Dine With a Picture-Perfect View in Colorado

Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of dining at some fantastic Colorado restaurants with incredible views. And by incredible, I mean picture-perfect, postcard-worthy views. If you enjoy dining with a view, these three restaurants should be on your Colorado bucket list.

Photo: Larry Pierce/Courtesy of Steamboat Ski Resort


Offered in the upper level of the Thunderhead building at the top of the gondola at Steamboat Ski Resort, brunch by Hazie’s is a memorable experience. Served in the Champagne Powder Room and on the expansive deck, guests are dazzled by views of Mount Werner and the Yampa Valley 2,000 feet below.

This brunch features standards items like prime rib and freshly made omelets, but also includes an outstanding array of seafood, a beautiful salad selection, and enough cheese to please a turophile. And if you’re on a diet, best to steer clear of the chocolate fountain table because it’s heavily laden with goodies.

Brunch on the Mountain is served on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Father’s Day through September 4, 2016, and the price includes your gondola ride. Reservations can be made here.

Photo courtesy of Allred's


Allred’s Restaurant may have the best view from any restaurant in the west. Located at the top of the free gondola that delivers people from Telluride to Mountain Village, Allred’s offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the town of Telluride in a high-end yet comfortable setting.

Offering a menu of sustainably sourced meat and locally grown organic produce, lunch at Allred’s is an opportunity to enjoy the view and a buffet of deli sandwiches, homemade soups, salads, and freshly baked sweets. And don’t forget to order a side of hand-cut truffle friesa favorite among Allred’s regulars.

Open for lunch and dinner, Allred’s is popular with the après ski crowd in the winter.

Photo courtesy of Chart House


We held our wedding rehearsal dinner at Chart House, so it will always have a special place in our hearts. Located on Genesee Trail Road, just off of I-70 and nestled in the foothills, Chart House offers sweeping views of Denver.  

I’d highly recommend ordering from the menu items designated as “Seasonal Chef Selections.” A few of the chef selections this summer are a ssamjang shrimp appetizer, grilled watermelon and feta salad, and citrus ginger spiced swordfish.

Open for dinner service only, it’s important to have reservations when dining at Chart House, as its proximity to Colorado’s Front Range (just 26 minutes from Denver), makes it a popular destination. Be sure to ask for a table with a view.



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