The Ridgway area’s dining options range from gourmet European cuisine and farm fresh creations to authentic ceviche, expertly made sushi, chocolates and coffee, artisan pizza, traditional Asian cuisine, ‘gnarly’ tacos, unique bar and grill offerings, specialty breakfasts and sandwiches, and more. Award-winning chefs and food innovators make Ridgway a southwestern Colorado foodie destination. Because our restaurants are small, independent, often family-operated businesses, hours are sometimes limited. Calling ahead to ensure restaurants are open is recommended.
Even with a small population of about 1,000 residents, Ridgway boasts more than a dozen restaurants, dessert shops, cafes, and not one chain restaurant! This means each business competes for customers by developing original, unique menus specially designed by talented chefs. From fancy French cuisine to freshly made Mexican dishes, our restaurants offer diverse options for discerning palates.
For beer snobs and anyone with a hankering for a tasty brew, the beer menus found at local venues are sure to please. From good old American standards to Asian, South American, and European brands, local beer variety features a selection of regional and local brews. Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery is our homegrown craft brewer with ales, ciders, stouts, and seasonal specials. Plus, the San Juan Barrel Fest is an annual brews and wine festival not to be missed.
Fresh & Local at Heart
Ridgway’s markets and restaurants specialize in local and organic foods. Our residents thrive on fabulous food, which makes our town a great place for visitors to experience local food culture. Keeping up with the farm-to-table trend, many of our markets, restaurants, and festivals source locally produced meats (including yak), dairy products, vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Our area is also home to a variety of culinary artists from coffee roasters to ice cream and chocolate makers.
Every Friday, from late May through mid-October, grocery shopping is more fun, whether you drop in to pick up a favorite item or spend a few hours at this friendly outdoor event. The market is conveniently located in the heart of Ridgway at Hartwell Park, under the tall cottonwood trees that create a cool, inviting place for the whole family. Come and shop for locally, sustainably farmed fruits, vegetables, meats, and eggs, as well as flowers, soaps, lotions, arts, and crafts, while enjoying live music, prepared foods, baked goods, and food samples.
Besides the markets, many restaurants serve locally sourced meat, produce and cottage-industry produced food items. You can dine in or take out, plus some restaurants like Provisions Café and Ridgway Café a la Mode have market shelves where you can purchase local delicacies to use in your own meals. Ridgway Natural Foods is a great new option for picking up a curated selection of local and organic groceries and prepared meals.
“Ridgway has amazing people, a strong sense of community and is a great place for our family and our business.”