Sow’s Ear Dinner and Libations, Purgatory CO

The Sow’s Ear Restaurant, established in 1986, is located in the Silverpick Lodge along US HWY 550 24 miles north of Durango at Purgatory Resort.   Chef Ben Kein, a Maine Native and world traveler, specializes in what he terms  “Refined Rustic” cuisine.  That’s short hand for local, seasonal, foraged and prepared in house. What Grandma made but with a wider variety of ingredients prepared for your 21st century pallet and lifestyle.  In addition to our set menus he is pleased to offer seasonal and celebratory weekly Specialty Menus.  “You’re gonna love ‘em!”

By tradition the home of the  “Best Steaks on the Mountain”,  the chefs also offer popular small plates in addition to homemade breads, soups, and desserts.  Our Specialty Menus feature entrees, small plates, superfood salads and flat breads as well as wine and drink offerings including mountain tested cocktails and superfood smoothies.

Nestled between the Hermosa Cliffs and the Twilight Peaks, the Sow’s Ear is the longest running restaurant on the mountain.  The dining room is pretty nice as well! Intimate yet airy and well appointed.  With four massive windows overlooking the wilderness, there’s not a bad seat in the house. Come join us at the Sow’s Ear Restaurant for dinner and libations and a most pleasant dining experience in the heart of the San Juans.

We are open from Wednesday thru Sunday from 4 pm-9 pm.   Please call us and let us know you are coming.  We’re up and operating and will be hosting private parties in April. We’ll open to the general public around the 1st of June.

48475 US Highway 550 • Purgatory, CO 81301
At the Silverpick Lodge – just south of Purgatory Resort
970 247 3527


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Weddings & Events

durango wedding venuThe Sow’s Ear is known for its “Refined Rustic” mountain cuisine, exceptional weddings, and stunning location amongst the San Juan Mountains just one mile south of Purgatoty Resort.  Guests rave about our food, and couples have found that booking the Silverpick Lodge offers the added benefit of housing wedding guests on site.  With so many activities and beauty just 20 miles north of Durango, the Sow’s Ear and Silverpick Lodge maximizes your party’s time for enjoyment while providing a more intimate setting for all.