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Delightful Food Discoveries Await

Barista at Provisions Cafe at the Barbershop

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.”
Daniel, Colorado Boy Restaurants Owner

Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery

Colorado Boy is a wee humble pub in a wonderful 1915 brick building in the old section of downtown Ridgway. There are...
Food at Eatery 66

Eatery 66

Eatery 66's menu is based on creative inspiration, seasonal tides, local availability and our community’s desires. Da...

True Grit Café

The True Grit Cafe is ''Where Comfort Food Meets True West''. The True Grit Cafe family has been serving locals and...

How to Enjoy Ridgway Like a Local

Residents and businesses take great pride in our community and surrounding open spaces. We invite visitors to consider ways to minimize impacts and maximize local benefits. Traveling responsibly means educating yourself on outdoor recreation best practices, local ethics and community expectations.
  • Know Before You Go
    Be prepared and be informed about your destination.
  • Stick to the Trails
    Protect our natural land￾scapes by staying on the trails and roads.
  • Trash the Trash
    If you pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave It as You Find It
    Camp in designated areas only.
  • Be Careful with Fire
    Follow seasonal restrictions, and keep campfires small and manageable.
  • Keep Wildlife Wild
    Leash your dogs, pack out waste, and don’t feed wildlife.
  • Share Our Parks & Trails
    Try out the lesser-known paths and sites, and minimize noise.

Be Prepared for Adventure

The San Juan Mountains are a rugged, steep mountain range rising to just over 14,000 feet. These beautiful public lands offer adventures year round. If you are interested in exploring the San Juans, be prepared for challenging terrain that sometimes requires technical expertise and knowledge of the area.

Come prepared by doing research online to find maps, rules and helpful guidance from public agencies and user-generated websites. Utilize local expertise when you get into town by stopping in at our local gear stores. We highly recommend working with our local guide services that employ experts who can help you achieve your goals for world-class recreation. You can also take a course in: backcountry skiing, avalanche safety, rock climbing, ice climbing, and other valuable outdoor skills.