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Once Upon a Sandwich

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7 W Main St, Cortez, CO 81321-3133
970 565 8292
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Tue 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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136 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stooped in with at group of 11 and the staff handled us like pros. Great selection of sandwiches and a whole lot more. Cold PBR and Stella on tap - does it get any better? One of the few places open on Sunday and it's right downtown. Theater is next door, grab a show too. Have fun and enjoy!

Thank GunnerAZ
Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at once upon a sandwich just after 11 and were served immediately. The menu was broad, but we all four of us ordered the specials.....clam chowder,steak and vegetable soup, chicken sandwiches. Everything was served with a smile, quickly and the food was excellent quality. If you are in Cortez this is good value and strong quality.

Thank robert H
Taos, New Mexico
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58 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pan-fried trout over rice with salad. Very tasty. Cooked properly. Good service. Clean toilet. Narrow old storefront behind a bar in old downtown. Free street parking. I would definitely come again.

Thank JimLud
Cortez, Colorado
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73 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

A friend and I ate lunch here this past week. His salad was fine but the steak sandwich I ordered was tough as leather and returned it. Waitress was very accommodating and substituted a burger which was fine as well as reduced the bill. Because of her positive action I would return again.

Thank tornillo2015
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

On our way to Mesa Verde we stopped here for lunch. Two of us got the Navajo Tacos which I had never heard of before. When I first saw the plate I wasn't too sure about the sauce, but this was delicious. Not like any taco I have had before. You eat it with a fork not your fingers. My... More 

Thank Linda G
Fredericksburg, Texas
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319 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

Apparently this place changes after 7 PM from a great lunch sandwich shop to a loud noisy karaoke We arrive a couple of minutes after 7 and found the menu changed to a very limited choice of sandwiches. The staff was heavily involved in setting up the karaoke and really did not seem to appreciate our business, acted as though... More 

Thank TXRVer09
New Mexico
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89 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

I'm a sucker for sandwiches, so I ate here twice during my week in Cortez. They have hot pastrami on rye, by god. If you like a sandwich--and a full bar, although I only had lunch here--this is the spot. I would eat here most days, probably, if I lived in Cortez. They also have soups, salads, mexican fare and... More 

Thank GhengisWan
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016

I had it really been and a beer, and my wife special ordered something with chicken and avocados. It could not have been better! I can't wait to go back.

Thank Steve D
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

My mom and I stopped by here on the way to Mesa Verde. We got there a couple minutes after closing. I was in the process of googling somewhere else when a guy opened the door and kindly insisted we come on in and order. I got the turkey and chili panini and my mom got the homemade sloppy joe.... More 

Thank salowi
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38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

Great sandwiches with a lot of variety. Food really is exceptional across the board and service is great. Very clean.

Thank lukqbwr4

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Soups, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 W Main St, Cortez, CO 81321-3133
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Cortez
  • Phone Number: 970 565 8292

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?