I’ve been traveling to Breckenridge, Colorado annually for about 10 years now, which has made me well acquainted with the local food scene in this charming mountain town. Although Breckenridge caters largely to seasonal tourists, it is unique because the town is autonomous from the resort. This means a lot of the restaurants and bars have no affiliation with Vail Resorts, and can have the creativity and local flair that makes Colorado special!
I have eaten at a majority of the restaurants in Breckenridge, which are largely clustered along Main Street, peppering a 2 mile stretch through the “downtown” area. The quality of restaurant is quite varied — some upscale, some towney, some cozy, some very Colorado. Parking isn’t necessarily abundant in Breckenridge, so carpooling is usually a good rule of thumb. It is easy to walk along Main Street and hit a few spots in one trip, so don’t limit yourself!
A few things to note before starting your culinary adventures in Breckenridge, Colorado:
- Breckenridge is still a resort town so expect high prices.
- Because it is nearly all locals and skiers going to the restaurants, don’t expect fancy dress codes. Wearing a nicer shirt and pants is more than enough!
- Weekends are popular and places get crowded. If you don’t want to wait, make sure to book ahead or reserve your spot online.
- Most of the restaurants in Breckenridge are small, so it can be hard to accommodate big groups. If you want a big meal for over 10 people, I might recommend cooking at home or splitting up into smaller groups.
These are my 10 favorite foodie restaurants in Breckenridge, Colorado!
Crepes ala Carte — 307 S Main Street
Right on Main Street, this is exactly what it sounds like—a cart that sells crepes. They have savory and sweet crepes that are totally decadent and delicious. Be prepared for at least a 30 minute wait because this place is always popping. But the wait goes faster because you get to watch them roll out the crepe and throw on all your toppings through the big windows. The also recently opened a brick-and-mortar location about 2 block away which rarely has a line. The savory crepes are a perfect snack after skiing and are packed with flavor. Some of my favorites are the Pesto Turkey Crepe, the Country Special & the Philly Cheese. The sweet crepes are what I crave though! I’ve had just about all of them. Any of the fruit & chocolate ones are to die for! A word of warning — the ice cream ones get pretty messy — but no matter which crepe you choose, you will walk away from this place with a smile!
Modis — 113 S Main Street
Probably one of the most modern restaurants to eat at in Breckenridge, Modis has a beautiful 2-story loft style space with upscale New American fare. The menu feels a little quirky or disjointed, but everything I’ve had here has been awesome. Their cocktails are a real highlight as well! There are some really creative combinations, and I love that nearly all of them have some sort of herbal or floral component. Those are the kind of cocktails I love!
Relish — 137 S Main Street
If you’re looking for a true foodie restaurant in Breckenridge, look no further. Relish feels like a hole-in-the-wall when you walk in, but the food packs some seriously creativity! The menu includes a lot of local Colorado ingredients, but done with a refined and gentle hand. The food that comes out is not too heavy and very well-flavored. I don’t think you could go wrong with anything on the menu but a few favorites are the Bone Marrow, the pork loin, short ribs or trout. And don’t miss dessert—it’s excellent!
Fatty’s Pizzeria — 106 S Ridge Street
Another Arzbaecher family favorite is Fattys Pizzeria. You will walk outta this place feeling like a fatty, hence the name. It is nothing fancy, but the portion sizes in this family style Italian eatery are huge. It serves Italian classics straight up, no frills. Always start with the garlic bread with its big ripped chunks of bread topped with garlic and cheese. Their pizzas are a personal favorite. I love the thinly rolled crust and their specialty pizzas have funky but wholesome ingredient combinations. My favorite is either the Italian or the White Chicken. If you’re not feeling pizza, the pastas are a huge hit and will leave leftovers for the next day. Super rich, but so comforting. Try their Carbonara or Eggplant Parmesan.
Downstairs at Eric’s — 111 S Main Street
Located in a basement on Main Street, Eric is probably the best sports bar in town. There are tons of TVs which are always playing a variety of games. Their food is decent, standard bar fare, so expect lots of fried goodies and mayo based sauces. It’s pretty popular at night with lots of bar video games.
South Ridge Seafood — 500 S Main Street
Admittedly, I think it’s a little weird that there is a seafood restaurant in the middle of the North American continent, where there is no sea in sight. But, South Ridge is pretty legit. A small plate style menu, they (obviously) almost exclusively serve seafood, so be cognizant of who you bring there. I’ve had really great service the few times I’ve been here, and found it to be an inviting atmosphere. The menu does change frequently, but I think all the small plates I’ve had have been great. I’m a big fan of the scallops and salmon as well!
Salt Creek feels quintessentially Colorado—big wood beams, family style tables, mountain decor—and the food matches that vibe! It is usually pretty rowdy and a good spot for larger group dinners. The food isn’t anything particularly creative or special, but the steaks are done right and the menu is approachable for groups with people of all different tastes and preferences.
Hearthstone — 130 S Ridge Street
Located just off Main Street, this is one of my parents’ favorite spots. It’s located in an old Victorian house with a beautiful view (on a clear day) of Breckenridge ski resort and 10 mile mountain range. It has a cute yet romantic vibe and is a great spot for a more quiet or intimate dinner. Definitely a date place! The menu is small, but incredibly delicious. The chef uses primarily sustainable or organic fresh produce and meat prepared in a respectful and unpretentious style. I never get sick of the Pork Osso Bucco or the blackberry Elk.
Apres Libations — 130 S Main Street
This is BY FAR my favorite bar in Breckenridge. It is just my style—cozy, small with high quality cocktails and great beer. The night life in Breckenridge isn’t exactly pumping, so this is a great place to just come and hang out for a while. It’s open until midnight on weekdays and 2am on weekends. There isn’t food, but it is BYO so you can order in or bring something along! For cocktails, I would recommend trying the Bee Knees, Old Fashioned, or Death of a Gentlemen. Their beer list always changes, but there are tons of local and regional brews to check out. The bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly, so feel free to ask for recommendations.
Blue River Bistro — 305 N Main Street
This is one of my favorite brunch spots in town, and I often visit on my last day in Breckenridge. Their classy dining room feels upscale with modern chandeliers and sleek table settings, but the food is approachable. They have a few different types of eggs Benedict, which is my go-to brunch dish. So I can honestly say that’s the only thing I’ve ever gotten here, but they’ve been delicious. Below is a snap of the Southwest Benedict special they served on my last trip!
This blog was originally published in January 2017, and updated in January 2020.