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About 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.

305 North Main Street
Breckenridge, CO 80424
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, American, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Cocktails & Appetizers: Monday - Sunday until Midnight
Happy Hour: 3pm to 6pm (Bar Only) & 9pm to Midnight
*Reservations exceeding 12 guests are available Monday - Thursday.

Cross Street:
Watson

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(970) 453-6974

Website:
http://www.blueriverbistro.com/

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.

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!

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Brandon Farr

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

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

Blue River Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (34)
Good for a Date (28)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
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Good for Anniversaries (22)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Cozy (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Live Music (16)
Casual (16)
Romantic (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Fun (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Authentic (11)
Happy Hour (8)
Business Meals (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Scenic View (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Seasonal (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Healthy (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Austin)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was good but very over priced. Great service and menu just fell short in taste.

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 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

Our server Pat was remarkable. He even impressed the teenagers at the table. Food was excellent. Great flavors. Appreciated the attention to gluten free allergy needs and entree modifications as needed. Highly recommend. Devoured the beet salad. Enjoyed the Chicken Marsala. Shrimp and Sausage pasta was a winner. A truly delightful experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

We've been here a number of times and it's always great. Certainly a top choice in Breck.
I would comment however that one thing that is always of concern at some other lower end places actually stood out this time. We've all been in a restaurant where the floors are slippery, greasy, gross...well blue river actually exhibited that in spades this time. I've noted this in sports bars and fast food joints and it hints at either uncleanliness in the kitchen or lack of attention to detail. I know it's tough to keep floors clean in a snowy ski town but the source of this was not from outside and should be made known to the manager and staff. I must say though that the quality, the food, the staff, waiter, service and experience remained outstanding.

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·Dined 4 days ago

We really enjoyed our dinner at Blue River Bistro. The food was excellent. We all had pasta dishes, and they were all great, but my Tortellini Carbonara was the winner. Meal for three people, with appetizers, was around $85.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

Love those matin s

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·Dined 6 days ago

The live guitar and vocal music was the absolute highlight of the evening and sets this venue apart from all others! His name is Mark Schlafer. Wait staff was attentive yet not overly obtuse. Will come back again and again!

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Live Music
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 (Austin)·Dined 6 days ago

Very enjoyable time food was excellent

Wait staff couldn’t been better

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Pasta dishes were great and the lamb shank was to die for. Great ambiance and service was attentive and recommendations were spot on.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Crowded , loud , fair food and unfortunately poor service

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Food was great but the service was lackluster. We liked that there was live music but we were unable to easily carry a conversation across the table. The decor is clean and modern but trends toward cafeteria with simple chairs and Formica-like table tops.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Nice casual dinner with the family. Really enjoyed the live singer - added a nice relaxing touch to the whole atmosphere of the restaurant. Good choice of songs and not too loud either. Food was great and booth where we sat was ready for us the moment we arrived for our booking

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Went with a big group while in a ski vacation. Service was excellent. Small plate to share so you get a taste of a lot of different food. Very good homemade food. Nice energetic vibe.

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 7, 2018

My family ate here on a Saturday night for our last meal of a 10 day vacation. It was the perfect way to end our trip on a high note. The food was fabulous! Every person in our party loved their entree as well as a variety of appetizers and salads. I always appreciate a menu that has so many great-sounding choices that it makes it hard to decide. The Oscar Salmon was outstanding.....just the right ratio of lump crab to salmon. My husband enjoyed the Chicken Parm and my daughter had a pasta dish that did not disappoint. I loved the energy in the room....loud, but in a good way. It was snowing outside (for the first time in 2 weeks!) and that added to the festive atmosphere. Great service, great wine, great food....I can’t wait until my next trip to Breckenridge!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was extremely bland. Ambience and service were fine.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 6, 2018

First time. Big group. Good food. Noisy on a busy night tho.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Really good food, service was great, glad we made a reservation or we may not have been able to get a table, prices could have been a little less across the board - but all in all, food and experience was very good.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Spent our last night in Breckenridge at Blue River Bistro. Lovely time. Great food, great wine, great service.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Brought some of our friends that had never been to Blue River Bistro, they loved it.
Waitress though very nice but not able to handle 9 people in our party easily, had to ask for several things over and over.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Out of town and wanted to experience good quality food.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Waiter was the best we have had. Great drinks and delicious food. Highly recommend!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great lunch. Prompt service. Food was prepared well and tasted fresh. Very enjoyable experience.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very nice place! Friendly workers and the food was delicious!!! We had a great time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Came here with the family for our daughters 13th bday. Excellent food starting from the appetizers onwards. Everything was freshly prepared and perfectly done. Desserts are fabulous. Brought bday ice cream with a candle for our special girl and she loved it. Our table tried a variety of foods from the lamb venison trout and ribs. Everything was excellent. Don’t miss the Appetizers. Have to make reservations.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Enjoyed the lasagna and short rib. Wish the altitude didn’t affect our appetite so we could have tried more!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great classy bistro for a birthday celebration at Breckenridge

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food is outstanding

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We had an excellent meal with wonderful service. Convenient location right on Main Street. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

I liked the amount of time the server spent with us. Not too much, not too little. My food was lovely. Live music was fun. Malbec was perfect. Some of the people I was with didn't love the food but thought the atmosphere was spot on.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was good, but peach bread pudding was disappointing. It was overdone on the top and dry for a bread pudding in my opinion. Great atmosphere, though. We had 4 kids with us so I’d like to try again for a date night.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 26, 2017

A must when in town. Great apps and entrees with outstanding service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food was overpriced for value and taste . Service was slow but it was Christmas also. Live music was a nice touch .

Tags: Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had an amazing Christmas dinner tonight at Blue River Bistro. The food, the atmosphere, the service and live music were all top notch. Highly recommend!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We arrived with reservations and were seated at our appointed time. Hospitality staff was friendly and attentive. Wait staff greeted us promptly and the supreme service never slowed down. The Brie appetizer dish was excellent and a generous portion. All 4 members of our party ordered a different entre and we all thouroughly enjoyed our choice. Portions were generous. Dessert menu was not as impressive but we selected 2 items to share between all of us since we were celebrating a birthday. Next time time we will skip dessert. All in all a fabulous dining experience except for the bit too loud background music.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Lunch 2017

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Outstanding service and food. Drinks were perfect. The veil medallions were out of this world with perfection in tenderness and a base of sweet potato with cranberry sauce

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

A busy night but service and food were lovely. Not too expensive. Enjoyable experience.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 22, 2017

What a fantastic meal! Everything was perfect -food, ambience, and the entire team at Blue River Bistro. We will be back in our next trip to Breckenridge.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

We had an excellent dinner. The owner and staff were friendly and helpful. We had a party of nine and they did everything they could to get us a table all together. Beautiful atmosphere, great food, great cocktails and great time!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

We have made this a must stop when we visit Breckenridge. Usually the last night of our trip to celebrate a great vacation. I made reservations online, requesting a table in a specific spot and they had a table ready for us right where we wanted to be when we arrived. Waitresses have been fabulous both visits. Food incredible! Love the atmosphere. Highly recommend it to anyone.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Good food and service but not reliable for those with food allergies

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