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Primus Restaurant, Durango, CO

Primus Restaurant

4.5
4.5
406 Reviews
$50 and over
American
Wild Game, Fresh Seafood, Uncompromising Quality

Executive Chef / Owner : John J Daly III

Small intimate dining with extra large window over looking Downtown Durango Main Street. Call or Book your reservation online today!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (970) 259-1945

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    John J Daly III

  • Private party facilities

    top floor available

  • Neighborhood

    Durango

  • Cross street

    10th and Main Ave

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Takeout, View, Wine

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What 406 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Denver / Colorado

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  1. TC

    TracyC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very intimate setting, wonderful service and the food is outstanding!
  2. LF

    LisaF

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is amazing. It is of the caliber of what you might find in LA or NYC.
  3. j

    jphouston

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and terrific service in a wonderful atmosphere. The chef does an amazing job of layering flavors
  4. DK

    DaveK

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Probably the most creative menu in the Four Corners area! My wife had kangaroo which was prepared beautifully and my Schnitzel was excellent. Small space upstairs and correspondingly loud, but thats on us with the short notice reservation - downstairs is much quieter. The pistachio creme brulee wasnt our favorite, but still an excellent meal all around!
  5. P

    Phdg

    Denver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent meal. Superb service from Trevor
  6. TS

    ThomS

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an amazing place! Seriously, one of the best meals I’ve had in many years! The service was just great too, with a very knowledgeable wait person (Toby); she was wonderful! I really can’t recommend this place enough. The scallops were incredible and the crème brûlée has a hint of Jalapeño…, I know, sounds strange, but REALLY works. Try Primus, it will be a meal you remember for a long time!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best places I have ever been to- and I traveled the world business. The staff was fantastic, the food was amazing- I wish we had time for desert.
  8. c

    coffeesnob

    Denver

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our 4th time enjoying this amazing dining experience. I’ve tried a different entrees each time and am continually amazed at the level of skill of this chef and staff. Every component of each dish is layered with flavor and surprise. The wine list is great and your server will suggest something That perfectly pairs with your food. I can’t wait to return!
  9. d

    denopotter

    Dallas

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were exceptional. Atmosphere cozy, warm and had a European feel to me. Highly recommend and will visit again.
  10. VU

    VivianU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the absolute best restaurant in town! We have been in Durango many times and since we discovered it on out last trip we had to come back! It should have Michelin stars! It is that good!
  11. b

    bigal

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    If you like game...this is the place. Very nice wine list.
  12. LH

    LarryH

    DO NOT USE

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    20th Anniversary.
  13. SG

    SavannahG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very happy with the service, the food and the ambiance. We were treated like we were friends and not customers. Quality of food was outstanding! Waitresses was polite!
  14. AS

    ApolloSantadsin

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyable dinner. We sat upstairs and watched the chef did his magic in the Kitchen. The spice and flavors in the food is beautiful... Very flavorful! The portion is a bit too large for me but all and all a good stop for dinner visit in Durango, CO.
  15. GA

    GreysyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect! We enjoyed our 2 Year Anniversary having a great dinner and great services.
  16. RK

    RussellK

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal. Maddie was the best server. Not a fan of the cyber menu. I know it’s cheaper but a fine dining restaurant deserves a real menu.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This place has an unbelievable selection of meats for you entree. The bison was delicious and the goat cheese appetizer was amazing
  18. M

    Mike

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Spectacular Amazing creations in color texture and flavors. Extensive wild game options
  19. AW

    ArlenW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food at Primus is incredible. Very high quality and amazing flavors. Would definitely recommend!
  20. SM

    ShelleyM

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious ! Service very good. Wines by the glass ( mostly red) are very pricey and they charge a 5% restaurant fee. Instead of charging $5 for bread, perhaps offer a small basket to each table.
  21. AG

    AliaG

    Las Vegas

    104 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    The Wild Mushroom salad was the star dish of the evening. I ordered the Pheasant. While it was a large dish that could easily be shared, the pheasant itself was dry. The husband ordered the elk steak which was perfectly prepared. While it had great texture, the flavor was flat. Also, his vegetables were dry and bland which seemed like they didn't have any seasoning or olive oil or butter or anything. The lobster risotto was very good with nice chunks of lobster in it.
  22. RK

    RichardK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We chose Primus and wow - what agreat experience. The food selction is something to behold. Cuisine from all over the world inluding Canadian elk, Kangaroo, and ostrich prepared by chef John Daily, who worked with Wolfgang Puk.
  23. J

    Jennifer

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was exceptional! Amazing food and service was perfection!
  24. k

    kgbg

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server Morgan was outstanding. Food was delicious. We sat outside which we prefer but the traffic noise was a bit loud. Perhaps some cloth or other barrier between the tables and the street would help with that. We will definitely be back. Hope Morgan will be our server. Can't say enough about how awesome he was.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dinner was wonderful. Dishes were inspired. We throughly enjoyed everything we tried. Bison steak tartare for an appetizer, followed by a superb Caesar salad and quail for main course. The cheesecake, blueberry ginger with blackberries, was out of this world. Wine selection was spot on. We had a lovely Zinfandel from the Alexander Valley. Heartily recommend this restaurant. The dinner was excellent and our server was knowledgeable and fun to talk to. Really added to the evening.
  26. CH

    CassyH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wagu tomahawk was superior eating. Loved the choice of sides. Starters were good too.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great meal and would come back again!
  28. U

    Underwhelmed

    Denver

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Far too overpriced then have a 5% surcharge for recent supply cost increase, which can be waived if requested.
  29. TB

    TBrock60

    Denver

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Service was fantastic and cocktails were perfect. The entree was excellent (lobster and scallops) but the sides were very strongly flavored ( the potatoes and brussel sprouts were overwhelming).
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service was great, and the food was good. My wife said both of her dishes were too salty. I ordered the bison steak medium rare and it was medium well. A little more expensive then I felt it was worth. Maybe I’m out of touch with dining post COVID lockdowns.
  31. W

    Whume

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and the service was outstanding!
  32. KW

    KellyW

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Good food with some interesting and unique options, but so expensive. And on top of already overpriced fare, they added a5% restaurant surcharge to the bill!?! Not sure I can justify returning.
  33. BM

    BaronMarbot

    Denver

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It was unfortunate that the suggested “sliver of mushroom and fois gras” were actually pricey add ons, making a $26 dish actually cost $76. Did not enhance the food or experience, and should have been mentioned up front.
  34. JS

    JulieStormvilleNY

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious! We had four different dishes and each one was perfect. Even a green salad was superb because the dressing was amazing and the vegetables were tasty and fresh.
  35. JD

    JennyD

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food! We especially loved the ceviche! Service was great. Would definitely go back.
  36. TD

    TomD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extraordinary food, attentive and skilled service. Charred octopus was to die for. I’ll be back.
  37. G

    Gary

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    7pm reservation on a Wednesday night. Service was casual and excellent. The elk steak was superb. Lobster mac was very good. The lobster risotto was not a good choise for a side for the elk. My mistake. Interesting desserts, Creme brule was very good.
  38. Q

    Quinnley

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best American cuisine in Durango - Not even close!
  39. M

    Mike

    Chicago

    158 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    158 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Fantastic grilled octopus! The "medium rare" ostrich was disappointing (overcooked and not tender). 3x markup on wine is excessive. Excellent service from Elanah.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    High quality menu. Top chef.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 4.5 stars by 406 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Primus Restaurant

1017 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301

Additional information

  • Cross street

    10th and Main Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Durango

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John J Daly III

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Takeout, View, Wine

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