The essential guide to Steamboat Springs restaurants

Published Date: September 7, 2023

From winter skiing to summer hiking and everything in between, Steamboat Springs, Colorado is an outdoor lover’s dream. No matter what brings you to this charming mountain town, one thing’s for sure: With so many recreational opportunities to enjoy, you’re going to work up quite an appetite. Luckily, the culinary scene is top notch. Check out our guide to the best Steamboat Springs restaurants. 

Breakfast & brunch

Winona’s Restaurant

A Steamboat Springs mainstay in the heart of historic downtown, Winona’s is known for classic all-American breakfasts. You’ll find scrambles, breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy, and five types of eggs Benedict. The restaurant has a warm, casual atmosphere, and the service is just as friendly. Local tip: Winona’s plate-sized cinnamon rolls are the stuff of legend — soft, chewy, plenty of cinnamon flavor and topped with a mountain of gooey frosting.

Yampa Valley Kitchen 

Yampa Valley Kitchen operates under the motto “uncompromised food.” That means they source local, organic and sustainable ingredients, down to the spices and oils. When you dine at YVK (as the locals call it), you can expect an ever-changing menu that makes the most of the seasonal bounty. Breakfast is served every weekday, and the weekend brunch is luxuriously long — lasting until 3 p.m. You’ll find fabulous frittatas, crepes and breakfast sandwiches. Pair your meal with a specialty latte, organic tea or mimosa while  preparing for the day’s adventures. Local tip: In the warmer months, nothing beats dining in the outdoor garden — but the early bird gets the table! 


Salt & Lime

A colorful interior and an inviting deck create the perfect backdrops for flavorful Mexican fare at Salt & Lime. The menu offers a unique mix of classic and modern cuisine using traditional cooking methods and inventive ingredients. Fan favorites include a Colorado bison burrito, chicken tinga tacos, loaded guacamole and veggie queso fundido. Local tip: Head to the rooftop deck and soak up the Colorado sunshine while enjoying tacos, burritos and all-day happy hour drink specials. 

The Paramount

Located at the base of the Steamboat Resort, this friendly spot offers ski-in, ski-out access. The Paramount is known for using seasonal ingredients, creating homemade sauces and mayo, and serving up made-from-scratch offerings, including grilled sandwiches, fresh salads, flavorful soups and hand-cut fries.Local tip: The Paramount serves a great breakfast, too. Grab a breakfast sandwich, vegetarian breakfast pita, Nutella and toast, or chicken and waffles before hitting the slopes. 


Mazzola’s Italian Diner

Mazzola’s has been creating classic Italian fare in downtown Steamboat since 1970. Come hungry, as every part of the menu has wonderful options. Start with the Tuscan white bean dip and Sicilian steamed mussels. Move on to classic pasta dishes, seafood-laden cioppino or chicken piccata. Pizzas are another great option, thanks to the homemade dough and roasted garlic-infused olive oil. Local tip: The wine list at Mazzola’s is packed with Italian wines, from crisp pinot grigios to hearty sangiovese blends. 


One of the newest restaurants on the Steamboat culinary scene, Sauvage is the perfect location for a special occasion. The handcrafted cocktails are a thing of beauty and the dishes just beg to be posted to Instagram. The French fusion menu changes seasonally, and the three- and six-course tasting menus are the perfect way to sample a little bit of everything. Local tip: Several days a week, budget-minded diners can sample the most popular cocktails, half-priced beers and small plates on their happy hour menu, which showcases Sauvage’s French-American inventions. 

Or you be the chef!

While restaurant dining has its appeal, making meals in the comfort of your own home can be very appetizing. As a co-owner of a Pacaso second home in Steamboat Springs, you’ll enjoy a fully stocked gourmet kitchen, professional-grade appliances and beautiful dining spaces for gathering with family and friends.

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