As you’d expect from any self-respecting western United States town, barbecue is high on the menu in Steamboat. Get ready for some super-size portions of ribs, steaks and all things cowboy, washed down with a tantalizing array of micro-brewery beers. Steamboat Mountain Village has a good range of restaurants and bars, and you’ll find many, many more just down the road in Steamboat Springs. With the complimentary ski bus running between the two until 1.45am, and taxis not breaking the bank, it’s perfectly viable to hop between the two for some evening wining and dining.
Mountain restaurants in Steamboat
For cheap mountain eats head to the Thunderhead or Rendezvous food courts and fill up on hot-dogs and hearty soups. For higher end, high-altitude luncheons try Ragnars for grilled meats and Scandinavian inspired fare, or gourmet dining at Hazie’s, which also has an informal bar area with snacks. Stoker is another good option, especially if you have a soft spot for craft beers. All three have fantastic views and can be visited for dinner and/or evening drinks at the weekends and holidays. If dining at Hazie’s or Ragners in the evening, be sure to book ahead, and prepare for a Snowcat ride under the stars to reach the latter.
Dining is also available around the base area for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it’s all within easy reach of the lifts, so it’s perfectly convenient to pop down for a quick lunch in your ski boots. Some of our favourites are the Bear River Bar & Grill and the Gondola Pub & Grill for fun and affordable dining. For evening treats try Truffle Pig for organic produce and free-range meats, or the excellent Cafe Diva for elegant French/Asian inspired cuisine.
Restaurants in Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs has a population of around 12,000, so the town offers restaurants, diners and cafes aplenty. For casual snacks and breakfast we loved Johnny B Goods, a 50s style diner which satisfied our craving for an all-American malt shake. Lyon’s Corner Drug & Soda Fountain was also great for shakes, nostalgia, grilled cheese sarnies and root-beer, and the Off the Beaten Path bookstore/cafe was our favourite for coffee.
In the evenings you can’t go wrong with Mexican, and we got a little addicted to the seriously good margaritas at both Cantina and Rio Grande. Mambo Italiano and Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill are also good bets. For a great steak dinner head to the Ore House (between town and the resort), or 8th Street Steakhouse, if you like the sound of grilling your own meat from a saddle seat!
Apres ski in Steamboat
Steamboat’s apres-ski scene is not particularly high energy, but lots of fun none-the-less, with plenty of ski in/ski out spots as you make your way back down the mountain to the village. Start in Stoker or Slopeside and work your way down to T-Bar and the Bear River Bar and Grill. To carry on drinking head to the raucous Tugboat Pub for no frills fun, or to the St Cloud Mountain Club for a more refined atmosphere and cocktails.
The whole area is awash with micro breweries, so beer enthusiasts will enjoy working out which is their favourite. For a night out in Steamboat Springs there are a whole host of sports bars and grills for casual dinners and drinks – try Rex’s, Double Z’s or the Tap House. For cocktails you can’t beat the Laundry and for dancing, and the odd live act, hit the Ghost Ranch Saloon.