Best restaurants in The Rocky Mountains

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bozeman & Gallatin Valley

    Nova Cafe

    A helpful map at the entrance shows you where the food you'll be eating comes from at this retro-contemporary locals' favorite. The hollandaise is a bit on the sweet side, but still excessively delicious – as is everything else. The forbidden rice salad with ginger and lemongrass is another highlight. There's a special menu for vegans, too. Bison chorizo is a distinctly Montanan take on a Southwest favorite.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Boulder

    Oak at Fourteenth

    Zesty and innovative, locally owned Oak manufactures top-notch cocktails and tasty small plates for stylish diners. Standouts include the grilled bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin and cucumber sashimi drizzled with passion fruit. Portions at this farm-to-table eatery are minimal – when it's this scrumptious, you notice. Waiters advise well. The only downside: it tends to be noisy, so save your intimate confessions.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Boise

    Goldy's Breakfast Bistro

    Assuming an egg is just an egg, Goldy's offers 866,320 'Create Your Own Breakfast Combos.' Check our math – we were already drunk on hollandaise sauce when we put pen to napkin. Or go for the frittatas, bennies or massive breakfast burrito. Pass through the velvet curtain and go for a table on the internal balcony. To find it, look for the line of hungry Boiseans stretching around the corner.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Breckenridge

    Breckenridge Distillery

    Served in a big-city-cool dining space, the eclectic menu at this distillery follows the delightful whims of its high-caliber chefs, jumping from the sublime cacio e pepe (Roman spaghetti and cheese) to chicken-liver profiteroles or dates and mascarpone without missing a beat. It's mostly small plates, perfect for sharing over the top-notch cocktails.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Southwest Colorado

    Twisted Fork

    This is new-school Gunnison: healthy dishes rocking Asian influences alongside craft cocktails. The Korean beef bowl combines heat and well-seasoned greens. There's also lettuce wraps, noodle bowls and wagyu beef burgers cooked to order with spicy steak fries. Linger on the sprawling deck overlooking the vegetable garden beds. There's gluten-free options and organic and natural foods when possible.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Wyoming

    Chugwater Soda Fountain

    Small-town America was once filled with places like this. Now they're national treasures. No-frills Chugwater Soda Fountain has Wyoming's oldest-operating soda fountain: order an old-fashioned soda, malted milk or any one of 30 milkshake flavors (including toasted marshmallow) and a bowl of equally famous Chugwater Chili and you're all set. Chugwater is 45 miles north of Cheyenne along the I-25.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Central Colorado

    Pepe Osaka's Fish Taco

    You like sushi. You like fish tacos. And as it turns out, you love sushi tacos, because…why not? At this almost-but-not-quite Nikkei eatery (that's Japanese-Peruvian cuisine if you haven't been keeping up), dig in to some outstandingly spicy tuna tacos, ahi poke ceviche tacos and blackened mahi-mahi tacos al pastor. All served with delish fried plantains and margaritas.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Vail

    Westside Cafe

    Set in a West Vail strip mall, the Westside is a local institution. It does terrific all-day-breakfast skillets – like the ‘My Big Fat Greek Skillet’ with scrambled eggs, gyro, red onion, tomato and feta served with warm pita – along with all the usual high-cal offerings you need before or after a day on the slopes. They also have a grab-and-go counter for lunch on the run.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Central Colorado

    Tennessee Pass Cookhouse

    If you've never had a gourmet dinner in a yurt before, this is your chance. Diners get to hike, snowshoe or cross-country ski 1 mile to the yurt, where an elegant four-course meal featuring elk tenderloin, local rack of lamb and rainbow trout awaits. Departures are from the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, at the base of Ski Cooper. Reservations only.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Summit County

    Lost Cajun

    Convivial waitstaff and a festive Louisiana soundtrack greet hungry diners here. First-timers are rewarded with five samples to help them decide (or prolong indecision) – tasty offerings from the open kitchen include jambalaya, chicken and sausage gumbo and some seriously good lobster bisque. Abita beer seals the deal. There are now several branches in Colorado, but this was the first.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Central Colorado

    Amícas

    Thin-crust wood-fired pizzas, panini, housemade lasagna and microbrews on tap? Amícas can do no wrong. This high-ceilinged, laid-back hangout is the perfect spot to replenish all those calories you burned off during the day. Savor a Michelangelo (pesto, sausage and goat cheese) or Vesuvio (artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers) alongside a cool glass of Headwaters IPA.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Telluride

    Chop House

    With superb service and a chic decor with embroidered velvet benches, this is an easy pick for an intimate dinner. Start with a cheese plate. From there the menu gets Western with exquisite elk short loin and ravioli with tomato relish and local sheep-milk ricotta. Top it off with a flourless dark chocolate cake in fresh caramel sauce. Breakfasts are gourmet and noteworthy too.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Denver

    Hop Alley

    Hop Alley was a slur used for Denver’s hardscrabble Chinatown in the 1880s, until a race riot and anti-Chinese legislation scattered the community. The moniker was reclaimed for this small bustling restaurant located in (what else?) a former soy-sauce plant. Come for authentic yet inventive Chinese dishes and equally creative cocktails, named after the signs of the Chinese zodiac.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Aspen & the Maroon Bells

    Free Range Kitchen & Wine Bar

    Working uniquely with local farmers and ranchers, the recently opened Free Range Kitchen merits a trip down from Aspen. Pair a glass of peppery Gigondas with small-plate favorites like beef empanadas, blackened haricots verts with crispy garlic, pan-fried cheese with mushrooms and tapenade…suffice it to say, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu here. Bon appetit!

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Boulder

    Rincón Argentino

    Don't be turned off by the shopping plaza setting: Rincón packs a wallop of authentic Argentinean flavors. It bakes fresh empanadas – savory, small turnovers filled with spiced meat, or mozzarella and basil – which are perfect with a glass of Malbec. It also offers milanesas (breaded-beef-cutlet sandwiches); and gourds of yerba maté, a high-octane coffee alternative.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Wyoming

    Cowfish

    Spring for a candlelit dinner of brussels-sprout carbonara or coffee-rubbed rib eye at Lander's upscale restaurant suitable for date nights. The attached brewery serves the same food in a more casual atmosphere among the mash tuns (steel brewing vessels) that churn out a rotating menu of handcrafted beer experiments – many of which are excellent (sample a few before committing).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Wyoming

    Bunkhouse Bar & Grill

    West of Cheyenne on the W-210, this storied steakhouse is worth the trip. Around since 1898, they've learned a thing or two about local tastes – burgers, steaks and similar predilections rule. The house specialty is the remarkable Bunk-Nut Sandwich with fried Rocky Mountain oysters with American cheese on Texas toast… There's even live music on Friday and Saturday evening.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Denver

    City O’ City

    This popular vegan/vegetarian restaurant mixes retro decor with an innovative spin on greens, grains and seitan. The menu has a wide offering of items like kimchi pancakes, pumpkin curry pasta and fried cauliflower with waffles. More traditional palettes enjoy big salads and the best vegan pizza pie in D-Town. Reservations aren't accepted but a full bar makes waiting easy.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Southwest Colorado

    Secret Stash

    With phenomenal food, the funky-casual Stash is adored by locals, who also dig the original cocktails. The sprawling space was once a general store but is now outfitted with teahouse seating and tapestries. The house specialty is pizza; its Notorious Fig (with prosciutto, fresh figs and truffle oil) won the World Pizza Championship. Start with the salt-and-pepper fries.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Boulder

    Brasserie Ten Ten

    A go-to place for both students and professors, this sunny French bistro has a refined menu and an elegant atmosphere – think fresh flowers, marble high tops and polished brass. Sure, it's fancy, but not too uppity to offer killer happy-hour deals on crepes, sliders, mussels and beer. Don't miss the truffle fries. Reservations for parties of seven or more only.