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

Special Events & Promotions:
Large party? Small Party? Special Occasion? Business? Let us know how we can help!

Ore House - Durango Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (60)
Good for Anniversaries (55)
Good for a Date (49)
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Romantic (39)
Cozy (35)
Local Ingredients (35)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Notable Wine List (28)
Worth the Drive (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Business Meals (21)
Authentic (20)
Bar Seating (17)
Casual (15)
Fun (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Seasonal (9)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Organic (7)
Healthy (6)
Great Beer (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
People Watching (4)
Great for Lunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

We live in Durango but have not been in the Ore House for many years. We went for an anniversary dinner and had a very nice meal. We ate at 6 and the place was busy but quiet enough we could enjoy conversation. The food was very nicely done! Server was stellar as well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 7 days ago

Great beef! Impressed with wine list and bourbon. Great desserts. Enjoyable meal.

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

We enjoyed our anniversary in Durango.
Thanks you for trusting us, as we forgot the paper certificate voucher!
We will certainly return!

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The Ore House is a Durango ionic restaurant and steakhouse. Since 1972 they've been serving the best steak and "fancy restaurant" fare. Recent changes including remodeled kitchen, more menu offerings and an "ala cart" approach. Yes, it is pricey, but worth it, if you are looking for the best steak and service. Perfect for anniversaries, birthdays, special visitors' and VIP business dinners. And the wait staff? Excellent! Very attentive, responsive and helped make a good dinner, a fine dinner experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We love the Ore House, for their food, wine and great staff. We had my son's birthday there on 1/10/18 and our waiter was fabulous. he was engaging but not intrusive. He kept an eye on us for any of our needs. I am sorry I do not remember his name, but I know his family is Italian.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

The Ore House has been my favorite restaraunt in Durango for years. The ambiance is perfect for a true western town. The food & service are both outstanding.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

So delicious

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

We celebrated here while on our honeymoon and the staff treated us like royalty! Such a fun night

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Had a great time. Food was good. Service was great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

The food was mediocre. The lobster bisque barely had any lobster in it. The Ceviche was more cucumber, onion, jalapeno, cilantro than "alaskan salmon, market fish & baby scallops" as advertised! It barely had any fish in it. The steak came out rare instead of medium as ordered. Took awhile to get it back. Overpriced for what you get. Great service but wont be going back.

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 (Durango)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Always excellent service and food! Thank you Ian, Mark and other staff for always taking such great care of us!

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Casual, Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Could not have been more pleased!! Excellent food and service for our New Years Eve meal. We were treated great from the moment we walked in.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

PROS: The food is always delicious. The restaurant environment exudes the nature of the town itself with its western décor and casual setting. The staff are friendly, attentive, and helpful.

CONS: There is no interior waiting space and the bar area is VERY small. During our visit there was a foul odor that came and went that resembled the smell of smoke from a coal or oil burning stove.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I have lived in Durango forever and this is still my favorite restaurant. The best meal for miles!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were celebrating our 30 yr anniversary and this was the perfect setting.
The food was excellent. The service was excellent.
Our reservation was met right on time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food wasn't that good for the price. The Ribeye and Tbone were flavorless and the baked potato was over cooked and too much cheese.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 29, 2017

If you don’t like The Ore House, you have to be impossible to please or be extremely unlucky. Even the best places can miss a note but TOH has been consistently good for many years.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We stopped at this restaurant during our recent trip to Durango and were not disappointed. Great food at reasonable prices and friendly wait staff. Go will you are in Durango, you will not be disappointed.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Horrible aged steak....no flavor and tough! Steaks were not tender at all and had no flavor! Wedge salad was not even a wedge...it was not even a quarter wedge either! So disappointed! We spent over $200 for four of us and the best part of our dinner was the mashed potatoes and Mac n cheese! We thought this was going to be an excellent choice, especially since the only way to eat here was to make a reservation or wait 2 hours! Unfortunately it was definitely not and we will not be returning!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The hostess Christina was absolutely incredible she went above and beyond to make sure my Son’s birthday was special. She was so kind and friendly and even accommodated us with moving our reservation up to a more convenient time. Bailey our server was very good as well. Over all we had an excellent experience and I highly recommend the Ore House!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was good but very expensive. All sides cost extra. Service (from Kristan) was very good. Love the atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Our server, Meredith, was outstanding. All the service was very good.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

The food was excellent I could cut my steak with a butter knife. Highly recommend this resteraunt. The service was also excellent!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Christmas dinner & it was lovely!

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

It was Christmas night and we didn’t have reservations. We luckily got a table and it was amazing, great food, deroand ambiance. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Service and food excellent

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Very pleased with the experience! My family made reservations on Christmas day 2017 and enjoyed a fine dinner. We will be back

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Casual, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Oh my lands, eating at the Ore House was a dining experience I will not forget. The food was exquisite, the staff was personable and professional, the drinks at the bar were very well prepared and the bartenders were a lot of fun to visit with . The ambiance of the restaurant added to the experience. Our Christmas eve with family was made even more memorable by this fine dining experience. I would definitely recommend anyone going to or even passing through Durango, eat at the Ore House!!! I hope my family has the opportunity to dine there again. (P.S. I highly recommend the lamb.)

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Fabulous restaurant! Incredible food, service & ambiance!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Christmas family pre dinner

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This place has great food and an amazing staff. It can get pretty loud like this time we went my husband and we had to lean across the table just to hear each other. Other than that, great food selection, great accommodation to allergies and highly recommended.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food, a little pricey but we'll worth it. Great for special occasions.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our service was amazing! The food was excellent. Can't wait to go back again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We were not able to sit down at our table until 15 minutes after our reservation time. But the service of our waitress made up for that. Food was good, specifically the steak.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

It was our two year anniversary and they gave us dessert for free. Service was great, food was great, drinks were great. Will definitely go back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

One of the best steak dinners I’ve had in my life. Highly recommend this great steak and seafood house.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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 on December 7, 2017

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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