Surrounded on all sides by snow-capped peaks and set at the narrow head of a deep valley, Ouray touts itself as the "Switzerland of America." With no nearby ski area to attract the tourism of other alpine Colorado towns, Ouray has kept much of its authentic turn-of-the-century charm. The whole town is registered as a Historic District and includes many buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Its free Ice Park attracts amateur and pro ice climbers from around the world.
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4.5 based on 213 reviews
This kicked off our first night in Ouray for Christmas. We did not have reservations on Christmas Eve and the hostess took us in on a cancelation, calling my husbands cell phone to inform us. Great customer service from the get-go! The waitress was also helpful and friendly. Quiet, cozy, and relaxing atmosphere. There was a long rectangular table with chairs and fireplace built in to the center of it outside before you come in. A nice touch for the cold mountain air.
We all enjoyed our meals. The portions were very hearty. The Elk Bolognese did not taste gamey at all and was a hit at the table. The steak was cooked to perfection and the fries were neither greasy nor burnt. Kudos to them for that as fries can easily be ruined. The Lamb pappardelle was a bit gamey but my husband loved it. My natural chicken with parmesan risotto was very filling and scrumptious. Maybe a bit heavy on the parmesan in the risotto but other than that, a very outstanding and flavorful dish. It was hard to taste the ginger reduction with the pork chop. This was the least favorite dish on the table. The pork looked like it was cooked correctly, however, I do have that one child who always seems to pick the least favorite thing on the menu.
The affogato with mini pistachio cannoli was a wonderful surprise on the menu. We ordered two of these and there was no waste. The flourless chocolate decadence cake with ice cream was a bit too caramelly tasting for all of us but it was good. The dessert menu seemed to have something for everyone.
My husband ordered coffee and red wine and they too were delicious. We will definitely be back to this gem in Ouray. Thank you for your hospitality and good food!
4.5 based on 901 reviews
Established in 2001. We are a small family of chocolatiers and coffee roasters living in a small town nestled in the San Juan Mountains in the southwest corner of Colorado. We use only the finest Belgian chocolate and make everything by hand. Our shop is open everyday except Christmas. Stop by if you are in the neighborhood. We'd love to hear stories about how our chocolate has been a part of your lives. It brings us together in our love for chocolate, fine ingredients and sharing them with our family and friends.
Great chocolates and lots more here. I love the peanut butter fudge, and of course the famous Scrap Cookies! They roast their own coffee beans, and if you like your coffee strong, this is the place to go. Good ice cream and coffee and ice cream drinks. YUMMY!
4 based on 110 reviews
This is an avoid and go elsewhere type of bakery. Everything in the case looked either under- or over-baked, but I purchased 3 items to check. My visual assessment was correct.
I purchased a slice of the quick bread. Within a 1/2" of the exterior, the quick bread was gummy. It was so under-baked, my fingers plunged into raw batter upon opening the paper sheet containing the slice.
The cookie was dark enough to be burnt. The disk smelled and tasted burnt.
The 3rd item, a BLT sandwich was just horrible. The two people inside claimed the bread was baked in their oven. They should get another baker.
The two people behind the bakery case were pleasant, so this place gets decent marks for service.
4.5 based on 534 reviews
The Bon Ton is a local favorite! We offer a variety of entrees including pasta dishes, steaks, and seafood. All of our food is fresh and cooked to order. Please visit our website for up to date and correct menu.
Not sure how Bon Ton was rated number 1 by Trip Advisor.. Maybe our expectations were too high from reading the reviews.
They put us up some stairs in the second area which was old and dated looking. We should have requested to sit in the main dining room. We even had reservations.
The service took forever to get our salads. The croutons looked like they were out of a bag. The chicken parmesan was bland and did not have good flavor. We had to ask for water several times. The prices were above average and they charge $6.00 splitting charge.
Overall, it was an ok experience. We probably will not be back.
3 based on 69 reviews
Stopped in for some ice cream and decided to try the sundae. The only problem with it was to eat quickly enough before the giant mound of different flavor ice creams in the bowl melted down over the side. All of the ones that I tried were good as were the samples that I tasted from my companion's bowl.
Worth a stop just for the ice cream.
4.5 based on 592 reviews
What an incredible find in this remote town. The burgers, onion rings, and fries were incredible. The family that runs the restaurant were great people, and offered wonderful service (The young daughter welcomed us, and was so pleasant to my special needs daughter). The inside is a little crowded, but if the sun is out, sitting on the front porch can be very comfortable. Two special notes. One, it is my understanding this restaurant has been owned by the same family for nearly 60 years, and two, they allow you to write on the walls, tables and almost anywhere inside the restaurant, so all over the place are written the names of guest and other special messages.
4.5 based on 152 reviews
My wife and I had breakfast there the first morning of our visit on the recommendation of the place we were staying, and we ended up back there once more! The staff was pleasant, and food delicious. Great huevos rancheros (twice), as well as a breakfast burrito and standard 2-egg-potatoes-and-toast. I recommend going early, as the place is small, and fills up easily. There was a line out the door nearly the entire time we were there both days. (Many people were there for counter service, though.) The place used to be on Main street in a larger shop, but apparently they were "forced out." I'm glad they didn't pack up, and quit. A smaller place is better than no place for this fine restaurant in Ouray!
4.5 based on 854 reviews
My husband brought me to the Outlaw 9 years ago on our very first date and it was as good then as it is now! The environment is so comfortable and the food is amazing! Plus there is a full bar and the western decor is super authentic!
4 based on 1 reviews
The Ouray Brewery is open daily. Our brewery has three levels — with fine food and outstanding craft brews offered on each floor. Level one houses our kitchen and intimate pub. Level two offers our main dining area and brewery. And level three boasts the only rooftop patio in the “Switzerland of America” — Ouray, Colorado.Ouray has all the right ingredients — unspoiled scenery and water, a great local community and culture and close proximity to other great breweries. Come join us for a brew and a taste of all Ouray and Ouray Brewery have to offer. Our brewmaster is Jeff Lockhart. His creations include:Alpine AmberAutum Rye AleBox Canyon Brown AleCamp Bird BlondeSan Juan IPASeasonal Brews: Our seasonal offerings include Saisons, Alts, Stouts and Porters. Check with your server when visiting to see what’s currently on tap.
My husband and I stopped here after making the trek from Durango. We enjoyed sitting at the bar and had a snack of the Onion Rings. Oh my they were huge and the beer batter was great!! Would definitely recommend place to eat when in...MoreThe beer batter should be great! When one's trek over Red Mountain pass is complete, one deserves a few moments to relax. We appreciate you winding down at Ouray Brewery!
4 based on 701 reviews
This place was recommended to us by a local for their exceptional salads, as we were looking for lighter fare on Saturday evening. The Caesar Salad was great and their margaritas above average as well.
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