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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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....