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“Nice atmosphere with solid food and slow service”

Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen
Ranked #15 of 196 Restaurants in Durango
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Southwestern
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen is a contemporary American bistro with a southwestern flair. Fresh salads, creative small plates, artisanal pizzas, and fire-roasted steaks, chicken and seafood are prepared in twin 600+ degree stone hearth ovens in an open kitchen. The Owners have restored the interior of the historic Century Building on Main Avenue, revealing turn-of-the century Carnegie steel support beams, the original maple hardwood floor and decorative tin ceiling tiles, and the original brick wall. These historical elements, along with the expo kitchen, rollup windows, and 35-foot curved bar, create an urban industrial loft setting for a unique Durango dining experience.
Nashville, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
400 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere with solid food and slow service”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

My wife and I went to Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen recently while on vacation in Durango. The restaurant just opened in May 2012. We went on Saturday night and they expected fewer people to show up so the service was slow. The waitress apologized for the slow service. We started with brussels sprouts and they were excellent. I had the flat iron steak for entree. The food was not hot enough. It was warm. The best thing about entree was the twice baked potato. My wife had the butternut squash salad and she enjoyed it. Most of the food is cooked in the stone fired ovens so you get unique flavors to food. The inside of restaurant is very nice and the atmosphere is very party like.

  • Visited December 2012
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33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A bit too pricey”
Reviewed December 18, 2012 via mobile

Been here several times. Go more for atmosphere than food. While food is fine, prices approach fine dining and this is certainly not fine dining. $5.50 for a 16oz bottle of sparkling water....$8.00 for a small dish of Brussels sprouts, $16 for a pizza that while very tasty, was much more crust than ingredients.

1 Thank GourmandDallas
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ChimayoKitchen, Owner at Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to visit Chimayo. As you mention, many people greatly appreciate the decor and atmosphere, and consider us to be a casual take on fine dining, ie high quality, freshly prepared food offered in a classy, yet casual atmosphere. While we don't have the typical white tablecloths found in many fine dining restaurants, we opted for granite tabletops. The ambiance and atmosphere are part of any overall restaurant experience, and this cost is factored into the price. If you compare our prices to others providing similar fare in downtown Durango, you'll find us to be very competitive. By the way, you neglected to mention that the Brussels sprouts also include bacon, cranberries and almonds--all adding to the cost of this dish. They are generally shared by more than one person, and one of our bestselling items, so we will check to ensure we are being consistent with our portions. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your opinion, such feedback helps us continually improve Chimayo to provide the best possible dining experience.
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Surprise, Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Refreshing New Restaurant but pricey drinks”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

We have been there several times for Happy Hour and dinner. The food is unique and very tastey but the wines are too steep for us. The happy hour offerings are scimpy and the HH wine 2nd rate. Overall the price point may be ok for visitors but too much for regulars and retirees.

  • Visited October 2012
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2 Thank murraygirl29
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Durango, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Wow - just what Durango needed”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

Extra class with superb menu - nothing premade - it all happens right as you order. Don't be afraid of the prices, the portions are generous...we had soup, salad and shared a sandwich for under $30. Never knew Rutabaga Soup was so tasty!

Visited November 2012
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“A breath of fresh air for Durango!”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

Chimayo has a very unique menu. Not to big but something for everyone. Ceviche is served in a martini glass, the warm olives and baguette are great apps. The Stone fired pizzas are great, delicious meatballs served on top of cheese polenta. A chicken and date salad that's awesome! There are small plate options and large for those who have a heftier appetite. The bar is very relaxing and the entire restaurant has a comfortable feeling. In the warmer months the glass windows in front open for an open air dining experience.

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