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Elk Ave Prime - Crested Butte

4.8
888 Reviews
$50 and over
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 many 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.

Support Elk Ave Prime - Crested Butte during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 888 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.8
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPamelaM
Denver
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and great service. Worth every penny. Some of the other tables around us were a bit loud but that is my only negative. This restaurant is amazing. McKenzie was our wonderful server and she did a great job. Highly recommend stopping here if you’re in Crested Butte.

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LindseyS
Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service, wine selection, and delicious food!!! Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner. Food was phenomenal

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SylviaK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was first rate. I had heard great thinks about the restaurant, and they didn’t disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
Poconos
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was awesome!

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SteveR
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic experience at Elk Prime! Consistently one of the best restaurants we dine at in our travels!

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CPMazzeo
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've eaten in some pretty phenomenal steakhouses and my husband and I both agreed Elk Ave Prime might be better than any of them. The service was stellar. Amy (sp?) was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine. We had the bacon wrapped scallops to start and they were perfection. We split the caesar and the bone in buffalo rib eye. It was perfectly seasoned and cooked. We added the crab cake because Amy being from Maryland gave it her endorsement!! We had the mac and cheese straight up because Amy said that was the best way to do it. Almost forgot the tempura brussels sprouts. YUM. We did not expect to have such an experience on our adventure to Crested Butte. The restaurant was lovely, quiet and intimate. Worth every penny. What a treat and I hope to go back!

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NatashaF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. They were able to accommodate our party of 8.

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vipMichaelL
Cleveland
32 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I travel often and have been privileged to eat at several excellent restaurants all over the world. Every now and then I'm lucky enough to find a restaurant that does everything right. Impeccable service, everything on the menu is beyond expectation, and (for me) a world class wine list. Elk Ave Prime checks all those boxes. If you are in Crested Butte I would HIGHLY recommend coming to this restaurant!

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vipDavid
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in very pleasant atmosphere. Good cocktails; wines on the expensive side. Would be good to see a wider range of “by the glass” wine.

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GabrielB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Make reservations ahead of time. You can wait over 2 hours or more just to get seated.

Elk Ave Prime - Crested Butte
Responded on February 19, 2021

I noticed you arrived 6min early for your 7:30 reservation online and were seated straight away. If you have any other impressions we should know about please let me know

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ChristianL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

My friends and I ordered steak and elk with side dishes, salads and wine. On the menu it says the side dish’s are for two however they are extremely small and expensive. They are only meant for one person. The salads are extremely expensive and are not good. Then we asked our waiter for two specific bottles for 45 and 58 dollars and instead he charged us for a 58 and 92 dollar wine. It was quite embarrassing our waiter dis-respected our table with charging us something we did not order. I would highly suggest you save your money and go to the wooden nickel steak house instead. At elk ave prime they give you small portions and charge you more for what you did not order.

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vipDougP
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and booze menu. Cool setting. Host staff was not accommodating to my reservation requests. We had to break up our party of six to three and three. Hostess/manager said the reservation system would not allow her to make any changes. There were tables of six and eight when we were there. Elk Avenue is very expensive.

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Chicagomyrtle
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was date night for my husband and myself. The food is very good, but hardly anything on the menu is healthy. Just about every appetizer, salad, and side dish is fried or has bacon, cheese, or heavy sauce. They do have a single green salad on the menu, but yawn. I know eating out isn’t about counting calories, but I don’t feel so great after eating there. I just wish they had a few lower fat options to mix in with the fabulous prime meats and fish. The meat entrees are some of the best offerings in the country. The fish is flown in and is fabulous! Wine selections by the glass outstanding! I did ding them on ambience as I have been there twice this month and both times have been sat right next to the kitchen doors and wait station.

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McRod
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful. Great food. Great service.

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SteveR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

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joeinpc
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The elk tenderloin was delicious! Great recommendation from our waitress. Medium rare was perfect! The scallops for appetizer was amazing! Thanks for a fabulous dinner to start our family winter vacation!

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vipPeterW
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

World-class restaurant in Crested Butte - great food, service and ambiance!

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DorothyB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner with friends. All of us enjoyed the food and we were so happy to be able to have real menus. The staff was wonderful and our waiter was very personable. I had the lamb chops, which were delicious. Everyone else had steak, which was delicious too.

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DanS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best steak I’ve ever had! My girlfriend ordered the elk tenderloin and I got the Buffalo bone-in ribeye. Both were absolutely incredible. The owner even came by to personally greet each table and make sure everything was satisfactory. If you’re visiting Crested Butte for a weekend, this restaurant should be high on your list!

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vipMolly
Oklahoma City
71 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and nice waitress

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Everything you want in a top notch high quality meal.

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vipSteveS
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We ate, ate and kept eating, everything was great. This was by far the best restaurant during or stay in CP.

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AnitaN
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Started with the brussel sprouts and fork and knife caesar. Brussel sprouts were very good and fork and knife salad was lightly dressed. Got the Miyazaki steak as well and it was worth every penny! Got the elk steak (medium rare) with the buffalo ravioli and both were phenomenal, though I wish the ravioli wasn't fried. Also tried the buffalo ribeye and it was also really good. The service was very good. The only negative remark I have is that our particular table had poor lighting.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elk Prime never disappoints. Highly recommended!!

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WALTh
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. I suggest going with the bone in fillet!

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vipMikeW
Dallas
61 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Expensive. Ordered the special $120 for 6 ounces.

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DannyIII
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a stop for us when we are in Crested Butte- the food is always reliably excellent, the service is always exemplary and the whole experience never lets us down.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All great!

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DanielW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our night from the time we sat down to the service by Kati. Food was awesome but a little pricy. But I would have to say well worth the investment.

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Margotv
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and great ambiance. The owner and servers were knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. Would highly recommend Elk Ave Prime if you're looking for a fancier date night spot in Crested Butte.

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FrankW
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NO MORE OYSTERS?? That was my only complaint! The pandemic impacts us all, even oyster loving snowboarders like myself. The Japanese wagyu steak more than made up for my missing molluscs. Martinis, wine, and the most decedent whipped potatoes I've ever had, it felt like a sinful act with each bite. I've been here about four times now, the service is always top notch and I cannot wait until I can make my way back to that beautiful little town!

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NickR
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I came here based on a recommendation from a local skier. The Buffalo ribeye was amazing! We couldn’t have had nicer waiters and staff. Highly recommend this place!

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GraceJS
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience and Parker was an excellent server! Can't wait to visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is as advertised- food was exceptional- probably the best seared Ahi Tuna I’ve ever had- the fried Brussels sprouts are exceptional

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vipMike
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the Best steak houses in Colorado!
Great Service and atmosphere.

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vipKelsey
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great service and wonderful food and drinks. It was a great experience!

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JohnL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Filet was perfect. Chocolate cake was the bomb. The wait staf was engaging and fun.

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JessicaW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food! Best steaks I’ve had in CO. Service was prompt. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ordered filet medium and came out rare and then when reheated to correct temperature was charred and burnt on outside. Au gratin smoked potatoes tasted like liquid smoke and overpowered any other ingredient. Not so good for a steakhouse in my experience.

FAQs

Elk Ave Prime - Crested Butte is rated 4.8 stars by 888 OpenTable diners.

Elk Ave Prime - Crested Butte does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://elkaveprime.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.