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Sow's Ear

Sow's Ear Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://sowseardurango.com
  • Email: sowsear@live.com
  • Phone: (970) 247-3527
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: George Mehaffie
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Wedding receptions, company parties, family reunions, rehearsal dinners, birthday's, anniversaries. The Sows Ear is available for all type of private functions with the chefs creating personalized menus for you in a variety of price ranges. Renting the whole restaurant or just reserving a large table, your party will be delighted with the spectacular views, delectable food and excellent service!
  • Private Party Contact: George Mehaffie (970) 247-3527

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Located inside the Silver Pick Lodge
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Sow's Ear
Sow's Ear Restaurant, established in 1986, is located in the Silverpick Lodge, one mile south of Durango Mountain Resort. Set amongst the beautiful San Juan mountains, the Sow's Ear is the longest running restaurant in the area with a new owner and head chef George Mehaffie taking over in May 2008 bringing new ideas and fresh seasonal menus to the restaurant, while continuing the tradition of "the best steaks on the mountain". Come up and see us and enjoy a unique mountain dining experience.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Our special Family birthday dinner at the end of December..hoping for a great dining experience with our sons…but it was VERY noisy…food was fine, not great, but overpriced and overall not impressed. We did like the fact that all the food is local."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Perfect for a night out in the mountains! Food & atmosphere were fantastic!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We spent 4 glorious days skiing in Purgatory and had dinner at this charming restaurant on our last evening. The view is extraordinary!!! We had a table surrounded by windows to the snowy mountains and were never aware of anyone else around us. Our friend ordered the calamari appetizer and my husband ordered the roasted beet salad. The 4 of us shared both plates and weren't disappointed. The entrees and desserts were equally delightful. Loved our final dinner in this lovely spot."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "A little bit off the beaten path but well worth the drive. A classy little gem with a touch of rustic elegance. The food was upscale, delicious, wonderfully prepared, and nicely presented. The menu offers a spectrum of beef, fish, pork, and elk with size offerings for the lighter appetites. Staff was very friendly and prompt."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We live several miles from Durango and my wife and I try once a month to go to Durango for a nice meal. Sows Ear is an extra thirty minutes from down town Durango but was well worth the time. The beef cuts are amazing as well as the sauces were very well prepared. We enjoyed the meal and the service was very good. Entrees came out at the right time and the staff never rushed us even for a busy Friday night. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Sows ear is the perfect place for a nice dinner. Food is always amazing and service is great"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We had a room and a reservation for dinner for Valentine's day, and the menu was delicious. We were seated next to friends of ours, and they had just received their drinks as we were placing our order. Our friend had a blue cheese stuffed olive in his martini, which is my husband's favorite, so he asked for the same. We were told the bartender "no longer wanted to make those, too busy", and we were refused. (strange, since it had been merely 2 minutes since our friend had been served) We thought that an odd way to cultivate a good customer service experience. The meal itself was good, the waitress was friendly and apologetic. I though that the bartender's inability to be acomodationg was an uncomfortable position to put her in."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had the filet mignon which was absolutely amazing! The view of teh mountains nearby added to the dining experience as the sun set behind us. Cannot wait to return!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Sow's Ear has terrific elk and the calamari app is well prepared and crispy. Enjoy well prepared steaks in a rustic mountain setting, good job to the chef and owners in keeping quality up!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Not to be missed if you are staying on the mountain. Steaks are perfectly prepared and much care goes into the side dishes. Great views."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The food was good. The wine list was good but every bottle we ordered they were out. They did give us an expense bottle for a lesser charge. They charged us to stuff 4 olives with blue chesse Not sure why. We had some questionable charges on our ticket but overall the food was good."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Food, service and ambience were all great. We skied in the afternoon so that we could stop there for dinner. We had reservations for 5 pm but got there at 4:30 and expected to have to wait at the bar. However, Chrissy seated us at a table right away and attended to our orders without making us wait until 5, when the restaurant actually opens. We had the calamari appetizer based on an OpenTable review, and it was the best we've had anywhere. I had the baby spinach salad recommended by Chrissy, and again it was the best. I had the ribeye, a thick portion done to perfection, and my husband had the special, sea bass with crispy skin. It was fabulous, very tender meat and the crispy skin added wonderful texture. We enjoyed dining there."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "Thanks to the careful attention of manager, Chrissy, the Sow's Ear is THE place to go near Durango Mountain Resort. We go every time we're here."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Had dinner with another couple at the end of a ski trip to Purgatory. Wonderful atmosphere, very good food and service. We highly recommend it."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening at the Sow's Ear. The menu was interesting and the service good. We loved the 'small plate' option. As vegetarians, we chose roasted beet and chèvre salad followed by the ravioli entree. The fig and shallot white sauce on the raviolis was delightful. I would encourage the Sow's Ear to offer more meatless options on their menu. Our friends had the small plate tenderloin and were delighted to find the meat was perfectly cooked and each bite delicious. New York cheesecake with blueberries followed. By the time we were ready to leave, the restaurant was packed. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. The atmosphere is lively as it appears there were several large groups there from the ski area. We'll be back."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Tasty steaks and sides. Great for a special night out but a little pricey for just a regular dinner.Will come again for sure when we come again to ski!!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The dinner and wine was amazing and the soup (sweet and sour) was the best I've ever had! I love this place and highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "I made our reservation and had indicated we had just got married and this was our first dinner and was hoping for a nice quiet table. When we arrived, no one acknowledged us as a married couple, never once mentioned anything. In addition, it took 1 hr & 15 mins to get our food. It's like they didn't even care about acknowledging us for our marriage or that the food was late. They cited a 17 member table that caused our food to be late. It was very disappointing."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Calamari appetizer was cooked to perfection, and was delicious. Beet salad and mixed greens were bountiful. Steak was very flavorful and cooked right. Wines by the glass were excellent choices. Only complaint would be that the Kale was a bit salty. Staff was very friendly and accommodating."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Great food great service... Anytime we head over the mtn to silverton we try to time it to eat at sow's! Worth it everytime"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Excellent cooking by Chef George Mahaffey, the roast quail w/ chanterelles was superbly cooked and the salads were flavorful and fresh. The elk tenderloin w/ blueberries was superb, tender and 'elkey'...as was the steak au poivre. Friendly service and great views. The desserts were the only disappointment, the carrot cake was moist and dense, pan-style but a bit simple in flavor. The panna cotta was a bit grainy and the gelée crown was a good idea but a bit sweet. I think the desserts can be refined to match the quality of the savory courses and all will be good at the Sow's Ear. Good job!"
    Dined on 7/30/2013