There are a dozen or so places to eat on the slopes at Steamboat and, beyond the sheer range of dining options available, the resort has made a big effort to provide quality in its food from very basic items like sandwiches right through to its fine dining options.
So when you’re dining you may be pleased to consider that these initiatives since 2004 include getting rid of all transfats from their food, and using as many free trade, organic and natural ingredients as they can. The resort has also embarked on a ‘zero waste’ plan and aims to compost waste food. Every restaurant features fresh vegetarian and vegan options.
For cafeteria style food there are several food courts. The Thunderhead Food Court On the 3rd floor of the upper gondola terminal, has salad bar, burgers, pizza and other snacks ranging in price from $3-$15.
Or you can get a fast table-service lunch in a more relaxed atmosphere in The Stoker two floors below on the first floor. There are great views out over the Yampa Valley from both restaurants.
For a real gourmet lunch head up to Ragnar’s which has a slight Scandinavian twist in its fine dining options that include seafood and game.
Halfway down High Noon, the Rendezvous Saddle has two floors of dining space with Italian and Mexican on the top floor and mountain cafeterias standards like pasta, stews and burgers on the main level below.
Restaurants In Town
Steamboat has more than 100 restaurants. You can try local fish and game including elk, buffalo and Rocky Mountain oysters or you can eat cuisine from around the world including Italian, Mexican, French and Japanese.
For something simple, Mountain Mama’s (Gondola Transit Center) is a good choice for crepes. You can pick up a crepe named after a song, a flower, a ski run or a celebrity. Or Lyon’s Drug & Johnny B Good’s both offer the classic American 1950s ice cream parlour experience complete with soda fountains.
If you fancy a change from North American and European cuisine, the Bombay Grill (Wildhorse Marketplace) could be the answer, as it offers traditional Northern Indian cuisine, with a variety of curries and other dishes.
One popular dining experience in the resort is a ride up in the gondola to Hazie's restaurant (+1 (970) 871 5150 ) for a Western barbecue (think lots of big chunks of meat!) with an all-you-can-eat buffet accompanied by live country and western music and dancing. This is available Friday to Sunday evenings and at holiday periods.
Given its size, Steamboat has both Safeway (1400 S. Lincoln Avenue; +1 (970) 879 3766) and Wal-Mart (1805 Central Park Drive; +1 (970) 879 8115) supermarkets.
There are also several smaller grocery stores that may be more convenient for your accommodation. These include The Market On The Mountain (2500 Village Drive #101; +1 (970) 879 2965), a full service grocery and wine store located half a block away from the gondola and open 16 hours a day from 7am to 11pm. Back in town there’s also the City Market (1825 Central Park Dr; +1 (970) 879 3290).
For organic and gourmet food try The Homesteader (817 Lincoln Avenue; +1 (970) 879 5880) downtown which sells local beef, rare meats including lamb, duck and elk as well as fine cheeses and many other deli products imported from around the world.