs - including 2 Hi-Definition Large Screens, with Direct TV's satellite sports program packages ~ professional and college. There's not a bad seat in the house to watch your favorite team.
DSP - Diorios South Pizza
There’s nothing better than a huge slice of pizza after a day on the go. When it comes to pizza it doesn’t get any better than DSP. Opened in 1997, DSP is so popular with the locals and guests, it expanded into Pagosa Springs. Grab a slice and watch ski movies inside the restaurant, or take your slice to the bench, just outside and watch the scene on Main Avenue. DSP also features locally brewed beers and other pizza favorites.
Olde Tymer's Cafe
Founded in 1981, Olde Tymer’s Café is the local’s favorite hangout known for its fun atmosphere, good food and great burgers. It has created a niche in the heart of local people and it’s a trendsetter for other restaurants. Olde Tymer’s is America’s favorite foods and a little more.
Ska Brewing Company
SKA Brewing took shape in 1995 out of a love of brewing and drinking finely crafted beers , and listening and dancing to ska music. Beyond that, the correlation between ska and beer isn't exactly cut and dry -- besides the fact that it's difficult to get through many a ska CD without catching a few references to beer. And, of course, whenever we listen to ska, we're drinking beer. And then I guess there's those scooter rally pub tours, but we're not huge advocates of drunken scootering. Nonetheless, each has a fascinating history.
Steamworks Brewing Company
Steamworks is known for its great craft beers and southwestern meets Cajun style cuisine. This locally owned restaurant and brewery is where you’ll find most locals during happy hour or on the weekends. Steamworks brews all its own beers and has garnered several awards for their craft beers, including the 2006 Best of Fest from the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival. Don’t miss out on the Cajun Boil—a large sampling of New Orleans favorites. Click here for more.
Carver's Brewing Company
Since 1986, Carver's has offered the very best in food and beer. We feature fresh soups and stews, fresh-roasted coffee and a healthy choice of entrees (breakfast, lunch and dinner). So make yourself at home at Carver's, Durango’s hometown restaurant and brewpub!
Durango Brewing Company
Durango Brewing Company is a small microbrewery providing fresh, quality beer to the local market since 1990. Originally established in 1886, Durango Brewing Company continues a tradition of brewing excellence in southwest Colorado.