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“Great views of the Animas river while you watch the sun go down.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Animas River Cafe

Animas River Cafe
501 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301
970-259-6580
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Ranked #48 of 157 restaurants in Durango
Price range: $4 - $20
Cuisines: American
Description: The Animas River Cafe features a great selection of mile-high sandwiches and ''Grille'' specialties. Open during the Summer Season every day for lunch and Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. You will enjoy casual patio dining in the mountain air while enjoying views of the majestic Animas River. Open every day for lunch 11:00 to 2:00Open Thurs, Fri and Sat evenings 5:00 to 10:00High Altitude Blues playing on Thursday nightLee Bartley Jazz playing on Saturday night
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Description: The Animas River Cafe features a great selection of mile-high sandwiches and ''Grille'' specialties. Open during the Summer Season every day for lunch and Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. You will enjoy casual patio dining in the mountain air while enjoying views of the majestic Animas River. Open every day for lunch 11:00 to 2:00Open Thurs, Fri and Sat evenings 5:00 to 10:00High Altitude Blues playing on Thursday nightLee Bartley Jazz playing on Saturday night
Durango, Colorado
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“Great views of the Animas river while you watch the sun go down.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Great food and a great place to just hang to watch the Animas River go by with all the rafters, kayaks while eating great food and cold beers.

Visited May 2012
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Davis, California
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“Good food, service totally lacking”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We went in a little after 11 am for lunch after checking out of our hotel and with long drive ahead of us. The river location looked great ; I expected average or better for service since this is affiliated with Hilton and that's been the case in other Hilton restaurants.

We were barely greeted; the 2 waiters and 1 waitress were gathered around , having a long discussion amongst themselves . We didn't feel welcome. I very much like contemporary music but wondered about the choice and volume since most of the clientele that showed up later were NOT young; neither are we. We asked for water since it wasn't offered. The waiter was pretty offhand with answers on a couple items.

What really got me began when we asked what the special of the day was. The waiter said he didn't know, then stood where he was, yelling to his co-workers, hey what's the special?? No one knew. Our waiter said 'well , we don't know'. I asked can you find out? That took several minutes and a couple trips back and forth. We put in our order, both asked for either the aioli or the mustard on our sandwiches to be 'on the side', and I repeated it because I don't like a ton of mayo or aioli. Our food came , nothing put on the side, the aioli and mustard were on the sandwiches.

The food was good but it took 25 minutes. The atmosphere of a nice genteel cafe weren't matched with the inexperience, totally offhand attitude we had from our waiter. Maybe just an off morning , but this was was our only visit and it was a strange one.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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SAN MARCOS
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“Great view, great service, great food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Tried the ale battered fish with a Durango Tru Blonde brew while sitting along the Animas river watching tubers and paddleboarders make there way downstream. We got there right at closing time and they still served us with a smile and gave us info on the town and where else we might like to spend time. Most friendly and relaxed cafe I have been to.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“A Gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

We stayed at the Doubltree Durango and on our last night we decided to give the small riverside cafe a try on our last night. First, its a very casual dining experience, but we were surprised that they had live music on Saturday night. It was fun listening to music and watching the water rush by us on the river. The food was top notch, the best we had in Durango. It was probably the most affordable restaurant in Durango, great for familes. It didn't break the bank, and the food was top notch. The server was gracious, and we never had to ask for anything. It was a great dinner experience in Durango. It has the best view of the Animas River, and is a true hidden gem in Durango.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Can't beat the location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

This is a seasonal patio restaurant right on the river! The food this year seems to be much better than previous years. My friend and I stopped while bike riding the river trail and had some yummy sandwiches. Good service too!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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