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Where to Eat & Drink in Dillon After Your Summit County Adventure

by Kerstin09/11/2018 1:30 PM
Updated: 09/21/2018

When it comes to adventure, Summit County has you covered—big rivers, bigger mountains, and countless miles of trail (and even beach) to explore. Whether your idea of a long day in the hills is a stroll along the Dillon Reservoir, a gnarly mountain bike ride, or a handful of literal summits, you’ve come to the right place.

Of course, one of the most important aspects of any mountain adventure is refueling afterward. (And when you’re at over 9,000 feet above sea level, you’ll work up an appetite quickly.) Fortunately, Dillon has you covered there, too: It’s home to plenty of outstanding spots to grab a bite—and a brew—after your Summit County adventure.

Pug Ryan's Brewery

Pug Ryan’s is an excellent first stop for post-adventure craft brews. The beers aren’t just good for a local brew, they’re legitimately solid beers—Pug Ryan’s has won more than 22 medals at various beer competitions, including the iconic Great American Beer Festival. After expanding their brewing facilities in 2012, they’re able to offer a wider variety of beers, so even the pickiest connoisseur will find something on the menu they’ll enjoy. Time your excursion to coincide with Pug Ryan’s generous happy hour offerings, and ask to sit on the patio.

Pug Ryan's Tiki Bar

If you’re looking for a relaxing outdoor venue for your post-adventure cocktails, this is it. Pug Ryan’s Tiki Bar—a separate location altogether from the restaurant in town proper—sits right on the reservoir at the Dillon Marina. It’s only open during the warmer summer months, weather permitting, and it’s worth a stop: the Denver Post once ranked it among Colorado’s top five beach bars. The tiki bar serves a variety of south-of-the-border-type dishes, plus a well-rounded menu of cocktails.

Dillon Dam Brewery

The Dillon Dam Brewery keeps the tradition of brewing top-notch beers in the high country alive—like its neighbor, it’s won numerous awards for its handcrafted ales and lagers. You’ll also find seasonal offerings, like saisons and goses, alongside its old standbys. Dillon Dam Brewery didn’t get to be the largest brewpub in the Rockies on the merit of its beers alone, though. It’s also got a robust food menu (portions here are hearty), much of which has beer woven right in.

Cafe ProFusion

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Looking for something besides a burger? Head to Cafe ProFusion, where you’ll have no problem accommodating your group’s dietary needs—this mom-and-pop Pan-Asian hotspot is entirely gluten-free and happy to accommodate vegetarian, vegans, and those with other food allergies. The dining room is tiny, but that’s part of its appeal: Sometimes, the best restaurants are the ones you least expect.

Lake Dillon Tavern & Pizza Co.

With a decidedly fun and friendly atmosphere, Lake Dillon Tavern & Pizza Co.  offers authentic, stone-baked pizza,  grinders, calzones and salads all served up with a side of locally crafted beers. The LDT is known for hosting local bands and talented DJ's and also boasts 13 large flat screen TV's for watching your favorite teams. An outdoor patio featuring lawn games completes the experience. The LDT is a true locals favorite you won't want to miss out on. 

Arapahoe Café

The Arapahoe Café & Pub is a part of Dillon’s colorful history—it even had a location in the old township. After the town was flooded in the making of the Dillon Reservoir, the Arapahoe Café opened its doors again in the historic Tappan House, and its walls continue to display artifacts from the past today. It’s widely considered the best restaurant in Dillon, and a home-cooked, generously portioned meal will show you why. If you’ve worked up a fourteener-sized appetite after your day in the mountains, this award-winning spot is the place to be.

White Boots Restaurant

The White Boots Restaurant has just about everything you could want during a visit to Dillon. You can get breakfast served all day, including a number of tasty skillet offerings. For lunch and dinner, you have the choice of both Mexican and American specialities—you can go for tamales or hamburgers. Finally, the butcher shop (and spice selection) is a great option for picking up steaks or seafood to grill on your own.

Lake Dillon Beer Festival

Time your next mountain adventure in Dillon during the Lake Dillon Beer Festival, where more than 25 artisan brewers gather and sling their wares on the shores of the reservoir. The Dillon Marina hosts the festival, which ran its eighth year in 2018, and part of the proceeds go to the nonprofit Colorado Brewers Guild, ensuring that craft brewers can make your favorite beers for years to come. There’s also à la carte food available for purchase that you can mix and match for the perfect pairing.

Keystone Bluegrass & Beer Festival

The Keystone Bluegrass & Beer Festival is among the longest-running beer events in the state. You can understand how spending a weekend in beautiful Summit County, surrounded by the music of the mountains and award-winning beer, is appealing to a large number of people. The festival hosts three stages with 14 different acts from around the country, plus local and regional beers—from tiny Summit microbreweries to big-name Colorado craft breweries like New Belgium. You won’t go hungry, either: Festival organizers can’t wait to show off what they refer to as “down-home cooking.”

Dillon Farmers Market

They say you are what you eat, which is why a trip to the Town of Dillon Farmers Market will fuel you up for your next adventure. Held every Friday from June through mid-September from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the farmers market affords panoramic views of the Dillon Reservoir from its location on Lodgepole Street. You’ll find Palisade peaches, honey, produce, cheeses, and tons of other delicious local foods. It’s a great start to a perfect weekend getaway in Dillon.

Tacos and Bowling

If the weather sends you inside, you can take a trip to the Tacos Tequila restaurant for a good Mexican meal. You can grab dessert next door at the Cameez, which has frozen yogurt, ice cream, and crepes. Then bowl a few games at the Lakeside Bowl, also located in the same La Riva shopping complex on Main Street. You’ve got yourself a night out without having to step outside.

Written by Emma Walker for RootsRated Media in partnership with Town of Dillon.

  1. Updated: 09/21/2018