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Blue River Bistro
Blue River Bistro

Blue River Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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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Diner Reviews
  • "Drinks were creative, my pasta was excellent, and the scallops were delicious. Have a reservation it was full on a Monday. A few too many tables made it feel crowded."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We brought guests new to Breck and Blue River Bistro who were thrilled with the quality of the food. The server confused one order but made it up quickly and left us with the extra meal to take home. We were pleased that the quality was so good and that our guests left with such a positive impression."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Renee the server was great! She was spot on with suggestions the entire meal. Our glass was never empty and no question was left unanswered."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Great place for light lunch and glass of wine. Dinner menus excellent and usually there is entertainment."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Everytime I go to Breckenridge, Summer or Winter, I am sure to stop at Blue River Bistro! It's the best brunch in Breckenridge! I have also had dinner there and it was fabulous as well!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "This restaurant was packed but I didn't find it to be anything special. No jazz on Friday nights. My husband had the chicken marsala and the sauce was flavorful, but the chicken was lacking salt, dry and overcooked. I had the eggplant risotto and added tiger shrimp. The risotto was delicious but lacked salt which I added but the tiger shrimp tasted fresh and was grilled to perfection. The eggplant was unseasoned and poorly cooked. I am sensitive to salt so for me to add salt means the food was very bland. The butter leaf wedge salad was delicious and had a fresh herb which made it unique - I think it was thyme. Service - excellent. Restaurant is noisy and we were seated right next to others - hard to talk and hear -not very romantic."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Celebrated birthdays with all four wining and dining on an array of delectable dishes while enjoying live music we could dance to!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I never miss going to Blue River Bistro when I'm in Breckenridge. I can always count on excellent service and food to match, and have never been disappointed. Absolutely the best place in the area."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food was very good but the noise level made it a very unpleasant experience."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Good food and great cocktails. Wonderful happy hour every day at the bar or back patio."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Food was very good. Small restaurant that was very crowded. The menu was very good with good variety. The quality of the food was very good. Wait staff was nice but spread pretty thin. We understand they have Happy Hour from 4-6 and 9-close every day."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We were late due to a traffic tie-up, but they accommodated us. Service was slow. After an appetizer it was an hour after we arrived before the rest came and then only after I asked. Based on its temp. (luke warm for both our meals), it had been sitting in the kitchen for a while; the waitress had forgotten us. We didn't send the food back because we had a concert to get to. Food was nothing to speak of. Overwhelming blue cheese on escargots, overly sauced venison, a very average tomato sauce covering half the steak, half the potatoes and all the asparagus. Food would have been good except for all the sauces. Final blow was when the waitress forgot to include the bottle of wine on our bill. Paying for that delayed us even further."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The food was excellent, the waiter was attentive, and the live music was very fun. There were four of us in our party, each had a different meal, but all agreed it was one of the best each had ever had. In addition, I have several food allergies and they were able to modify items for me, which were still tasty and creative. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "6 of us dined at Blue River Bistro on a Saturday night during the peak of tourist season. The Bistro was packed and very busy. We had the scallop appetizer that was very good but only 2 scallops, also had the mussels' and they were excellent with a more generous portion. The main courses were were very well prepared and presented the only complaint would be the noise level which made it impossible to talk with our fellow diners without raising our voices."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We have come here several times and are never disappointed."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We were disappointed in the food. Perhaps it was what we ordered or someone had a bad hair day, but we were disappointed. We had Turkey sandwich and even tho turkey was cut off the bird and not deli turkey, it was flavorless; sandwich was uninspired, lettuce not fresh. Other person had flank steak gyro - again flavorless and uninspired."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Good food, a bit pricy, excellent service, nice live jazz on a Thursday early evening."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The hostess was friendly, helpful and attentive. The manager was the same. The bartender was up-beat, helpful, friendly, and overall amazing. The food is unique, acceptably priced and tasty. And happy hour is always worth attending."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This is a great place to have dinner with friends or significant other. The food is delicious and the service is pretty good too."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Went for happy hour, 2 for one martinis and 2 for one appetizers. Small place, recently redone, noisy as others have stated, but not terrible. Appetizers and drinks very good, but not excellent. Price value excellent!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "our group had a fine dining experience at the Blue River Bistro"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Blue River Bistro has a nice variety menu, great specials and service. We loved the Tiger Shrimp appetizer (especially the dipping sauce), and the bacon wrapped scallops. Our server was perfectly attentive and helpful with our choices. We can recommend this restaurant with confidence to our friends and family. We will be back soon!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Blue River Bistro has ALWAYS been a great locals restaurant as the food is excellent with large portions."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We spend a lot of time in Breckenridge during the summer and this is always one of my favorite places. I love lunch and dinner and their late night Happy Hour menu is wonderful! Their martinis are so creative and are very good! I also feel like you get a lot for your money here. The staff is always very nice and accommodating. I'd recommend this to anyone!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "great location and ambience. would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "It was so noisy that I had to cover my ears. Could not hold a conversation with friends. Food was mediocre. Staff was surely."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "One of several restaurants recommended by a Breckenridge resident for my family while visiting for a few days. Menu has a wide variety of appetizers, salads and entrees. IWhile the menu has an Italian slant (lots of pastas and traditional Italian preparations) Blue River Bistro seems to hit many different styles. They have a great variety of meat, fish, chicken as well as vegetable entrees. I tasted the tenderloin, chicken Parmesan, tortellini, and fettuccine. All were savory, seasoned and well balanced. Equally suitable for couples, groups and families with kids."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Excellent reasonable priced food. Prompt friendly service. Can be noisy when the musician is playing.i had the salmon which was first rate and my son had the rib eye steak which he said was delicious but was a hefty portion. The mozzarella tomato salad was also excellent as was the bruschetta.the outside seating is pleasant for lunch and early evening dining but can become chilly in the later evening, so bring a warm jacket."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I came for dinner a little later on a Monday evening (8:30) and found the place to be energetic with a very hip feel. We were seated along a long banquette along the wall with the other tables a little close. I was worried it would be too busy to have a special dinner out but it ended up being perfect! We were able to have intimate conversation and still feel like we were part of something. There was a great vibe. It felt nice to be in happening place in town that felt alive at a non-prime dinner time. The food was absolutely outstanding as well. I think our server's name was Renee. She timed everything perfectly and the evening had a great flow to it. I definitely recommend the Bistro!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Nice restaurant in a beautiful town. Staff was friendly and personable. However, we were not told of unavailable items when we were seated, and 2 of the 4 people at our table had to change their entree choices when the waitress took our order. I ordered the chicken Marsala and thought it rather bland tasting, but I am from Louisiana where we kick things up a notch in the seasoning department. I would give this place another try before I cross it off my list."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We had a delicious wedding dinner @ Blue River. The staff treated us with special care recognizing the importance of the dinner for us. We had our first New Year's Eve Dinner together there many years ago, so it was a sentimental return and lived up to all our expectations. Thanks to Blue River Bistro and Staff."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Blue River Bistro. We came up for one-night getaway and this was the perfect dinner choice. The wine was great and everything we ate awesome! And we decided on what we want to try next time already! The creme brulee was amazing!!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Blue River was a great location for a ladies night out. Service was spectacular and the food was fair, more selection would be welcome. The restaurant is a bit on the noisy side. Be sure to request a table away from the band on jazz nights as it can be difficult to hear your fellow diners. Overall our experience was a good one."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We dined here with a group of 4. We absolutely loved the food; especially Brie and Spinach and Artichoke apps we ordered. However, we had to leave as soon as we could. It was so loud in there and there wasn't even a band playing. We commented many times to each other that if they would just lower the ceiling the noise level wouldn't be as bad. Our heads and ears were hurting for hours."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We've been to the Blue River Bistro many times and the food was always good but the acoustics were poor which made the restaurant noisy. This was our first visit since the entire inside was remodeled. Unfortunately, the owners did nothing to dampen the noise during the remodel. On the plus side, the food and service are still outstanding. I had the Linguine Sicily which was a spicy blend of seafood and pasta, and was tremendous."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Wanted nice place for anniversary and found on Open Table. Were we pleased! Great food and wonderful service."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The noise from the bar carried throughout the restaurant causing everyone to talk over everyone.. And that was at 5:45, I imagine it is louder later. The appetizers were good but the chicken my wife had was poorly prepared and had a few inedible pieces. The portions were large but I would have been happier with smaller portions with more care in preparation. One thing I was happy with was the aesthetics, they did put thought into making the food lookgood. I wouldn't suggest for a romantic night out but maybe an after bar stop. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We took our mom up to Breck for a surprise birthday weekend and had dinner here. She's allergic to chocolate so instead of the chocolate cake they would usually bring at the end (which did look very good) they gave us two flutes of champagne. I got the mahi mahi and it was amazing. The carrots were particularly great. All four distinct entrees that we ordered, including the chef's special, were outstanding. Quantity, quality and temperature were all perfect. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Awesome food, and $4 Bloody Marys! Can't beat it. Love the new look too."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Nice dinner. Best place we have been to for dinner in Breckenridge. Will come again."
    Dined on 4/27/2014