About Ore House - Durango

Established in 1972, the Ore House is one of Colorado's oldest and finest restaurants. Decorated with intricate murals and historical artifacts, the dining room exemplifies the heritage, history and culture of Southwestern Colorado. In this chef owned and operated restaurant, refined staff serve hand-cut steaks, sustainable wild-caught seafood and seasonal, local ingredients. The Ore House is also well-known for an extensive whiskey and wine collection, as well as an ever-evolving craft cocktail menu.

Voted “No. 1 Steakhouse” by locals since 1972!

147 E. College Drive
Durango, CO 81301
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood, Southwest

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

Cross Street:
Main Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(970) 247-5707 ext. 1

Website:
http://www.orehouserestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Exhibition kitchen and bar!

Parking Details:
Meter parking in downtown before 6 pm. If you don't want to pay the meter, try Third Avenue just 2 blocks up from the restaurant.

Public Transit:
Trolley stop located right across the street.

Executive Chef:
Ryan Lowe

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine

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Ore House - Durango Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (59)
Good for Anniversaries (55)
Good for a Date (55)
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Romantic (45)
Cozy (41)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Worth the Drive (38)
Local Ingredients (36)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Handcrafted Cocktails (32)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Notable Wine List (31)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Business Meals (23)
Casual (23)
Authentic (22)
Bar Seating (16)
Fun (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Tasting Menu (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Healthy (8)
Seasonal (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great Beer (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Organic (5)
People Watching (5)
Great for Lunch (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Scenic View (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

It’s always a pleasure eating at the Orehouse. And the service is excellent. The food is delicious 😋

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and restaurant highly recommended from appetizers to steak and the best Brussel sprouts ever. Will be back next year for my birthday!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The staff and chef were absolutely wonderful! I have eaten at the Ore House before and have always had very tasty steaks. This particular night, I was taken with the selection of vegetables and although I am not a vegetarian, I decided to have three of the items as my meal. I asked that they come on one plate even though I knew they prepared some of them in separate little dishes. What a stunning presentation they created for me. They used a huge plank and placed the three selections artistically across it. I couldn't have been more impressed with either the flavors or the visual appeal of what they did for me. They deserve major kudos for their efforts and their kindness.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Fabulous!!! We are in Durango to ride the polar express !!! The ore house staff welcomed us and treated us like royalty even though we were in our pjs !!! Also very very attentive to my little one !!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent food! I love the setting and it is right downtown. It is so nice to have something in Durango that hasn't faded out or been dramatically changed and ruined. The Orehouse is still the best place in Durango for fine food, and a great setting. Enjoy!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

My boyfriend and I had our anniversary dinner here and noted it as such through OpenTable. When we got there, we were immediately seated and had waitstaff (Meredith!) providing water and asking if we wanted any cocktails. All the drinks came out quickly, we ordered, and within 20 minutes we had our steaks. Everything was unbelievably delicious!

As we were finishing dinner, Meredith came back and asked if we were celebrating an anniversary and gave us a complimentary dessert for the occasion. That attention to detail and customer service did not go unnoticed and it really made our anniversary dinner that much better.

10/10 would eat a cake made of bourbon again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great place to eat. We really enjoyed it. Had a great time.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Very good, as has been the case for the last 4-5 visits. Very consistent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Reservations online easy, but necessary.
Hostess and waitstsff vey good. Drinks were good but vey expensive, same with the food...... menu items a bit overpriced, but specials were a good value. Desserts were especially tasty. Entire place was quaint, but smaller than expected. Would return, but would try other similarly priced Durango restaurants first.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Bailey our server was amazing, fun, efficient, pretty and friendly. Food was great also!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This place NEVER disappoints! Our food was prepared to perfection and the service is always spot on. Keep it up Ore Housers!!

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Authentic
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

We celebrated at the Ore House on our honeymoon and return every year for our anniversary. The food and service are amazing! We look forward to our dinning experience every year. It is expensive, but well worth it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Ore House was amazing. Everything was great, from the bartender, to the waitress, the food, drinks and dessert were great! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We celebrate our anniversary here every year if we are in Durango and our waiter Katie helped make it special with excellent wine suggestions and attentive service. Our steaks were perfectly grilled and the giant asparagus with bearnaise was delicious. The came brute trio was the perfect end to a wonderful meal.Will we be back? You betcha!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Meredith made sure we were taken care of. Food was worth every dollar spent. Highly recommended!

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The Ore House has a nice cozy atmosphere, a great menu and a knowledgeable wait staff. They have a good wine list and the staff has always been spot on when recommending the best wine with our meal.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food is fantastic. My second time back and I will be back again as soon as I’m craving a good steak again!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fun
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our waitress was absolutely wonderful. The food was wonderful and we were very well taken care of. We were a bit annoyed that we had a reservation and still had to wait 30 minutes. Thanks for helping us enjoy our 18 year anniversary!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Lobster bisque was to die for. Excellent service. Lovely date night with wife.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Steak had no flavor, ceaser salad was v ery good, service w as very good.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I frequent the Ore House because it's a good restaurant. As with all good restaurants, when the bar is that high, it slides sometimes. I went for a Birthday Dinner, and it was just a weird energy night. The door was left open for an unnecessary late October breeze. Anyone who was waiting was just obnoxiously chattering around the hostess counter, meandering backward into the dining area. Things you shrug off at Denny's, but tend not to on a $200 tab. I guess it was just a poorly staffed evening.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Best Steak in town!!! Excellant sides... My favorite restaurant dor special occasions

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our go-to in Durango. Excellent whisky options, steaks are great. This time the game disappointed, and was over-priced...but we'll be back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Organic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food is always delicious, drinks are excellent, and the atmosphere is warm and cozy.
One of our favorite Durango haunts.

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 (Boise)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This place is what it has always been - a wonderful end to the day.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Relaxed, but quality of food and service we love!

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Last minute choice. Great service! Everyone was very friendly. Great cornbread! Highly reccommended.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The Ore House is a locals secret that is too often dismissed as a tourist location. It has excellent food, quality (local) ingredients and a focus on healthy preparation. They cook with healthy fresh oils and fats. One of my favorite places to eat in Durango.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Casual, Late-night Find
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great ambience for my husband's birthday! As a vegan, there are very limited options (expected, it's a steakhouse!), but I went for his birthday! Our server (I think her name was Katie) was fantastic and helpful. She even let my husband borrow some cheaters so he could read the menu! How thoughtful of this place! He loved the lobster bisque, loved the cornbread and his filet mignon. The Ore House does have a really great wine menu, and we came on a day the wine bottles were half off. AWESOME! I would go back for his birthday next year, since the place is small and intimate and special for that occasion!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We had reservations but were jammed into a tiny corner just off of the bar and my dates only view was at 2 walls. I could understand if we were a walk-in and that was the only available table. Our steak was ordered medium and came out rare, they did re-cook it but it is never quite the same. We have been to the Ore House numerous times and it is typically a nice experience. This one was not that special and we will probably try a different restaurant next time we are in Durango.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The menu and wine were awesome! Our server was so attentive. We had a terrific evening and will be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Absolutely Delightful! My Dad took my sister and me for a lovely dinner while he was visiting from out of town. It was superb!

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Always a great place to eat when we visit. The food is always incredible and the specials never disappoint.

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Recommended by Google users, another restaurant too busy. We made reservations via internet, honored by business, seated in 5 minutes upon arrival. Food tasted heavenly, meat cooked to request, moist juicy, blissful from first to last bite. Spouse mention, meat grass feed only, she enjoyed wine selection. Staff very welcoming and attentive. Will eat here in future.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

The food is always wonderful at the Orehouse. It is by far one of my favorite restaurants in town, and I have lived here for 17 years. I highly recommend the Orehouse.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We were visiting Durango with friends and found a table open at the last minute. What most wonderful dining experience. Mark our waiter of 13 years is a great assistant and added a fun flair to our perfectly composed steak and seafood dinners accompanied with some great veggie sides. Sunday night is half off wine bottle night so good grape was had by all. And yes the dessert assortment included a house specialty of Chocolate Whiskey cake and creme brûlée. Located directly across from the trail station and down town this is an easy place to find with close parking. Little pricey for some but worth the extra $$$$ for a perfect dining time.... 5 stars

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We really enjoyed our meal here. Our waiter, Mark was the greatest. He made great recommendations, was engaging and attentive.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food and atmosphere is way above our expectations. The prices are above average and the location is very convenient to down town Durango. We had an excellent time here at the Ore House.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had a special date night while on our honeymoon and everyone we talked to guided us here. It was a fabulous evening! We had wonderful conversation with our waitress Meredith and loved the entire atmosphere. We said if and when we make the trip back to Durango we would spoil ourselves to a nice dinner here again

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Full disclosure: Im a long time fan of The Ore House. They have amazing food that is typically the best around. Their steaks and beef dishes are top notch. The proteins are normally sourced from the producer. Seafood is always fresh and the menu has something for everyone.
The cocktails are generous, tasty, and fairly priced (given the typical plate runs around 40$). I drank a Corzo Anejo Rocks for 11$. The special was Schnitzel with Mushroom gravy and I tried my wife's....it was delicious.
I ordered the Flat Iron Steak, Ore House style, which means they add Red Crab Meat, Asparagus on the side, and Bearnaise. On this particular occasion, everything was excellent as usual, but my steak was undercooked. I was hungry and still ate the entire thing. After many trips to this restaurant, this one detail was the only gripe Ive ever had here.
The staff is friendly and professional. They serve team style so you can count on your drink staying full and the table staying clear. Ive had a couple meals where the manager sent us dessert or even talked with us about our experience.
The occasional rare steak aside, Id say The Ore House is a must visit if you are in Durango. The price is slightly higher than typical fare for the area, but you will be impressed.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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