We’ve been traveling to “The Boat” for years in all seasons. Here are a few of our favorite restaurants, plus a few from friends who live in Steamboat and enjoy good food. Check restaurant hours, because summer and winter hours may be different, and many close during the spring mud season so staff can take a vacation.
Cafe Diva (1855 Ski Time Square Dr; (970) 871-0508) gets raves for its unique preparations of dishes using lots of Colorado ingredients. Locals like the wine list and say the staff is excellent.
Hazies (Top of the gondola; (970) 871-5150) Ride the gondola to Thunderbird Lodge on the mountain for the fixed-price, three-course dinner at Hazies. The food is excellent and there’s a good wine list. Mid-summer, there’s a spectacular view of the town below and the surrounding mountains as you ride up. On the way down, the town’s lights twinkle below.
The Paramount (at the base of the ski slopes; (970) 879-1170) serves tasty grilled sandwiches.
Three Peaks Grill (2165 Pine Grove Road; (970) 879-3399) has jazz on Fridays. Expect hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and the city’s only raw bar, with oysters from different regions.
Creekside Cafe (131 11th St.; (970) 879-4925) boasts the best Bloody Mary in town, according to the annual Best of the Boat awards. Summertime, sit on the patio and dine to the tune of the water flowing in nearby Soda Creek. Open just for breakfast and lunch.
Steamboat Smokehouse (912 Lincoln Avenue; (970) 879-7427) is the place to get your hands and face messy, as you dig into the pork ribs. We always argue about whether the hickory-smoked ribs or the beef brisket is better.
Mazzola’s (917 Lincoln Ave.; (970) 879-2405) Pasta and pizza pies with fresh ingredients and great flavors. Kid-friendly.
Beau Jo’s(704 Lincoln; (970) 870-6401) How many things can you put on top of a pizza crust? At Beau Jo’s, there doesn’t seem to be a limit.