Elk Ave Prime

4.8
383 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • 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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Gift Card
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 383 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Excellent food. Server Ari was so nice and great server. Attentive but not overboard.
Food is amazing.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Shared the 10 oz. fillet mignon with wife, steak was excellent! Paired with the white cheddar mashed potatoes and caesar salad. Very busy place. only complaint was noise level. Hard to carry on a conversation

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

My wife and I both had filets, great steak, very tender and cooked just right. Starter salad was very nice, recommend the avacado ranch dressing. For sides we had asparagus (which I would highly recommend) and mixed vegetables (which I would not!) Overall great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Prime on Elk made for a nice dinner out! The food was unique and delicious.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Best beef anywhere -- expensive but certainly worth it

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Curtis and has team have brought a world class dining experience to CB. From perfect service, outstanding wine list and unique food items it is hard to imagine how It could be better. Elk Prime is a reason to come to Crested Butte in and of itself. Who needs the skiing or fishing with this restaurant in town!!!

Noel Williams
OKC

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

They have the best wine list around.

Our waiter was amazing and what a great attitude he had. They brought my tenderloin with a garlic wedge of which was raw. I asked the manager when he came by to check on us and he quickly brought a perfectly cooked one. The bacon/truffle/corn, bread, Scottish salmon all wonderful..

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Expensive, even for Crested Butte, but worth it. The Japanese steak special was amazing and the trout was excellent, too. The staff was attentive and pleasant and the outdoor patio location have us a chance to watch the pedestrian (and dog) traffic on Elk Avenue.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Ate outside and that was delightful. I thought the food was very good but pricey.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Both outstanding food and I,pecable service. A great spot for an anniversary dinner!

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

This was my first visit of many more visits to come. My waitress was amazing, and the food was spectacular! My mother and I were in town for the Wildflower Festival, and shared the Yak special. It was amazing, and definitely worth it! Thank you for a wonderful experience!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Fantastic restaurant! Loved their food-had elk tenderloin and it was so tender and delicious! Would definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Celebrated my birthday at Elk Avenue Prime. Wonderful food, ambience, and service.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Lauren was EXCELLENT

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We vacationed in Crested Butte and made a reservation based on the superior rating this restaurant has. Our meal was delicious, our waiter (Jacob) provided excellent service and was entertaining on top of that! Comfortable and fun ambiance. I can't recommend this restaurant more highly!!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

The atmosphere and food were great, I have dined here three times in my travels and have never been disappointed. I truly appreciate an attentive/friendly staff!

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

I've had better steaks at saltgrass or outback. Just because it says waygu and is priced high doesn't necessarily it is going to be excellent. It was good...but not eyes rolling back in my head good like I've experienced at places like delta frisco's or taste of texas. I'd go back...but only because it's the only option in town.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The night before July 4th is a good test for any restaurant, and Elk Avenue Prime proved up to the task. I had the best duck dish I have ever had, period. My wife loved her salad, the roasted vegetables and we both enjoyed our starter of shrimp and lobster lasagna. They sat us outside for people watching like we requested and all the staff did an excellent service.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Elk Prime offers fabulous food and an extensive wine list. The filet that I ordered was perfectly cooked. We make it a point to dine here when we are in town.

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