EAT Directory Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek’s Black Diamond Bistro

Black Diamond Bistro offers fresh, housemade, upscale cuisine in the heart of Beaver Creek — without the surcharge. Located within The Charter, Black Diamond Bistro strikes a unique balance within the niches of bar, hotel and dining menus.

The bistro’s curved, thick granite bar is the perfect place to watch a high-definition game, set against a large, stone wall decked out with liquor.

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Keeping it fresh at Mirabelle at Beaver Creek

Take a splash of European charisma, a dash of comfortable charm and a heaping spoonful of delectable and you’ll have the recipe for Mirabelle restaurant.

Located just beyond the gates into Beaver Creek, Mirabelle’s historic building is believed to be the first home in Beaver Creek. The restaurant retains its homey and welcoming feel but the cuisine is fully five-star. Led by Belgian Master Chef Daniel Joly, Mirabelle focuses on fresh ingredients and classic dishes.

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Small plates and big flavors at The Osprey Lounge

Don’t be surprised if, when hiking or biking on Beaver Creek Mountain this summer, you’re overcome with a craving for barbecue. It just means that the backyard smoking grill is fired up at the Osprey, wafting the smell of smoked bacon and Colorado lamb sausage over the breeze.

“We really wanted to create a concept to enhance the Beaver Creek summertime experience,” explains David Sanchez, Food & Beverage Director and Executive Chef at The Osprey. “This summer, Chair 12, the Strawberry Park lift, will be the main access to the mountain. It’s a great opportunity for us to offer a wonderful dining option at the base of the chairlift.”

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Chef Justin Kalaluhi rocks Rocks

If there’s one sangria that should fill your libations bucket list this summer, let it be the glass of Blanca that Rocks Modern Grill will serve you al fresco on their patio.

This refreshing cocktail features fresh fruit and muddled mint. Happy Hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m. daily, featuring a rotation of specialty cocktails (like the sangria blanca), $5 glasses of Kessler Collection wine and $4 Colorado draft beer selections.

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Beaver Creek’s Hooked is fresh, fresh, fresh

Step into Hooked, and you’ll think maybe you’ve walked into a trendy San Francisco hole-in-the-wall gem instead of a dining hotspot in the heart of Beaver Creek.

Big, black chalkboards mounted above the sushi bar display the day’s unique “Off the Hook” creations, pine beetle kill tables and bar seats allow you to either huddle up with friends or watch the sushi masters at work, and a dark red finish gives the entire place an intimate feel.

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Grouse Mountain Grill is local cuisine at its finest

Sommelier Rob Farrer set down two sparkling glasses of red wine stating tonight was “Italy versus France,” pointing to each separately saying, “this one’s a little bit country, and this one’s a little rock ‘n’ roll.” He was right. When it comes to pairing the good stuff at Grouse Mountain Grill, always trust your sommelier.

Tucked inside the mountain elegance of The Pines Lodge on the hills of Beaver Creek, the sophistication of the high-back riveted leather chairs and oversized wooden beams atop the exposed stone walls frame out the floor-to-ceiling wall of glass doors highlighting the mountain views Beaver Creek is renowned for. That alone is worth raising a glass.

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8100 Mountainside Grill delivers bold flavors in Beaver Creek

Two slabs of halloumi rest directly on the grate of 8100’s wood fire grill. Chef de cuisine Douglas Hudson stands at attention, giving the soft squares their exterior sears.

“It’s a simple apparatus,” explains executive chef Christian Apetz of the expansive grill that stands as a backsplash to the restaurant. “We use white oak out of Glenwood Springs, and it imparts just the most amazing, magical flavors on food.”

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Buffalos at the Ritz-Carlton

When the flannel-clad host at Buffalos offers you a seat on the patio, take it.

That’s not quite a juicy insider’s tip — a sun-drenched deck is almost mandatory in the mountains — but the tree-lined patio at Buffalos in the Ritz-Carlton is ever-so-subtly different than the norm. Take the outdoor décor: On a blustery summer evening, stands of aspen and pine trees fend off Mother Nature’s tantrums, while the lush, impossibly green hills of nearby Bachelor Gulch outshine a Thomas Cole print.

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The peak of perfection: Spago at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

The saying goes, “you eat with your eyes first, then your mouth.” In the case of Spago at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, the saying may be amended to “your meal begins with the sense of arrival; then your sense of sight, taste and smell take over.” From the drive up to Bachelor Gulch to disembarking at the porte cochère to the first glimpse of the modern bar, it seemed as every detail was considered, leading up to the main event: the meal.

Being very eager to begin the experience, we arrived slightly before Spago’s 6 p.m. opening, but decided that getting a cocktail at the bar wouldn’t be a hardship. A Dragon’s Fire (a sweet and spicy tequila concoction) and a Xiang Li (“fragrant pear”) in hand, we were soon led to a table that overlooked the mountains. As the sun started to slip behind the mountain, we toasted with a glass of bubbly selected by sommelier Jason Hunter and settled in for the show.

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Beaver Creek’s vivacious Italian eatery

The Zamboni circles by one more time, ice glistening in the evening just waiting for skaters to glide onto the rink. It’s just one of the many views from the outdoor patio at Beaver Creek’s Toscanini – all year long! There may be other Italian restaurant options, but none with Italy’s Friuli regional influence blended into the menu coupled with the mountain views of Beaver Creek’s square.

Chef Paul Wade may be new to Toscanini, but he certainly isn’t new to the Colorado Rockies with roots at The Tenth, the Sebastian and Little Nell in Aspen. When asked what he’s enjoying about designing this new menu, he gives a slight grin and says, “I personally can never go wrong with the ribeye. It’s a staple that can be played with and seems popular no matter what time of year.” The James-Beard-award-winning chef has made an effort to pull dishes with influences from several regions of Italy, bringing in flavors from the north into this next menu change.

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Blue Moose Pizza in Vail and Beaver Creek

The white butcher paper and cup of crayons call to me when I take my seat at Blue Moose Pizza. While I know that it was probably provided for the younger guests that flock to the restaurant, I can’t resist sketching a small stick figure waving hello, the extent of my artistic ability. But that’s the bliss of being in Blue Moose: You can come as you are with only one requirement — come hungry.

The restaurant is perfect for families, with plenty of kid-friendly pizza options and plenty of room in the adjacent Vail Square for the little ones to burn off any extra energy before dinner. But it’s also ideal for adults, with a great selection of Colorado craft beers, happy hour specials and grown-up pizza choices, too.

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Vail and Beaver Creek Chophouse serve surf and turf

From a window seat at the Vail Chophouse, early June’s rising full moon is as magical as the twinkle lights falling in waves from the roof of the Eagle Bahn Gondola.

The wonder finds its way to our table while figures of hospitality and an actual magician make their smooth rounds, eventually settling upon us like the soft light that is still illuminating the Lionshead slopes. The summer beauty is in the simplicity, and the food follows suit.

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