9 Farm-to-Table Restaurants to Visit in Grand Junction, CO

In Grand Junction, you'll find a variety of restaurants making meals with locally grown ingredients. There are classic, family-owned spots with unique menus you won’t find anywhere else.

You may have heard of the Western Slope’s famous Palisade peaches, but that’s not all this fertile valley has to offer. There’s everything from fruits and vegetables to herbs and wine, and the best way to taste these local foods firsthand is at one of Grand Junction’s many farm-to-table restaurants. You’ll find a variety of restaurants making meals with local beef and ingredients from personal and community gardens, as well as locally made ice cream and craft beer. There are classic, family-owned spots as well as unique menus you won’t find anywhere else.

Hungry yet? Here are nine farm-to-table restaurants to try on your next trip to Grand Junction, Colorado.

1. il Bistro Italiano

 
 
 
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Located in the heart of downtown Grand Junction right on Main Street, il Bistro Italiano creates fresh meals using local ingredients and handmade pasta. The menu changes regularly based on what ingredients are in season and generally incorporates traditional family recipes from Northern Italy. Brunella and her husband, Ron, have worked hard to establish relationships with local farmers and ranchers, and the wine list includes options from both Italy and Colorado.

What to Try : Lasagna or the rosetta, their signature pasta dish.

2. Le Rouge Restaurant and Bar

 

 
 
 
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Le Rouge French Restaurant and Bar is a fun option for relaxing with a glass of fine wine and listening to live music. The focus here is on modern French-American fare and using local ingredients in everything from their homemade sangria to salads and entrees. The owners work with local growers and have a garden at Amy’s Courtyard in nearby Palisade.

 

What to Try : The freshest meal will be the daily special, but the pork chops can’t be beat.

3. Café Sol

 
 
 
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Preparing nutritious meals from scratch daily, Café Sol prides itself on serving up healthy, seasonal dishes, as well as tasty gluten-free items. Produce comes from local farmers, wines are from Palisade, bread is made in a local bakery, beverages come from around the state, and the owners grow their own herbs. The café is also known to be highly accommodating for customers with allergies or food sensitivities. Besides wonderful food, Café Sol is committed to environmental practices by recycling, composting, and using cloth napkins.

What to Try : Open for breakfast and lunch, try a loaded breakfast burrito or club panini.

4. 626 on Rood

 
 
 
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626 on Rood is home to one of the best outdoor patios on the Western Slope and incorporates local beef and ingredients from the chef’s personal garden and the Palisade Community Garden into their seasonal menu. Chef Theo Otte, a well-respected member of the culinary scene in Grand Junction, blends flavors from Southern Europe, Latin American, and Asia to create delicious, modern meals. Including a variety of plant-based and meat options, there’s something for every palate here. 626 on Rood also offers an extensive list of wines, cocktails, beers, and spirits.

What to Try : Start the night with a wine flight and then grab a black bean burger with their signature voodoo sauce and fries.

5. The Winery Restaurant

 
 
 
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The Winery Restaurant is one of the more unique settings in town, situated in a 100-year-old restored building that was once a fire station with horse-drawn fire wagons. With stained glass windows, a wood and brick interior, and a gas lamp, vine-lined alleyway, it’s the perfect spot for a romantic night out. Many ingredients come from local providers, and everything else comes from small producers around the country for the highest quality food, ranging from seafood to chicken and pork to stuffed red bell peppers.

What to Try : The Whitefield mushrooms in garlic butter are a must-try appetizer and the all-natural lamb chops will melt in your mouth.

6. Spoons Bistro & Bakery

 
 
 
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If your favorite way to finish off a meal is with a scoop of handmade ice cream, then head to Spoons Bistro & Bakery. They’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and incorporate local ingredients into their meals as much as possible. Everything is made in-house and profits support HopeWest, a nonprofit hospice that has been working in the community for more than 25 years with a mission of changing the way the community views aging, serious illness, and grief.

What to Try : Biscuits and gravy for breakfast; a pear, goat cheese, and pecan chef salad for lunch, or braised short ribs with local Blue Oyster mushrooms for dinner. (Don’t forget a scoop of the famous Enstrom Toffee ice cream for dessert!)

7. BIN 707 FoodBar

 
 
 
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With a philosophy of “local first, Colorado second, domestic third,” BIN 707 FoodBar has been serving responsibly sourced meals since 2011. Offering lunch and dinner seven days a week, locals have come to appreciate their unique take on food with dishes like elk tartare and pommes darphin, a potato waffle with striped bass “lox” and sheep yogurt. Pair your meal with a local beer or an innovative cocktail for a dining experience you won’t forget.

What to Try : Bite into a Bin Burger, made with Colorado beef and white cheddar, or Colorado wagyu bavette (steak frites).

8. Rockslide Restaurant & Brewery

 
 
 
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A local mainstay for more than 25 years, Rockslide Restaurant & Brewery is a local favorite for a cold pint and hanging out on one of their two patios on a hot summer day. Like many spots on this list, Rockslide is locally owned and operated and partners with local producers as much as possible.

What to Try : A cold seasonal microbrew and salmon fish and chips or a bison burger with fries or sweet potato wedges.

9. Tacoparty

 
 
 
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It wasn’t enough for Western Slope local Josh Niernberg to have one restaurant (BIN 707) in town, so he decided to open another called Tacoparty. But this isn’t your typical restaurant—Taco Party has a rotating menu featuring six appetizers and six artisan tacos at a time. Using seasonal local ingredients, the tacos change weekly, if not sooner. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for current offerings. Rumor has it, they have the best soft serve around.

Written by Abbie Mood for Matcha in partnership with City of Grand Junction.