Elk Ave Prime

4.8
402 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Elk Ave Prime is located in the heart of downtown Crested Butte on Elk Avenue. We feature hand carved Prime and Wagyu steaks, Colorado lamb, Elk, Buffalo, fresh Seafood, farm to restaurant garden salads and more. We also have a great kids menu.

We feature 16 beers on tap, most of which are Colorado born, as well as the largest wine selection in the valley. You can enjoy any of our drinks from our outdoor patio or cozy up next to our fireplace, great after a long day of skiing.

Elk Ave Prime is one of the largest venues in Crested Butte, ideal for large parties or wedding receptions.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(970) 349-1221
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Curtis Higgins
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Catering
Elk Ave Prime Steakhouse catering team is capable of catering to parties up to 400 at your ranch or home. Contact us today about having us customize your special event for your group.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Elk Avenue and 3rd Street
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Public transit
The CB mountain shuttle drops off a half a block from our front door, so come on down.
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Entertainment
From time to time Elk Ave Prime invites local performers to play and entertain our guests.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 402 People Are Saying
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AB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fun week to be in Crested Butte. Aspens were outstanding. Wonderful evening, great food, amazing service.

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OM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great meal and service, the items we had (salmon and filet mignon) were both excellent. My wife who really does not like stakes, had a couple of bites of my filet and made the comment that it was by far the best steak she had ever tasted and she would have steak more often if they were always that good!

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RM
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. Steak was divine. Sides were great. Excellent service and knowledgeable wait staff. Would definitely go again and would recommend.

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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JP
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious crab cake and the best blue cheese dressing I’ve ever eaten.

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

Great steak! Spectacular service!

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RM
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome steaks and other fare. Great location in middle of town. Staff attentive.

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EA
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elk Ave Prime was a wonderful date night dining experience. We were unsure of what to do with for our last meal in Crested Butte so after searching Open Table and reading reviews we made a reservation. I am so glad we did! The food was exceptional and the waiters were so knowledgeable and attentive. It will definitely be on our to-do list when we find ourselves back there.

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AT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, wine and atmosphere! We would say its a little overpriced.

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C
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the sweetest server and the food was incredibly tasty. Unfortunately for me, the altitude was not in my favor and I was clearly having troubles hiding it. However, the staff was amazing making sure that I was well taken care off and incredibly quick. Having an incredibly delicious meal was just the icing on the cake.

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F
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Weekend get away with husband

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KL
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally enjoyed our meal at The Prime. Worth every $$

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AK
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Brussels Sprouts appetizer is a must and their steaks are great also!
Every time we are in Crested Butte this is on our list of stops!

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L
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu and food quality. Server was outstanding.

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MG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Elk Prime and it may be our new favorite restaurant in Crested Butte. The service was great and so was the food. Love the variety of food and the wonderful appetizers. Our only complaint about the food is that the French onion soup is not that tasty. It lacks flavor...only disappointment. I suggest you buy the secret recipe for this from the former owners of Le Bosquet. Everything else was superb and yummy! We wish you many years of success!

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CF
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience, one of Crested Butte's finest

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SL
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

delicious food in a fun western setting. be sure to try the tempura brussel sprout starter.

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k
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and outstanding service! We will be back

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CR
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

we feel the food is very expensive but very good. Elliott was our waitperson and was very, very good. Attentive but not over crowding. We were there early, seated at a nice quite table and before the evening was over we could not hear the person sitting right next to us. Would recommend Elk Prime if noise doesn't bother you.

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b
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have been here several times, yet this was a special occasion and just as special a meal! I had the tenderloin and my wife had the duck; both were outstanding! The service was good and the wine was excellent and well priced. We shall continue to come here for Curtis's special presentations!

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CP
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never miss going to Elk Prime when I'm in CB. Actually, it's my favorite filet and mac/cheese anywhere I've lived or traveled. Wine menu is robust. I love that I can dress CB casual but enjoy a 5-star meal and service.

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M
Shreveport
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Crested Butte once a year and Elk Prime never disappoints. It is a must eat spot on our list. The food is great and service has always been wonderful. I highly recommend!

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MT
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food. Items are a la carte as per a usual steakhouse. The steaks were very, very good!

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MD
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best wagu steak ever. We go every time we are in town. Great management.

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c
Denver
170 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent steak, sides and wine. Wine list is incredible but pricey, but there are some good values. Cherry dessert was the best anywhere.

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AM
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Elk Ave Prime. We try to eat there several times when visiting Crested Butte. The wagu beef medallions were mouthwatering and carrot cake was the perfect dessert!

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OT
Denver
40 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prime has a fantastic wine menu as well as a fabulous menu. It's not cheap but you certainly get a high quality product. I was told that CB has a difficult time finding staff so I wasn't sure what to expect service wise, but it was fantastic.

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h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

The meat is good but they don't know the first thing about cooking vegetables. Our roasted veggies might as well have been boiled. The roasted mushrooms were worse tasting of cooked cheap red wine. The wine list is ridiculously expensive.

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DD
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal, I had a delicious filet and very refreshing drink made with local spirits😊

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L
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience. Wonderful service, chef owner delivered our food. Highly recommend this establishment. Best steak I've had this year bar none. Loved the Brussels sprouts.

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

One of our favorite restaurants in Crested Butte, which is saying a lot since most of the places in CB are awesome!

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KC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice steakhouse—our filets were prepared perfectly and the special salad of the day—peaches, goat Cheese, and truffle oil was delicious! Ordered the cookies and ice cream for dessert—had two giant chocolate chip cookies. Shared by two but could have easily served four! Our server Elliott was lovely.

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j
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food. Good brews. A bit pricey but worth it every now and the

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OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster was fantastic, the steaks are so thick and juicy. Staff was amazing and friendly. Will go back again

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LH
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food! Variety, beautiful presentation,
Great detail given to flavors ! Wine recommendations always wonderful! Definitely on the expensive side ! Great for a special night out.

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S
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Elk Ave. Might just be the best steak I have ever had. And our waiter was exceptional.

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R
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food quality was very good. Good place for friend get together.

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D
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We dined there for a special occasion with friends, unfortunately my steak was overdone, and the second time too rare so I was not able to eat along the group. The server was very friendly and tried making things right, but after returning my steak twice I kind of lost my appetite.

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PT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prime is a perfect explanation of the restaurant- PRIME. Everything from the moment you walk in is excellent. The service is outstanding, the food is perfection and the location and setting are the best in town. The bar also offers a lighter menu if you are in for a quick bite too. Don't miss this if you visit Crested Butte.

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f
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The hostess was so accommodating! The food was good but all our steaks were overcooked.

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