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It’s Time to Register for the 2019 Downtown Chili Challenge

This local challenge is a Steamboat Springs tradition. Restaurants and citizens alike have been battling for the distinction of having the best chili in town for decades!  Our panel of expert judges will conduct blind tastings to determine the best of each category, but the real competition is for our People’s Choice Award. Attendees can purchase a tasting kit for $10 and cast their vote for their favorite.

If tasting the best chili in town is not enough for you, dance to music by local musicians Rural Wreckage and the Steve Boynton Trio  or join in our jam session. Play some yard games, enjoy an adult beverage or try your hand at roping. You can also cheer on our local boy Scout troop as they encourage their calf to poop in just the right spot at the annual Muffin Plop. All proceeds from the Plop benefit the Boy Scouts.

The price for a testing kit and the ability to vote for your favorite is $10. All proceeds from this event go to help fund our holiday programs like The Downtown Halloween Stroll, Light Up The Night, Santa’s House and the Twinkle lights on Lincoln. This is a great opportunity to eat some great chili and support some awesome local events.

If you would like to participate, click here for a Printable Chili Challenge Entry Form 2019

Volunteer to help or email to get more information.

2019 Steamboat Springs Restaurant Week

Steamboat Springs Restaurant Week

Satisfying a Mountain of Appetites 

September 27 – October 6 

Steamboat is putting on its finest and setting the table just for you! This annual event is the perfect opportunity for food lovers to sample some of Steamboat’s finest local offerings. Dozens of restaurants throughout Steamboat will be offering prix-fixe multi-course breakfast, lunch and dinner menus for everyone to enjoy. Listed below is all the participating restaurants and their specials.

We invite you to check out activities, cultural and historic EVENTS during Restaurant Week. There is always something exciting going on in Steamboat Springs.

Please consider supporting our Lodging Partners and receive a great deal on your accommodations during Restaurant Week. With our partners, Mountain Resorts, Pioneer Ridge and Simply Steamboat you can save 10% off your stay and 25% off your stay with The Bristol Boutique Downtown Hotel.

8th Street Steakhouse


$20.19 Special:

Entree choice (one of following:)
*8 oz ny strip
*lemon chicken
*teriyaki chicken
*wild sockeye salmon
*shrimp skewers
Includes unlimited salad bar & Texas toast
Side dish (one of following:)
*baked potato
*garlic mashed potatoes
*steamed broccoli
*french fries
8th Street Tater (1 tater for up to 4 people)
Our signature dessert of cookies and cream ice cream, wrapped in cocoa powder and covered in whip cream, chocolate syrup and roasted almonds


Aurum Food & Wine

50 % off all Entrees




Back Door Grill






Besame is offering this unique culinary experience with a 3 course meal for $35 per person/$55 with wine pairings!  Starting with Goat Empanadas;harissa aioli, bocharone gremolata, cilantro, queso fresco- wine pairing; (Bubbles)Ameztoi Rose ‘ Hijo de Rubentis Lote Disgorged ’15 – Txakolina, ES ’15

Next course is Lemongrass Skirt Steak; mint chimichurri, orange rice with kaffir lime, crispy shallot charcoal vinaigrette, charred gailan- wine pairing; (Cabernet Sauvignon)JB Neufeld- Yakima Valley, WA ’15

Top off your meal with Smoked White Chocolate Mousse;candied ginger snap, mango, guajillo powder, mint gel- wine pairing; (Tempranillo) Conde de Hervias- Riojo, ES ’09


Big House Burgers

Tickle Me Pickle Burger topped with melted cheddar, fried pickles & BBQ Ranch served with fries and a mini shake- $15



The Cabin





Cafe Diva





Carl’s Tavern

$20.19 Special:


1st Course:

Pork Green Chili (cup) or Side Salad

2nd Course:

Any Burger or Sandwich or Kale or Wedge Salad

3rd Course:

Mini Carrot Cake or Mini Chocolate Cake



Creekside Cafe & Grill

Creekside is offering a Peach Crisp Mimosa, Smell that Cinnamon Roll French Toast using Hayden Fresh Eggs and served with local sausage- $14.99



Dude & Dan’s Bar and Grill





E3 Chophouse





Harwigs L’Apogee





Haymaker Patio Grill





Johnny B Good’s Diner





Laundry Kitchen & Cocktails


5 courses for $80 (serves two people)


1st Course: meat and cheese

2nd Course: crustini – bourbon peaches / burrata / pepitas / lavender honey

3rd Course: pow pow – crispy rice flour shrimp / spicy aioli / sesame powder / pickled ginger

4th Course: bibb salad – sweety drop peppers / sunflower seeds / strawberry / citrus-tarragon vinaigrette

5th Course: Colorado cut – marinated flank / smoked cheddar mash / charred tomato / salsa verde



Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill





Mambo Italiano

Satisfy your taste buds with this 3 course meal from Mambo’s!  $36 per person/ $58 with wine pairings. Your first course will be Calabrian Chili Octopus: toscano salami, fregola, smoked paprika, pistachio, lemon aioli- wine pairing; 2017 Scaia ( Garganega/Chardonnay) Veneto Italy.

Next is Crispy Chicken Thigh Piccata; lemon caper sauce, vanilla bean butternut squash puree, charred rapini, slow roasted olive oil & thyme tomatoes- wine pairing; 2016 Barbera Vietti ‘Tre Vigne Barbera Vietti d’ Asti DOCG Italy.

 Ending with Cappuccino Panna Cotta; hazelnut syrup, hazelnut dust, choclate orange biscotti, mascarpone. choclate espresso beans- wine pairing; 2009 Vin Santo Bedia A Coltibuno



Mazzola’a Italian Diner

Mazzola’s  will be offering a 3 course meal for $35. Starting with Mazzola’s salad, moving into Chicken Florentine Lasagne – white lasagne with chicken, tomato and spinach, topping it off with Gelato.



McKnight’s Irish Pub





Mountain Tap Brewery






Ore House at the Pine Grove

The Ore House is offering an 8 oz Prime Rib Dinner with Salad Bar and choice of 3 sides for $24.95 or

Make it a special evening with Dinner for 2. 2 8oz Prime Rib Dinners with salad Bar, and 2 choices of side, a bottle of wine from the Restaurant week list and desert to share for $69.95.




Otto Pint

Otto Pint is offering a 3 course meal for $20. Choose you Salad, Specialty Pizza ( gluten free costs little bit more)  and dessert.




Rex’s American Bar & Grill

Rex’s will be offering a choice of Rexola’s salad or a cup of Tomato Bisque. Main course; Strip Fried Rice- New York Prime Steak, Forbidden rice, Snappy veggies & toasted sesame shoyu. Finish off your meal with Mississippi Mud Pie- $35




The Rusted Porch











Salt and Lime

Salt & Lime will be offering a Mini veggie queso; melted Chihuahua cheese, blistered tomatoes, beans and  corn Fresno chilis. Shrimp chip; corn chips, smashed avocados, butter poached shrimp, haystack chilis and queso fresco. 2 Tacos; diner’s choice. Choc – Churros; original with Mexican chocolate or nutty with pistachio glaze- $25



Sambi Canton





Seedz Breakfast & Lunch Cafe





The Shack Cafe






Steamboat Smokehouse





Table 79 Foodbar





Taco Cabo





Three Peaks Grill






Tap House Sports Bar & Grill







Timber & Torch


The three coarse meal will include a choice of 4 dinner entrees, 3 salad options and any dessert


Entrée options: Summer pasta with option to add protein, Fish Dish, or Apple Sage Elk meatloaf

Salad options:  Chop Chop or Cutting Wedge

Dessert options include: Seasonal fruit crisp, Classic Cheesecake, or Brownie sundae


Help Re-Imagine Yampa Street

We all do it right? We all say, “why don’t they do ….XX??”

This is your opportunity to share your great ideas, and actually have someone listen! Over the course of the summer months (June – September) Main Street Steamboat has created a community engagement process to talk about Yampa Street. This is your chance to tell us how YOU think it would be best to use Yampa Street. We want all your feedback. 

What festivals would you like to see or no festivals at all? How do we improve parking? Is there a place you would like to see a new bench or do we need a trash receptacle somewhere we haven’t thought of.  Should there be another pedestrian bridge to Howelsen? What is your favorite part of Yampa Street?

Look for our whiteboards on Yampa so that you can comment. Take a mini survey or fill out our survey online. We really want to hear from you! 

If you would like to know more about the process check out the Online Brochure.

Be a Downtown Ambassador


Join in the fun this summer and be a Downtown Ambassador. Ambassadors help out at Downtown events and are the frontline representing our community to our Summer Guests.  If you are a long time local or new in town, you enjoy meeting new people and sharing what you love about Steamboat Springs, then being a Downtown Ambassador might be for you. There is a little bit of training involved but we make it fun. We ask that you commit  to 4 events over the course of 4 months. Check out our list of opportunities here.

For more information email

If you are interested in volunteering, but don’t want to make the commitment to be an Ambassador, you can check out our volunteer opportunities here. You don’t have to be an Ambassador to volunteer.

Mud Season:Who’s open Who’s Closed and Who has Something a Little Special


It’s that time of the year again! After an amazing winter of skiing, snowboarding and winter sports, Steamboat Springs is settling down for a while before the summertime fun kicks off. This mud season several of the downtown restaurants are closing down for maintenance and cleaning, but even more restaurants are having specials that you should definitely take advantage of! The list below has all the information you need for who’s-doing-what during the off season, and a downloadable PDF can be accessed by clicking here.  

Check out what the New York Times has to say about Mud season in Colorado with some shoutouts to local favs!

720 Fusion Fresh 

Open all mud season


8th Street Steakhouse

Mud Season Specials include:

  • Sunday to Wednesday 20% off entire bill
  • Thursday – Mussels and Martini Night: $5 per pound of mussels, $3 per martini.
  • Friday – 2 for 1 Dinner entree with the purchase of a bottle of wine. Limits 4 people per bottle.


Aurum Food & Wine

“Destination Hospitality Dining Passport.” April 1st to June 6th. Offers 50% off any entree for 2 people. $10 to purchase actual passport card.


Azteca Taqueria

Open all mud season.


Back Country Delicatessen

Limited hours for mud season, open 8am to 4pm, until April 28th. If a large catering order is placed, might open slightly earlier or close slightly later.


Back Door Grill

Specials start 16th of April to 16th of June.

Specials include:

  • Tuesday –  2 for 1 Tuesday from 6pm to close (buy one get one free on everything).
  • Sundays: all day happy hours. 11am to 10pm.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Thursday – $5 burger night, any one patty burger is $5 (except the Dennis Popper Burger). “Blue Collar Burger” $7.99, includes choice of classic cheeseburger or chicken club with a side of fries and a non-alcoholic drink from 11am to 3pm.


The BARley

Locals appreciation: from April 15th to May 16th. 3pm to 8pm. $4.50 beers, $5 wines, $9 Jam Cocktails, 25% off all house cocktails.



Mud Season Specials, April 1st to May 30th.

  • Mondays – industry night, 30% off your entire bill
  • Tuesdays – Taco Tuesday, $5 house margaritas, $4 draft beers, 3 tacos $10. (while  they last/no substitutions)
  • Wednesdays – All night happy hour
  • Thursdays – Ladies night – half price cocktails, $6 house wines & bubbles – 25% off entries
  • Sundays – Half price bottle wine night, (select wines)


Caio Gelato

will be closed from April 7th to May 10th


Carl’s Tavern

Will be open throughout mud season.

Mud Season Specials:

  • Sunday/Monday: buy one main entree get another free excluding burgers, sandwiches and salads.
  • Tuesday Prime Rib Special – Spring Local’s Appreciation: $19.95 entree specials
  • Wednesday BBQ Rib Special – Spring Local’s Appreciation: $19.95 entree specials.
  • Thursday BBQ Chicken Special – Spring Local’s Appreciation: $19.95 entree specials
  • Lunch Specials: $10 Tavern Burger or Reuben.
  • May 4th, 12pm to 6pm  – Kentucky Derby Party: No Cover, prizes given for best derby day attire and best hat, drink specials include woodford reserve mint julep, buffalo trace Kentucky mule, Russell’s Reserve Kentucky lemonade, Maker’s Mark Manhattan, Blanton’s Old Fashion.


The Corner Slice

Mud Season Hours: Closed Monday. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday opens at 4:30pm closes at managers discretion. Saturday and Sunday opens at noon, closes at managers discretion.  


Creekside Cafe

will be closed 22nd to the 28th of April. Re-opening April 29th.

Mud Season Special – 10% off advertised Special and double points for Rex Family card members from April 15th to May 10th (except during April’s closing dates)


Double ZZ BBQ

Closed April 15th to April 29th. Reopens April 30th


Dude and Dan’s

Closed April 22nd to April 27th


E3 Chophouse

Mud Season Specials, April 1st to Memorial Day (May 27th).

“Burgers & Burgundy night.”

  • Monday – Wednesday. $11 E3 Smashburger; 2 thin smashed E3 ranch raised ground beef burgers, with lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickles, and house aoli. Side of fires, Glass of wine (red or white).
  • Thursday – Saturday Buy One get one free all entrees
  • Sunday – Prime Rib Night $24.99


Harwigs L’Apogee

Open all mud season.


Johnny B. Goods

Mud Season Specials Now until May 19th:

  • Every Thursday Night in April and May – Teen’s Burger Night: Anyone ages 12 to 20 can order a cheeseburger, fries, and a milkshake for $10.
  • $2 PBR’s till May 18th.
  • Milkshake Happy Hour (3pm to 5pm) everyday in April and May – 2 for 1 deal, in-house shakes only (not to go).
  • $2.99 Drink pyramid – April 14 to 21st mimosas,
  • April 21st to 28th Budwiser/Budlight and mimosas,
  • April 28th to May 5th Margaritas, budlight/budwisers, bloody marys, and mimosas.
  • May 5th to May 12th White Russians, margaritas, bloody marys, budlight/budwisers, and mimosas
  • May 12th to May 19th Homemade Irish Creme )in coffee/shots, white russians, margaritas, bloody marys, budlight/budwiser, and mimosas.


Laundry Kitchen and Cocktails

Closed April 14th to April 28th. Double points for Rex Family Card holders until May 10th


Low Country Kitchen

Contact Low Country Kitchen for mud season information


Lyon’s Pharmacy

Soda fountain closed week of April 21st to April 27th


Mahogany Ridge

Closing down April 21st and reopening May 3rd. After May 3rd Happy Hours are 4pm to 5:30 pm and 9pm to 10pm.



From now until mid to late June, Mambos will have limited hours closing at 9


Mazzola’s Italian Diner

Double points for Rex Family Card Holders until May 10th


Mountain Tap Brewery

Closed April 14th to April 30th. Reopens May 1st at 3:30pm


Off The Beaten Path

Limited hours for mud season, April 1st to June 1st: Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm. Sunday 8am to 5pm. Will be closed on Easter Sunday April 21st and April 30th.


Old Town Pub

Opens at 3 Monday to Thursday. Opens at noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Resumes normal hours on May 15th


O’Neil’s Tavern and Grill

Specials now to Memorial Day weekend (May 27th)

  • Sunday to Thursdays 4pm t o10pm: Buy one get one free entrees on the entire menu.


Otto Pint

Closed from Easter day (April 21st) to May 1st

, Specials – May 1st to June 9tht:

  • Wednesdays – Bingo Night with specials.
  • Thursdays – Hospitality Industry Nights; 50% off wells, drafts, wines by the glass, and food: must present hospitality industry check stub to be eligible.
  • Friday – All day happy hours.
  • Saturday – regular menu and prices.

Sunday – Family night; $15 for adults $10 for kids 12 and under, all you can eat pasta, pizza, and salad



Closed April 21st to April 28th. Reopens April 29th at 9am


Sake 2 U
Sake2U will be closed from April 14th to May 3rd. Will have new menu after May 3rd. Cinco de Mayo specials “Sake de Mayo” 1⁄2 price Sake on Friday May 3rd, Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th. Entire month of May will be open 5 days a week from Wednesday to Sunday.


Salt and Lime

Closed – April 22-26th – for cleaning. Rex Family Card holders gain double points now until May 15th. Will be open May 5th for Cinco De Mayo.


Sambi Canton

Closed April 25th to April 28th



will be closed April 14th until April 28th



Mud-season specials April 2nd to June 1st.

  • Mimosa Monday: $3 mimosas all day.
  • Tuesday & Thursday: 2 for 1 all day (must purchase 2 drinks and one meal to qualify)
  • Wine Wednesday: $4 glasses of wine all day


Skull Creek Greek

Open all mud season


Smell That Bread

Closed April 9th to May 10th


Steamboat Meat & Seafood

Limited hours for mud season, Tuesday through Saturday, 9am to 7pm. Closed Monday and Sunday. “2 Punch Tuesday” is valid for Tuesdays and Thursday all mud season  .


Steamboat Smokehouse

Locals Only Specials: choice of Pulled Pork Sandwich, Chopped Brisket Sandwich, soup and small salad, grilled cheese, slice of pizza – all of which come with option of fries/small salad and non-alcoholic drink, all of which is $7.95.

4 wings $10


Steamboat Whiskey Co.

Closed May 13 – 23


Sunpies Cajun Bistro

Closed from now until May 11th


Table 79 Foodbar

“Destination Hospitality Dining Passport.” April 1st to June 6th. Offers 50% off any entree for 2 people. $10 to purchase actual passport card.


Tap House Sports Grill

Closed April 14th to April 23rd


The Press

Music Every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm. Check Facebook for line up


The Shack

Will close down on May 7th  to clean.



Now until end of May: Nachos, quesadillas , and taquitos apps all $6.99 from 2pm to 6pm. All day specials: 12oz house margarita $4.50, 20oz Medium Cadillac Margarita and original margarita $9.95.