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Image courtesy of: is surrounded by natural beauty that lends to a year-round active lifestyle. So when it comes time to recharge at one of the local restaurants, you have many choices. We compiled a list of the must-see (and eat) restaurants when you are in Salida. Whether you’re looking for simple pizza or a steak, there’s something for everyone in our selection.


How about some Great Pizza and local Microbrew? Amicas Pizza and Brewery has you covered. The top-rated restaurant in Salida offers a family-friendly place to unwind after a hike at affordable prices. Gluten-free options are available, too.

In the mood for something more upscale? Laughing Ladies Restaurant offers high-end dining right here in Salida in a perfect central location. Offering seafood and international dishes, this restaurant is often lauded as the best in the area.

Looking for a family restaurant offering some treats for mom and dad, too? Currents has a stellar happy hour in an approachable environment. Better yet, they are open late for those night owls among us! Serving steaks, seafood and an extensive beer and wine list.

At the intersection of F Street and 3rd Street is Moonlight Pizza and Brewpub, offering, you guessed it: the perianal favorite, pizza and beer. Moonlight offers pizzas and calzones late into the night. You can enjoy the pleasant patio space for those warm summer evenings.

Searching for something different? With a flash of international influence, Shallots offers an eclectic mix menu to the downtown Salida area. Right on the corner of 1st and E Street, Shallots is your go-to for tapas and international cuisine.

Do you wish you could eat more local cuisine? Ploughboy has you covered. Most of their food is sourced within 100 miles of the location, which serves as market and deli. Get your sandwich, breads, and craft soups here on your way home from skiing, hiking or rafting.

Missing something from mom’s kitchen? There’s only one place to go for a slice of cobbler in Salida: Country Bounty Restaurant. A family-friendly place serving up great home cookin’ and desserts to die for, they serve as a great choice for filling food.

If people watching is your thing, the Boathouse Cantina is your spot. Located right on the river, the Boathouse Cantina is the best place to watch fisherman try their luck while you enjoy a cold one with a burger.

If fresh, house-made pasta is missing from your life, you can’t go wrong with 216 Ferraro’s. Open for dinner with daily specials in downtown Salida, this dinner spot is a cozy place to spend an evening with friends over a glass of wine.

With a small but delicious menu, Benson’s Tavern & Beer Garden is a great place to sit on the patio in the warm months along the river and watch the world go by. If a cozy atmosphere with a great pint is on your list of to-dos, make a beeline for Bensons.

Out late and need a small bite to eat before heading home? The Fritz serves sandwiches by day, but once the sun goes down, the tapas are the hot item. This bistro in downtown Salida is located on the corner of Riverside Park – perfect for a last stop after a late afternoon picnic.

Think BBQ is a Midwest-only thing? Think again. River’s Edge serves up some of the best BBQ this side of the continental divide. With ample space for your large party, River’s Edge has a great location overlooking the Arkansas River and live music in the summer. How could that not be good?

In town during a big game a need a place to see the action? Wallbangers Sports Bar & Grill serves up fun times and great burgers with 14 big screen TV’s so you won’t miss any of the action. Open as late as there are customers, Wallbangers is not your average sports bar.

Who would think that a tiny restaurant outside of Salida could have some of the most authentic Italian food around? Grimo’s Italian Restorante has been serving up their special Italian dishes for more than 5 years. Grimo’s is a great place for a romantic date night for two.

To make it easy for you to try one (or all!) of these locations, we have mapped them out in the map below. Hover over the arrow to see the name of the establishment. No matter if you’re passing through Salida or just moved here, there is something in our restaurant scene for everyone. Happy eating!

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