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American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Bar
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Reviewed July 29, 2022 via mobile

The food was delicious. I had the halibut. Hubby had the shrimp etouffee. Service was very good. Everyone was very friendly. I recommend diners arrive early. We're coming back, for sure. This will be a destination for out-of-town guests.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Nick S, Agency / Consultant at Highway 3 Roadhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2022

Thank you for the nice review, jgzach. We try really hard, and it is always appreciated when our guests let us know when we have been successful. We absolutely look forward to having you and friends back with us. If there is a bunch of...More

Reviewed June 10, 2022

First know that this restaurant is now open from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and only in Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Second, it is difficult to find. It is located near HY 3 a few miles South of Durango BEHIND an older strip commercial area...to the East. Third, it takes reservations only for parties of six or more. It is popular, so expect a wait even if you arrive at 4:00 PM. The food is primarily Louisiana seafood. It is known for oysters. But there are several non-seafood items on the menu. I had bar b que beef poor boy with fries for $12.95 which is a bargain in Durango, and it was excellent. The wife had Cajun shrimp with fried okra as an an appitiser. All great. Service also was prompt and friendly. The place was very clean and air conditioned (important as we were having a 95 degree heat wave). I rate this restaurant rather highly, even though it is open only limited hours and days. There is a severe shortage of service labor here in Durango that has caused these limitations, and was not reflected in the food quality or service once seated.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Nick S, Agency / Consultant at Highway 3 Roadhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2022

dolebludger! Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. We know the information you included will be helpful for new visitors. Thank you for including it. And, we are so glad you enjoyed your time with us--and the food. We really look...More

Reviewed April 2, 2022

We visited the Roadhouse Friday night. It was our 2nd visit since we found out about it. I am a Louisiana native living in P.S., Colo. and we all found the food to be excellent and our wait staff was friendly and helpful, even though...it was a busy night. The fried oysters last night were delicious. I'm so glad to have found a restaurant where I can get authentic La. cuisine. Thank you all. We will be back over to Durango as often as we can.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Nick S, Agency / Consultant at Highway 3 Roadhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2022

Goodness, denisemW9577CX. We seem to be having a difficulty with getting notifications from Trip Advisor that we have received a review. Our delayed response was not because we don't care. Regardless, we are super pleased that you enjoyed being with us. Come back again and...More

Reviewed March 16, 2022

Pretty shure they need to address a mold issue!!! I can smell it bad and have Ben around it alot in remodeling homes strong when walking in just to be safe I would have it adressed and taken care of befor it spreads more I...left within 10 minutes.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Nick S, Agency / Consultant at Highway 3 Roadhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2022

O...K... We have no mold. Seriously, if we did, we would immediately address it. Heck, San Juan Basin Health would have a fit. They inspect us regularly. We just really don't know how to take your review since it is obvious BS.

Reviewed January 26, 2022 via mobile

I DO NOT RECOMMEND WHITE SILENCE. I CONDEMN RACISM. #Blacklivesmatter #whitesilenceisconsent #DurangoColorado I am a black woman, and a Sudanese immigrant who never thought she would have to time travel back to the 1960s, when the US was segregated. On January 21, 2022, in this...restaurant, the owner (in front of silent whites) said to me when I walked in, "you can't just walk in here, who are you with?" On my way out, Chuck blew me a kiss, and this indicates to me that he is both misogynistic and a racist! This never happened to all the other whites who walked in the same entrance, with the same goal, waiting for a table. When I called and seeked for an apology, the manager didn't listen and was making excuses for Chuck, the owner. She said, and I quote," We hope you can come by again and clear this up in person. I know Chuck wouldn’t mean to intentionally act that way." Chuck, I hope you enjoy reading, "My Beautiful Colors, a Refugee Story." I gave it to you in hope that you'd lxearn this country we both share and love deserves better service, that which does not turn people away because of the color of their skin. YOU are the hateful version of the color red. Shame on you, appropriating black creation and allowing segregation in 2022. If racism were on the list of reasons why I can't go back, I'd pick it. I hope many will read this and avoid white silence.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Nick S, Marketing at Highway 3 Roadhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 27, 2022

For the two hours you were with us, you were treated with the utmost respect and dignity—the same as we would treat any customer. You even left us a very nice note. Then sometime later you decided that you had been discriminated against. The best...More

Reviewed January 14, 2022

The Friday Catfish special was wonderful (hot, fresh & tasty). The hushpuppies were to die for (crispy & flavorful) & the lamb sliders were excellent! I think I would have preferred the chocolate pecan pie a la mode served warm however. The restaurant is quirky...and a little patchwork but exceptionally clean. The staff was thoughtful, knowledgeable & timely. I would highly recommend this hidden gem!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Nick S, Agency / Consultant at Highway 3 Roadhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2022

Thank you Caterer4u for taking the time to give us such a wonderful review. We agree the pecan pie would be a little better warmed. We'll remind the kitchen of that--thanks. You know, that patchwork design we have going has taken a lot of thought--we...More

Reviewed August 22, 2019 via mobile

Norton’s has catered multiple parties for me - including 3 parties this summer - every event has been a success. I have used them for large cocktail parties, outdoor dinners, and intimate dinner parties. Norton’s food is fabulous, and Chuck is willing to customize beyond...their menu. Tanette and the events team are always on-time for set-up, and their arrangements are beautifully presently. I would highly recommend contacting Chuck and Tanette for any catering needs in and around Durango.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 21, 2019

As Southerners, we are always excited to find good cajun food - especially oysters on the half shell which aren't outrageously expensive! This was excellent food, good service and the value of the catfish special and happy hour oysters made our trip!

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 8, 2018 via mobile

This place is really good! A taste of Louisiana in Colorado! Shrimp Étouffée and Blackened and Fried Mississippi Catfish. The atmosphere is casual and inviting, and we felt at home right away. The menu is filled with southern and New Orleans style dishes including po...boys, gumbo, and oysters. There are also a variety of sliders and fish tacos. I could have used a bit more spice in the etouffe, but it was still good. Nice home cut fries with a dash of cornmeal on them. We will be back for sure.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Nick S, Public Relations Manager at Highway 3 Roadhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time for a review. We're really glad you enjoyed your visit and our food. We hear you on the étouffée. That's one we can never win, you know what I mean :-) Thanks again!

Reviewed April 23, 2018

We were invited by friends to join them at Highway 3 Roadhouse, one of their favorite spots. This was our first time there despite being longtime Durango residents. It's tucked away behind some other buildings on Rte 3 slightly outside of downtown Durango and, we...hear, only open Wed-Fri from 4 to 8. What a great discovery! Beautiful comfortable space, with tables inside and out. Excellent food, New Orleans style. Friendly service. We'll be planning many more visits in the near future. Thank you!More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Nick S, Public Relations Manager at Highway 3 Roadhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2018

Thank you very much for your review. We like to be "secret," but it seems the secret has gotten out. We actually like that a little better :-) Anyway, glad your friends turned you onto Durango's "secret" New Orleans style restaurant. We love getting found!

Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

We love great restaurants, great service and an owner that still gets out and meets his patrons! These combinations simply don’t exist very often anymore and we’d like to keep this place a secret! We love coming to Durango and Hwy 3 Roadhouse just gave...us 3 excellent reasons to come back even more often! And talk about some good “greens”....you guys nailed them!! See ya again soon!More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Nick S, Public Relations Manager at Highway 3 Roadhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2018

Thanks, Shhhhh. Y'all come back soon now, you hear. Thanks for the great words!

Reviewed October 22, 2017

I was really looking forward to this place as it sounded like a cool place with great food. The atmosphere was decent enough, but the food was disappointing. We started with some fried okra, since my wife loves it. The Okra really tasted like it...was out of a frozen bag at the store. Not crispy, no flavor and a bit gooey. We almost returned it, but it was busy, and our waitress was not around when the though came to mind. I got the oyster trilogy and was really bummed, especially for 18.95. The oysters were tiny, and were way overcooked. Again, I probably should have said something, but I didn't... so that's my bad. For dinner, My wife had the shrimp etouffee. She said the shrimp were good, but overall the dish was just OK. I had the catfish platter.. One fried and one blackened. It was again, just OK. The blackened piece was overseasoned (and I like spicy)... and the fried piece was a little soft. Neither piece really had that good catfish flavor, which is sometimes the case with farm raised catfish. I didn't care for the cole slaw, but the fries were pretty good. We also had a couple specialty cocktails (don't t remember what they were) and they were just OK. Overall, just too many negatives, and we probably won't be back.More

Date of visit: September 2017
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Nick S, Public Relations Manager at Highway 3 Roadhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2017

Thank you mtnmanlives for taking the time to let us know where we were falling down. We actually had a whole discussion as to what was going on based on your review. That's why we didn't respond right away. We recently brought on a new...More

Reviewed October 18, 2017

It is so difficult for us with true southern heritage to find great cajun fixins in the mountain mid-west. So, when we do, we feel truly blessed. This establishment's menu offered so many missed meal choices it was a dilemma in making a decision to...place our order! The specials were all tantalizing. After finally making our choices, we were not disappointed. The flavorings and presentation were wonderful. The staff was truly friendly just like what you would expect from a southern hospitality. The restaurant itself was delightful with a fun atmosphere. Would definitely recommend to anyone staying in the area.More

Date of visit: October 2017
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Nick S, Public Relations Manager at Highway 3 Roadhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2017

Wow! We're not sure how to respond to so many really nice things said about us. Obviously, THANK YOU is one. We will continue to do our best to live up to the praise. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feelings.

Reviewed August 16, 2017

I have never had a bad meal here and the weekly specials are wonderful. And the oysters and catfish, pretty much unheard of in Durango, are always fresh. Great atmosphere and authentic New Orleans style food.

Date of visit: May 2017
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Nick S, Public Relations Manager at Highway 3 Roadhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2017

Wow! Thank you for the great review, Cindy. We get it fresh every week.

Reviewed July 11, 2017

Please don't go here. It's too wonderful and we want to keep it to ourselves. This charming roadhouse is tucked away so you'll pass it if you aren't looking for it. Just adds to the overall surprise of a great restaurant with very good food....Love the catfish, oysters and overall vibe. Will be working our way through the menu. This is a small place so would not recommend for large groups, especially those wanting to be seated immediately.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Nick S, Public Relations Manager at Highway 3 Roadhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2017

Oh, my gosh. Read your headline and almost panicked. That quickly turned into a belly laugh. Thank you for the review, Godu. It is much appreciated.

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