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Let the Local Chefs Do It for You

01/08/2021 01:00PM ● By Rachel Miller

Photo courtesy of Yampa Valley Kitchen.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Earlier this week, Routt County moved to Level Orange from Level Red on the state’s COVID-19 dial. This move allows restaurants to continue operating indoor dining services at 25 percent capacity – a huge relief to many restaurant owners who have had to close their doors several times throughout the pandemic. 

Take some time off from the holidays, keep the kitchen clean and untouched for a night or two, and let the local chefs do it for you. Dine-in for a relaxed, spacious experience, or take advantage of the online ordering and to-go services being provided. For a full list of Steamboat restaurants and takeout services, visit here.

Aurum Food & Wine

Enjoy seasonal creations with stellar views while dining at Aurum Food & Wine. Or, have the experience of a lifetime in one of Aurum’s heated dining yurts, nestled perfectly on a gorgeous patio by the Yampa River. Indulge in New American fare for a safe dine-in experience or bring Aurum home for the entire family. Due to state restrictions, reservations are recommended. | 811 Yampa St.


For tastes of Central, Latin and South American fare, head to Bésame in downtown Steamboat Springs. Every meal is rich with flavors that will take you around the world. Bésame incorporates hip design, classic and local artwork and handcrafted dishes for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended. | 818 Lincoln Ave.

Carl’s Tavern

Named after the man who could fly on skis, Carl Howelsen, Carl’s Tavern sits across the Yampa River from Howelsen Hill. Offering an American cuisine and genuine hospitality, Carl’s Tavern will make you feel right at home. Carl’s is known for its Happy Hours and open-style kitchen – providing all the comfort food you need and the coldest brews in town. | 700 Yampa St.

Creekside Café

A member of Rex’s Family of Restaurants, Creekside Café is located in downtown Steamboat Springs in the historic Soda Creek building. Creekside offers homemade breakfast and lunch daily – farm fresh eggs and local grown ingredients create the delicious menu. Seating is very limited due to state mandates, so reservations are recommended. | 131 11th St.

Mambo Italiano

Get the flavors of Italy right in downtown Steamboat Springs. Mambo’s features flavorful, hand-crafted Italian dishes with seasonally, locally sourced ingredients – and they even make their pasta in-house. Pair your dish with a glass from an award-winning wine list and enjoy the vibrant scene in the heart of downtown Steamboat. | 521 Lincoln Ave.

Truffle Pig

Located right at the base of the ski area, Truffle Pig is open daily for all your dining needs on and off the slopes. Featuring casual American Alpine cuisine, Truffle Pig offers the most pristine Après-ski scene in town. Pop in for lunch after a few runs, indulge in Happy Hour drink specials or have a nice evening out in an inviting atmosphere – you won’t find a more convenient place after a day on the slopes. | 2250 Après Ski Way

Yampa Valley Kitchen

Start your mornings with delicious options from Yampa Valley Kitchen. The inviting, farmhouse interior décor provides a beautiful ambiance while dining. YVK only uses local, organic or sustainable foods of the highest quality ­– frequently changing the menu to sources available. Indoor dining is extremely limited during the winter, so reservations highly recommended. | 207 9th St.