Reviews of Arapahoe Cafe & Pub (Restaurant)

626 Lake Dillon Drive, Dillon, CO 80435, United States

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Michael Hotel Consultant

Be aware they only offer burger night in the pub downstairs.We were seated then notified after we placed order that it was only valid down stairs. My father cannot do stairs well due to MS so we left, sad cause it seemed like a nice place.

Rhonda Glassman

Great food, atmosphere, service and friendly.

C. Ferg

Terrible service. If you have children prepare to be ignored and not even sat.

Barry Sams

The restaurant is cool and the food is awesome! I had the BLT with the tomato soup. Both were great. My wife had the grilled ham and cheese sandwich. It was phenomenal! They put bacon jam on it. won't regret it.

Lee Swindler

Good food and service, awesome location if going to the Dillon amphitheatre

Steve Ripken

Most rude experience I've had with a wait staff--in the pub. Also, we went a half hour without a waiter for mediocre food. It's like what you'd expect at a place that has different out of town customers every week.

Roger Layton

The best restaurant in Dillon Colorado with wonderful people

Stacie Fontenot

The best Chicken Fried Steak. THE WHITE GRAVY is DELISH! Go early on the weekend, it gets packed quickly.

Kevin Curtin

Best BBQ this side of Kansas!

Stephen Gerard

Longtime Dillon restaurant located in a historic building near the shore of Lake Dillon. Known for great breakfasts and it's BBQ. Lunch menu starts at noon. Consider the Ruby Trout salad, trout filet served an a bed of spinach. The outdoor seating is now open with views of the mountains and lake.

Ron Burgundy

This place always knocks it out of the park after a long day playing in the mountains. Tonight we had an exceptional server in the basement bar, their ability to remember our customized orders had me quite im awe. On the way home the truck was already planning our next outing, so we can stop here on the way home to Denver.

Lowry Foster

Excellent breakfast in a beautiful spot with a view of the lake

Cyndi Ruckert

My favorite place to go for happy hour or dinner. Food and service was awesome. Where the locals go.

Stu Barrett

Two venues; dining room upstairs, bar downstairs. Good selection of pub food and American cuisine. Good service, adequate beer selection.

Keri Jackson

This us where the locals go. The food is good, a nice variety, and great service. Get there early because it fills up quick!

Jennifer Samson

Good Happy Hour - Cider, Chicken Wings, Nachos :-)


So, despite coming here for years I've been reluctant to write a review and give up one of my favorite food spots in Summit. Basically Arapcaf is like those secret powder stash runs that only the locals know about. I dream about Burger …

Michael Hendrickson

Big lean bacon cooked just right. Avocado Toast is great. Place is a must stop for breakfast

Jim Otepka

Greaaaaaat BBQ platter and nachos are in top three we've ever had and we are nacho fiends. Great staff. Ended up dining and hanging out in the lower level.

Tim Taylor

A must stop local place when in Summit County. Amazing views nearby and you can't go wrong breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Taylor Farfour

This place has great food and even better service. 11/10 would recommend

Brent Sikes

That was really a fantastic meal!

Laura Shriner

Great service, great food consistantly.

Liz Kaatz

Always love the trout and eggs with grits for breakfast!

J Panzarella

Chill and rustic, with ralaxing outside tables. Worst Reuben I ever had.

Cass Bocker

The food was amazing. We had chilaquiles, smoked brisket sandwich, smoked Carolina pork sandwich, burger, and adult beverages. Not a single complaint!

K. Valdez

This place does it right. They have great staff and great prices for the daily specials in the Pub down under. I would recommend the wings here. You really cannot beat the BBQ here in Summit.

Meg Nadeau

Great food and service. Staff were helpful and most patient with four children under age five. Helpful with an alternate suggestion. The only delay was because some of our party of eight had to make quick exits for a few minutes. Would recommend and return.

David O

Food was phenomenal. Prices are great for the area. Service was superb!! Absolutely recommend 10/10!

jon gipp

Super casual great Benedict's

Marie Lynnette

The best part was the service. The Mushroom Swiss Burger Sunday special with mixed vegetables was fine.

Thomas Johnson

Excellent food at a great price. Small town atmosphere.

Christine Budd

We live out of state but have been to this restaurant several times because we have a relative who lives nearby. It always has great and creative dishes. Service is fast, and the menu is very diverse. I had the green pork chili which was a large bowl and very tasty. Not too hot, seasoned well and a cheese quesadilla was served on the side. My husband had the half pound burger which had a really great char flavor. This place is little off the beaten path in a residential area, but close to the Dillon Marina and amphitheater. Can't recommend it more highly. It's really worth getting off the main street and away from the chain restaurants to give it a try. They also have a really cool pub downstairs.

Scott Spencer

Really great!! The trout servings were huge! Everything on the menu looked great, service was good. Patio seating was great (summer), with views of the reservoir and mountains.

Cody Schoenly

Very poorly ran. Staff seemed overwhelmed with poor leadership. We waited for 40 minutes with an estimate of 20, and saw parties both larger and smaller than ours be seated before us. We left and did not get to eat.

Tim Mertz

I would have to say the people at this restaurant are some of the most rude people I have ever encountered. Our group was really looking forward to dining here but will never come back and definitely not recommend.

Chris Wilkey

Make sure to sit outside for breakfast! And the food is super yummy. A must stop if you are in the area.

Chris Wardak

One of the best local places around. They have a great Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch Menu. Location is great and the services has been spot on. I highly recommend this place. And for breakfast the Corned Beef Hash is one of if not the best I've had.

Cheryl Glassman

I usually won't wait 40 minutes to eat but this place was worth the wait! Great ambience, wonderful service, and a superb menu selection. Food was outstanding. Don't miss out!

Craig Malott

Simply won't miss this place when visiting the mountains. A progressive and traditional menu has little odds of disappointing anyone in your party. Every item is expertly prepared, and the surrounding scenery is difficult to beat anywhere as well. Where's my sixth star?

Rebecca Jones

First off, the tomato soup is ridiculously delicious. We also had the BBQ plate, which was also well cooked and tasty. Happy hour drink prices are good too. (We might be a little drunk right now, but never the less...highly recommend the downstairs bar

Bradley Cranford

Great place. Nice patio to sit on. I had the Ruben, which I thought tasted great. Personally, I wish the sauerkraut was a little stronger in flavor, but it didn't detect from the sandwich at all. My friend had the buffalo burger, which I tried and thought I should have ordered it, as well. The staff were very friendly and prompt. When we walked in, we had to wait a total of a minute before we were seated and ordering beverages. Very great place, thank you for a nice meal!

Tim Hooker

Cool basement style pub room and budget friendly.

Konnor Bursaw

Great food, great service, great location

Bailey Ward

Wow! This food was amazing! We decided to eat there when visiting the ice castles and so glad we did. I would recommend to anyone in the area. They smoke most if not all of their meats in house and make a lot of others items in house too. Would not really recommend for vegetarians... Although the nachos looked amazing. Get the baked beans. I promise. I never eat them and was amazed!!! I also did the brisket sandwich... Omg. Best I have had since moving for TX.

Mike Michaels

I’ve eaten here a half dozen times or so over the last couple of years. The food has always been above average but on my most recent visit we had the most apathetic waitress I’ve ever encountered anywhere. Good luck with your service here.

Randy Nelson

If you are close to Dillon you really need to have lunch or dinner here. Great food and service! A Summit County institution!

Bethany K

Food is excellent and service was good.

Hunter G

Besides the Mountain Lyon Cafe in Silverthorne and the Log Cabin Cafe in Frisco this is hands down the best place to get brunch in Summit County. Definitely the best place for breakfast and lunch food in Dillon! This cozy cabin nuzzled on the corner of Lake Dillon Drive exudes culture. Black-and-white photos of old school Dillon are found hanging all around inside. During the summer months make sure to get here early so that you can snag a spot on their outdoor patio with great views of Lake Dillon and the surrounding mountains!

Adrian Samson

Good food, good drinks. Go to happy hour. Go to the pub.

Alex Fouts

I love this place! I don't live in the area, but by my second visit I was being treated like a regular visitor. Incredibly friendly group of people, convenient location for hitting the slopes, and absolutely devine breakfast food, especially the oatmeal. I will most definitely be back asap! When you go, ask for Brandon, he takes care of his people.

Jennifer Urmie

If you’re looking for a local vibe and the biggest tastiest wings you’ve found it! Will definitely be back!

Jack Miera

Great food, views, and atmosphere. Service was slow, looks like they could have used more staff. Tequilla sunrise and Duane's Garbage platter was what we ordered. Highly recommend both!


Very popular. Brisket sandwich was pretty good bbq. Good sauce. Did not care for the slaw.

Jason Eaton

Great service and the food was delicious.

Pat Nolley

Excellent food and good service.

Jennifer Dexter

great little place, I would highly recommend going. You will have to wait though, but it is worth it

Sereen Hamadea

The place,food and the service was amazing

Lindsay Smith

Great food, great specials, great atmosphere. Sometimes there's a long wait, but just because it's worth it. The servers are all super friendly, sociable, and helpful. Probably the best food in Dillon. A little pricey at times, so make sure you know the nightly specials and hit them up!

Mike L.

Friendly staff, great food at a reasonable price unlike the resort restaurants. Specials most nights of the week if not all. Would definitely come back. Dinner under $40 for two with drinks.

Amy Malone

This is our favorite apres ski spot. Perfect for a drink and a snack before heading back to Denver...get the ribs!

Matthew Clarke

Ate here for dinner before a concert, drinks after and then Breakfast the next day. Prices are fair, food was good to excellent and service was good. A bit chaotic for dinner before the concert but in all fairness, they were getting slammed... Breakfast was AWESOME. We were a bit rough around the edges from the night before but our waitress was gracious, informative, polite and efficient. The were the chicken and waffles... top knotch and the BLOODY MARYS

Tasya Williamson

One of my favorite places for views, outdoor dining, and beautiful flowers. You can't go wrong with the BBQ or red trout salad.

Karen Hartzler

What a fun place with fantastic food whether you are upstairs in the main restaurant or downstairs in the pub. The food is consistently wonderful year after year and I enjoy the local option of beer on tap.

Robert Willis

Always great. Great food, great service.

Timothy Flood

No idea how the food is but the service is terrible. We were seated for at least 10 minutes with a squirmy, hungry toddler and nobody even bothered to ask us what we wanted to drink. We couldn't deal with that unnecessary delay with a hungry toddler because who knows when any food would have arrived with the kitchen closing in 15 minutes. I wish I could say it was due to a short staff, but no joke, they cleared our table 30 seconds after we left and seated someone else 30 seconds after that. Unless you just ate somewhere else and have enough time to sit and wait until you're hungry again, I'd avoid this place in favor of literally any other place. Update: We're in town again and against our warnings, our friends wanted to get breakfast here. I tried to put my name in with the same apathetic host that was here last time. I was the only person waiting to talk to him and he still couldn't bother to acknowledge me. When he finally did, he said it was an hour wait. I know from past experience that once seated, I could expect another 30 minutes until they bothered to take our order and probably at least 30 more until they could get the food out.

Adrian Crumley

Definitely worth the visit! Nice staff too

Ross Jordan

Wife and I thought it was a quaint local place. Little cramped, but thats part of the ambiance. Food was good and fairly priced. Had that night's special. Nice big portions. Service was less than desirable. Seemed like a challenge to get anything timely. Only reason it didnt get 5 stars.


It was pretty good. They have a different selection of menu items. Mostly BBQ based. Ribs, brisket, pulled pork meals. But they also have sandwiches. They have French dip and Philly cheese steak sandwiches as well. And different kinds of burgers. I had the Mac and cheese with pulled pork. So good. But I also drenched it with BBQ sauce cuz I like BBQ sauce. They have like a chocolate brownie bread pudding, peach and raspberry cobbler, and I think cheesecake for dessert. The cobbler was fantastic. It's a nice place. Kinda pretty slow though, but good food and friendly staff.

Kevin Lewis

We had to wait a bit for the pub. It's a bit of a dive, but clean and bustling. We both ordered burgers. They were very good. The rings and fries were good but nothing special. Still we really liked the place and would come back for the burgers or other specials.

Kate Geesaman

Wonderful service and delicious plates!

Matthew Roberts

Very good huevos ranchero but long wait and so so service

Greg Ferro

This place was great. Took our kids (age 8 and 4) and you could sit outside on the patio or inside or even downstairs in the Pub. Kids (surprisingly) wanted to hang in the Pub. It was Taco night with a salsa bar and the food was great. I thought the chicken wings were wonderful. Great prices. Excellent service. I highly recommend it.

Mark Hauxwell

My experience was fantastic. This restaurant came highly recommended from everyone I spoke to, and it lived up to the hype. The tacos (taco Tuesday) were amazing. The service was good and the beer selection was solid. I was very excited to see Outer Range on tap.

Matt Partin

Great service and very down to earth location. Check out the location’s history printed on the menu. Good menu variety. The trout is excellent. Ribs also very good. Salad dressings are rather bland with some of the worst Caesar and blue cheese I’ve had in quite awhile. The chicken wings we ordered in buffalo sauce tasted nothing like any buffalo sauce I’ve ever tried. Fries and burgers were good. The Philly cheese was very good and with large portions. The Ruben was about average lacking any tang from the sauerkraut. Our party of six was considered a “large” party and an 18% gratuity was added to our order cheating our server out of at lest 2%. If you go to the pub downstairs, they have specials on different menu items each night of the week at a nice discount.

Mark Harper

Great food and great service

David Sandoval

This restaurant never disappoints.

Shannon Culver

Arapahoe smokes all their own meats and they are delicious! Try the BBQ Benny for breakfast or the hash. So good! Anything they have smoked for lunch or dinner is also really good! Ask about specials too!!

Kelsey Briggs

Service and pretty good and food was good but could use a bit more attention to detail. We each ordered the bison burger. They were cooked a bit more than desired, and the bun was cold and fries weren't too far behind by time the food reached our table. My guess is it sat in the pickup window too long. Would definitely give this place another shot, though!

stephanie leonard

Delicious food, staff quick to provide service, should vacuum the stairway carpets, fairly disgusting.

Jason A

Me and my girlfriend decided to go here on a whim and we have never written a review for a restaurant before but we agreed that we wanted to do one for this place because it was THAT good. The drinks were strong and there were some unique ones; we got the warm cider one with a cinnamon stick in it and it was amazing. We ordered the bison burger and the pulled pork BBQ Mac and cheese and both were absolutely delicious. Great service too with Andrew. Definitely the best dining experience we had near Breck and if you have the chance to check this place out you should!

Bob Morrell

Good place for Dillon. Which means some ling waits. Food is quality but nothing special. Staff was attentive but stretched thin.


With my baby. He's been screaming and tired and hungry been waiting for our food for so long. When it came it was so cold, like been sitting in the window for so long the toasted bread in my sandwich became as hard as crouton as the French fries cold as hell. So sad been walking so far to get food. Bad service. Dont wanna say anything more.

Grant Binkley

Amazing food and great drinks. The staff is incredible. A definite must in summit county.

Brian Witte

We had the trout and the loaded mac and cheese. The trout was dry and over seasoned. It's such a delicate fish and the spices just blew it away. The wilted spinach that came with it was literally just an enormous glob of melted spinach with some salt. The Mac and cheese entree would have been fine at Chili's - undistinguished white cheese, an occasional bit of crispy bacon, and a giant pile of unseasoned pulled pork. At the prices here, it was almost insulting. The staff was polite and efficient despite a full house, so that's where the star comes in.

Alex Lee

Can only speak from my experience, but I ordered the chicken and waffles and it was extremely clear that the waffles are frozen and toasted to serve. WTF. I can do that at home. My partner got a different dish and it was very average. Very typical for this area unfortunately. We won't be back. Server was not great either.

Kimberly Hummel

Great little find in Dillon, CO. Good food and service. Cure little pub atmosphere downstairs. Will personally seeing by again on it way through!

Alex Lomax

The Granola Pankaces are to die for!! Such a beautiful cafe.

Michael Rudy

Great service, great food, delicious breakfast cocktails. Just an awesome authentic Colorado experience, what I would imagine as authentic Colorado experience as a Philly guy. Definitely bang for your buck also the drinks were heavy and the plates were full.

John Zeke

Great BBQ. Can be difficult to get a seat / table.

brandon larsen

They have a nice rotation of local beers from around Colorado

Amanda Kelly

Amazing food, one of the best and most perfectly cooked burger I've had. Very cozy and inviting. Wait staff were extremely slow but would still come back!

Joel Cleaver

Small venue yet amazing food and great service. I had the biscuits and gravy and they were so good! I will definitely go back when I am in the area.

Kevin Runic

The food and staff were excellent. We'll definitely be back.

Ernie Frey

Great happy hour in basement bar. Wed is burger night ... great burger and two beers for ~$20 w/ 20+% tip.

Ian Armstrong

Awesome atmosphere. Good beer. Great service! Cheesesteak Mondsy was delicious!

Mika L

Loved the restaurant feel and had a lot of fun in the lower bar/pub area playing pool and getting drinks. Only complaint is that the pool table is in a way too awkward of a spot, so it is hard to play. It was kind of hard to get servers attention, but that can be expected when they seemed a little slammed.

Kevin Russell

Total hidden gem. They’re quick, the food comes out properly cooked, perfectly seasoned and the service is killer.

Nathan Buxton

Delicious food and very friendly staff. Brunch is the signature meal upstairs but don’t miss the downstairs, lots of good vibes late in the evening.

Mike McMahon

Great breakfast! Friendly staff!

Kristina Hurst

Awesome breakfast & amazing service. It's a must go place to eat

Randy M Novak

Solid place with a cozy atmosphere. Went with the Green Chili and Chili Fries with Brisket. Both were flavorful and satisfying. Service was prompt and friendly.

Britney Wentworth

Food was delicious! Highly recommend the adult mac & cheese with pulled pork! Our service was definitely lacking. Our drinks were never refilled and it took forever for someone to come take our order. But the food was too good for poor service to keep me from coming again.

Thea Smith

Always awesome.... some of the best food & service in Summit! Don't miss the smoked wings! Yummmm!

Hunter Smith

Might seem small at first, but don’t let that fool you. The staff are friendly, and the food is absolutely delicious... Not only that, but you have a great proximity to the lake. Yum. Wide variety of food, with everything being fresh.

Daniel Wrigley

The food is fine, but the outdoor space in front of the water is wonderful. Worth the wait just to sit out here

Steve Bonanno

I liked this place. We wanted BBQ and this place came up. As we entered at dinner time on a Friday evening, it appeared full and busy. We were told there was a 45 min wait, but we were offered to head downstairs to the bar to wait. Space opened up at the bar when we did, so we sat right down. We decided to order food at the bar and the server welcomed this. The bartender was busy, but very responsive, friendly and cool. I got the $15 red trout dinner and my friends got the BBQ. Everything was really good. The crowd was laid back local mixed with visitors from out of town and it was a nice atmosphere overall. If there was a bit more seating, I would have said 5 stars.

Kylee Korte

Great restaurant! I had the shrimp and grits, and it was excellent. The service was great - I think three different people filled our drinks and asked us if we needed anything.

Justyn Barton

Great breakfast in a great location next to Dillon reservoir. Andy took great care of us and gave excellent suggestions.

Shannon Crow

I loved this place. Chill atmosphere, great service and delicious food. It was nice finding a place a little more divey then the surrounding businesses.

Karla Danes

Food was great. Service was not. My bill came to $29.56, I gave Tania - cashier/waitress, $40.56. She asked if I wanted change back? I replied "yes". She brought back a 10 dollar bill. I really dont care that she didn't give me the correct amount back, it was her attitude and demeanor towards me that made the whole experience just uncomfortable. 3 stars for food. No stars for customer service.

Donald Seigler

We lucked into this restaurant as s last minute, random choice on our surprise Valentine's Day date night. The service was so friendly and food quite good as well. The wings have a fabulous smoked flavor and the Trout Spinach Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette was tasty and healthy. And they are right down the street from the awesome Ice Castle (in the winter that is). Give them a try, they are great.

Lacy ray

Super great service and really good food!!! Five star dining for sure !

chris hill

small spot, easy access. ok food in the area. sometimes the lines were long but that's usually a good sign. multiple i know go there several times a week/month, and especially picks up during the ski season.

Breck Fast

Big racks of good ribs. The best ribs in the county. Try to catch them downstairs on a nightly special and you won’t be disappointed.

Cerkis Emcii

Best bison burger ever!


Sat in the outdoor patio. Ordered a well done burger. It was not well done. I guess you get what they give you. Also got the wrong drink when I ordered diet Coke. Found out that their daily specials on the back of the menu are for eating inside the pub only. Pricing was $4 more on the patio. What the #=\&! Won't be back.

Jeff Hutchinson

The service was great! I had a Southwest Eggs Benedict, and it was very good. Only wished I tried their Bloody Mary.

ayush mittal

A nice place with good breakfast

David Riggleman

The food was good, although I wouldn't say anything special. The prices were reasonable for the area and I was pleased with the level of service. When we got there, was a lengthy wait of 45 minutes, so be prepared for that. There is a pub downstairs where you can wait, but it took a while for us all to have a place to sit, so more seating would be good. Overall, I would say if you are looking for BBQ in the area and aren't afraid to wait, this is a good place to check out.

JM Giese

Great nightly specials- $7.50 burgers were great and big on Sunday! Our server also did a great job handling hostess duty and waiting at the same time. Would highly recommend!

Leah Rybak

Love this place! My favorite spot for breakfast, taco night and lunch!

Max Stappler

They have special prices different days but only in the pub below

Alex Ruiz

Food is great and the drinks are just as great. 10/10 would definitely recommend. The corned beef hash was amazing. The service was prompt and very friendly. I'll be coming back

Kerry Feuerhelm

Great service and wonderful food! Very good Bloody Mary's with great bacon.

Ellen Tureck

Delicious and great wait staff

Deb Clouse

Amazing Thursday Night Rib Night. Great Price. Large Portions. Great Crew.

Jeff Schumacher

The food here is great! My wife Amanda and I had Neko make our wedding cake a year ago and they did such a great job! Sorry if I spelled the name wrong! Highly recommend coming here

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