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Elk Ave Prime

4.8
333 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
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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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 333 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Amazing steak. Price is consist with an upscale steak house at $40-60 per entre.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Went there with wife and two young boys (9 and 6). Food was very good and ambiance was just what we wanted for a nice evening in a ski resort town. It was a little pricey but for the specialties and types of steak, it is pretty understandable. Kids had a nice time and we never felt that they (staff) wished we hadn't brought them. Speaking of staff, our waiter was amazing and his support staff were extremely attentive.

If you get the chance to go and want a wonderful night out after skiing with amazing food....head to Elk Avenue Prime. We will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

The food here is always great, definitely try the filet. This place also has an excellent beer wine and spirits list to please any pallet.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

The food is expensive but well worth it. Amazing food, amazing cocktails, amazing service. Overall 10/10 experience.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Nestled on the main drag in Colorado’s last great ski town, Elk is a Brooklyn steakhouse bathed in western casual ambiance. The steaks were prime, perfectly prepared and seasoned, complimented by a Wine Spectator list rivaling none. Not inexpensive, but worth the cost for a great meal.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Death Row Delicious
If I had a last meal request it would be from EAP.
Came here two years ago and was on the “to do” list for our Spring Break 2018 trip. Was just as good the second time around. Started and ended with the same Brown Bear cocktail. Wine was Duckhorn Cabernet. I had the elk tenderloin both times and it may be the best meat I’ve ever had. My wife had a special feature Miyazaki Wagyu beef our server advertised as bucket list worthy. It was no exaggeration. Another guest got the Colorado trout - okay but not a repeat item. Quality is my hot button. Don’t come here looking for a cheap meal but if you are looking for the best meal money can buy, Elk Avenue Prime is at the top of the list.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The food and service was excellent but It was dry expensie.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Service & food in this restaurant was spot on. Would highly recommend. The wine list has a lot of great options, high & low.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We were delighted with our professional server, Bob! Sometimes, the meal may be outstanding, yet the server and or service is not so memorable. It was our first time to meet Bob-and Sharney, also, who was a joy. The hostess was very personable. We will return! Bravo!

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Emily had one of the best filets of her life. Joe likes your au poivre flank steak and seemed satisfied. Beth seemed to enjoy her trout and, I , my salmon. Though my wife and I shied away from the more expensive steaks our bill still approached $200 making this too pricey except for special occasions.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Excellent steaks, cooked exactly the way you order. Service and atmosphere both good. This was the best restaurant we dined in while in Crested Butte.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had a wonderful time, food was outstanding and service was friendly and professional.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Good steaks

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Delicious food and great service

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Excellent dinner! Always consistent and high quality, from the old fashions to the filet chef/owner runs a terrific restaurant and it carries throughout. Always a treat when I’m in town with friends or entertaining guests. Crested Butte gem.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Three years straight we’ve chosen Elk Prime for “go-to” night out. Hasn’t disappointed yet! Great food and awesome wine selection. Recommend to anyone!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fabulous as usual! I love the fact that my favorite cocktail is brought to my table without even ordering it from the awesome bartender, Cole. We had Brian as our server on Valentine’s Day and he was the best. Attentive but not intrusive, cautious and aware of my food allergy, and really nice. The steak and lobster were prepared perfectly. Always love a night at Elk Prime. We love Curtis and Julie and think this place is the best in CB!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This was our second trip to Prime on Elk. We love steak and the steaks are great. All of the food on both of our trips was terrific. The one downside this year was the service. It is amazing what a good attentive server can do to add to a special night out. This year Prime on Elk fell way short.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Had lobster & steaks, and all were terrific. Fun atmosphere, little noisy, however great staff and food more than compensates. Will visit again next year, as we are from Texas. We had 2 meals there, in a 6 day visit.
Great job to all!!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Their food is amazing along with their service. I have eaten here many times and it never disappoints. They have some of the best cuts of steaks in the country along with an extensive wine list. I would highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Been to many steakhouses in many cities. Beef here is as good or better than any of them.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great Steaks and sides. Wine list was nice although vey pricey. It is expensive, but that is to be expected for an area like Crested Butte that has to ship in a lot of their products. They had NW oysters, Japanese and domestic steaks, so the need for overhead is well understood. Just don’t ball at the prices, this isn’t Outback.
The steaks were amazing. Cooked to perfection, seasoned just right. No need for wine reductions or other propaganda B.S., just letting great meat from great ranchers do the talking. My sone had the Colorado lamb chops with a glaze and it was phenomenal. I highly recommend it, but expect to pay for a fine meal in an amazing location.
The tables are tight, and I seated against a timber log post. Need to give the patrons larger tables to fit water, wine, bread, entrees and sides and still allow them to get up and go to the rest room without hiring their neighbor.
Best steak I have had in Colorado though.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

This was our 2nd visit in 2 years.
The steaks are to die for the 18oz AKAUSHI RIB-EYE was amazing.
Def get the Aged White Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Smoked Potatoes, Asparagus and the Jumbo Lump Crab-cakes!
Side portions are on the larger side and they make great leftovers for a kicka$ breakfast!
Oh and don't for get the Bread-pudding for dessert.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

The food here is fabulous and consistent. We started with the Brussels Sprouts, which are great. We split the wedge salad, it’s huge with great blue cheese dressing. The Elk Tenderloin with the ravioli was heaven and the 10 oz filet was perfect. The wine list is extensive, with a wide range of price points. Highly recommend when your in the Butte .

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Great dining experience. The 32 oz tomahawk steak was underwhelming.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent meal and service. We split the buffalo ribeye with peppercorn sauce smoked potatoes,wedge salad, asparagus,and the fried brusselsprout , appetizer. It was fabulous and I RARELY am willing to fill out any survey!

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Our overall experience was fantastic. My husband and I came here for our “nice vacation dinner” and couldn’t be happier. The Star of the meal was the Colorado lamb chops. This was the best lamb my husband and I have had, and we have had a lot of lamb. I would definitely recommend coming here for a nice dinner!

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was good, restaurant was super loud, extremely loud. It’s an open concept restaurant and the lights are bright so their isn’t really ambiance but the food is good and prompt and waiters are attentive.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Definitely a 5 Star Restaurant!! The food is amazingly wonderful. And the service is top notch. You can't visit Crested Butte without eating at this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

I was just in CB for two days and had the chance to pop in. I found them on yelp. My dinner was AMAZING. I had the trout special which was incredible with risotto. I'm from Seattle and very critical about seafood. This experience did not disappoint. I had the fried green tomatoes to start. Great. I opted to get the corn side dish which was some rich magic with bacon and truffle I believe. Amazing. I portioned controlled so I could also add some dessert. I had the cherry crisp. It was amazing but my only critique is the dessert was not served piping hot which I would have preferred. I could have sent it back for sure but I was so stuffed I was getting miserable. The server was very friendly and attentive. Wine list was good on a cool ipad tablet.
My only real critique overall is the ambiance. There were screaming kids in the restaurant and I guess it's the trend now to take children to restaurants where the entres are 40-60/dollars. I can appreciate the CB vibe. The restaurant really is just a big open room with lots of noise. I LOATHE eating at a fairly high end restaurant with TVs on and sports on. The bar is in the restaurant eating area which adds to the noise. It's a CO thing. Good community feel but noisy. Worth the cost but to me definitely a splurge - not an everyday restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

I'm generally not a fan of fancy steakhouses but had promised my son a nice steak dinner. I was very happy with Elk Ave Prime nonetheless. While sporting seriously high prices, the food and wine were excellent, as was the service and the ambiance.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We always eat at least once if not twice at Elk Avenue Prime while we are visiting Crested Butte. The food tastes great and the variety is wonderful!! The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly! Julie & Curtis you have a great restaurant that is our favorite place to eat !! Hope to see you soon!! Thank you, Ty Smith

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Elk Prime is a very good steakhouse. Prices are high but quality is good. Huge wine list is difficult to navigate on the provided ipad but persevere - there are good bottles below $50! The elk was a standout! Service was very professional. Would return .

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Excellent food and service . We eat here every time we come to crested Butte

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

Our server, Bob, was extremely friendly and attentive. Everything came in a very timely fashion and he got us everything we needed without having to ask a second time. Their house whiskey sour was amazing and they had such a great menu it was hard to narrow down what we wanted. He even put a candle in my boyfriend’s dessert for his birthday! The ambiance was the perfect little Crested Butte cabin with a modern swankiness. Can’t wait to come back.

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Our friends have recommended Prime multiple times, so we thought we would finally try it out for a special birthday celebration. While the french onion soup was delicious, the crab stuffed devil eggs had too many flavors competing. My lamb chops were too chargrilled to taste the wonderful flavor that lamb usually holds, but my husband's duck was nicely done. Thus, it was a 50 percent hit rate that did not warrant the very large bill that came at the end of the night. Therefore, I would not recommend Elk Prime.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

Always fabulous! Elk tenderloin is amazing!!

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Ok so let’s cut to the chase... your in CB trying to figure out where to eat for a nice meal. MAKE PRIME YOUR DESTINATION! I did a ton of research on all the restaurants and landed on this one. Forget the price and go you will not regret it!

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Brought my wife, daughter and her family to the area I grew up in. Our last night we enjoyed dinner at this fine steak house. The food was great, service very good, and we all absolutely will return. If you are in the Gunnison Valley make it a point to visit Crested Butte and eat at this fine steak house....

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Service, food and wine were outstanding! We were celebrating our son’s 17th birthday while on our holiday ski trip. We’ve visited Elk Avenue Prime many times, but this was by far the best experience.

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