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Sow's Ear

4.8
495 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
The Sow’s Ear, established in 1986, is located in the Silverpick Lodge along US HWY 550, 24 miles north of Durango and one mile south of Purgatory Resort.

We feature “Refined Rustic” cuisine. That’s short hand for local, seasonal and prepared in house. What Grandma made but with a wider variety of ingredients, prepared for the 21st century pallet and lifestyle.

We are known for the Best Steaks on the Mountain, elk, quail. wild boar, miso salmon, fresh salad (we grow our own sprouts in house) and homemade dessert We bake bread fresh daily and even can our own fruit for dessert. We also offer vegetarian and gluten free items from our vegan garde manger.

Nestled between the Hermosa Cliffs, Engineer Mountain and the Twilight Peaks, the Sow’s Ear is well appointed and intimate, yet with four massive windows there’s not a bad seat in the house. Come join us at the Sow’s Ear Restaurant for dinner and libations and a most pleasant dining experience in the heart of the Rockies.

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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 495 people are saying
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ThaliR
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were fantastic. It was the first time my family and I had really “dined out” since Covid, and we wanted a nice meal out. We loved the elk carpaccio and all our entrees (elk tenderloin, lamb chops, halibut). It was quiet with nice views of the surrounding mountain. It’s a bit of a drive for us, but I think we will definitely make the trip back.

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drive out was a bit longer than expected from Durango proper, but this is an amazing spot. Tucked through the pass, quaint and elegant ambiance. The food was delicious. Highly recommend the steak au poirvre. Great wine list as well. Save room for their unbelievable warm chocolate chip cookies with a scoop of ice cream!

Sow's Ear
Responded on March 29, 2021

Thank you!

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JacquelynD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love going here. The food is delicious and the staff is friendly.

Sow's Ear
Responded on March 29, 2021

Thank you, Jacquelyn!

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TammyD
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Beautiful restaurant with a romantic atmosphere. Our server was wonderful as well. Just can’t say enough about this place. It’s a must go!

Sow's Ear
Responded on March 29, 2021

Thanks, Tammy!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just fabulous all the way around!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I always have an amazing time here! They treat you like family and the food is phenomenal!!

Sow's Ear
Responded on March 21, 2021

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Bill
Shreveport
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered four appetizers and one entree. Everything was excellent! Enjoyed everything about our meal.

Sow's Ear
Responded on March 21, 2021

Thank you, Bill! That's a fun way to enjoy dinner!

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TerryW
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our night out. The food and service was awesome. Definitely be back.

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vipLolaJack
Central Texas
35 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently good food ! Started with the Elk carpaccio , if your a carpaccio fan this is a great place to start. For mains we had the Miso Salmon, the Petite Filet & the Lamb Chops. This is one of my favorite Salmon dishes anywhere . Salmon has a sweet Miso crust on the outside & is served over a bed of forbidden rice with a scrumptious curry sauce . Steaks & Chops were cooked to perfection & very tasty . Over the years we’ve had pretty much every dish on the Sows Ear menu & everything has been good but I would say their specialty are the steaks. Chrissy always takes good care of us .

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vip2Much
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant. Best in Durango and one of the best, I've ever dined at in the United States. Great menu selections and just all around great dining experience.

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DebiB
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner start to finish. Food was absolutely delicious. Great service as well.

Sow's Ear
Responded on March 21, 2021

Thank you DebiB!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Chrissy as always is so sweet and helpful and very attentive to the allergies our family has. Can’t wait to come back.

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vipAllgood
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sitting in the tents. Loved it.

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IvyT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were skiing at Purgatory for the weekend and went to eat with our group of 7 at Sow’s Ear. Surprisingly they put us in the “breakfast room”. This was a perfect room for our group that included a record player with a full library of vinyls. We had a wonderful private diner with Lionel Richie singing to creating a perfect mood to go with our delicious dinner.

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BobJac
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful views overlooking the mountains!

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HeatherH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and beautiful and warm environment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Sow’s Ear. Durango’s hidden gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Not bad, not great. I'd say mediocre. For the price, we've been too far better steak houses where we live in Phoenix. Fiancée had the filet which was good. I had a ribeye. Ribeye is supposed to be fatty, but about 1/4 of mine was inedible gristle. The mashed potatoes and veggies were good. Ordered medium rare and received closer to rare. Not a huge deal for me as I'll take undercooked vs overcooked. Dining area was nice and the drinks were good. Our waitress was friendly.

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TomT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining in the tent was very romantic and amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming to Durango for 21 years and last night I had the best meal I have ever had here. The truffle tenderloin tips are out of this world. The seating is very carefully placed to insure maximum social distancing. We will be returning before the end of this trip!

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vipLolaJack
Central Texas
36 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sows Ear has consistently good dishes , from their Steaks to their Miso Salmon. Apps & Salads are also good & they have a good Wine list along with tasty Mixed drinks . As for service , Chrissy always takes good care of us.

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BrookeH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Unfortuanatly it was not worth the costs of the meals. The fillet was dry, and ribeye... okay. Other restaurants in Durango are better, competition here can be hard.

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JAMflip
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food, service and restaurant are all nice. We had no issues. I was just not impressed to rate it five stars.

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vipPhantom
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service!
Overall a wonderful experience food outstanding and staff so great

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JesseP
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is amazing and generously served. We’ll surly return next time we’re in town.

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dmom
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great views and delicious warm bread bites with dinner.

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PeggyW
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic idea putting the tables inside small individual tents ! Brilliant . Really warm , cozy and so much fun . Really great way to deal with Covid in a creative way . So awesome ! They should consider doing this every winter just for the novelty . People loved it ! Well done 👍

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OpenTable Diner
Cancun
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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vip2Much
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to have dinner at Sow's Ear. The food was outstanding as well as the service. This was the best dinner we've ever had in Durango. Can't say enough good things about the selection of the menu from appetizers to entrees. EXCELLENT!!!!!

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Char
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wasn’t thrilled to be surprised with outdoor dining in a tent. But the surprise was my fault, and the experience was absolutely fabulous. The heaters easily handled the sub-freezing conditions, the service was prompt and courteous and the food was spectacular. In addition, dining in a tent during freezing weather made for a great story for our friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun dining just the two of us in a camping tent outside. Staff very attentive and timely even though they can’t see you to check drink levels or other visual cues they usually rely on.

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MeganB
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as were the drinks. My steak was cooked perfectly and my husband enjoyed his lamb. My kids were a little disappointed because they were out of chicken fingers but they enjoyed their burgers.

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WellHeeledFoodie
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent New Year's Eve dining experience. Attentive wait staff and delicious food. The wine selection is extensive and reasonably priced. We were able to enjoy two bottles of wine (Kunde and Rodney Strong, both of which are Sonoma county wineries and of which we are members) and the price point was less than $40/bottle. While we expected to dine in a "tent" (due to the CO Governor's closure orders), we were very pleasantly surprised to learn that in-door dining had just opened the day before. We were offered a tent outside or a table inside and cheerfully went with a table inside. It's the little things that make such a difference. #indoor dining #deliciousfood #excellentwines #nodishestowash #goodriddance2020 #sowsearisfantastic

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TimothyZ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner to celebrate the New Year! We always enjoy Sow’s Ear.

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JeffJ
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

While challenged with the dining res

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KK2016
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a creative way to serve dinner! Tents and teepees :-). Food was excellent and we stayed warm mid December

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food has been better

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vipTerryS
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are excellent as always!
Great menu, with a very nice range of choices both in terms of taste and price.
The staff here is simply the best.
Thank you for a very nice evening of fine dining.

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KimD
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, romantic and memorable. Highly recommend.

FAQs

Sow's Ear offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (970) 247-3527.

Sow's Ear is rated 4.8 stars by 495 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.