Grouse Mountain Grill
Grouse Mountain Grill is a long-time Beaver Creek favorite, and a thorough dining room remodel last spring has only added to the allure. It now evokes a contemporary restaurant in Tuscany, with stacked stone walls and forged iron light fixtures. At night, the place absolutely glows with warmth. Chef David Gutowski strikes a fine balance between mountain-rustic and more contemporary dishes; coffee-braised beef short rib lettuce wraps, for example, make a fine starter. Signature entrées include pretzel-crusted pork chops with Swiss chard from their own garden, and Iowa rabbit with carrot risotto. Excellent wine list, too.
Splendido has been living up to its name for nearly 20 years now, 17 of them under the leadership of chef David Walford. Today it remains arguably the finest restaurant in Beaver Creek, especially if you happen to believe that great food tastes even better when served in an atmosphere of ivory tablecloths, thick carpeting, and light so flattering that every diner instantly looks 20 years younger. Although the waiters are perfectly prepared to bone your whole Dover sole tableside, many of the main courses feature hearty cuts of meat—buffalo, elk, lamb, rabbit—prepared with a light, sophisticated touch. In season, many dishes deploy various wild mushrooms to wonderful effect. For dessert, soufflés are a must; lemon-blueberry and chocolate fudge were recent standouts.