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About Elk Ave Prime

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.

226 Elk Avenue
Crested Butte, CO 81224
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Elk Avenue and 3rd Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(970) 349-1221

Website:
http://www.elkaveprime.com/

Entertainment:
From time to time Elk Ave Prime invites local performers to play and entertain our guests.

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.

Public Transit:
The CB mountain shuttle drops off a half a block from our front door, so come on down.

Executive Chef:
Curtis Higgins

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

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Elk Ave Prime Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

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4.7

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4.5

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4.2

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (19)
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Kid-friendly (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Business Meals (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Great Beer (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
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Casual (4)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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 .

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Dallas)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (Denver)·Dined on January 7, 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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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Always fabulous! Elk tenderloin is amazing!!

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·Dined on January 4, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We had the brussell sprouts appetizer and bacon which were delicious! The sour dough bread was soft but crispy on the outside. Just perfect! The steaks, trout and salmon dinners were delicious, appropriately cooked to our liking, and the ambience is very cozy.
Bob, our server, was exceptional!! The kids sat at their own table next to the fire. Loved it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

A great dinner!!
We had the evenings specials and no disappointment. A place I'll recommend!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had reservations @ 5:30, arrived @ 5:20 & were told we’d have to be waited to be seated, we could go to the bar which was loud or come back; we opted to return in 10 minutes. We were seated. Though the wine list was extensive it was also very expensive & overpriced. We know restaurants mark up wine, typically 30-45% but 80%? We knew several vintners & vintages & these were 60 & 80 % higher respectively. Needless to say, we drank water! We ordered elk & asked for & paid for a Cabernet sauce on the side in lieu of the Holllandaise sauce but it was served with the Hollandaise..... can anyone say food allergy?!?!?!?
It was returned & another dinner was served. We’ve eaten elk at numerous other steak houses in ski towns throughout Colorado & all were more tender, a larger portion & at a lower price point.
If you want a tasty meal, a solid wine list, & friendly service go across the street to Django’s. If you want exceptional customer service , an interesting hip vibe, great food @ a great price go to Secret Stash, if you want ripped off go to Elk Ave. Prime.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had an amazing dinner during our annual ski vacation. It is our first time in Crested Butte and dining at Elk Prime. We will be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food and outstanding service can't wait to go back.

Tags: Cozy, Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This restaurant is spectacular The food and service is unmatched

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Service was phenomenal and food was beyond great!

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

We were in Crested Butte on vacation and celebrated our twins' 21st birthday at Elk Avenue Prime. The staff was exceptional, attentive without being obtrusive. Menu was wonderful and the wines were outstanding. I love the atmosphere and found it the perfect spot for a celebratory dinner.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We’ve been spending Christmas Eve here for a number of years. It was delicious and everyone cleaned their plate! What more can I say.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food and great service. We were near the door and it had a cold blast

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Very good experience. Cozy atmosphere, great food, and service. Will be back again

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Awesome sauce!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great spot in downtown Crested Butte. Really enjoyed our time here

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent food quality and service. Wine list is expensive along with elk entree. Excellent cherry cobbler dessert.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

From the time we entered the old wooden doors, we realized this was a great place. The server, Jacob, was very well spoken and informative about the menu. Quick service kept the little one from being bored. I had the buffalo(for the first time ever) and my girlfriend had the 10oz filet. Both were some of the best meats I have ever tasted. We will be coming back here to sample the rest of the menu.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Authentic, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great Beer
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Everything was fabulous, but the only issue was everyone in the restaurant was wearing their jacket because it was so cold inside. For such a nice and pricey restaurant, I would think you’d keep the room temperature a little more warmer so that people could feel a little more comfortable to take their outdoor jackets off and just relax.

Other than that, we absolutely LOVED everything about the restaurant!!! We’d definitely go back!!!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Happening atmosphere. Food is delicious but rich. Service is first-rate.

Tags: Late-night Find, Tapas, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Tulsa)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was delicious as usual- filet mignon was juicy and perfectly cooked. All was as good as expected

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We were there for very small (3 adult, 2 kid) wedding reception dinner. Our waiter brought us complimentary flutes of champagne and offered his congratulations, which was very nice. The menu offered a great (and not overwhelming) selection. Our kids ordered steak off of the kids menu and it was a generous portion and tasted wonderful. The ambiance was casual, but suitable for a special occasion. The only thing that could add to the ambiance would be some candlelight at the tables. We had a lovely experience and plan to return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Wow, they have a fabulous wine list!

The service was great.

Menu is nice but sounds better than it really is. Food is ok, not great. Also, the Redbird chicken way undercooked.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Extremely overpriced. Service was slow. A glass of wine ordered mid meal. It arrived after the meal was complete.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The service and food were absolutely outstanding!! Great wine and beer selection too! Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Right on the main stree. Food is very good, extensive albeit expensive wine list. Very comfortable surroundings. A bit on the noisy side.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Steaks were cooked really well, and very tender and flavorful. Appreciated the casual setting, although was a little on the loud side. The free champagne for our special occasion was a nice touch.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We visit Crested Butte every year and always eat at Elk Ave Prime. Great food (steaks) and exceptional service.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We dined at Elk Avenue Prime while visiting Crested Butte in the fall. My husband, in particular, likes Elk and other game, and Elk Avenue Prime had good reviews. Despite the restaurant being very crowded when we arrived, we were seated promptly and our waitress was friendly and helpful. The Elk Steak was large and very tasty, and the special wagyu beef entree was also excellent. The only reason I did not give the restaurant a 5-star overall rating is that it is quite pricey, particularly for a small town like Crested Butte. I think it would help if the menu included some smaller steak entrees too.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Authentic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, People Watching
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

I loved the atmosphere. We went here for a fancy romantic dinner and that is what we got. We ordered filet mignon that was to die for. We used opentable to get reservations ahead of time which came in handy when there was an 1 hour and 45 minute wait.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

What an incredible place for a dinner! We were in Crested Butte this weekend for my 60th birthday, and wanted something special -- we certainly got that at Elk Avenue Prime. The steak and sides were perfect, the wine choice was perfect (although we had to hide our bottle from the Vinotok participants when they came into the restaurant!), and the desserts were out of this world. I had the Paonia Cherry Cobbler and it was outstanding.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We went here for my birthday and for the Vinatok Mummers. We had a great experience with great food, wonderful service and fantastic wine! It was nice to go to a steak place that was both nice but chill and laid back. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We dined here September 21st. Everything was fantastic. My filet was one of the best I've had. The service was top notch was well. I will recommend this to any friends I have traveling to Crested Butte.

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 19, 2017

No doubt the best place to get steak in Crested Butte. The food and the service are absolutely out of this world.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Brought out family of 6 adults and 2 children for a 40th birthday dinner. Everyone had a great time and wonderful food. Our service was outstanding and the food was cooked to perfection.

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