Historic Restaurants

Published Feb. 11, 2023

You may know us for our unbeatable high alpine terrain, awesome après scene, or our everlasting spring skiing. But did you know that if you stop in town and pop into one of our local restaurants, you may be sitting in one of the oldest buildings in Colorado? Breck is filled with history from the mining era that has been preserved through the years by the locals who transformed these old buildings into amazing eateries with tastes as rich as the history itself!

Briar Rose on Lincoln Restaurant in town Breck

Named after the old Briar Rose Mine on Peak 10, which began operation in the late 19th century, the restaurant operated as a boarding house serving meals to tired miners. The historic back-bar gives customers a sense of Briar Rose’s Old West history, while a gourmet menu has a taste for every century.

The saloon is not only the oldest bar in Breckenridge, but one of the oldest bars west of the Mississippi River! Established in 1879 to serve the local mining community, the Gold Pan offered drinks to customers arriving on horseback up until 1960 — and was the scene of the last shootout in Breckenridge in 1965. Today you can still find good drinks, good times and wild west vibes at Gold Pan.

The Hearthstone building has stood for over 135 years, originally built as a Victorian home in the heart of Breckenridge. But, since the 1980’s it has been a locals' favorite for farm fresh food. Originally the home of the Kaiser family, Hearthstone is filled with Victorian-era charm and an unbeatable view of the Ten Mile Range.

Located in a 138-year-old mining cabin in Breckenridge’s prized Historic District, Tin Plate is an upscale artisan pizza restaurant. Originally the home to Tom Groves, the town’s gold assayer in 1887. Tin Plate is where Colorado’s largest gold nugget, eloquently named “Tom’s Baby”, was cleaned and weighed at 13.5 pounds. 

Twist is found in Breckenridge's downtown historic district in a building originally constructed in 1881 as the office for the Summit County Leader, the original local newspaper. The building stood as originally built until the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, which turned the structure into the beautiful restaurant it is today, offering a locally sourced seasonal menu that is constantly evolving.

From the 19th to the 21st century, Breck is filled with stories, good times, and good eats. Check out our historic town for most delicious history lesson you’ll ever find.