Elk Ave Prime

4.8
455 reviews
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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.
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j
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I moved to Boulder CO in 2015 from the DC area. This meal was the best meal that I have had in Colorado. The wine that I ordered was rated 93 by Wine Advocate. Retail price for the wine was $65.00 from the winery. Elk Ave Prime sold it for $77.00. Clearly, Elk Ave Prime is trying to offer their clientele a good value. I would strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone traveling to Crested Butte.

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S
Denver
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elk Ave Prime exceeded all our expectations! We strongly suggest trying the deviled egg appetizer, best eggs ever! We had Buffalo, Wagyu Beef, and seafood - all we excellent. We'll be back!

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GW
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was terrific! Great to have a fine dining option in CB.

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S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in Crested Butte. 5 star service and food.

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TR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Everyone was doing their best. The effort and desire to excel was apparent. However, it was clear the cook and wait staff were not familiar with the concept of fine dining. The wine selection was very good. I hope this helps.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Had the elk, Lamb, Buffalo trio and it was spectacular. Curtis, the owner, stopped by to check on us. Great experience!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience was great.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner with wonderful service! The perfect dinner spot in Crested Butte!

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L
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

Service was excellent, steak was over seared and fatty, bar like atmosphere unexpected for high end restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, food and atmosphere!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Brian was very knowledgeable about the specials and wines. Offered oysters which we had and were amazing. The food is the best I’ve ever had. Elk Tenderloin and Buffalo Sausage ravioli were the two of my favorites.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was fantastic! It was our first time in town and every time she came by the table she answered our questions and shared stories and experiences with us! It was a birthday dinner and they treated us extra special and the owner came and chatted. Everything was excellent from the recommendations for food and wine pairings as well as the service and ambiance!

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopping at Elk Ave. Prime is a must every time I visit Crested Butte. The food is fantastic and the service excellent. I will come again soon!

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ES
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had the lamb chops that were prepared perfectly and mac n cheese as a side (deliriously yummy). Love the ambiance, food and service.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this restaurant. It was our second time here and both experiences were perfect. Food is outstanding and service is very good.
It is pricey but it makes a great special occasion spot. It reminds me of a local version of the Capital Grille chain.
Can’t wait to come back!

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M
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good dinner

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ML
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service & ambiance. Recommend unconditionally

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CA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing actually off the top and steak was the best!

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stellar experience. Not to be missed if in town.

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JS
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We felt the service and food were fantastic. We would suggest that you de-ice or you get the city to de-ice the sidewalk right in front of your restaurant as many people were slipping and numerous people fell while we were eating.

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AR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and I loved the iPad instead of a drink menu. We were rushed through all of the courses, I had to keep fighting away the staff for the last 20% of the food on my plate. Overall, it was lovely, but when it is an expensive resort town it would be nice to have a few minutes to enjoy my dinner.

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had our anniversary dinner at Elk Prime. We both agree that the service, atmosphere, food, and wine were all excellent. We definitely look forward to coming back to Crested Butte and dining again at Elk Prime.

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SP
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best dinner and ambience! We ordered the waygu steak and it was the best steak we've ever eaten, hands down with the money! Or waitress was also very informative about the food/menu and was very pleasant!

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was amazing and same with the food. The elk was to die for.

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C
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently a delicious meal for all 5 of us. Steaks cooked perfect, never over salted, trout delicious and fresh and all the sides were excellent. Wine selections are good and our service was again excellent. Best restaurant in CB!

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CG
Denver
39 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here many times and every experience is excellent! This time we had our family, which included two pre-teens. They were treated with respect and had an excellent time. I had the Ahi Tuna and it was perfect. The rest of our party had different steaks and every one of them was cooked perfectly. We also ordered a side of mac and cheese and it's was delicious. Green fried tomatoes and brussel sprouts were ordered for appetizers and as usual were very good. Service is always way beyond expections. This is not an inexpensive restaurant, so do not be surprised by your bill.

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RT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice dinner at Elk Ave Prime. Steaks were cooked to perfection and of good quality. Sides were done well. This place tries hard and it shows. Very good service and even the food for the kids was incredible. The kids' steak was one of the best at the table, which shows the pride they take in serving every diner. The chocolate cake in particular deserves a mention. Multiple layers of different chocolate...it's not the taste or mushy texture you would expect and that's what makes it excellent.

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MG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!!!! We loved the food and ambience especially and the great service!

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KB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is our second New Years Eve five corse dinner with Elk Prime. This is such a great experience. Living in the mountains a lot of the restaurants can start tasting the same. It is so nice to get a regional and seasonal themed meal. The plates are beautiful and the food is incredible. Thank you Elk Prime for two years of great food and we look forward to more in the future.

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience and the staff were so attentive and prompt! 5 stars don’t do them justice!

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DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible crab cakes.
One of best steaks ever!!! 18 oz bone-in filet.
Only complaint was baked potatoe was not done.
Service was A++
We will be back

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AS
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service! It was a bit pricey but the steaks and the Elk tenderloins were amazing.

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RY
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere, service and food was exceptional. I highly recommend Elk Prime for a special occasion.

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LM
East Texas
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and very good service. Waiter was knowledgeable and was very informative.

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t
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the most outstanding steak ever eaten. The food was beyond incredible. The service was extremely friendly and impeccable.

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w
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Family Meal!

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CY
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arie did a fabulous job from start to finish! Professional all the way around w great recommendations
Ed our bartender was also solid
Thanks for making Christmas Eve memories

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R
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a fantastic experience at Elk Ave Prime on Christmas Eve. Our server was phenomenal which made the experience that much better! Hats off to Shandi (think that was her name as I no longer have the receipt) as she was fabulous!! My husband had the Wagyu ribeye and I had the bone-in ribeye. Both were declicious but could tell the difference in the quality of the Wagyu - worth the extra $10!! They were both cooked to a perfect medium-rare and the chef even made the rounds to make sure everything was prepared to our liking. We also shared a loaded baked potato which was large enough for 4 people! We asked for all of the fixings on the side and it came with slices of cooked bacon - not just small pieces which added a nice touch. Highly recommend this place if you're visiting Crested Butte. Can't wait to go back!

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GS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Elk Ave Prime for making our 18th Anniversary so special! The food was excellent and the service was impeccable. We felt as though we were being taken care of by good friends. Thank you again!

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D
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Restaraunts in Crested Butte. Curtis ans Julie are great host and the staff is fantastic.

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