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Arapahoe Cafe & Pub

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626 Lake Dillon Dr, Dillon, CO 80435
+1 970-468-0873
07:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:30
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

We were on a "anniversary" trip to Keystone with our friends. For their anniversary dinner they picked the Arapahoe Cafe. If you can't judge the book by its cover you shouldn't judge the quality of the food by looking at the building the cafe occupies, I have to say it is pretty unassuming. However, food was excellent! The four of... More 

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Fulton, Missouri
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

My wife, 14 year old son, and I had dinner at this establishment this evening. Our experience lived up to the positive reviews we had reviewed prior to dining. Excellent customer service, wonderful menu selection, and a cozy-alpine atmosphere.

Thank Ken P
Brooklyn, Iowa
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349 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

Historically the Arapahoe Café was in the original town of Dillon before being moved according to the pictures in the café. My cheese burger was very good and tasted very fresh. I truly enjoyed the mac & cheese which had a very adult taste. The only thing that kept my review from being 5 stars is that my wife's sweet... More 

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Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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73 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

Based on all the excellent reviews, we tried the Arapahoe Cafe for lunch. I had the Carolina BBQ and was disappointed. I am from SC and this does not compare to real Carolina BBQ. The pork was mushy and the tomato based mild sauce had too much spice or kick for my taste. My wife had the tuna salad and... More 

Thank Pat C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

I've been to the US several times, and always been underwhelmed by breakfasts till I hit Sams in Denver...but then I found the Arapahoe Cafe and had their Mi Pueblo Benny...omg!! So good I went back again, and planning on going again on my last day tomorrow :-) The dish was just outstanding.....beautiful poached eggs, none of that vinegar taste... More 

Thank Sumotartan
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

The breakfast Benedict's were delicious. I had the one with smoked turkey, avocado and tomato. My coffee cup stayed full and the staff was friendly. A charming place.

Thank KansasTeresa
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

Not sure where to start - warm greeting by host, sat in great table outside looking at the lake and mountains, really friendly service and of course great food. Absolutely loved it, and will be back for sure.

Thank mac1066
Melville, New York
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88 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

You can't leave Dillion with out eating here. The Rubin was the best I have had. Staff great view great restaurant great. A must stop in

Thank Doug S
Raleigh, North Carolina
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

The pork BBQ is as good as you will find anywhere and much better than you will find most places. The ribs are great too, both meats smoky and tender. The trout is flavorful and not overdone. Please bring back the creamy artichoke wild rice--it is stellar! Don't miss desserts- raspberry peach cobbler, yum yum!

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Houston, Texas
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

We went to the Arapahoe Cafe for lunch because it is the #1 rated restaurant in Dillon, and we were not disappointed. We had tortilla soup, burgers, and fries. All were outstanding. The soup was quite flavorful and hearty, and the burger was one of the best I've had anywhere. They beef was exceptionally flavorful, and the bacon was thick... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 12
American, Bar, Cafe, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 626 Lake Dillon Dr, Dillon, CO 80435
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Dillon
  • Phone Number: +1 970-468-0873
The Arapahoe Cafe has served Summit County, Colorado since 1945 and offers great food, reasonable prices and friendly service. Stop by our website to see our awards, great menu items and our unique history.We smoke our own award-winning BBQ and our catering service, Bonnie Q BBQ Roadhouse Room & Catering Company, offers on or off-site catering.Q So Good It'll Make Your Big Toe Wiggle!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?