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“Best Burger in Years” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Diamond Belle Saloon

Diamond Belle Saloon
699 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301-5423
970-375-7150
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Ranked #21 of 162 Restaurants in Durango
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Hamburgers, Sandwiches
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Good for: Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Take a Step Back in Time... the Diamond Belle Saloon takes you back to the late 1880s, saloon girls and bartenders dressed in period outfits. Live music every night of the week and live gunfights Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the summer months.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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“Best Burger in Years”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

The restaurant was fun and lively. Excellent service and the combo of meats they use to make the burgers are outstanding. Also, excellent calamari app. Would recommend for atmosphere and the ragtime piano player was very good and a fun sing along.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, Oregon
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Festive Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The food was decent but it was the atmosphere that was really neat. An authentic saloon with a live piano player, you feel like you just stepped into the past. A must stop in even for just a drink.

Visited August 2013
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Hartford, Connecticut
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“Historic Atmosphere and Excellent Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

My family and I ate dinner at the Diamond Belle Saloon on August 7, 2013. After about a 45 minute wait, we were seated in the balcony area. The atmosphere of the saloon is fantastic as it dates back to the 19th century. The waitress was very friendly and provided excellent service. I had their signature burger and it was fantastic. During our dinner, the saloon was "robbed" by a couple of cowboys which led to a shootout with lawmen outside. My son loved it and was able to take a picture with the robbers and sheriff. If you are visiting Durango, I highly recommend the Diamond Belle Saloon because the food was satisfying and the atmosphere is very unique.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Eugene, Oregon
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“Don't miss the gun fight!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Upon arriving in town, we stopped in the hotel's saloon. We were met with a outbreaking gun fight. Durango is keeping the Wild West alive. Our drinks were inexpensive, but we didn't eat while were there so cannot comment on the menu.

Visited August 2013
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Seattle
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“Great Burgers, Great Atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The Diamond Belle is on the corner of the historic Strater Hotel. It is refurbished to look like the original saloon, with staff wearing historic costumes. Some may find that cheesy, however it doesn't try to be pretentious, serving "pub fare" type of burgers.

My son and I had their special burger ... it's so unique, the menu uses one full page just to describe this one burger. And it was great! It included pancetta, caramelized onions, port salut cheese, and garlic dijon aioli ... probably not one item of which was on the menu in 1881, but oh well. It overstuffed by teenage son (and me). Fortunately, vacation calories don't count.

One of the fun elements of the atmosphere was the live rag-time piano player. He didn't focus on 1800 songs, but played current tunes everyone recognizes in a rag-time style. On the night we were there, a guess joined in with him for an ad hoc two-man dueling-style set of four songs that brought the place alive. This ended only when the little faux gunfight between a sheriff and two outlaws pulled us out into the street for a little old-west fun.

Again, some might find this place cheesy, but any family should make it a priority to have a relaxed and very reasonable dinner here.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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