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Blue River Bistro
Blue River Bistro

Blue River Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blueriverbistro.com
  • Email: blueriverbistro@blueriverbistro.com
  • Phone: (970) 453-6974
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
    Cocktails & Appetizers: Monday - Sunday until 1:00am
    Happy Hour: 3pm to 6pm (Bar Only) & 9pm to Midnight
    *Reservations exceeding 12 guests are available Monday - Thursday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Brandon Farr
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The Blue River Bistro has earned a wonderful reputation for being one of the best and most consistent restaurants in Summit County. We take extreme pride in our restaurant and in 2004 expanded into off-site catering with the goal of providing the same quality and consistency to our off-site events as we do in-house. There are no hidden costs, ‘convenience fees’ or fine print. The Blue River Bistro culinary team takes immense pleasure in our guest satisfaction resulting in repeat business and referrals. The Blue River Bistro looks forwarded to stunning you and your guests!
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you are planning a Wedding Rehearsal Dinner, Corporate Meeting, or a Cocktail and Hors doeuvre Party, our special events coordinator Jay Beckerman will help you plan a unique and memorable event at the Blue River Bistro.
    Located conveniently on Main Street in Breckenridge, the Blue River Bistro hosts each private event in a visually rich and inviting space. From elegant dinners to intimate cocktail parties, we will customize a menu specific to your onsite occasion. The Blue River Bistro can accomodate up to 70 seated guests for a full restaurant buyout or up to 125 for a standing cocktail party. Partial buyouts can accommodate up to 45 for a sit down dining event or up to 60 for a cocktail party. When weather permits, our patios increase our total capacity by 30 seats and 50 guests standing.

    Food and beverage minimums vary by day of the week, time of the year, and timing of the event.
  • Private Party Contact: Jay Beckerman (970) 453-6974
  • Entertainment: Where in Summit County can you dine out with live jazz music every night of the week? Only at the Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge can you enjoy an amazing dining experience with live music! The Bistro has diverse jazz every night of the week varying from: Latin Jazz, Modern Jazz, Delta Blues, Classic Acoustic and Contemporary Jazz. Come in for an apres dinner cocktail at the Bistro's Martini Bar and savor one of the 40 original martinis or a glass of wine from the extensive Italian
    and domestic wine list.
  • Special Events & Promotions: At The Blue River Bistro Restaurant in Breckenridge, Colorado, we are the perfect venue for your private party or event! Whether you are planning a Wedding Rehearsal Dinner, Corporate Meeting, or a Cocktail and Hors doeuvre Party, our special events coordinator Jay Beckerman will help you plan a unique and memorable event at the Blue River Bistro.

    Located conveniently on Main Street in Breckenridge, the Blue River Bistro hosts each private event in a visually rich and inviting space. From elegant dinners to intimate cocktail parties, we will customize a menu specific to your onsite occasion.

    The Blue River Bistro can accomodate up to 70 seated guests for a full restaurant buyout or up to 125 for a standing cocktail party. Partial buyouts can accommodate up to 45 for a sit down dining event or up to 60 for a cocktail party. When weather permits, our patios increase our total capacity by 30 seats and 50 guests standing.
    Food and beverage minimums vary.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Watson
  • Public Transit: The Breckenridge Transit System's departure timetable is available at www.townofbreckenridge.com, hours of operation are from 6:30am to Midnight. In addition the majority of Hotels in the area offer shuttle services to the Blue River Bistro's front door as well as return service.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The Blue River Bistro has ample parking in the rear of the building across the river from the Gondola. Please use the parking directly behind the Blue River Bistro and the adjoining businesses and restrain from parking at the neighboring Bed and Breakfast to the South of the Building. If the rear area is full, there is non-metered parking available along Main Street in front of the Blue River Bistro.
A word from Blue River Bistro
The Blue River Bistro's elegant atmosphere, superior cuisine, and tremendous wine and liquor selection combine with moderate prices to present the ultimate dining experience. The Blue River Bistro's contemporary Italian-American fare features an amazing variety of award-winning gourmet pasta entrees, hearty hand-cut steaks, chicken entrees, fresh seafood and our chef's daily specials. The entire menu is prepared with diligent care and expertise from high quality ingredients and is
perfectly complimented by the casually sophisticated, high-energy ambiance. The Blue River Bistro also offers an extensive list of domestic and imported wines, as well as an impressive by the glass selection. Our martini bar presents an unmatched premium martini menu, featuring 40 original martinis. Come and enjoy our exceptional late night appetizer and dessert menu with an evening cocktail and live jazz music.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "The food and serivce were top notch but the close seating and the very high noise level made it all but impossible to hold a conversation. We and the folks at the tables next to us had to shout and thus we all overheard each others attempts at conversation. They really, really need to find a way to add some ceiling baffles or accousitc absorbing tiles or something to cut down on the noise. The decor was beautiful and the food wonderful but hard to enjoy when I get a headache every time I have been to your restaurant."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Love going to this restaurant - typically always a stop when in town. Remodel looks great. Only downside latest visit - the noise level is now through the roof. Not a quiet / romantic stop anymore, it appears. Do recommend and will go again, but with different expectations."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Although the service and food are good, this restaurant has the worst acoustics of anywhere I have ever eaten. We were seated on the back wall of the dining room. There is a high ceiling with no type of soundproof tiles etc, so the room echoes all conversations. On top of that there is music playing which you can barely hear, the noise level escalates having to talk above all. Terrible, if you want to hear your friend/date do NOT dine here! The food is decent, and the service good, but not sure it is worth the frustration of deafening conversation."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We came on a Thursday evening and were surprised to hear a jazz trio with a vocalist performing. We were seated at a cozy banquet by the window and I was able to look out on the street and the mountain. Our server was excellent, and made very good suggestions of the very good duck breast special and the delicious ruby trout over farrow. As we checked out the wine list we spotted a chianti from Tuscany where we had just enjoyed a wine tasting. We had to order it and we were transported back to Tuscany! We look forward to returning to this gem of a restaurant. ."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "This place is a great place for brunch. It has been totally redecorate/renovated in the last year, much more open, much noisier, but. Beautifully re-done."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We have dined at BRB three times.Great food but very poor service.We were served our main courses 15 mins apart on our last visit.Also we were finally handed a check for twice for what it should have been.The final insult.Not what you expect from this type of restaurant.The tables are too close together and the live music is too loud.A number of new and better restaurants have opened up in Breck and give a superior. dining experience"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Food was outstanding as usual. Service a little slower than normal with several other large parties also being seated for early dinner. Waittress was fantastic though and even brought a glass of wine on the house as an apology for the long wait. Couple of new dishes today that were also fantastic. Only sad that they dind't currently have their fantastic quinoa salad,"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This is one of our "go to" places when we are in Breckenridge and want a nice dinner. Everything was great, as always."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Also the calamari....the other food was not that impressive and the ribeye was not good at all. For those of us who were having martinis it made up for the food."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Dinner is always delicious, and the atmosphere is fun. Lunch is actually a favorite, too. Sandwiches and soups are absolutely fabulous. Sit at the bar and watch sports while you eat."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food is been consistently good. Fish dishes are done with creativity. Good for gluten free/and/or vegetarian people as they can substitute if needed."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We love this restaurant! Food, ambience and service are always wonderful!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "It was crowded and service was a little slow. The waiter was wonderful and apologized several times although we were not in a hurry and did not mind. Give it good to excellent recommendation"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I went to the bistro for my birthday and it was excellent. Food was great and, for such a busy night, the service was attentive and on point!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We had a great dining experience on a Friday night. Great menu, lot of good choices. Food was delicious!!! Service very good as well."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great for those gluten free. Ask waiter. Substituted rice noodles for pasta and created a delicious meal!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "We always book ahead when visiting Breckenridge. This has been a consistently good restaurant. The musician adds to the ambiance along with the new decor."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The food was very good. Our waitress was helpful with descriptions and dishes to try. Would go again the next time we are in Breckenridge."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I had the linguine with seafood and the seafood was stale, rubbery and fishy tasting. The bibb lettuce wedge salad had an imbalance of flavors and not tasty. I've eaten here many times before and the food was consistantly good, but this time I must haveI picked the wrong things."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Arrived on time, shown to table on time,restaurant busy . 15 minutes pass , no waitress, 30 minutes pass no waitress , 35 minutes pass , ah a waitress , takes orders for two bottles wine , 10 minutes pass and the white wine arrives , for 3 of us, .Asked where the red wine was she said it was coming , 5 minutes latter it does BUT it is the wrong wine. She then asks to take our order and has to be told to go and get the correct wine, which she did almost 55 minutes after arrival . Of course issues empty apology and blames the changes that have taken place. The only change is that she should be terminated. The food was fine , exactly as expected. At the end of the meal no one offered to find our coats which had been taken on arrival"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Walking into the Blue River Bistro, I knew it was going to be great. The staff welcomed us into this beautifully decorated restaurant. There was a great gathering for happy hour but our corner seat was quiet and the service was excellent. We were treated like royalty. Our waiter was very helpful with the menu. The food looked and tasted great. Everything we ordered was done to perfection. Save room for dessert. The creme brûlée is delicious!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The place is listed as Italian, expect the dishes to have a colorado twist. The red trout is outstanding. Sliders are fabulous. Live music most nights."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Two teenagers, my husband and I were visiting from NY to ski. A guitarist was playing and it was a good accompaniment to our meal. I recommend the Champagne martini -- perfectly done. Fun, semi-loud crowd but that was great. Had a 7 reservation and we were sat right away. Enjoyed their specials and all had large, filling meals. Really nicely done. Best meal and drinks for our week's stay."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Had to reserve a table a week in advance and still only had reso's for 8:30 at the earliest. Food was amazing, scene was excellent, and they were so busy we were sat exactly at 8:30. Don't get there early before your reservation unless you want to have a drink at the bar first. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We've been here multiple times and will keep going back !! Good food with nice selection and friendly staff !! As an app I had seared scallops with basil Israeli couscous. OMG.....so good."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The atmosphere was great, but the food quality was poor. We had a group of 8 and all had the same opinion. Would not recommend."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We made a reservation for 4:30 because that is we were told was available and we were seated in the main area of the Restaurant. However Happy Hour was in full swing and we wanted to take advantage of the specials. I am not sure why we would pay full price for what was being served 15 feet away from our table. However they moved us upon our request. They admonished us about the main dining reservation and not making a reservation if we wanted happy hour. We explained none of that was clear to us while making the reservation. They were nice but we had a few moments of uncomfortable. That being said the food was great, the drinks and service was stellar. We will go back and next time know how to work the system."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Really like the ambience of this restaurant - the good was amazing. The buffalo was awesome! The Italian food was great. The fruit infused vodka was tasty. The waitress was the only part of the experience that was lacking only three visits to the table of 6 in 1.5 hrs. We skipped dessert because of this - very disappointed about that. I would still recommend because the food was so good. Hope the wait staff improves next time we visit Breck."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "My wife and I never miss a chance to go here while we're skiing in the summit. add it to your go to locations for anytime you have a ski trip with your significant other. We normally come for wine and cheese and apps, bit this trip came for the fixed menu on Valentines day. The venison tenderloin was the highlight of our meal. Also try Dillon Dam brewery!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The snow was falling heavily outside which added to the ambiance of the modern decor inside the restaurant. Our waiter suggested the salmon which was fantastic with incredible flavor. My wife had the chicken marsala which was also very good. Live music playing in the background, along with the adjacent bar made the main dining area a little noisy but fun. Excellent service and friendly staff. We would definitely come back again and again!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Given the reviews I read before deciding on BRB, I expected a better overall experience. The service and ambiance were good, the place is energetic, but while my wife enjoyed the cuisine, I was a little overwhelmed (and surprised) by the cheesiness (too much cheese) of everything we ordered."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant several times and have found it to be consistently good. The menu is large enough for the pickiest of eaters and children alike. This visit was quieter than I remember it which was good. We could be heard across the table without yelling. I have found it a little too noisy for conversation when they have live music which is nice if you expect it. Just depends on what you're looking for. Always a good meal."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We ate at Blue River Bistro for Valentines Day last night, and it was one of the best meals I've had in a long time, and I'm a foodie. They had a fixed price 4-course menu with an optional wine pairing, and it was nothing short of amazing. The price was a little steep, $95 for the food and $35 for the wine, but worth every penny. Highlights of the meal included a baked scallop to start (best scallop I've ever had), then a venison filet that you could cut with a spoon. I'm not typically a huge venison fan, but it was perfect. Then the bison filet came with sauces and sides that nearly brought me to tears. My wife had the Chilean sea bass, which was like butter. All told, made for a very special and memorable V-Day for us."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great food, interesting combinations. Wine pairings were a little less than expected. Noise level is very high. Service excellent."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I do not rate the restaurants in Breck very high, but this is among those we do like. Very nice that they have live music and the bar is fun. I had the salmon and it was very delicious. My husband had the Pasta Sicily and it was bland and tasteless-was a big dissappointment for a guy who loves pasta!. Beet salad was very good as well. I think among the restaurants in town, this is a good choice. We liked eating in the bar on the high tables more than in the restaurant."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Food was excellent. It was a very busy evening so the service was just a little slow, but nothing that was overly frustrating. There was live music which was nice."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "This restaurant was loud, but not obnoxious. Many of the items were just ok, but the Red Snapper was out of this world. I would highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Over several ski seasons we have gone to Blue River for the live music during the week. Don't bother. The restaurant has placed several large tables close to the musicians so hearing the music is impossible. The food was not up to the standard we have experienced in the past. Escargot was prepared with a large coating of cheese. The ribeye was tough and full of gristle. Our server was friendly, but the kitchen was slow. A manager offered to replace the steak. We declined so they took half off the price. We have really enjoyed Blue River in the past, and hope that this visit was an aberration. Because of the noise level we would recommend Blue River as a great après place with above average food."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "The food is always good and the chef will accommodate special food needs. They often have good live music. My only complaint is that it is pretty noisy for those of us who have a little hearing deficit."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "The recent renovations of brb are outstanding. Less noisy and more open and larger looking. Great food!!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014