Primus Restaurant

4.8
264 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Wild Game, Fresh Seafood, Uncompromising Quality

WE ARE BACK OPEN FOR DINE IN! Due to limited capacity, reservations are STRONGLY recommended.

We are so happy to welcome you back into our Dining Room!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 264 people are saying
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LMK22
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had never tried bison till we ate at PRIMUS and it did not disappoint! The burrata starter was amazing, definitely set the tone for the rest of the meal. Our bison tomahawk and sirloin were cooked perfectly and our Brussel sprouts and the lobster risotto was spectacular! From the service to the food everything was above and beyond, made our anniversary dinner perfect. Will definitely be back!

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Darsto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food we have had in Durango. Excellent service and conversation with the Chef.

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DavidW
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good in all respects

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vipGeorgeD
Phoenix
51 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal. I’ve been everywhere and this place is at the top.

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Colleen
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I picked this restaurant from Open Table choices. I have never been to Durango before so had no idea where to go for dinner. I chose Primus and I am glad I did. Great restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Service was excellent. Ambiance was Ok, Sat in a long area with a white wall in front of us. Everything had lots of cheese. Each item of food was good but you better love cheese. Brussels sprouts were good but too much cheese. Scallops were really good but lots of cheese. Caesar salad was great but had cheese. My husband had potatoes and cauliflower as his sides and both covered in cheese. His bison steak however was unfortunately very chewy. .

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food meticulously prepared.

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EmmetF
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. This was our first time to eat at Primus. We were not disappointed! Food was amazing, atmosphere was intimate and we left wanting to come back…and we will!

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KeithL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked the outdoor bump out. Very nice. Great service and very unique and tasty entrees. Highly recommended if want more than the usual fare. Good cocktails and wine too

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vipDennis
Orange County
40 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best meals in quite some time. Really enjoyed the super fresh bison tartare which was cut coarse so it had nice texture to it. It was nicely garnished with some light lettuce as well as great crisped crackers. Also had the bison filet which was cooked to perfection, very tender, great flavor. Finally, they also make a killer Manhattan.

Service was great (Lacie (sp?)) and the chef/owner also came by to chat.

Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Rodman
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was all wonderful...very detailed. Outstanding service . All the staff and Owner where very friendly. Lacey was very personable , patient and knowledgeable.

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Mtnmanhard
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

It is no contest, Primus is the best restaurant in Durango. The food is very cutting edge. But be warned, it is also the most expensive.

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DrPete
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always better than expected. Well done!

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vipTeri
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found this place by accident. The entire restaurant is only 9 feet wide what they do with that space is just amazing. The chef prepared some of the best meals we’ve had in years and the cocktails made with fresh ingredients (fresh squeezed juice) were really good. Service was excellent, food was excellent and I would highly recommend this place. ’d be surprised if they don’t start to get booked up every single night because of the quality of their food.

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vipSarahZ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is hands down the best restaurant in Durango. You can tell that everyone who sits around you knows it too. Almost everyone is a regular. We sat outside so there is plenty to look at. Add in some great food and you have a perfect experience.

The food….
I cannot express enough, my gratitude for this quality of food. You can tell that every aspect of your plate has been thoroughly thought through. If you are unsure about what to order because it all looks good? Ask your server. They know and will not steer you wrong.

Go. Here.

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vip9896
Tampa
32 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not since restaurant Alinea in Chicago have we experienced such an over the top culinary journey! Primus owner and Master Chef John Daly IIII could not have been more personable and demonstrative of his talent. Over all the years as an Open Table user on a quest for great dining experiences, a few stand at the pinnacle of unforgettable. Primus in Durango is definitely among the very best and go down as unforgettable too! Next trip to SW Colorado, we’ll surely be back!

Thank you Team Primus! You guys Rock!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the most inventive, highest-end kitchen in Durango

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, drinks and service, the wild game menu is amazing! Paco was our server and gave great suggestions and was perfectly attentive. Perfect date night!

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lilshortyb
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best meals I’ve had in my life. Everything we ordered was fantastic! You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Service was also excellent and the chef came up to meet the patrons near the end of the meal. Highly recommend!

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JAMESS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff was great. Meals were unique and well portioned. Very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small restaurant. Ambiance and service were good. Noisy foursome next to us, but of course that is hit or miss and not the restaurant’s fault. Goat cheese was really good, octopus was ok, and the Bison Tomahawk was OUTSTANDING. Creme brûlée was just ok. The Bison Tomahawk is enough reason to go there. 24oz, so wife and I split it.

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MattK
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality, expertly prepared food. Would definitely recommend.

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Jenny
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lacy our waitress was phenomenal. John the executive chef was hilarious and the food was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another incredible experience. Food was outstanding as was our waitstaff Paco.

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TeresaD
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to your restaurant to celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary. Both my husband and I felt your food, service and wine were outstanding! The location of your restaurant was excellent, right in the center of the historic Durango district. We both highly recommend your restaurant to anyone wanting a delicious meal (but make reservations).

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful meal from start to finish. The goat cheese puff pastry appetizer was delicious! The entrees at our table were Seared Gulf Coast Grouper, the Pork Chop, and the Lamb. All were excellent. Not only was everything flavorful and perfectly cooked, everything was plated so beautifully. A very memorable meal for sure. Cannot wait to return!

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HeatherF
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Primus! The menu is very unique. There is something for the adventurous as well as the more cautious eater. The service is always wonderful and the food delicious.

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ConnieC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn’t been to any fine dining in Durango and were so pleased with our overall experience from our waitstaff to the last blackberry on our goat milk cheesecake. Definitely will be back. Thanks for helping us celebrate our 80 year old mother!

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BHCounts
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good last time, we brought friends this time. So glad, because John and Kerry delivered another outstanding experience: food, service, ambience! No trouble accommodating a gluten free and cow dairy free diet. Ostrich loin cooked perfect medium rare as was the bison sirloin. Scallops were firm and tender. White asparagus and other sides paired perfectly. Finished with a fantastic GF goat cheese cheesecake! A rare treat.

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vipbearbear1
Austin
27 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Primus never disappoints!! We had the pork chop, ribeye and of course lobster Mac n cheese. Everything was simply Devine. By far, the best restaurant in Durango, Co. An experience you must try. Everyone is super professional and kind. Can’t wait to go back very soon!!! They are ROCK STARS!!!!!

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Kenpear
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and whole experience was excellent. 100% would recommend to anyone.

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marcv
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good, but pricy.

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vipWendyB
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, waitress was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, service was great, a really nice evening

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vipTomH
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food - best in Durango. We would be happy to go again if we can get a reservation before we leave.

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vipSuzanneN
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was near perfect—service, specials, FOOD! We were tourists, but if in Durango again we would definitely return.

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vipEater
Tucson
138 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an outstanding restaurant!!!The menu is varies with items not necessarily found on most. THe food preparation and presentation is exemplary. The bison tenderloin was outstanding- a true example of melt in you mouth tender. The sides are wonderful and reasonably priced. The service could not have been better: our server was knowledgeable and very helpful, not to mention patient helping us make our decisions.

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vipJustinS
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food took forever to arrive and was terrible when it did. Extremely expensive for low level of quality. Dine elsewhere.

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MikeS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding dinner of alligator, duck breast, and venison to celebrate our 46th anniversary. Lacey was very attentive and went above and beyond to make us feel welcome throughout our dining experience. The Sin Zin wine paired well with the meal.

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NatalieG
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely fabulous!!! Goat cheese starter was delicious as well as our entrees. We had the bison sirloin and bison filet with lobster risotto and potatoes! Flavor was out of this world!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Primus Restaurant using the Order Online button. Primus Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (970) 259-1945.

Primus Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 264 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.