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“Big hype, but not so great” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ore House

Ore House
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Ranked #4 of 190 Restaurants in Durango
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Main Avenue
Transit: Trolley stop located right across the street.
Description: Established in 1972, the Ore House is one of Durango's oldest and finest restaurants. Featuring hand cut USDA certified Black Angus prime and choice steaks, steaks from ranches surrounding southwest Colorado, sustainable seafood, all natural poultry, seasonal local produce, and homemade desserts.
Fairfax, Virginia
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5 reviews
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“Big hype, but not so great”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2010

One of our tour guides recommended the Ore House as a good place for dinner and claimed they had the "best steak in town". However, our experience was very lack-luster. We arrived at the later end of the dinner crowd, so the place was pretty empty by the time we were settled in, yet it took a good 40 minutes for the food to reach our table. We heard good things about the salad bar, but I'm pretty sure my college cafeteria had a better selection, which isn't saying much. All of our steaks were cooked well and the quality of the meat was actually very good (and they do have some local, naturally-raised selections, which I liked), but there was just no seasoning whatsoever. I had a phenomenal steak the next night at Ken and Sue's down the street, and it was much cheaper than what we paid for our mediocre meals here.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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“Three days later I'm still trying to...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2010

Three days later I'm still trying to figure out why this restaurant came so highly recommended. The chicken was undone and the salad bar was sparse. The salad bar consists of lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, bacon bits and croutons, which is decent but on top if the fact that the food was way overpriced, it just made for a more pitiful visit.

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Los Angeles, California
1 review
“A Great Night Out!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2010

The Ore House is just the place for a special, relaxed evening out. The atmosphere is nice and friendly, and the staff very helpful. Our server was great at pacing the delivery of our entrees so we had plenty of time to enjoy our drinks, appetizer, and salad from the well stocked salad bar. Everything we have tried on the menu has been tasty, but they specialize in meats from local ranchers, and the steaks are highly recommended. The wine list also features local growers, which are excellent. Baked potatoes with all the trimmings and a side of vegetables accompany each entree, and the portions are very generous.

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Farmington, New Mexico
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“excellent service and wonderfull food,my choice every time.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2010

I have not had service or food of this quality, any where else in the Four Coners area.
Bridget is our usuall server, she is great about remembering what we like each time visit. The food is always delicious our favorites inclide the crab lega and the mushroom supreme. I challenge you to find anything better.

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Durango, Colorado
1 review
“Great food and delightful atmosphere!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2010

I live in Durango and tried out the Ore House for the first time because of the birthday discount. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very relaxing! Service was top notch with just the right amount of attention.

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