About Sow's Ear

Sow's Ear Restaurant, established in 1986, is located in the Silverpick Lodge, one mile south of Durango Mountain Resort. Set amongst the beautiful San Juan mountains, the Sow's Ear is the longest running restaurant in the area with a new owner and head chef George Mehaffie taking over in May 2008 bringing new ideas and fresh seasonal menus to the restaurant, while continuing the tradition of "the best steaks on the mountain". Come up and see us and enjoy a unique mountain dining experience.

48475 HWY 550 North
Durango, CO 81301
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Located inside the Silver Pick Lodge

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(970) 247-3527

Website:
http://sowseardurango.com/

Executive Chef:
George Mehaffie

Private Party Facilities:
Wedding receptions, company parties, family reunions, rehearsal dinners, birthday's, anniversaries. The Sows Ear is available for all type of private functions with the chefs creating personalized menus for you in a variety of price ranges. Renting the whole restaurant or just reserving a large table, your party will be delighted with the spectacular views, delectable food and excellent service!

Private Party Contact:
George Mehaffie: (970) 247-3527

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wine

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Sow's Ear Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (21)
Worth the Drive (18)
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Good for a Date (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Romantic (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Casual (7)
Cozy (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Seasonal (5)
Authentic (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Fun (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Good food and excellent service, aways a great place to enjoy a nice meal with fantastic views.

Tags: Scenic View, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food is excellent! Best steaks in the Durango area. Service is great and view is amazing. This is where we go to celebrate.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Durango)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food excellent. Steaks cooked to perfection. Upstairs great view in front of window but large noisy table next to us. Woman who seated us and poured our water very pleasant and professional. Our server seemed rushed and inattentive. Asked twice to have candle on table lit...never lit it. Rarely saw server after salad served. Husband had to go find her to pay the bill long after finishing entrees.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Healthy, Casual, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Tonight we were celebrating our 19th anniversary, it was really on Monday off 9th.
The food was incredible, I like steak still mooing rare and it is hard to do with a 2 inch Filet but it was cooked perfectly! My husband ordered the Trout Special he ate everything on his plate. We had the maple Bourbon creme brulee for dessert awesome doesn't even describe it!
We take family and friends when they are in town,. We will be back, maybe for birthday in December!😘

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Always good. I appreciate small plate meals on the menu. Interesting menu, frequently updated. Nice wine list. Comfortable setting with great views. Always good service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We are from Texas & at every visit to our condo we make time for a nice dinner at The Sow's Ear! We love the steaks, the salad and the sides. The mountain views are wonderful, the food is First Class, and the waitress is friendly and efficient!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We enjoyed everything. From the setting to the service and the wonderful wait staff we would highly recommend.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Had to wait even though we had a reservation, but was worth the wait. Food great, staff great. Highly recommend!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We have yet to be letdown by this restaurant ! The views and food are amazing. The staff is always friendly and helpful !

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Nightly special was duck breast and it was superb. My wife had the petite filet and it was the best anywhere. The views of the snow capped mountains framed in Fall colors was breathtaking.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food is always outstanding! This has been a special date night tradition for me and my husband when we visit Purgatory each year.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great service, gorgeous setting. One of us had an incredible meal, one of us just had the misfortune of getting a bad cut of meat. Aside from that, highly recommended. We would like to return for another meal and maybe an over night stay on the property.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 13, 2017

as always great food and people! you can have an awesome burger or go big and try the steak au poivre! our local favorite! great beer and wine list too! kid friendly and great views...flip flops to heels everyone is welcome!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Casual
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We love Sow's Ear. We are never disappointed with our experience!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Awesome as always! George and his team do a great job. Keep up the good work.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

The Petite Filet and Elk Tenderloin were delicious

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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Wondreful place for a delicious meal. Food is creative and well prepared. The view is outstanding with fabulous mountains! Service is precise and friendly. I had the petite fillet, and my spouse had the the pork loin special. Bother were delicious.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Always one of our faves! Great food, view, and service.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Outstanding as usual!
George's personal to EVERY detail shows throughout. His table visits are reminiscent of Dean Fearing.
Had "Swine Candy" appetizer, who ever heard of such. Positively excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on August 17, 2017

One of our go to places for a good, quality dinner. Never disappointed. George always has something delicious in mind for the special of the day! Best cocktails and wine menu. Chrissy makes an amazing margarita.
Worth the drive!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

We went to Sow's Ear for my birthday celebration and everything was perfect! Savannah, our server, made sure all details were met - a perfect table, timing of drinks and all of the courses, etc. We would definitely recommend Sow's Ear for anyone visiting the Durango area.

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food and service were really excellent. This was unexpectedly by far the best of the three nice restaurants we tried in Durango for my birthday weekend. The pig candy and duck confit springroll starters were wonderful as were our steaks. Our waitress was absolutely perfect, always there when needed but never intrusive. She even perfectly handled the out of stock on two wines we wanted, and the replacement wine she recommended was delightful. The room had some mild echo issues, but was not bad. Try to get a table downstairs by the big window for less noise and better view.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Amazing steaks. Filet with the seared onions and brown sugar was incredible. Affordable Malbec. Excellent service.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Visiting here for 4 weeks; brought friends last week and was great! Brought a different couple this week..even better! So bringing another couple on Sun night before we leave to go back to Dallas! Fantastic salmon, filets

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Wonderful view and really good food. Server was very attentive as was the rest of the staff.

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·Dined on July 31, 2017

The filet with the black peppercorns can't be beat.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Basically a good steak house. Fantastic views. Food very good. Romantic and cozy.
Service very poor. Hostess did nothing to smooth our bar wait before we were seated. (We had a reservation.)
My husband had to go to the bar to order a drink. As we were seated no one offered to carry our drinks to the table as we walked through the bar up a flight of stairs to our table. ( We are in our late 60's.) once seated, we waited for 20 minutes before being acknowledged. Had to ask for services from our very busy waiter that normally are quickly provided in a restaurant of this quality. Yes, we will go back, but will hope service is improved and that we arrived on an "off" night.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Absolutely wonderful spot for a wedding reception. Then enjoyed dinner the next day. The food is excellent and freshly prepared even for a large group. The staff was friendly yet professional. Great bar and the scenery is amazing.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Been there several times it has always been great food.

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 24, 2017

I was looking for a restaurant to meet friends who were staying at Purgatory. I don't understand why this place gets good reviews. The service was excellent. The food was mediocre at best. I had a good Caesar salad, but the sauce on the fish was overly rich, completely overwhelming the dish. I had to scrape it off. The pasta dish (ricotta & figs) was also too rich and sweet. Steak also reported to be so-so. I would not recommend this restaurant, and next time I will bring take-out or ask friends make the drive into Durango.

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 (Houston)·Dined on July 24, 2017

It was a Gem hidden in the Mountains of Purgatory, CO. We thought we would have to drive all the way into Durango to dine. Great location, view, food, service. It was a treat.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

The food was outstanding. From the crab cakes to the salad to our steaks, everything was cooked perfectly. And so tasty. I am not a foody but this meal could make me one. The servers were attentive but not bothersome. It's a little pricey but worth it. And the view across the valley is enough to engross you during the luxurious meal.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Sow's Ear never disappoints. Crissy is the best and has been for a long time. Make sure you check it out while at Purg or Durango!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great place,worthy of a return if you are in the area.Good selections. Fish ,Steak,vegetarian.The chef/owner knows what he is doing. Small efficient kitchen. Did someone mention chocolate chip cookies baked to order for dessert with vanilla ice cream chaser.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Wonderful food, excellent service by Savanna and nice atmosphere. Love this place!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We moved to this area 11 years ago and stopped in at the Sow's Ear during the day. It was off season, they were closed, but they offered us some bagels to munch on. We were struck by the friendliness back then. It's taken us all this time to get back there. Boy! Was that a mistake! We've been missing a gem.

Our friends had a Salmon entree and a Caesar Salad with Salmon. My wife had Salmon in miso, and I had a blackened ribeye. All our meals were excellent. All four of us cleaned our plates.

The service was friendly and the setting is wonderful.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We wanted a good place to go before a concert at Music in the Mountains at Purgatory. The pickings are a little slim in the immediate area, but we had heard good things about this place, and they ended up being totally justified! The food was terrific. The "small plates" are amazing and just the right amount of food, especially if paired with one of the really good salads or the excellent soup! (It was southwestern style corn chowder the night we were there--just delicious!) The elk tenderloin was so tasty and cooked just right. Two of us also tried the small beef filet with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. The filets were perfectly cooked and the accoutrements very good. The wine list was diverse and had some very good values on it. Views from the large windows are spectactular, and the decor is cozy and "mountain-y." We really enjoyed this place and most definitely will make it a regular pre-concert stop.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We have visited Sow's Ear about 6 times over the past 10 years and it is always fabulous! The Filet Au Poivre is to die for! Will return when we are in Durango again :-)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 7, 2017

The food was excellent!! Great view and friendly service. Great spot for a special occasion.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Sows Ear and staff are always a good bet and a good time.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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