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Permanently Closed - Sow's Ear

4.5
285 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(970) 247-3527
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
George Mehaffie
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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!
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Private party contact
George Mehaffie: (970) 247-3527
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Located inside the Silver Pick Lodge
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wine
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.2
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Run, do not walk here! Excellent dinner and service- especially Chrissy who was slammed on a busy night. She was outstanding as was the meal. Bravo! We will be back again.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants ever! We love the service, staff and food is excellent every visit!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Sow’s Ear has excellent food with a casual mountain vibe. We love it every time.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We continue to comeback for the food. Food is excellent; however, service is usually poor due to understaffing. Our waitress was lovely, but she can only do so much when she is waiting 8 - 10 tables.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Really delicious steak. Got the Petite Filet and it was petite but satisfying. Good and affordable wine list.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Perfect evening. Great steaks. The fresh baked cookies rocked.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

We have never had a bad meal here, and this visit was no exception. The steaks, salads, soup and sides were excellent. The drinks were great too. Love the location of this restaurant; we sat by the window and looked at the beautiful snow covered mountains. A "locals restaurant", I don't know of anyone who doesn't love having dinner at The Sow's Ear. A dinner house like this is NEEDED on the north side of Durango. We love the food, but also love the fact we don't have to drive into town. We bring visitors here when they visit; they too like knowing they are going to a "locals" place.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

amazing as always! brought our friends who had never been there (so they could experience chef george's talent before he leaves!) and they are already planning on coming back again!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Wouldn't go to Durango and not eat at Sow's Ear! It's a favorite! We eat there several times when we are there if we can.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Exceptional food and service at Valentine's dinner (or any other time for that matter).

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We have been very fortunate to dine at Sow’s Ear. My wife had Petite Filet while I had perhaps the best Rib Eye steak ever. We’ve never had anything other than a superior dining experience there—ever. We were heartbroken to learn that there will a change of ownership on March 31. We will hope whomever assumes the job of attempting to maintain the reputation and clientele, that they are up to it. Sow’s Ear has been on the higher echelon of dining in a town where we have so many quality dining houses. Thanks for the memories, and we hope for the best. Get up there before it is too late.
We are all hoping that new ownership won’t be some genius who has a better idea for another pizza parlor. We are all pretty sure we’ve already seen all those options before.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Sow's Ear Valentine's Day dinner was impeccable and Crissy and staff never disappoint!!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent food and service! Hands down one of the best Durango restaurants.

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2.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a reservation for 7pm but unfortunately the table before us didn't leave until almost 8. We had three kids with us so by the time we got seated they were pretty exhausted and hungry. I would have thought the restaurant would have a better handle on seating times and if not then would offer to bring appetizers to the kids at a minimum. When we finally got seated it took forever to get our meals and a number of the orders were wrong by the time they finally arrived. It was a bit frustrating because it is not inexpensive dining but the attitude by the wait staff was pretty lacking in concern and overall the establishment didn't seem to care about our wait or the mistakes in our orders. The food was good but if it weren't for the location and proximity to where we were staying I would not opt to go again. They need to step it up in terms of service.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

We were staying at the Purgatory resort and this is the best dining close to the resort. The menu had a great variety. The specialty is beef however we had the salmon and it was very good as well. The salads, beet and spinach, were also very good. There restrarant wasn't busy the night we were there but we couldn't get reservations earlier in our stay so make reservations early. The service was also very good and the noise level was low so it was easy to have a conversation.

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3.0Dined on January 2, 2018

We overheard the bartender say two waiters had called in sick, leaving only one waitress for the whole place. We had reservations, but were seated 25 minutes late. After being seated we ordered drinks and our meals. My salad came out 30 minutes later, but not my wife’s or our drinks. After 10 more minutes I got up and found our waitress letting her know we were missing a salad. Five minutes later she brought out a salad, it was the wrong kind. My wife was scared to send it back. A total of one hour passed from ordering the meal before it was actually delivered. Our drinks finally arrived a few minutes after our meal. The food was very good, just not a good night on service. Waitress was nice, just overwhelmed. I suggest the hostess let guests know ahead of time when similar situations occur. A complimentary drink, appetizer, or dessert would have been a good way for the restaurant to say to the patrons “we are sorry about the inconvenience and want to try and make-up for it by giving you...!”

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1.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Service was so bad that we couldn’t enjoy the food (which was good). 40 minutes before we had the drinks and went on from there.

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1.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Glad to see this place closed. What a disappointment on NYE. Ambiance awful, food below average, too pricey. Lobby entrance a disaster.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve. We had a 7:00 reservation and were seated at nearly 7:00 on the dot. It was 7:25 before we had water and drink orders taken, 8:00 when our salads arrived and 9:00 when our entrees were served. Way too long, especially as we watched others seated way after us getting served their food. We had to butter our bread with spoons as there were no knives on the table, and we had to ask for water refills.

We finally spoke to the manager and she comped our drinks and wine as an apology. We eat at the Sow's Ear several times a year, and this is the first time we've experienced something like this and we will not hold it against them.

All of that said, the food was amazing. The salads were fresh and inviting, and everyone enjoyed their entrees. We had steaks, salmon, and scallops and all were delicious.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

I have dined at Sows Ear on numerous occasions. New Year's was a bit different from my normal experience. Guests were definitely partying and being a bit more rambunctious than usual. It was also quite crowded and I did have to wait to be seated past the time of my reservation, which is extremely unusual. Overall, the experience was still great. The food was delicious and the waitress was as attentive as she could be given her large number of assigned tables. I think things would have gone a bit more smoothly if they'd had an additional server on staff.

However, I would still wholeheartedly recommend Sows Ear to anyone and everyone visiting the Purgatory Resort area. The food is great, the drinks are generously poured and the service is generally phenomenal. Maybe just good to steer clear on holidays when they're super busy.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was delicious but expensive. Service did not match the quality of food.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Great job, as always!! We love the Sow’s Ear. Just a mile from our house at Purgatory, this is our favorite spot.
-The Bruce family

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

The steaks were awesome, per usual. We're very picky about our beef and its always awesome. I love the twist on the artichoke and spinach appetizer. The hot cookies and milk were the cherry on the cake. Always a great experience!

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 20, 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.

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4.0Dined on October 20, 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.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 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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4.0Dined on October 12, 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.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 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!

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on September 29, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on September 28, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 14, 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on September 2, 2017

The Petite Filet and Elk Tenderloin were delicious

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5.0Dined 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.

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