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October 2016

Blog:  Where you should really eat in Breck.

You can always check Yelp or visit TripAdvisor to find places to eat and drink when you’re visiting Lodge by The Blue, but there’s nothing better than getting the recommendations of our knowledgeable staff – they know the area better than anyone and will give you the insider scoop on what’s worth checking out.


This list comes from Lodge by The Blue GM Crystal H. We hope you’ll love her favorites too.

For Romance…The Hearthstone
Crystal says the fine dining and romantic Victorian-era setting at The Hearthstone is perfect for a quieter evening. The menu features naturally raised beef and game, sustainably caught seafood, and Colorado produce in season. Happy hour is from 4-6 p.m., and dinner service begins at 5. Treat your favorite person and yourself! Reservations recommended.

For Any OccasionBlue River Bistro
Blue River is a trendy (but not super-trendy) café-style restaurant and bar that puts forth some really well-made food. Having been there myself, I agree with Crystal you can’t go wrong for brunch, lunch, dinner or cocktails. My perfect app was the Bistro Caprese. I’ve tried and failed repeatedly to make a balsamic reduction that rivals theirs – perfection!

For Fun…Blue Stag Saloon
If you’re looking for a great nightspot, Blue Stag’s fire places inside and out are a great way to take in the Breck ski lodge vibe. Continue your 𠇋lue” streak at this cozy spot with rustic décor (not unlike our own Lodge by The Blue). The menu includes upscale pub food, and the bar features a rotating eight-tap beer lineup along with wine, cocktails and an impressive list of whiskey and scotch.

For Breakfast and Coffee…Columbine Caf�
𠇌olumbine Caf� is an excellent breakfast spot, with great coffee and specialty coffee drinks,” Crystal said. Enjoy waffles, pancakes, omelettes, and other breakfast favorites – served all day! Lunch is served from 11am to 3pm offering many selections of salads, soups, large sandwiches, 1/2 pound hamburgers as well as tasty daily specials. Outside dining is offered on the deck in summer. Located right downtown, in the space above Downstairs at Erics.

For Mexican Food…Mi Casa
Crystal isn’t the only one who has noticed the exceptional quality at Mi Casa. With high marks on both Yelp and TripAdvisor, Mi Casa is noted for super fresh ingredients, authentic Mexican cuisine, hand-shaken margaritas, and crave-worthy hand-made guacamole.

“I love going to all of them, but if I had a favorite recommendation it would be Blue River Bistro,” Crystal said. “The atmosphere is nice and they have an excellent wine selection. On weekends they have live music, delta blues and instrumental jazz. So relaxing after a long work week!”

Well there you have it. Enjoy trying out all the delectables Breckenridge has to offer!

Do you have a favorite hidden gem for drinking and dining in Breckenridge? Share your favorites in the comments.


March, 2015

Forbes Magazine


Here's a little secret: It may officially be spring but now is the best time to be skiing Colorado and Utah. Warm weather and severe drought this season forced ski areas across California, including those near LA, to shut early. But the Rocky Mountains are experiencing some of the fluffiest conditions yet, and you practically have the slopes to yourself. Park City, Utah, received over a foot of snow this week. Breckenridge, Colorado, powdered up with more than two feet. Morning flights from Los Angeles deliver you in time for a few sunny afternoon runs. In the Rockies, most big resorts stay open until mid-April. Here's how to do spring skiing in epic style.


Breckenridge, Colorado

Best Run: George's Thumb on Peak 7 Bowl.

Best Apres Scene: Music nights at The Motherloaded Tavern.

Best Cocktail: Cucumber mint martini at Blue River Bistro.

Best Find: Meeting the woodblock makers, pottery throwers and glass blowers in the reborn Breckenridge Arts District.

Wednesday, October 16th 2013

Blue River Bistro & Vita Restaurant owners to launch new restaurant application   

Thanks to the Blue River Bistro

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The National Repertory Orchestra would like to thank owner Jay Beckerman and Chef Brandon Farr from the Blue River Bistro for creating a spectacular World Cuisine Wine Dinner to benefit the orchestra. Our guests enjoyed a trip around the world pairing fabulous dishes with Pinot Noirs from New Zealand, California, France and Argentina. They made it so easy for us to raise money to help support our Summer Festival and Education & Community Engagement Programs. The food, service, ambiance and wines were spectacular. Everyone had a wonderful time while raising money for NRO! On behalf of the musicians we serve, our staff, Board, and Volunteers, I want to thank Blue River Bistro for their very generous contribution to the 'Cultural Gem” of Summit County. For more info on the National Repertory Orchestra, call (970) 453-5825 or go to



July 24, 2012 - by AshleyD - in 

With so many options in Breckenridge, settling on a place to go for Happy Hour may just be the toughest decision of your day. Lucky for you we have tried them all and while this isn’t by any means a complete list, it is a collection of some of the best.  Blue River Bistro: Ask any Breckenridge local where to go for Happy Hour and there is no doubt that the Blue River Bistro will come up at some point during the conversation. Known for their martinis, classy ambiance and live music, the Bistro has set itself apart by offering not one, but two Happy Hours every day of the week. From 3-6 p.m. and again from 9- midnight, the Bistro offers 2-for-1 martinis and 2-for-1 selected appetizers. Whether you have a hankering for a classic dirty martini or you want to branch out and try some of their specialty martinis like the Key Lime Pie or the always-popular Espresso, there is plenty of variety to suit everyone’s individual tastes. Even if you’re not in the mood for a martini, draft beers are only $2 during Happy Hour and appetizers like the Kobe Beef Sliders, Baked Brie and Toasted Jalapeno Raviolis will keep your mouth watering. Check out the Bistro at 305 North Main St.

Best Breck Happy Hour: Blue River Bistro

We learned early on in Breckenridge that the best happy hours are at the local watering holes. The problem is that these places are usually the ones with the absolute worst service. And to add to that, on more than one occasion, we experienced the “it’s like how you see in the movies” scenario: new folks walk in, place goes silent, regulars at the bar all turn and look in unison. No thanks.

We happened upon one happy hour where the price was good, the food was even better, and the drinks were the best we found on the mountain. Blue River Bistroon Main Street is an upscale establishment (well, upscale for Breck) that welcomes any and all for the perfect après-ski scene. Two for one appetizers and cocktails. This is where my liking of the extra dirty martini was born. And the jalapeño fried ravioli, calamari and Kobe beef sliders glazed with a sweet teriyaki sauce weren’t so bad either.

Breckenridge Magazine: Top Bars and Hot Spots January '11

Blue River Bistro, Breckenridge, Colorado

Ski Magazine:
The full menu at Blue River Bistro is served all day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Each night there is typically live jazz or blues music to add to your dining experience. The menu features gourmet pasta, soups, salads, steak, and seafood entrees all for moderate prices. The wine list, with over 70 wines, will not disappoint.

Breckenridge, Colorado Restaurants

Scott Christ, Demand Media USA Today

The historic town of Breckenridge, Colorado, is home to a wide variety of restaurants and is also a gem for outdoor enthusiasts, featuring some of the best skiing during the winter months and hiking, fishing and boating during the summer months. Whatever your food preferences are, Breckenridge is sure to have a restaurant that suits your tastes.  Blue River Bistro features classic French and American cuisine in a casual, contemporary setting. The restaurant is popular among locals, with a high approval rating from consumers on the Urban Spoon website. The bistro-style menu includes seared ahi tuna with pineapple soy reduction, sea scallops with truffled English pea puree and Atlantic salmon with champagne dijon sauce. The restaurant also features live music on most nights. Blue River Bistro 305 North Main St. Breckenridge, CO 80424 (970) 453-6974

  • OCTOBER 28, 2008


  • After reading my article on Civil War and Gold Rush Dining and learning of my fascination with history, Denver Skiing Examiner, Lisa Mercer, suggested I travel to Breckenridge for a Historic Walking Tour and a taste of mountain dining. It sounded like a good idea, so I took her advice. 
Knowing little of the history of the area, I did some research and, obtaining a map from theHeritage Center, spent the entire afternoon walking up and down Main and Washington Streets enjoying the 19th century architecture and the landmarks that point out Breckenridge’s part in Colorado history. Unfortunately, the two museums I most wanted to see were closed. One was the cabin of Professor Edwin Carter and the other was the home turned museum of pioneer Barney Ford.  Carter was a naturalist and taxidermist whose works helped formed the basis for the Denver Museum of Natural History that later became the Museum of Nature and Science.  Barney Ford and his wife, Julia, were runaway slaves who ended up in Breckenridge in the 1880s and found success in mining, hospitality and restaurants. His livery stable was once a stop on theUnderground Railroad

Despite not finding exactly what I came for, I still enjoyed the architecture and the quiet, mountain town busily preparing for the ski season with white slopes visible from Main Street beckoning to onlookers as if to say, “It won’t be long now”. I also discovered the Blue River Bistro.  The Blue River is the main river cutting through Breckenridge and the bistro is located not far from the banks on the edge of Main Street at 305 N. Main. It was just by chance that we spotted the bistro as we were hungry after the drive from Denver and it was the first, inviting sign we spotted. Inside, we found a great, mountain restaurant with an outstanding variety of martinis and an excellent wine cellar.  

The Greek Salad served with pita bread.


The cuisine is basically Italian with some slight variations, the prices are moderate to high, and the quality is outstanding. The martinis are very popular, but I was more impressed with the wine list of some 89 different wines varying in price all the way up to $350 a bottle. That is a little out of my price range and I opted for the 2005 Monte Antico Cabernet/Merlot blend. It was very nice for the price and went well with lunch that consisted of a shared Greek Salad and a Capellini di Angelo. Everything was fresh, just as expected, and nicely balanced. It was the perfect start to the rest of the afternoon and the walking tour adventure. 
The Ski Resort is scheduled to open November 7. If you are in the neighborhood to partake of all the winter fun the area has to offer, be sure to take some time to explore both the history of the town and the fine offerings at the Blue River Bistro. If you have a taste for history and a taste for good food, neither choice will disappoint. 
Travel Channel:
How can you go wrong here, with elegant and contemporary cuisine in a relaxed and fun atmosphere? The restaurant has a hip and energetic feel to it, but still has all the sophistication of its fine-dining neighbors. Live music is performed nightly by some of the best local musicians in the area, featuring acoustic blues, mountain jazz and much more. Don't miss the amazing art adorned on the bistro walls, available for retail. The restaurant features an extensive menu and wine list including appetizer favorites like Crab Cakes, a huge selection of savory pastas and a delicious selection of steaks and seafood.

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