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And, Gunnison’s ONLY RIVER BAR!!Located just 3 miles morth of town on the Gunnison River. East coast Italian Cuisine featuring pasta, seafood, chicken and veal and traditional Italian fare and non traditional daily specials. Creative cocktails and wine list. Dine al fresco style on our covered, heated patio in summer, or a fireside table in winter. Featured on the Travel Channels "Food Paradise"-"Garlic Paradise. A tourists and locals favorite for over 20 years.
$7 - $32
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Drinks
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had a wonderful leisurely dinner. The tortellini commodoro (sp?) Was wonderful especially. They've done a great job with all the extra regulations that the state requires and you get to feel normal again while going out

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Traveling through Gunnison & we were told about this restaurant just north of town with a lovely outdoor dining experience with absolutely fabulous food and warm friendly service. It was a great “find.”

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Made a reservation and it took over an hour to get our order even taken. Extremely unorganized, even with covid issues, was awful. Very overpriced and just okay meal. I’m usually not this negative in reviews but ugh... go elsewhere.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ambiance during the warm months is amazing, backs up to a stream, live music, cabanas to secure for larger groups...and nice servers. The challenge is the food. I’ve been there twice recently and was very disappointed both times. I had the vodka pasta the...first time and the shrimp scampi the second. I love garlic but the scampi stuck with me until the next day, which is just too much. You do need to call ahead to reserve the cabanas, but the live music area is first come, first serve so get there early and enjoy!More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great meal and service. We go there whenever we are in town! They have set up a vast outdoor al fresco dining experience.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like Italian food this is very authentic and very good! We had a party of 3 and sat in the dining room We ordered drinks and an appetizer. Our appetizer came out even before the drinks did. We finished our cheese that we...ordered and then the drinks came. The entrees came out and at that time we ordered another round of drinks and they never made it to the table approx. 30 plus minutes later we told the waitress "Marie" just cancel the drinks and bring us a bill.... She then was not in a big hurry about that either as we watched her squat down and chat with I would guess some friends out on the deck area....She seemed very nonchalant about it and said well the bar has been a bit busy. When she brought our bill out she said "If you want those drinks Ill bring them and you can chug them before you leave" We declined and then left. The place was only seating at half capacity....I'd hate to see how slow things would have been if COVID-19 seating hadn't been in effect.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 14, 2020

The inside portion of Garlic Mike's was full when we arrived without a reservation. We were directed to the first come, first serve area on the bank of the Gunnison River . The setting was beautiful, peaceful, and there was lots of room to separate...tables and seating areas. Our servers (Erica was one of them) looked after us without delay. The Aperol Spritzes were perfect for a warm summer evening and the calamari, Sweet corn chowder, and prime rib were all perfect. We also enjoyed the live music in the peaceful setting. I strongly suggest Garlic Mike's as a place to dine whenever you visit Gunnison.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed August 17, 2020 via mobile

Really liked their Colorado mule. Beef tips were good. Ceaser salad was just ok We liked it. Recommend

Date of visit: August 2020
mikegarlic, Owner at Garlic Mike's Italian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2020

Grazie!! How about that riverside dining?!

Reviewed August 9, 2020 via mobile

Great Italian food! Considering how difficult operating a restaurant is during the pandemic they did an amazing job and the service was excellent. The gnocchi was excellent and the chicken Marsala was very good. The atmosphere was very inviting. I would certainly go there again...the next time we are in Gunnison.More

Date of visit: August 2020
mikegarlic, Owner at Garlic Mike's Italian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2020

life handed us lemons and we made Limoncello! We are glad you appreciated it. We are glad you were happy. Thanks for sharing!

Reviewed August 6, 2020

Your whole family can enjoy this restaurant! They have options for the more outgoing tastes in your household, and for the little picky ones

Date of visit: September 2019
mikegarlic, Owner at Garlic Mike's Italian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2020

Grazie! Thanks for the kind words!

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Response from Patricia S | Reviewed this property |
Highway 135 on way to Crested Butte. About three miles out of Gunnison on right side of road near bridge over the Gunnison River.
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