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Thanks to the Blue River Bistro

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The National Repertory Orchestra would like to thank owner Jay Beckerman and Chef Brandon Farr from the Blue River Bistro for creating a spectacular World Cuisine Wine Dinner to benefit the orchestra. Our guests enjoyed a trip around the world pairing fabulous dishes with Pinot Noirs from New Zealand, California, France and Argentina. They made it so easy for us to raise money to help support our Summer Festival and Education & Community Engagement Programs. The food, service, ambiance and wines were spectacular. Everyone had a wonderful time while raising money for NRO! On behalf of the musicians we serve, our staff, Board, and Volunteers, I want to thank Blue River Bistro for their very generous contribution to the 'Cultural Gem” of Summit County. For more info on the National Repertory Orchestra, call (970) 453-5825 or go to



July 24, 2012 - by AshleyD - in 

With so many options in Breckenridge, settling on a place to go for Happy Hour may just be the toughest decision of your day. Lucky for you we have tried them all and while this isn’t by any means a complete list, it is a collection of some of the best.  Blue River Bistro: Ask any Breckenridge local where to go for Happy Hour and there is no doubt that the Blue River Bistro will come up at some point during the conversation. Known for their martinis, classy ambiance and live music, the Bistro has set itself apart by offering not one, but two Happy Hours every day of the week. From 3-6 p.m. and again from 9- midnight, the Bistro offers 2-for-1 martinis and 2-for-1 selected appetizers. Whether you have a hankering for a classic dirty martini or you want to branch out and try some of their specialty martinis like the Key Lime Pie or the always-popular Espresso, there is plenty of variety to suit everyone’s individual tastes. Even if you’re not in the mood for a martini, draft beers are only $2 during Happy Hour and appetizers like the Kobe Beef Sliders, Baked Brie and Toasted Jalapeno Raviolis will keep your mouth watering. Check out the Bistro at 305 North Main St.

Best Breck Happy Hour: Blue River Bistro

We learned early on in Breckenridge that the best happy hours are at the local watering holes. The problem is that these places are usually the ones with the absolute worst service. And to add to that, on more than one occasion, we experienced the “it’s like how you see in the movies” scenario: new folks walk in, place goes silent, regulars at the bar all turn and look in unison. No thanks.

We happened upon one happy hour where the price was good, the food was even better, and the drinks were the best we found on the mountain. Blue River Bistroon Main Street is an upscale establishment (well, upscale for Breck) that welcomes any and all for the perfect après-ski scene. Two for one appetizers and cocktails. This is where my liking of the extra dirty martini was born. And the jalapeño fried ravioli, calamari and Kobe beef sliders glazed with a sweet teriyaki sauce weren’t so bad either.

Breckenridge Magazine: Top Bars and Hot Spots January '11

Blue River Bistro, Breckenridge, Colorado

Ski Magazine:
The full menu at Blue River Bistro is served all day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Each night there is typically live jazz or blues music to add to your dining experience. The menu features gourmet pasta, soups, salads, steak, and seafood entrees all for moderate prices. The wine list, with over 70 wines, will not disappoint.

Breckenridge, Colorado Restaurants

Scott Christ, Demand Media USA Today

The historic town of Breckenridge, Colorado, is home to a wide variety of restaurants and is also a gem for outdoor enthusiasts, featuring some of the best skiing during the winter months and hiking, fishing and boating during the summer months. Whatever your food preferences are, Breckenridge is sure to have a restaurant that suits your tastes.  Blue River Bistro features classic French and American cuisine in a casual, contemporary setting. The restaurant is popular among locals, with a high approval rating from consumers on the Urban Spoon website. The bistro-style menu includes seared ahi tuna with pineapple soy reduction, sea scallops with truffled English pea puree and Atlantic salmon with champagne dijon sauce. The restaurant also features live music on most nights. Blue River Bistro 305 North Main St. Breckenridge, CO 80424 (970) 453-6974

  • OCTOBER 28, 2008


  • After reading my article on Civil War and Gold Rush Dining and learning of my fascination with history, Denver Skiing Examiner, Lisa Mercer, suggested I travel to Breckenridge for a Historic Walking Tour and a taste of mountain dining. It sounded like a good idea, so I took her advice. 
Knowing little of the history of the area, I did some research and, obtaining a map from theHeritage Center, spent the entire afternoon walking up and down Main and Washington Streets enjoying the 19th century architecture and the landmarks that point out Breckenridge’s part in Colorado history. Unfortunately, the two museums I most wanted to see were closed. One was the cabin of Professor Edwin Carter and the other was the home turned museum of pioneer Barney Ford.  Carter was a naturalist and taxidermist whose works helped formed the basis for the Denver Museum of Natural History that later became the Museum of Nature and Science.  Barney Ford and his wife, Julia, were runaway slaves who ended up in Breckenridge in the 1880s and found success in mining, hospitality and restaurants. His livery stable was once a stop on theUnderground Railroad

Despite not finding exactly what I came for, I still enjoyed the architecture and the quiet, mountain town busily preparing for the ski season with white slopes visible from Main Street beckoning to onlookers as if to say, “It won’t be long now”. I also discovered the Blue River Bistro.  The Blue River is the main river cutting through Breckenridge and the bistro is located not far from the banks on the edge of Main Street at 305 N. Main. It was just by chance that we spotted the bistro as we were hungry after the drive from Denver and it was the first, inviting sign we spotted. Inside, we found a great, mountain restaurant with an outstanding variety of martinis and an excellent wine cellar.  

The Greek Salad served with pita bread.


The cuisine is basically Italian with some slight variations, the prices are moderate to high, and the quality is outstanding. The martinis are very popular, but I was more impressed with the wine list of some 89 different wines varying in price all the way up to $350 a bottle. That is a little out of my price range and I opted for the 2005 Monte Antico Cabernet/Merlot blend. It was very nice for the price and went well with lunch that consisted of a shared Greek Salad and a Capellini di Angelo. Everything was fresh, just as expected, and nicely balanced. It was the perfect start to the rest of the afternoon and the walking tour adventure. 
The Ski Resort is scheduled to open November 7. If you are in the neighborhood to partake of all the winter fun the area has to offer, be sure to take some time to explore both the history of the town and the fine offerings at the Blue River Bistro. If you have a taste for history and a taste for good food, neither choice will disappoint. 
Travel Channel:
How can you go wrong here, with elegant and contemporary cuisine in a relaxed and fun atmosphere? The restaurant has a hip and energetic feel to it, but still has all the sophistication of its fine-dining neighbors. Live music is performed nightly by some of the best local musicians in the area, featuring acoustic blues, mountain jazz and much more. Don't miss the amazing art adorned on the bistro walls, available for retail. The restaurant features an extensive menu and wine list including appetizer favorites like Crab Cakes, a huge selection of savory pastas and a delicious selection of steaks and seafood.

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