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“Best Italian Restaurant "in this neck of the woods"”

Garlic Mike's Italian Cuisine
Ranked #1 of 51 Restaurants in Gunnison
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $31
Cuisines: American, Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed January 13, 2014

Wow! Were we surprised on our first visit! Located just north of Gunnison in a cute little stand-alone house on the right. In the summer dine inside or out in their backyard on the Gunnison river. Yep! this is "real Italian". The pasta is always al dente, not the way mom used to cook it. Good service, wonderful menu. Garlic Mike Busse Chef and owner has something for everyone, seafood, steaks, chicken.

Check out Garlic Mike's Garlic Fries they are wold famous. Open for lunch and dinner. My favorite is the Brodetto di Pesce, this is a seafood stew with shrimp, scallops, mussels, calamari, & salmon filet, in tomato-garlic broth served over linguine. I live in Florida but travel to Gunnison and Crested Butte frequently. Garlic Mike's is always at the top of our list for dining several times during our stay. Garlic Mike won't disappoint you. I promise.

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Reviewed November 19, 2013

The dishes in this restaurant near the river a couple of miles outside Gunnison taste really Italian.
The place is a bit difficult to find in the dark. It was recommended by the hotel receptionist and we were not disappointed.

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Reviewed November 9, 2013

WOW... and More WOW.. Garlic Mike's is "THE" Best place for Italian food.. Staff member are SUPER, and the FOOD OMG... Be ready to ask for a box to take your leftovers home.. We could not have meet a nicer Owner and Chef... he pours himself into each dish with the Style and creativity.. All I can say is if you have not been to Garlic Mike you are Missing one SUPER time.. We WILL be back..
Shawn and Sarah Rouse

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Reviewed November 5, 2013

My husband and I went to Garlic Mike's on recommendation from the hotel where we stayed. My husband had the lasagna that he said was delicious. Even though it is an Italian restaurant, one of the specials that evening was elk. I had never tasted elk before, but it was absolutely positively delicious. It was the best meal I had while on vacation. Drinks and service was also great.

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2  Thank Jettie070
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Great food; reasonable cost; nice site on the river; a little out of town, but worth the drive.
Probably a good idea to reserve ahead. They seem to get a lot of large groups. So even though the restaurant is very large, they could fill up. They were very crowded when we went, but found room for us anyway. Good food, and "yes" plenty of garlic!

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