Where to Eat: Crested Butte Fine Dining

Choosing where to eat can be more challenging than skiing down that double black run. This is especially true in Crested Butte, which offers more fine dining than any other town its size in Colorado. Be sure to make reservations early (days or even weeks before), to ensure you can grab a table during the busy seasons.

Featured Restaurant


209 Elk Ave, Crested Butte
(970) 349-7574 • $$$
Closed for the off-season


(American) – The same django’s Restaurant & Wine Bar you loved in the Mt. CB base area is now on Elk Ave. Enjoy new small and larger plates, patio seating, and a lunch menu. It’s intimate, romantic, and delicious. Swing by the new location or call for reservations and snag your table.

Featured Restaurant

Soupcon Bistro

127A Elk Ave, Crested Butte
(970) 349-5448 • $$$$
 Wed-Sun; Nightly seatings at 6pm & 8:30pm

Closed 10/29 – 12/12


(French) – Looking for a special meal? Paired with impeccable ambiance, the charm of a mining cabin, and the blended cuisine steeped in French & American tradition Soupcon is for food lovers everywhere.

Featured Restaurant

Wooden Nickel

222 Elk Ave, Crested Butte
(970) 349-6350 • $$$
4pm – 9ish Daily, Kitchen open until 10pm Fri/Sat


(Steakhouse) – Crested Butte’s oldest saloon is a must while in town. The Nickel has been under the current ownership since 1981 and serving visitors and locals alike. Great steaks, seafood, lamb, pork, lobster, crab, and their famous prime rib compile an excellent menu for this must stop in CB.

9380 Prime

Elevation Hotel, Mt Crested Butte
(970) 251-3030
9380prime.com • $$$
7am – 8pm Daily

(Steakhouse) – Breakfast, lunch and après ski options as well as daily specials.

Elk Avenue Prime

226 Elk Ave, Crested Butte
(970) 349-1221
elkaveprime.com • $$$
5pm – 815pm Daily

(Steakhouse) – Hand cut USDA PRIME steaks, pastas, fresh garden salads and more.

The Sunflower

214 Elk Ave, Crested Butte
(970) 349-6866
   Closed 10/16 – 12/13

(Farm to Table) – Delicious organic creations and natural small plates.

Ginger Cafe

425 Elk Ave, Crested Butte
(970) 349-7291
thegingercafe.com • $$
    5pm – 9pm, Thurs – Sun

(Indian/Thai) – Colorado Lamb, Pad Thai, soups, and many veggie options.

Lil’s Sushi Bar & Grill

321 Elk Ave, Crested Butte
(970) 349-5457
lilssushibarandgrill.com • $$$
    Closed 10/28 thru 11/26;  5:30pm – 9pm, Tues – Sat, 

(Japanese) – Sushi and drink specials from 5:30-6:30.

Marchitelli’s Gourmet Noodle

411 3rd St, Crested Butte
(970) 349-7401
marchitellisgourmetnoodle.com • $$
   5:30pm – 9pm, Tues – Sat

(Italian) – Family recipes highlight the traditional Italian cuisine here.

Ryce Asian Bistro

120 Elk Ave, Crested Butte
(970) 349-9888
ryceasianbistro.com • $$
   Closed 10/28 – 12/8; 12pm – Close, Sun 4pm, 

(Asian Fusion) – Offering Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese dishes.

Garlic Mike’s

2674 Colorado 135, Gunnison
(970) 641-2493
garlicmikes.com • $$$
Monday – Sat 5pm-9:30pm

(Italian) – Red-checked tablecloths, family friendly, and nicely decorated environs.

Uley’s Cabin and Ice bar (Winter only)

On the slopes of Mt. CB
(970) 349-4554
opentable.com • $$$$
11am – 2:30pm, Dinner Wed – Sun by reservation only

(American) – Sleigh ride dinners ($95 per guest) via snow cat pulled open sleigh.