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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.

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Enjoy your Christmas Holiday Dinner at the Blue River Bistro!
We are serving our dinner menu today from noon - 10:30pm.
Reservations recommended

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in the New Year at the Blue River Bistro! We will be offering a 4-course prix fixe menu priced at $110/person; wine pairing option available for $40/person
Live music beginning at 5pm featuring a longtime favorite Latin Jazz Quartet - LC's Latin Groove!
Champagne toast at midnight

Blue River Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

We dined here at the recommendation of a friend. Wait was about 40 min without reservation on a Friday night. Hostess was very nice and accommodating.

Great cocktails, mocktails, wine (Caymus BTG!)
Food was excellent. Had the bison special.
Everything was great, would highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Casual, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great food, great service!! Definitely would come back!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We are a mature (50 plus) couple seeking a lovely night out; the hostess sat us between two young couples w/ young children....need I say more?

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Becoming one of our favorite restaurants in Breck. Nice setting, easy access, great lighting, and very easy to find on the north side of town. Great bar area.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Group of 8, including 4 kids, had a lovely dinner. Everyone enjoyed their food. Service was friendly and efficient. A great night out .

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Not many options for vegetarian, but food was good
Service was great, even with how busy it was.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Outstanding basil pesto fettuccine with salmon or shrimp. Excellent wines (Chalk Hill Chardonnay). Pat the waiter was good. Delta blues man Mark Schlaflern was GREAT!

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The Blue River Bistro gave us an amazing Thanksgiving dinner. Our plane was delayed, so we had a late reservation. The turkey was great! The service was excellent. I am sure it was the end of a busy day, but everyone was so pleasant. Thanksgiving dinner was amazing thanks to all the folks at Blue River Bistro.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We visited Blue River Bistro on Thanksgiving Day. Turkey with all the trimmings!!! Outstanding. Next time we are back in town we would definitely like to try something of their regular menus.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving dinner and were very pleased with the traditional menu and the regular menu. We had meat eaters, vegetarian and vegan diners, and everyone was happy with their food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Made reservations for Thanksgivings night with my sister. They had a special turkey meal for the night and also the regular menu to pick from. My sister had the turkey meal and I had the lamb shank. Both meals were spot on and fabulous. I’d recommend it to my friends and I’ll definitely be back.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Family vacation

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The meal was delicious. We had a penne pasta with chicken in a garlic cream sauce. The server assured us it was light and surprisingly it was! Service was excellent.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Other than being sat at our reservation time and then forgotten about, it was a good meal. We just had to deal with not having service for 15 minutes.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in Breckenridge. We found it on a trip a couple of years ago and make it a point to visit every time we are in town. We are from Denver so we have a lot of great food options and Blue River is as good as many Denver haunts. It hasn't disappointed, yet! Great food and great service - great bar as well!

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great atmosphere very close to the Breckenridge gondola parking, and still close to the downtown area. Had Sunday brunch, and all of our food was great, particularly the special omelette.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The food here was delicious!!! We went during off season but that did not lesson the food quality or the service. everything was wonderful!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We lived this place and our server, Brian, was wonderful. Food and wine were delicious and the place looks brand new inside! We will definitely return.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The service and the food at Blue River Bistro were incredible. I would come back for the lamb shank alone, but the extensive cocktail menu was the cherry on top of a great dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Seasonal
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was outstanding

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Our two young children were having a hard time getting into the restaurant. The hostess came outside and got them to come in, getting them some fruit (with cherries) immediately. The whole staff was so accommodating and kind. The food was good and fast. Overall, they turned a bad night into a fun one with good food!

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had a 'date night' with my husband. The food was good, though he wished there'd been a New York on the menu. Our server, Brianna, was awesome. Loved the live music, just the right mood and not so loud we couldn't talk. We'll be back the next time we're in Breck.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I had heard great things about Blue River Bistro, and was excited to give it a try when I was in town for a couple of evenings. It's not a large restaurant, but there are several tables, so it is definitely a little on the louder side. The live music was a nice touch in the background. The food was exceptional, and my wife and I both really enjoyed appetizers, entrees and drinks. A very good cocktail menu. Service was friendly and attentive. I will absolutely make another stop here next time I'm in town!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Live Music
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Amazing as always. The food, service, and ambiance are all 5 stars. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy. This place will take care of you and what you want to eat and drink. Best in Breck!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Romantic, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Authentic, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Pleasant service. From the hostess to the waiter, everyone was happy, smiling, and wanted to do whatever to make our lunch enjoyable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Meeting my sister for the first time, on a Colorado holiday, we just had to go to my favorite place! Our son lives in Breck & we have enjoyed Blue River for 4 Years now.
Thank you for always a memorable time.

Tags: Scenic View, Authentic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Awesome as always! We had a great family brunch & always look forward to eating with you whenever we are in town!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Very good food and drinks! Had a great time.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We were celebrating our anniversary and our server acknowledged that and gave us Champaign to celebrate upon our arrival. There was light music provided by a live guitarist. The food was very good from the tiger shrimp and calamari appetizer to our entrees of Artic Char and Beef Tenderloin. The price surprised me a bit, but likely shouldn’t have given that this is a ski resort.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We went to this restraurant by recommendation from the staff at Tiger Run. It was well worth the trip and the food, service and ambiance was exceptional and I would recommend this place for a great meal. Drinks were very nicely done as well. It was casual but elegant and perfect for someone on vacation or just up for the day.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We celebrated our belated 35th anniversary there. They did a wonderful job of wishing us a happy anniversary several times.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Had an excellent dinner celebrating my wife's birthday. A small, casual , well managed establishment in a tourist destination town.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

This restaurant was amazing! I went in there while visiting Breckenridge for the weekend and even the locals kept telling me about the restaurant all day. Happy hour is the way to go if you want a lively experience. However, if you're looking for a quiet romantic experience book a table in the dining room. You won't be sorry either way. Don't leave Breck without hitting this place. The food, drinks, staff, and location were top notch.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great service a wonderful wine list, good food excellent pastor outstanding service the pokey tonight was not up to the standard of the rest of the meal

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Casual
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

The trout and pork shank were excellent, good with beautiful presentation.
Our guests chose to order pasta dishes, not sure why.
They were basic, with small tiger shrimp and the chicken parmesan, nothing special.

We had reservations and arrived early so why would you try to place us right behind the singer and the hostess.........we did request a table change.

Tags: Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Our waiter was efficient but failed to tell us that they were out of avocados until AFTER we inquired about the lack thereof as two of us had ordered the vegetarian Benedict for brunch. He did not offer an alternative to be brought or any compensation, food or otherwise, which was disappointing.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Our dinner at the Blue River Bistro was delicious! We began with a garden salad and a caesar salad and both were very good. My wife moved on to a hearty serving of chicken parmesan while I thoroughly enjoyed the shellfish cioppino. During the entire dinner, a guitarist played a variety of acoustic songs which made the ambiance even better. I highly recommend this restaurant for Breckenridge vacationers!

Tags: Live Music, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Blue Bistro is always busy and very very loud. We had a good meal but it was hard to hear. It is pricey for what you get.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We celebrated our 10th Anniversary there and were treated like it was our special night from the outset. Champagne was waiting for us when we arrived at our table and both the manager and sever greeted us with Happy Anniversary wishes. Handcrafted cocktails were tasty and a great way to start off our dinner. All the food we tried, from the special elk medallion appetizer, to the pork shank entree I ordered, to the Penne Roberto pasta dish my wife decided on, were all well thought out dishes with many levels of flavor. The portions were very generous as well, a lot of bang for your buck with the dinner menu items . A complimentary dish or sorbet ( or gelato, I can't quite remember), was served to us after dinner, while we contemplated dessert and after dinner drinks. The service the entire night was spot on as the timing for everything we ordered was perfect. It didn't feel like we were rushed, nor did it feel like they forgot about us, but they also let us enjoy the evening together.

We go to Breckenridge every couple years, but had never tried Blue River Bistro before. It's now on our list of "must-go" places whenever we are there. I would recommend it whether it is just for a quick happy hour cocktail and bite to eat, or for a special occasion night, such as the one we celebrated.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 8, 2017

It was great!

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