A Comprehensive Dining Guide to Buena Vista, Colorado: Where to Eat and Drink Like a Local

May 27, 2023

When it comes to dining, the small mountain towns of Buena Vista, Colorado, doesn’t disappoint. With a vast array of eateries serving everything from hearty breakfasts to gourmet dinners, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s palate. Here’s your comprehensive guide to the best places to eat and drink in Buena Vista. Plus, I’ve included where to stock up on groceries if you feel like staying in and cooking or saving a few bucks $$ for other activities.

Your Comprehensive Dining Guide to Buena Vista, Colorado: 


In Buena Vista, breakfast is an event in itself. Whether you prefer a quick coffee and pastry or a full breakfast spread, you’ve got some options. For your classic American breakfast, Jan’s Restaurant is a local favorite. For a more modern breakfast, check out the new Cool River Cafe! You may recognize this one since they have another location in Breckenridge, Colorado. If you’re looking for something lighter, The Long Table Coffee, Roosters Crow, and Roastery Coffee offer excellent coffee and pastries and are local favorites. And for something on the go, the breakfast burritos at Cafe 24 in Johnson’s Village and Brown Dog Coffee’s options are simply delicious.


When it comes to lunch and dinner, Buena Vista and Salida both have some great options. For a hearty lunch, consider 50 Burger in Salida, right off of – you guessed it, Highway 50. If you’re in Buena Vista, Biggie’s sandwiches or K’s Dairy Delight are sure to fill you up. For something more balanced, Simple Eatery and Sorelle offer delicious gourmet options. 

Once dinner rolls around, you’ll find there are an array of choices. House Rock Kitchen offers an innovative menu with a fun outdoor patio, Crave has incredible Italian food and pizza, while Jade Garden offers delightful Chinese cuisine. The chicken & broccoli and steamed dumplings are especially good! For a delicious grass-fed burger, check out Eddyline Restaurant on South Main. And if you’re looking for a more luxurious dining experience, Wesley and Rose restaurant inside of the Surf Hotel is one to remember. Don’t forget to check out The Olive food truck (the green one on Main Street, you can’t miss it!) for mouthwatering Meditteranean food, and sushi lovers – don’t sleep on Sushi Thai in Salida.


After a day of exploring Buena Vista, treat yourself by unwinding with a drink. Dearhammer Distillery and Eddyline Brewery offer locally-brewed spirits and beers, while The Slammer, Push and Pull, and The Lariat are perfect for those who prefer a classic bar setting. Whether you’re a craft beer enthusiast, cocktail aficionado, or wine lover, Buena Vista’s bars and brewery will not disappoint.

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If you’d rather cook or are simply looking to save on food expenses on a mountain town trip, both Buena Vista and Salida offer several grocery options. From local grocery stores like Lagree’s and Lettucehead, to larger chains like City Market or if you’re in Salida, Natural Grocers, Safeway, and Walmart, you’ll find everything you need to whip up your own delicious meals.

Whether you’re an early riser looking for a quality cup of coffee, a foodie seeking the next unforgettable meal, or a traveler wanting to enjoy a local brew, Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado has a place for you to enjoy. And if you’d rather cook, the towns’ grocery stores offer plenty of options. Experience the best of Buena Vista’s dining scene on your next visit!


Buena Vista, Colorado offers an activity for everyone. Spend the day in town shopping and supporting local businesses, get outside on the river, or seek breathtaking views above treeline on a hike. Expand your knowledge and explore the trails safely on a guided trip with Ground Up Adventures! GUA specializes in outdoor education, so you can learn and have have a good time, and feel empowered on your own future adventures. If you’re looking for a guided day hike, to summit a 14er (a 14,000 foot mountain), or sleep under the stars on an overnight backpacking trip, Ground Up Adventures, based in Buena Vista, Colorado, has you covered. Learn more. When you’re done, you’ll be ready to grab a bite to eat at one of these spots! 

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