It's practically a hole in the wall, but that's all they need to sling some caffeine. Located right next to the Gondola entrance, you can get your favorite coffee drink for the ride up. They also have great breakfast and lunch sandwiches. The flow is fast and they serve Starbucks brand of coffee. Great little fueling station, vavoom.
Slopeside is the perfect name for this hoppin' ski grill. You can ski right up to it. There is often live music outside on a pleasant spring day. They have great pizza and burgers. It's a bit noisy inside, but that's because everyone is bragging about shredding some gnar. This is a great place to chill, right off the hill...
The Tugboat is Steamboat's mountain bar. It is one of the few hold outs from days gone by. The atmosphere reminds me of other great ski area watering holes, lots of wood and photo's from the past. You can still boogie down to live music throughout the year. It's a warm and fuzzy feel good place. Full bar menu keeps you nourished, check out this blast from the past.
When you are hanging out at Thunderhead Lodge at the top of the Gondola, you have a choice of three places to eat. You could go to the food court, or to the pricey Hazie's, or check out the Stoker Bar & Restaurant. This option is a good one. They have a great little bar, and a fairly large dining room. Chomp down on some gigantic nachos while looking out the bay windows which face the valley. This is a very busy place, come early for a good seat. They have some great breakfast plates as well.
If you are a sports nut, this is game central in Steamboat. They have over 50 televisions broadcasting most every game you may want to see. They have numerous beers on tap. Forget the pitcher of beer, try one of their gigantic beer towers, It's Rapunzel's favorite. They have some of the best wings in town, and if you like to sweat, get the extra hot. They even have a video arcade, so bring the family down for some fun.
This is one of the coolest spots in Steamboat. Think of it as a little piece of New Orleans on Yampa st.. They serve a multitude of scrumptious sandwiches, fresh soups, and gumbo. The shrimp po' boy is gosh darn tasty. If your into The Scorpions, or not, they'll rock you with their hurricane. Funky junk covers the walls, and in summer time, their outdoor area catches a cool breeze right off the river. A local favorite hang out.
Are you getting married in Steamboat? This is a full service wedding planning center. Whatever you may want your dream day to look like, they can pull it off. Check out the shop at Oak and 5th. They carry gifts, greeting cards, and many other cool things to make your special day extraordinary.
Do you have a business you want to promote? Creative Bearings is a full service advertising / design firm. If you need to have your creative ideas brought to fruition, these are the folks to consult. Print, websites, screen printing, and numerous other services are available. A professional local business.
I grew up in a family that when on vacation, drove across the country visiting all the great destinations; Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore and Wall Drug. We would camp out at campgrounds such as Jellystone. All the kids would come together and play games such as, ghost in the graveyard. Steamboat Campground is one of those great vintage R.V. parks. You can park your rig, rent a cabin, or throw down a tent. Located right on the Yampa river, this place is very pleasant to camp out. It's the last stop for the bus on the west side, you can ride through downtown all the way to the ski resort.
If you desire a professional bike store to keep you rolling, this is the spot. Bike sales and tune-ups are their specialties. A knowledgeable staff makes it easy for you to keep your ride in top notch order. In the winter they will outfit you with the latest ski gear so you can hit the slopes in style. A friendly place to get your ride on.
There are a few good burger joints in Steamboat, but Big House Burgers on the west side tops them all. It is a member of Rex's family of restaurants. High quality beef and fresh ingredients make these burgers top notch, they also have the best onion rings. If you want something a bit more healthy, they have a plethora of salads to choose from. Their custard shakes are really creamy.
When you visit Steamboat you can rent a multimillion dollar lodge, or you can save a few bucks and stay at this groovy little motel. Not only does it have the coolest neon sign, it is an affordable option for lodging right downtown. The third street bus stop is right outside, so getting to the mountain is easy as pie. The Old Town Hot Springs is right across the street, go for a soak after a hard day on the slopes.
If your a musician in Steamboat, this is a first class music store. If your a parent and your kid wants to play the oboe, they can set you up. To say the staff is knowledgeable is an understatement. Many local bands record their albums there in their state of the art recording facility.
Consignment stores in other towns are filled with substandard merchandise. Annie's has some of the highest quality lightly used stuff around. I think that has to do with our affluent residents, we are truly blessed by this fact. Looking for something cool or unusual, check out this eclectic store. Decorate while recycling.
This place is kind of like Cheers, a pub where everyone knows your name. They have a great beer selection an tap, and your standard pub menu selection with a flair. During mud season, Tuesday's are prime rib night and Thursday's are half priced burgers. The live music they've brought into town is some of the best. Come on down and play some pool, this place is always fun.
This is an eggceptional diner. All the breakfast favorites one may desire. Great biscuits and gravy, fantastic coffee, and a crab cake benedict that is simply divine. I would recommend this restaurant for your family as well. A spacious dining room attended by a courteous staff guarantees a pleasant experience.
If there is a man with a culinary vision in Steamboat, it could be Rex. Purveyor of 5 diverse restaurants in town; Rex's, Mazzola's, Big House Burgers, Lil' House, and The Laundry, every establishment excels in it's own genre. I would normally be a bit weary about going to a restaurant at a Holiday Inn, but Rex's is definitely the exception. A fun place for happy hour, and a menu to satisfy just about anyone. I am particularly fond of their mac and cheese, and their pizza is world class.
This place reminds me of old school butchers from days gone by, when you used to send Alice out to see Sam in the Brady Bunch. Always fresh, the highest quality meats and seafood. They also serve Boarhead deli meats, it is the best for any sandwich. If you crave the tastiest of meats, this is the spot. One other key word, pasta.
This place was previously a bagel shop, now it's a great little bakery. If you need a great fresh made cake for a party, they will whip something special up for you. A nice spot for a quick lunch. everything is prepared fresh and the staff is smiley.
A great restaurant here in Steamboat. Family friendly goodness, especially breakfast. The banana walnut pancakes are some of the best I've had. Friendly staff treat you just right. A must visit place here in the valley. Plenty of parking, reminds me of some great diners back in Chicago.
This is a super hip store. Great clothing, shoes, sun glasses and accessories. They always support local artists at the first Friday art walk. This is a place for young skate rats or boarders. If you want to be on the cutting edge of ski town fashion, this is the place for your groovy self.
When I go out fishing or a long hike in this beautiful valley, I often stop by this great sandwich shop. These are the best sandwiches in Steamboat. They are made with the freshest ingredients; bread, meat and cheese. The expedition is exceptional and add a side of potato salad.
The world of photography has changed dramatically in the last 15 years. Digital photography has taken over the imaging world. This local lab is both modern and old school. If you are still shooting film, this is a professional level photo lab. They even process 120mm film. You can even upload your digital photos on the internet and get regular size photos or enlargements.
Ace is the place with the helpful hardware man, or woman. This is a great hardware store, as a dude, I can spend hours hanging out looking at hardware. A great selection of everything to fix your stuff. Housewares and decorations abound and you can even get some free popcorn. Some things get a bit pricey, but if you're looking for an odd part, you'll most likely find it here.
There are many fine Mexican restaurants in Steamboat. Many have great margaritas, many have great dishes, Fiesta Jalisco is the one place where everything is excellent. Great chicken fajitas, and the chips and salsa are excellent. This is the real deal. Warm and inviting atmosphere, a tasty treat.
This downtown gas station has a great quirky name. Once I saw some kids doing the moonwalk out front, I laughed out loud. If you need something from a convenience store, this is the place to go downtown. It's open until 11:00 p.m.. Check out the bathroom, it's decorated with a space theme.
This neo-international fine dining spot is a must visit if you love fresh eclectic cuisine. A constantly changing menu offers something unique every time you visit. There is no doubt they have the best wine list in town. It feels like a European cafe, and the staff is well versed in serving you with panache.
There are many places to stay while visiting Steamboat, one of the best is The Porches. You can own your own place, or try it out with a rental. The amenities are beyond reproach. Their staff will bend over backwards to make you happy. You will never have to worry about a thing, think luxury.
A fairly new edition to the Steamboat family is Mountain Brew. A renovated home turned business. Great homey feeling to hang out in. Great coffee drinks and top notch baked goods, think cupcakes.
All the music you'll ever need right here in downtown Steamboat. Compact discs, vinyl, and clothing. A great selection of headphones. This is a hip old school music shop, a rare find in today's big box world.
A great hometown diner is a must in a place like Steamboat. The breakfast here is an array of old time favorites. Some of the best pancakes ever. Whether you visit for breakfast or lunch, this great little cafe offers a warm and comforting experience.
If you have ever wanted to experience a real Colorado ranch, this is the place. Horseback riding, cattle drives, tubing, snowmobiling and sleigh ride dinners. This place is just plain fun for the family. Full transportation from Steamboat. Go have some fun in the country if you're a city slicker...
I'm originally from Chicago and I know a good hot dog. I've driven by the vienna beef factory 1000's of times. These are some of the best dogs in the country. The Hungry Dog has a great menu, with selections being influenced from all over the states. I like the Atlanta slaw dog. Their Chicago dog is the real deal and they just started serving gyros. Late night tasty treats...
There are a lot of great outfitters in Steamboat, but the one that jumps into my mind is Bucking Rainbow. Located in the heart of downtown it is your one stop shop for so many things; fly fishing, rafting, tubing. Their staff know everything about these subjects, their guides will get you that giant fish you desire any time of year.
Boomerang, a great name for a store that resells sports equipment. If your looking to save some money, they've got all kinds of used stuff. Skis, bikes, clothing; if you are a sports enthusiast, this is a great place to go hunting for a great priced piece of gear.
A family friendly Italian restaurant. Expansive outdoor dining and warm and inviting interior. Their pizza is really good, I like the bbq chicken. I think the best thing about this place is their lunch special; you get a soft drink, salad, and personal pizza for about $10.00.
This place is all about serving super fresh and tasty food. In the summer, their back porch is well shaded and right on the Yampa river. Cool breezes blow through and the sound of the river running makes for a very pleasant experience. I consider this cafe to be relaxing and healthy...
This is a great little market. Freshness is key, and they travel all over the state picking up fresh produce. If you want to get that old time feeling of shopping at the corner store, this is the place to go.
This is a hip new place in town. Seems to always be bumpin' & jumpin'. Filled with locals and visitors alike. Great food, but I wish their main entrees came with sides, It can get a bit pricey if you put together a full meal. They have a small stage under a giant picture of Carl Howelsen. I've seen some mighty fine bluegrass acts perform on Wednesday nights. Their roasted chicken is phenomenal.
Even on a cold day gelato is good. This is a great place to bring your kids. Friendly owners who are actually from Italy. The pizza is good and the stromboli is excellent. I think their banana gelato is some of the best I've had. In the summer you can hang outside and people watch.
A fun place to have a party. A great place to bring the kids. You get to pick out your own steak and cook it yourself on their indoor bbq pit. The whole experience is an adventure. Grab a couple sides and eat some greens at the salad bar. They've got great meat and the coconut shrimp appetizer is scrumptious. I recommend the 8th street tater for dessert: cookies and cream ice cream rolled in coconut and filled with whipped cream and chocolate sauce, then sprinkled with almonds, sheer decadence.
I'm a big fan of small town taco joints, this place is fast and fantastic. I think the chicken chimichanga is one of the best I've ever had. There are so many options in building your own burrito, and the salsa selection is superb. This is the perfect place for a quick lunch. The line starts early, but they'll get you through quickly.
This is a great little store. If your a health nut, and I mean that as a compliment, this is a great place to buy healthy food. There is a full vitamin and herb section, and a great bulk foods display. The deli offers sandwiches and wraps made fresh to order. If you want to get a little pick me up, grab a fruit smoothy. Super vegetarian friendly.
This is the best Thai food in Steamboat. The panang curry is on par with any I've had in America. The gyoza appetizer, basically a pot sticker, is excellent. Their sushi is fresh and the atmosphere is modern and inviting. I had lunch there today and it was excellent, it was a good deal too. A taste of Asia in the boat.
This is a great place to pour yourself into at the end of a epic day of skiing and riding. It's the big blue building off the gondola square. It truly has that pub feeling, and most afternoons features local musicians playing folk to classic rock music. They have 2 bars and great quesadillas. I recommend the chicken fried steak and eggs for breakfast and the bbq'd baby back ribs for lunch or early dinner. This place makes you feel like you're on a ski vacation. Laughs for everyone. It does close at 6 p.m., so don't doddle.
This is one of two 4 star restaurants on the mountain. It is located in the thunderhead building at the top of the gondola. The views of the valley are stunning. They are open for both lunch and dinner and reservations are recommended. It is a definite step up from the upstairs food court. They serve a fantastic bison new york strip steak with fresh vegetables for dinner. A great salad bar for lunch and one of the best gourmet burgers on the mountain. Take a trip up the gondola for great views and amazing food.
So your out Skiing on the mountain and want a 4 star meal for lunch, head on over to Rendezvous. You can only ski there for lunch, or take a sleigh ride for dinner. They have a real chef and every dish is made to order. They have the best rueben sandwich you've ever had. A french onion soup to warm your insides. A full bar with a comprehensive wine list. This place fills up fast and reservations are a must. Stop there in the middle of your Nordic adventure.
Ski Haus is an institution in Steamboat. Serving the community for over 40 years. Whether winter or summer their professional staff can set you up for most any outdoor sport; skiing, camping, biking, running and a dozen or more other sports. This place is multiple stories and I bet if you can't find what you're looking for, it may not exist in the boat.
Here in Steamboat we have a lot of great gear shops. I could name 5 right off the top of my head. I consider this mountain side shop to be top notch. It's compact in size, but competent in scope. Snowboards, skis, goggles, apparel and top notch tuning; they have everything to help you go shred some gnar!!! A stones throw from the transit center, check it out.
I think this place is cool. A great eclectic collection of unique stuff. Decor, tools, jewelry and some of it is just funky. If you're on the west end of town, stop in to see what you may have not known you were missing. If you need a little extra cash, you can consign or pawn whatever you have of value. I consider Plan B to be a higher end store in this genre, not your average pawn shop.
Photography has always been my passion. I asked Santa for a camera when I was four years old. I worked in the photo district in New York City back in the 1980's. I know what a real photo shop should be and Mogil's fits that bill. Jay the owner knows everything electronic, from cameras to T.V.s, Jay will set you up. If you need a replacement battery for your camera, or want to install a state of the art entertainment center in your home, this is the place to go. It's possibly the best photo shop in Colorado.
Sitting at the west end of Yampa street near little toots park is this great little bbq joint. Filled with years of memorabilia and animal trophy heads, it has that blast from the past decor. Old codgers line the bar and are constantly recalling stories of days gone by. It's a local's bar, but also the best bbq place in town. The portions are huge, so expect to take home a doggy bag. My favorite is the blackened chicken sandwich. I like to add cheddar and dip it in ranch dressing. The french fries are some of the best in town. For an adventure off the beaten path, I highly recommend Double Z BBQ and Bar.
The Rio Grande is a great lunch and dinner tex-mex restaurant in central downtown Steamboat. Their margarita's will make your head swim, and they only allow you to have 3, more than that will make you loco. They have great fajitas and the complimentary chips and salsa are really good. Most of their menu is truly tasty. The atmosphere is warm and cheerful. The staff is friendly and efficient. A great place for food and fun.
Steamboat has many great breakfast joints. Winona's is one of the best, this is self evident by the occasional wait one must endure to get a table. Forget the Cinnabon shop at your local mall, Winona's cinnamon rolls blows those out of the water, it's practically a meal in itself. The carnitas omelette is very tasty, and the locals special is a smorgasbord of breakfast goodness. There's something for everyone, a must visit here in Steamboat.
Mahogany wood is one of the hardest in the world, yet, a brewery in Steamboat Springs Colorado has chosen to use it as their namesake. Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill for years has been offering locals and visitors a great place to spend happy hour in the only downtown brewery. A natural business that is, brewery and restaurant. Mahogany Ridge and Brewery has the greatest selections of home brewed beer and a perfect non alcoholic root beer that rocks. Every local and informed visitor knows about this place. Tapas during happy hour is a favorite among all. Beyond happy hour, Mahogany Ridge offers a full menu of most anything you desire.... P.S.- Pretzel...
There is a place in Steamboat that lies over the rainbow, and that would be Creekside Cafe. Creekside exists outside of the normal walk of most visitors, but if you click your heels together, you will find it tucked away on 11th street. I must say it is the hidden gem of tasty goodness. Soda Creek passes right by their outdoor veranda. Now, one cannot eat out there in the winter, but in the summer, it is one of the most pleasant places to dine that I know of in this valley, the sound of a fresh mountain stream passing by puts my mind at ease. I like to go for breakfast, and I've never been disappointed. The corned beef hash is the best you've ever had. The chicken fried steak is your best bet for hangover heaven. All fresh ingredients are used. Vegan and vegetarian dishes available. P.S.- They have a great bloody mary X10....
Sweetwater Grill is one of those great hybrid establishments. Combining a great fine dining experience in a modern setting; if Austin Powers was beamed into Steamboat, he would think it shagalicious. They also offer a great casual bar and outside deck, complete with outdoor fire place. Whether in the winter or summer or spring or fall, it is always happening. The staff seem to be dressed in some sort of Star Trek garb. They will beam you up to a stellar culinary experience. I recommend the chorizo poutine as an appetizer, the haystack salad, and as an entree, the bison ribeye. Sweetwater is a family friendly place, especially in summer; a sugar shack, bouncy house and lawn toys. I guess they left out the lawn darts for obvious reasons. I'm really impressed by their live music, they book bands in most every genre; bluegrass, rock, DJ's, and a great Pink Floyd cover band called, "Wish You Were Pink". A fun place to eat, drink, and be merry....
I like food. I especially covet Italian cuisine. The golden gem of Italian cuisine in Steamboat is, Mazzola's Magestic Italian Diner. It's tucked away underneath the Hotel Bristol. Do not be fooled by having to hang out underground. The staff is immensely friendly, and they go out of their way to make your experience enjoyable. Most staff have worked there for years, if not decades. They have some of the best appetizers; mussels, calamari, stuffed mushrooms and garlic shrimp. Whether you desire a designer pizza or some of the best lasagna on the planet, this the is place. Oh, by the way, order the bolognese sauce on the lasagna. More meat, more meat, more meat. For extra decadence, order an extra gigantic meatball. Great food, great wine list, great servers and bartenders. Can you tell I love this place? P.S.- They just added this new pizza with duck confit, I may be a quack, but I love it.....
Sometimes I like to feel I’ve traveled back in time. That’s when I stop into Johnny B Goods. It’s a 1950’s style diner with all the trappings and tchotchke's. The extensive menu has all the traditional diner fair, their burgers are to die for and they have a full ice cream bar with sundaes, malts and shakes. Johnny B Goods is open all day. I recommend it for breakfast through dinner, you just can’t go wrong. You may even run into Elvis. P.S.- The Rib-Eye benny with hashbrowns; scattered, smothered and covered, is just gosh darn tasty for breakfast.