Blue River Bistro

4.6
1322 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
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  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Fit for Foodies
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
What 1322 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful food. Live music. Friendly staff. Great evening out. Would dine again.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Perfect birthday dinner with friends! Right up our alley!

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Only negative was being charged $6 to add shrimp to my entree salad. There were 3 small shrimp about the size of a quarter. Definitely not worth the money.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

We were given a complimentary champagne glass for our anniversary, which was very nice.

We were disappointed that the menu on the website and out front of the restaurant was different than what was on the current menu - at least for a few things. The server passed that comment to the management.

The night's special appetizer was tasty but not served hot. The pasta meals were excellent, especially the Penne Roberto substituting shrimp for beef - it was a unique and delicious dish.

Prices are upscale for sure, but a good menu.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Great food, great atmosphere, wonderful service.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

It’s become our thing to take a drive up to Breck for our anniversary date night.
The food is always good and the service excellent.
I could do without the live music (jazz type) it’s fine but not what I prefer.
See you next year!

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1.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Beyond disappointed is an understatement! I’ve been eating at the Blue River Bistro since 2015 and have NEVER had a bad meal, service or overall experience. Today, June, 9th, marks the end of the lucky streak unfortunately. TERRIBLE! Where to start... our waitress, Brianna, was basically missing in action throughout our lunch, appeared disoriented and was constantly seen hanging out at the bar as opposed to tending to her tables. BEWARE OF THE REUBEN PATRONS!!! It went straight through like an atomic bomb! Got Imodium?!?!? Want more??? We ordered 2 mojitos and they tasted like virgin drinks! Seriously... no alcohol whatsoever... pure sugar, and I rarely drink. I Politely asked Brianna after trying to track her down for 18 minutes to be exact if any rum could be added to these drinks. She rudely replied that they could but that we would have to order an extra shot of rum and split it among us. Shocking, reductive and quite desperate! Everything was downhill after that with even struggling to find “little Ms. Brianna” for an extra 20 minutes to get our bill. I wonder if there’s new ownership because after years of going to this restaurant I have never had such a disappointing and crass experience. To end on a positive note, they have recently redone their patio and this is actually quite nice! Good luck and pretty PLEASE... train Brianna!!!!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We enjoyed the live music and ambiance. Nice selection of menu items. There was something for everyone in our party.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Three Italian dishes were delicious. One diner from NYC raved about the lamb shank. Would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Food was excellent. Wine list is it bit overpriced for the wines but nice selections. Halibut special was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Outstanding food. Try the lamb shank. Service is pleasant and prompt. Drinks are pricey.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Staff were outstanding, making adjustments to increased party size. Attentive service without rushing us. Food quantity was ideal, enough to fill and not excess. Flavor of local ingredients made the entrees memorable.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Great food!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great quality and always consistent!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

had a wonderful awesome time - we were staying at the Marriott Lodge visiting from Augusta, Georgia. We found your restaurant on your website and made reservations. Love, Love the live entertainment !!!!

See you on the next visit!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Brunch lunch menu was very good, service was also very good.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Service and food were excellent. However the noise level was distracting.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We had a pleasant early evening meal with live jazz music. Four different meals - all very well presented and delicious. Very happy with everything!!

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

This used to be one of our favorite restaurants in Breckenridge. I thought the food was fair. My pasta "Roberto" was very uninspiring. The trout dish was good, but the risotto, was not very good. The prices on the wine menu were very high. All in all, we probably won't be back for a long time. It's a shame as we used to love their food. Maybe it was an "off" night?

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We were absolutely delighted with Blue River Bistro. The meal was delicious and our server was the best. We look forward to a return visit

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Great variety of choices for dinner. Wine at 1/2 price was a real treat for our party of 6!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The food was excellent. Highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We arrived about 10 minutes early for our reservation, so went to the bar for a drink and they forgot to seat us for 30 minutes. They made it right by offering a free dessert and our server was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

My husband and I were vacationing in Breckenridge and met some friends there for dinner. The staff was courteous and accommodating. Great dinner menu choices and nice atmosphere! I would recommend.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

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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