For your next dining adventure, why not visit one of Colorado's older restaurants? The Centennial State is home to several restaurants well over 100 years old.

Believe it or not, you'll find many of these restaurants in some of Colorado's smaller towns. Chances are there's one just down the road from you.

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Why Visit a Historic Colorado Restaurant?

According to, "Cities around the world love to promote their new and exciting restaurants, but sometimes it’s the golden oldies that say the most about a place. One of the best ways to learn about America is to get to know its historic restaurants."

Restaurants come and go in the blink of an eye. If a restaurant has been in continuous operation for 100 years, there's probably a reason why.

Qualities That Scream 'Colorado'

Take a look at The Mint in Silverthorne, Colorado. This restaurant originally opened in the small Colorado mining town of Kokomo in 1862. In 1914, it relocated to Silverthorne.

Would you like to lay your eyes on the first liquor license to be issued in Colorado following prohibition? You'll find that on the 2nd floor of the Buckhorn Exchange in Denver. According to The Denver Post, this restaurant has entertained five United States Presidents including Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan.

Criteria For Making This List

Each of these restaurants has been in business in Colorado for at least half a century. While these are not necessarily the oldest in the state, they are among the most iconic.

Can We Afford Them?

While a couple of venues on this list could be considered "exclusive," most are simply restaurants. Looking through their various menus, most of their price ranges could be considered comparable to today's typical chain restaurants.

10 of the Oldest Restaurants in the Great State of Colorado

The next time you visit a restaurant, why not incorporate a little Colorado history into your dining experience. These are some of the oldest restaurants in the great state of Colorado.

Colorado Restaurants Featured on 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives'

Guy Fieri's popular Food Network television show "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" features restaurants from all over the country, including Colorado.

Fieri has raved about several restaurants across the state, giving them exposure on a national platform.

Here are the Colorado restaurants that have been featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives."

START SCROLLING: Small Colorado Towns Known for Big Things

Colorado is full of towns and cities of all sizes. If you're on the front range, you have the majority of big populated cities. Move more towards the east and west, and these towns get smaller and smaller.

Just because some of these towns are populated by very few people, that doesn't mean they are not home to big things.

Let's take a look at these small Colorado towns known for big things.

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