A short guide to Breckenridge restaurants

For a small mountain town, Breckenridge Colorado, offers a variety of dining options and a lot of them are good. If looking for Breckenridge restaurant suggestions here are some places that we’ve tried or friends have tried, so they all come recommended.


The Blue Moose (540 South Main Street 970- 453-4859), serving breakfast all day, is a fun choice. Popular with both locals and visitors, they’re known for their pancakes, omelets and breakfast burritos. Unless you like washing dishes, bring cash. They don’t take plastic. Open weekdays from 7am to noon and 7am to 1pm Saturdays and Sundays.

Try breakfast at the Columbine Cafe in Breckenridge Colorado, photo Steve Collins

Columbine Café (109 South Main Street Breckenridge 970-547-4474) is another spot popular with locals. Tucked behind a building on Main Street, it’s easy to miss. They have an extensive breakfast menu including pancakes, waffles omelets and Eggs Benedict. In warm-weather their outdoor patio’s a great spot if you don’t mind waiting. During peak times, you may have to wait for indoor seating as well. They also serve lunch. Breakfast is served from 7:30 am to closing (1:30pm), lunch begins at 11am. They are located at 109 S. Main Street (on top of Downstairs at Eric’s). Open Daily 7:30am-2:30pm.

Daylight Donuts is a popular place to start the day in Breckenridge Colorado, photo/Joy C Frank-Collins

Daylight Donuts (305 North Main Street 970-453-2548), a locally owned franchise of the 900-store chain is a busy place at breakfast time. If you’re hungry and there’s a wait for a table, munch on a donut or one of their famous sausage rolls. They serve breakfast from 6am until noon; you can grab a donut until 12:30pm.

Casual lunch and dinner places:

Breckenridge has a lot of casual restaurants great for all ages. Often the menu is the same for both meals.

The Breckenridge Brewery is a great spot for lunch or dinner. The casual pub-style menu has offerings that should please everyone in your group. And while you’re there, try one of their handcrafted beers or ales. Choose from Agave Wheat, Oatmeal Stout, Avalanche Ale and more.

The delicious bruschetta at Giampietro's in Breckenridge Colorado, photo/Joy C Frank-Collins

Giampietro Pasta and Pizza serves Italian favorites from bruschetta (the deal of the day; you can make a meal out of it) to thin crust pizzas to pasta to sandwiches and meat dishes. Portions are ample and prices, reasonable. The lunch menu is available from 11am to 4pm daily and the dinner menu from 4 to 9:30. The pizza menu and the specials are available all day.

A brew and a marg at Empire Burgers in Breackenridge Colorado, photo Joy C Frank-Collins

Those same savvy folks own Giampietro’s also run the popular and packed Empire Burger. Specializing in 100% natural Harris Ranch choice Black Angus beef, ground daily, they also offer turkey, buffalo and Boca burgers. Not a burger fan? The menu offers a selection of starters, sandwiches and salads. Want a late-night snack? Empire is open daily from 11am to 1am.

More Margs, this time at Mi Casa, Breckenridge Colorado, photo/Joy C Frank-Collins

Mi Casa Restaurant and Cantina serves its own style of Mexican food in several large dining rooms overlooking the Blue River. Lunch and dinner menus differ. The Avocado Frito is on both (lunch as an entrée and dinner as an appetizer). If you’re a fan of anything that’s batter-dipped and fried, this is a must and comes with either chicken or shrimp. Mi Casa is a casual, fun place for lunch or dinner.

Street food at the Crepes A La Carte stand in Breckenridge Colorado, photo Steve Collins

If you’re a fan of street-food, stop by Crepes a la Cart. This busy stand offers both savory and dessert crepes at this small stand. And if you love your crepe and are looking for a business opportunity, this currently family-owned business, with locations in Boulder and New Orleans, will sell you a franchise.

Some more expensive options:

If you’re a sushi fan, try Mountain Flying Fish is a popular spot with both locals and visitors. They have an extensive menu; with a good selection of appetizers, soups and salads, entrees (for non-sushi fans) and the star of the show, sushi. In warmer weather, enjoy the mountain views from the outdoor roof-top patio at their third floor location. Serving dinner only.

According to a friend of ours, you’ll relish Relish. This chef-owned eatery is so good she went back a second night on a short stay in Breck. Their small, well-priced menu changes seasonally. They also offer one or two entrée specials each evening. Relish is open for lunch Wednesday through Sunday. They serve dinner nightly.

Other upscale eateries:

Hearthstone Restaurant (owned by the same folks who own Mi Casa)
Briar Rose Chophouse and Saloon (owned by the folks who own Giampietro and Empire Burger)

Do you have any Breckenridge restaurants you want to share with our readers? We’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or contact us.





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2 Responses to “A short guide to Breckenridge restaurants”

  1. Teryn
    June 9, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    Modis is a great place for early or late happy hour, they have an amazing dinner menu and cocktails as well!

    • Billie Frank
      June 9, 2013 at 11:03 am #

      Thanks for the suggestion. Will have to check them out next time we’re there.

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