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Blue River Bistro

4.6
1298 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International, Contemporary American, Contemporary Italian
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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 10 guests are available Monday - Thursday.
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Phone number
(970) 453-6974
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dante Tripi
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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.
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Private party contact
Jay Beckerman: (970) 453-6974
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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!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Watson
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mom with Brunch at the Blue River Bistro! We will be offering our regular brunch menu plus great specials from 10am to 3pm. $4 Mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys!! Reservations recommended.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1298 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

nice atmosphere, great service and food was delicious! We appreciated the waitress telling us about the 50% off specials on bottles of wine. Nice place for a good dinner in Breckenridge - not the typical pub/bar scene that is found in other places in town (not to say that those are bad things, but sometimes you want something a bit nicer....)

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

If your looking for a good meal with excellent service look no further. The service is great and the food wonderful. Be sure to make reservations as the wait can be long during peak times. Live music and a lively crowd. Not the place for a quiet dinner or inmate conversation.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Fantastic meal and service!

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Over rated. Food is ok at best. Blue River trades on a reputation it does not deserve.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Server was excellent - provided great guidance when requested.

Food was really great - everyone was pleased with their entree.

Cocktails were the weakest link.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Wonderful ambiance, service, and food. A local favorite. And the music by Mark Schlafer added to the great experience.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Terrific food and atmoshere. Nice live music and service was great as well.
Always good. Easy walk on main street! Love it.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We tried a few restaurants in Breck and this was our favorite! A couple of really good pasta dishes and just a fun, cool atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The martini selection is great, some excellent combinations. All of the appetizers do not disappoint. We had the special crab cake sliders which were outstanding. Not your typical crab cakes at all. I had the special which was the halibut over a polenta with blistered tomatoes. I’m still salivating three days later it was so good. We went with the locally made ice cream for dessert, salted Carmel was the flavor, served soft.....wow! Wine list is more than satisfactory. I make a point of coming here every time we are in Breck. A must for a real foodie. A great spot for happy hour. Make reservations

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Very interesting menu - but ingredient choices strange and not balanced. All items utilize unusual combinations of tastes but i don't feel that the outcome was satisfactory.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We love Blue River. We eat there every year during our spring break and it is always great!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Food was fine, but not excellent. The best part of the experience was the Swing Jazz band that played. The were great and not too loud that you couldn’t carry on a family conversation.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Nice location with easy parking on the street (a bit rare in Breck). Interesting, varied menu - I had the nut encrusted Mahi-Mahi which was maybe one minute over cooked, but the sauce added the right amount of moisture and the risotto was delic. My husband had the pork tenderloin special and it was so flavorful and tender. We were both truly delighted. Beware of La Boda martini - you can’t drink just one; combination of tequila, grapefruit & arugula is amazing. We both had the chocolate lava cake/torte but could have easily shared just one. Decadence in Chocolate - way yummy. Our wait staff Renee was very helpful and attentive without being intrusive- be sure to sit so you can watch the interaction of the staff on the floor - it’s like a fine dance as everyone is aware of everyone else while moving at high speed. Truly professional. And of course the music by blues man Mark is amazing - he takes Jimmy Hendrix, The Almond Bros and Willy Nelson originals and make them his - what talent. We plan to come back as often as possible!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great restaurant. We always come here for dinner when we are in breckenridge

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Daddy/Daughter ski trip celebrating upcoming graduation. A great venue and atmosphere

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Amazing food, drinks and service. We had a romantic date night and enjoyed every minute. People watching on Main St. from the large windows was fun too. Service was excellent and food was delicious. We'll definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We had gone before as everything is great! From the hostess greeting to the service to the great food! We will continue to go for sure! Love it

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Our second time did not disappoint. The menu was completely different than a year ago and still excellent. Service is knowledgeable and timely. The wine list is very good as is the cocktail list and the variety of available beverages. Great job!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Drinks were dope, food fantastically creative and yummy! We give it full solid stars!!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

My wife and daughter have been visiting Breck for years and we always make sure that visit the Blue River Bistro at least once during our stay. We love the food and atmosphere and the wonderful live jazz! The service is outstanding as well. They greet you as if they have known you for years! I would like to see a change in the menu though. We have been visiting for 7 years and the menu hasn't really changed much. Also, the deserts could use a little change..not much for the kids,,,but overall... I am sure we will be back next trip!!

Oh yeah...try to make it there for a relaxed lunch as well....always a perfect lunch option!!

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2.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Such a shame, lovely looking restaurant, food was good, staff good, however guitarist was using large speaker which was soooo loud our group of five sitting in a booth near the bar, couldn't hear one another, when the guitarist had his break, on popped loud music over the in-house speaker system - so, if it's a loud music filled evening with food you like then this is the place for you, however if it's an evening of listening to background music then would not suggest as a venue for couples, or special occasions. Only our opinion (all five of us mixed ages agreed far far too loud) check it out for yourself.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Enjoyed dinner with our 17, 19 and 27 yr old daughters and her boyfriend. The atmosphere was perfect right from the start, with great food, drinks, and service to follow. We had heard great comments from our shuttle driver and multiple persons that we spoke to in town, so we decided to try it. Perfect last meal to a great family ski trip in Breckenridge. We have been coming her to ski for over 25years. First time to the bistro but definitely will be a favorite for years to come. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Interesting items on the menu and all was excellently prepared

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Definitely one of the best restaurants in Breckenridge. We had the Salmon 'Oscar and New York steak both were absolutely wonderful. The Salmon was very tender with bearnaise and crab. Jason’s service was excellent . We went early at 5PM after a day on the slopes. The bar looked like a local hot spot. We visit Breckenridge often and I am not sure why we have not been here before but we will be back.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Food was great as was our server. We will return the next time we are back in Breckenridge.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We took dear friends there for a bon voyage dinner. The atmosphere, especially the piano and bass background music. was superb. Rene' was an extraordinary server - there when you needed her, disappeared when you did not. And the regional, seasonal menu was most impressive - plus great pairings on the wine list and excellent before-dinner cocktails. All in all, a sublime send off to our friends.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

The food is out of this world. We go there every time we are in Breckinridge. We are there often since we own a condo there.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Had a fabulous meal at Blue River Bistro with friends. Each of us ordered something different and each of loved our meal. Had 2 great appetizers too. Our favorites are the spare ribs, trout & lamb. The live music was great and not too loud.
Only down side is that can be a little noisy and you can end up close to another group if sitting in the long booth area. But we had a great time! I have eaten there many times and the food is always great!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Live music was the perfect backdrop to fine dining. Interesting menu and great drinks!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Just OK. Bar was crowded. I was there on a Monday night after skiing. You have to wind yourself through people in the small bar to get to the restroom. Wine list by the glass isn't very good. Food was good. Server was nice. Parking is a challenge.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Food and service is always outstanding! Lunch was fabulous, and our server Emily was amazing! Definitely a MUST VISIT when in Breckenridge!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Excellent waiter and wait staff - great seating - great food from appetizers to entrees - overall enjoyable evening

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Delicious meals. Have been there several times over the last few years. Have always had excellent service. The music has always been pleasant in the background.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

My husband and I are following a restricted diet;. The waitress, Adrienne, was very accommodating! Highly recommend her and this place!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great Food and Atmosphere. Best meal we had all week in Breckenridge. Salmon was awesome. Atmosphere was contemporary but relaxed.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Been several times and always enjoyed, however my recent visit I ordered steak medium rare, it came medium to well done. The server and manager on duty offered to change but I didn’t want to wait as the rest of the group were a good way through their meal. My bill for this entree was discounted 50%. I guess that covered the vegetables I ate and part of the steak! Nice atmosphere and pleasant staff. Shame the meal did not work his item.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Blue River Bistro is one of Breck's best. Consistently good, and creative without being overly trendy. The menu covers the bases for beef, fish, vegie, chicken, with local ingredients when available. They have live music many nights that is appropriate in terms of volume and style. Great for couples and parties who are looking for something elegant but not over the top. Tight tables make it not ideal for restless kids. Never had a bad meal. Try the chocolate bread pudding.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Excellent meal, very good service and a fun spot. Solo guitarist playing understated classic folk rock was enjoyable but not intrusive. We both had pasta dishes that were wonderfully prepared and more than ample.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Regular customers, brought our family visiting Breck in for dinner.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The restaurant feels like a date night since it’s not a common destination for spring breakers with kids. The drink menu is excellent and we enjoyed our appetizers and entree selections thoroughly!

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