El Moro Spirits & Tavern

4.7
194 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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About

Capitalizing on Durango, Colorado’s “old West” and Victorian heritage, as well as contemporary culinary trends and techniques, El Moro Spirits and Tavern joined Durango’s family of unique and independently-owned restaurants in mid-July 2013. Dining in Durango Colorado just got more exciting. With no known comparison, El Moro is capitalizing on the region’s growth of entrepreneurial ranches and farms, many of which are organic. We utilize a majority of locally grown and raised ingredients in our menu items. Our menu changes seasonally, and includes specials based on available fresh ingredients.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(970) 259-5555
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sean Clark
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
9th St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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MM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worst part about this restaurant is deciding what to order. Every single item on the menu sounds, and is, delicious. I wish this restaurant existed in Telluride! It's a must if you're in Durango!

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NP
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our airbnb host recommended El Moro and we're so glad we went! Great menu, great drinks, great entrees, great service! We're going back to Durango in the fall and El Moro will be at the top of our dining list!

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DR
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my gf's 30th birthday and she/we will never forget the food or experience. Outstanding!!

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San Diego
55 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice place with creative dishes. Seated us in the way back at an awkward table though we had a reservation well in advance. Food good with chicken lollipops as the best dish. Korean cauliflower was great also. Pork belly appetizer was not really edible... couldn’t even cut the large chunks of fat, tastefully grilled but un edible. We told the waitress and rather than getting a new one or substituting, she agreed and volunteered steak knives to try to cut it. Still couldn’t cut it... all else was tasty.

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MA
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food quality and cocktails could not have been better!

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RF
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service.

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the staff of Thomas, Dave and company was as professional and amicable as ever, like family. Received royal treatment. Food was delicious.

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RG
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fun evening with our waiter Jesse. She was always available when we needed anything. Food and drink was great!

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SC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I regret that I do not remember our waiters name, but he was wonderful. Very engaging and personable. The food was delicious!!

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MS
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a wonderful farewell dinner in Durango with my sons. Great server! Food, wine, atmosphere are all top notch. Loved ElMoro!

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JL
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

My husband and I were in town for vacation and stopped here our first night and loved it! Dave the waiter was so cool and very attentive. Food is fabulous! Must try the duck confit and the coconut mussels! Ahhh-mazing!

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LP
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent..the bar seemed to have trouble getting drinks to us in a timely manner..were almost finished with our appetizer before we got our drinks which we had ordered before the appetizer. Had then asked for drinks to be served with meal and had to ask a second time for them..they came halfway through the entree. Food was tasty, creative, and fresh. We enjoy Sunday brunch here often. It's a bit noisy, but fun atmosphere. This is really the first time we've had issues with service..it's usually outstanding..must have been an off night.

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RL
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the food but the person I was with was unhappy with the way the bacon was cooked. I thought it was perfect but he wants it almost burned. Our server was so kind and attentive that he had a kitchen staff member come out with bacon specially prepared. Then they went the extra mile and comped my friend’s breakfast. I will go to this restaurant each and every time I’m in Durango. Best food in town and extremely accommodating staff. I would give them 10 stars if possible.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service as always..just wish the drinks wouldn't be served with soooo much ice.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service as always (from Sienna). Great food & ambiance.

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Denver
13 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great night w family. Try the curry fries!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal and cocktails, spot on service. Our waiter had excellent recommendations for appetizers and tequilas. I’ve enjoyed many evenings at El Moro and would recommend it highly to anyone who wants a great Durango experience.

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RT
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is possibly the best food in Durango. Start with the Green Curry Mussels , your taste buds will come alive!

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always! Make us feel like family.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A little noise for a romantic evening, but Love the food and the decor!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jen and staff were very accommodating with this last minute reservation with surprise visit from friends.

Great service and great food.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Has a good vibe. Beautiful cut flowers on table. Fun, fun, fun!

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c
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a delicious brunch! I recommend making a reservation. We would have had a long wait without it.

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CL
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and drink was exquisite, the service was less than par. We had a waiter training another up and coming waiter. The trainee was by far better and more personable than the trainer. The trainer, would clear drinks without asking if we wanted more, and also did not ask how we wanted our steaks cooked. When confronted with this the trainee was very attentive and apologetic get our preference immediately. When both of us told him we would like them cooked medium rare the trainer looked straight at us and said “well duh of course that’s how you cook a steak”. If my wife had ordered a steak she would have been appalled since she likes them well done and it is a preference thing anyway. We were also not in business dress attire and were treated as second class citizens on numerous occasions by this gentlemen even though between four of us I spent $250. We would of much preferred if the trainer had just left us alone with the trainee. All in All am glad the food made up for the disregarding service.

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CN
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places in Durango. The food and drink are unique and delicious. The ambiance is nice too.

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LF
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met up with my cousin for brunch. It was great!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, we had a fun time!

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New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Moro makes the best cocktails in Durango. The food is excellent. It has a very Durango like western interior and a vibrant atmosphere. Our reservation was set up in the bar which was not acceptable to us, but the manager was very accommodating and quickly moved us to the dining area. The service was great as usual. A general observation I have had in this restaurant on the several occasions I have been there is how focused all the staff is on service all the time. A favorite of mine in Durango.

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ND
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful Sunday brunch with friends at El Moro. The restaurant was recommended by a server at a nearby restaurant. Great vibe, service was terrific, the cocktails and food were delicious! Loved the industrial look of the lighting with the exposed brick walls.
Will definitely go back next time we visit Durango!

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Chicken Fried Steak was delicious and love $5 mimosas. Thanks for a lovely brunch.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was as friendly and accommodating as ever. Did was exquisite and tasty.

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s
New Mexico
56 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second trip and again, we loved it. We will be back!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Moro is my wife's and my favorite date restaurant. Love the ambiance.

This night was no exception. As always the staff was courteous, friendly and accommodating. The food was excellent, as well.

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B
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

El Moro has creative cuisine and cocktails with a broad selection of delicious options. Our group enjoyed, scallops, shrimp & grits, short ribs, vegan shepherd's pie, and a really beautifully seasoned kale-fennel stuffed sausage in tagliatelle. yum! and that was just the food! Cocktails ran the gamut from the coffin varnish, a deep rye (bourbon?), with an absinthe hint and lemon, to a fresh tequila spiced with a serrano shrub...

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LH
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and the food was spectacular! Great ambiance, decor was beautiful!

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Durango. Never disappoints!

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SY
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were outstanding as were the cocktails and friendliness of the staff. It was casual, but yet nice. Great menu options and food was cooked perfectly. I would recommend this establishment highly for social, date night, friends connecting or for a nice dinner. We had a great time!

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AA
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our evening here. Excellent craft cocktails and food. We will return when back in town.

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

El Moro has a nice menu with items normally not seen. My husband had the red beans and rice. The andouille was house made and excellent but although the red beans and rice were beautifully presented they seemed to lack a little depth and flavor. My tempera fish sandwich was pretty good. Everything was creative including the chocolate pate for dessert. Unfortunately, we were not drinking and the cocktail menu is what El Moro is known for and looked sensational. The prices were fair and the service great.

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