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The 5 Best Restaurants for Al Fresco Dining

When summer brings sun and warm temperatures, one of the best things to do in Steamboat is sit outside and enjoy a meal al fresco. Luckily, there are tons of great places in town to do just that! We put together a list of our five favorite places for outdoor dining:

For river views: E3
Upscale meets outside at E3 Chophouse. Situated right next to the river, E3 is the perfect place to enjoy a meal outside on their large, shaded patio. If you’re trying to save some money, stop in for happy hour from 3-5 pm daily – their extensive happy hour menu offers full meals (think lobster mac and cheese, burgers and salads) making this restaurant perfect for any budget.

For the perfect patio: Aurum
Aurum has it all: large patio, grassy lawn, river views and fire pit for when that sun sinks down below the mountains. Make a reservation to snag your spot outside to enjoy craft cocktails and delicious food while you watch the paddleboarders and rafters float by next to you.

For the kids: Rex’s
Thanks in part to a large lawn complete with toys and games (Ping pong! Corn hole!), kids AND parents will love posting up at Rex’s Grill. The patio has umbrellas for shade, a cozy sitting area with plush couches and even an outdoor bar where the adults can enjoy a cocktail while the kids run around on the grass. Food options include family favorites like pizza, nachos, burgers and wings so everyone is sure to find something they love.

For the views: Salt & Lime
Located in the heart of downtown, the rooftop patio at Salt & Lime can’t be beat. With sweeping views of Steamboat, Sleeping Giant and beyond, this is the best place to enjoy a margarita and some tacos. Bonus: get a seat on the patio during sunset and you are sure to be in for a good show!

For the morning: Creekside
Outdoor dining isn’t just for dinner….Creekside Café in downtown Steamboat offers a great, shady patio right next to the creek. A local’s favorite, this spot uses locally sourced produce and meat whenever possible. It’s usually hopping at brunch so put your name on the waitlist, grab one of their award-winning Bloody Marys and check out the menu….the eggs benedict options are endless and each one is amazing!

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