Yampa Street: Downtown Steamboat Springs dining at its finest
There’s a new dining, entertainment and strolling hub in quaint downtown Steamboat Springs: Yampa Street. And it’s perfect for all seasons.
With Steamboat’s City Council approving the biggest investment in the downtown corridor in years, Yampa Street’s revitalization includes a new riverside park, riverbank improvements, refreshed bike lanes, a pedestrian-friendly promenade, a riverside amphitheater and more — perfect for the whole family, whether you’re heading out for a quick bite, bike ride or full-course meal.
“It’s a beautiful, new bike- and pedestrian-friendly promenade, creating a great restaurant corridor right next to the river,” says Lisa Popovich of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs. “It’s become a vibrant destination and a unique section of downtown.”
And it also proved great in this COVID-19 restricted winter, with restaurants getting creative to maintain social distancing. Mountain Tap Brewery installed a line of heated gondola cars (complete with WiFi) outside on its patio, and Aurum installed yurts for an authentic outside dining experience in the dead of winter.
Come spring, summer and fall, you can stroll from the 5th Street bridge over the Yampa River on the corridor’s east end to its western end at Little Toots Park, with the sidewalk-lined street offering everything you need for an afternoon or evening’s outing. Stop on the bench at the new riverside park at 6th Street to decide where to dine, or stroll over the river on the 10th Street bridge to take in the Yampa against the backdrop of Mt. Werner. The options are as endless as the pink clouds floating by at sunset: the riverside decks of Aurum, Taco Cabo, Sunpies and E3 Chophouse; or perhaps the quaint streetside patios of Carl’s Tavern, Otto Pint, Mountain Tap Brewery, Steamboat Meat & Seafood Company or O’Neil’s Tavern and Grill.
Either way, you can’t go wrong with an outing on Yampa Street.
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