Best of Breck Award Winners 2023

The local community has chosen these businesses as the top restaurants to visit in Breckenridge, earning them the prestigious title of a Best of Breckenridge establishment. The Best of Breck team received votes from locals that chose their favorite spots around town to highlight. These places are held dear to the community and deserve the spotlight!

Best Restaurants in Breckenridge

Best Late Night

The Gold Pan Saloon

Hours: Sunday—Thursday: 11 a.m.—11 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m.—2 a.m.

There is no shortage of late-night fun in Breckenridge and the Gold Pan Saloon, open since 1879, takes the cake boasting the longest continuous liquor license west of the Mississippi. After dinner service, this historic hotspot transforms into a neon-lit wonderland, rocking late-night DJ sets that turn the night into a dance extravaganza.

Second Place Winner: RMU Breckenridge

Best Happy Hour

Blue River Bistro

Hours: Monday—Friday: 11 a.m.—10 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m.—10 p.m.

Visit Blue River Bistro for a casual, yet upscale dining experience. Take advantage of 2 for 1 martinis and appetizers during their happy hour! Our personal favorites are the Crispy Tiger Shrimp and the Violette Femme (Breck vodka, Crème de Violette, Elderflower Liqueur, Lemon, and Bubbles).

Second Place Winner: Aurum Food & Wine Breckenridge

Best Breakfast

Cool River Coffee House

Hours: 7 a.m.—3 p.m.

You can find Cool River and Breck’s best breakfast in a cute purple-trimmed building between main street and the Blue River. Tucked in the heart of town, this laid-back spot offers a must-try Bloody Mary and hearty breakfast burritos such as the Red’s B&G which is our personal favorite! Cool River also offers a wide selection of smoothie bowls and breakfast sandwiches, as well as house-baked pastries including bunt cakes, turn overs, “pop-tarts”, and croissants—all adding up to be the perfect fuel for a day on the slopes.

Second Place Winner: Columbine Café 

Best Dessert/Treat

Higgles Ice Cream

Hours: Sunday—Thursday: 12 p.m.—8 p.m., Friday—Saturday: 12—9 p.m.

Higgles is a small business on Main Street with big flavors that pack a serious punch. It’s no wonder this is a crowd favorite with rotating daily flavors made right in-house with locally sourced ingredients.  With quirky concoctions and timeless flavor fusions such as Apple Cider Sorbet, Pumpkin Oreo, or Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, Higgles has turned into a local legend, leaving patrons hooked and coming back for more.

Second Place Winner(s): Mimi & Pin Churros and Donuts AND Mountain Top Cookie Shop

Best Bar

RMU Breckenridge

Hours: 12 p.m.—12 a.m.

Rocky Mountain Underground initially started as a ski shop offering custom skis to friends and family for the price of 30 beers. From there, they decided to open their expertise to the public and share the good vibes. In the summertime, you’ll find live music on the back patio. Alternatively in the colder months, enjoy a cool ski movie on one of the TVs inside! RMU has taken the place of best bar in Breckenridge because of the variety of cocktails, and beers, and the overall inviting atmosphere.

Second Place Winner: Broken Compass Brewing

Best Après Ski

RMU Breckenridge

Hours: 12 p.m.—12 a.m.

Not only is RMU the local’s favorite overall bar, it is Breckenridge’s best spot for Après Ski! This hot spot is a quick walk from the gondola and located right on Main Street with a front facing patio to gaze at the mountains from a different angle. Enjoy local draft beers, carefully crafted cocktails, and a selection of wines while munching on a yummy after ski snack! We recommend trying the Espress Yo Self to keep you charged through the night.

Second Place Winner(s): Robbie’s Tavern AND Broken Compass Brewing

Best Brunch

BoLD Restaurant and Bar

Hours: 8 a.m.—9 p.m.

Tucked away in Main Street Station you’ll find the BoLD Restaurant and Bar, renowned for their exclusive build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar, making this the ultimate brunch spot. Offering breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner daily, BoLD presents a menu featuring elevated American classics and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Chicken and Waffles, house-made pickles, and a selection of over 100 local hot sauces are only a few of the treats making this local spot a hit!

Second Place Winner: Blue River Bistro

Best Date Night Restaurant

Hearthstone Restaurant

Hours: 4—9:30 p.m.

Built in 1883, Hearthstone Restaurant offers a nostalgic mountain experience paired with classic fine dining. With its warm ambiance, stunning vistas, and a menu that masterfully blends modern American cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, Hearthstone creates memorable moments over candlelit dinners. Savor in hand-cut steaks, wild game, and fresh seafood. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply seeking an intimate evening, Hearthstone’s blend of historical elegance and culinary excellence makes it an unforgettable destination.

Second Place Winner: Rootstalk Breckenridge

Best Fine Dining

Rootstalk Breckenridge

Hours: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday: 4—8:30 p.m., Tuesday: Closed, Friday & Saturday: 4—9 p.m.

When it comes to fine dining in Breckenridge, Rootstalk is the undisputed champ. Located on Main Street, Chef Matt Vawter has created the ultimate foodie’s paradise including a 7-course tasting menu. With top-notch service, seasonally rotating menu, and an atmosphere that strikes the perfect balance between upscale and chill, Rootstalk is hands down the go-to for an unforgettable dining experience in Breck.

Second Place Winner: Hearthstone Restaurant

Best Coffee Shop

The Crown

Hours: Sunday—Thursday: 8 a.m.—6 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 8 a.m.—8 p.m.

Nestled among the heart of Main Street, The Crown is a haven of warmth and charm, owned and operated by a local couple who embody the true spirit of hospitality. With an emphasis on quality drinks, delectable cuisine, and a commitment to community, The Crown stands as a testament to the fusion of good drink, good food, and good people. Adorning the walls are captivating works of art by talented local creators, contributing to the shop’s rustic yet chic mountain aesthetic. Next time you visit, be sure to try the Crown Mocha: Godiva Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Caramel/Vanilla, Espresso, and your choice of Steamed Milk!

Best New Restaurant

The Carlin

Hours: 4—9 p.m.

The Carlin has breathed new life into Breckenridge’s sea food scene. The raw bar makes for great appetizers or small plates and the inventive takes on ocean entrees include: Grouper, Seared Verlasso Salmon, and creative chef’s offerings for catch of the day. If you’re looking to try it all, the Sea Food Platter is the way to go. Pairing cuisine with attentive service, it is no wonder the Carlin is our Best New Restaurant this year.