About El Moro Spirits & Tavern
Capitalizing on Durango, Colorado’s “old West” and Victorian heritage, as well as contemporary culinary trends and techniques, El Moro Spirits and Tavern joined Durango’s family of unique and independently-owned restaurants in mid-July 2013. Dining in Durango Colorado just got more exciting. With no known comparison, El Moro is capitalizing on the region’s growth of entrepreneurial ranches and farms, many of which are organic. We utilize a majority of locally grown and raised ingredients in our menu items. Our menu changes seasonally, and includes specials based on available fresh ingredients.
American, Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
El Moro Spirits & Tavern Ratings and Reviews
We took our son and his girlfriend to th ...
We took our son and his girlfriend to this restaurant for our last night in Durango. They live in Durango, and his girlfriend had been there for lunch, but our son had never been there. We were all happy with our dinners. They had a fairly good selection of vegetarian and vegan choices, as well. The next time we are in Durango to visit our son, we will return to El Moro. The burger looked delicious, made with local beef, and I will definitely try that next time. Our son said it was better than the burgers at another favorite spot of theirs.
I love this restaurant BUT on this night ...
I love this restaurant BUT on this night I had out of town guest and wanted to impress....no chance ...lousy table with staff going back and forth between table and pony wall, 2 feet, the person sitting there had to move her seat, no room at all view of kitchen, just terrible. The waiter was completely over seated and unable to pay attention to detail..I was embarrassed...
This is one of our favorite restaurants. ...
This is one of our favorite restaurants. We have never been disappointed by the food, which has always been great, and the atmosphere is the best. Very high attention to detail, even in the bathrooms. Great food, great atmosphere, and great staff.
We have eaten at El Morro about 4 or 5 t ...
We have eaten at El Morro about 4 or 5 times now. Every time we discover something new and delicious! I had a wonderful beet and apple salad, and my husband had the lamb in a falafel type dish We enjoyed both! Will return soon for new discoveries! The summer cocktail menu has lots of wonderful choices. Great place for dinner in town!!
Consistently excellent - 4th time eating ...
Consistently excellent - 4th time eating at El Moro, never had a bad drink, bad meal or bad service. Our waiter was excellent - restaurant was a little slow and he was a fountain of information on the area and knew when to be there and when to leave us alone. Made excellent
suggestions for dinner.
I love El Moro, but was disappointed tod ...
I love El Moro, but was disappointed today in what I ordered for brunch. The Goonie (crab cake benedict) was such a tiny portion, it was sad. Yes, it came with a side of hash browns, but they were tasteless and not worth eating alone. The problem was, the crab cake was so small and tiny, it's not even worth calling a crab cake. I'll be back, but I'll never order that again.
Great atmosphere and food!
My friend and I had a great time here. They got us in before our reservation and we were there talking for 4 hours. They never hurried us along and when we left at 12:40 am the bar area was still in full swing. The food was great, extensive beer and wine list, very nice staff.
El Moro was a great find. We had a large party of 9 and they accommodated with no problem. The brunch menu had a variety of dishes and the portions were very hearty. The drink menu was extensive and delicious. My only recommendation would be to have crayons for kids! I would absolutely recommend this to anyone!
Very unique atmosphere and menu. Everything was flavorful and the presentation was so nice it made me want to take a picture of it before eating (and I'm not a person who takes food pictures). They really pay attention to detail and the staff all seem invested in making your experience a good one. The prices are surprisingly affordable for the quality. This place is my new favorite in Durango!
Jsut about perfect, but...
Without going into a lot of detail I'll say this- Our server was fantastic and two of the three of us greatly enjoyed our meal. I will also add that El Moro by far, makes the best cocktail in Durango and the ambience of the room is perfect.
I loved it. I ordered shrimp and grits e ...
I loved it. I ordered shrimp and grits expecting it to be similar to something I'd get in New Orleans. It was completely different but pretty good. The Poutine for brunch was outstanding. My husband ordered the Cuban sandwich. Normally I don't like it but this time it was something about which to write home.
Great food and service
We were there on a Monday night so was quiet but the food and service was great. The pork taco's were very good. Limited vegetarian dishes. One complaint is that the wine menu is very limited and they have more selection for by the glass than they do for by the bottle. My son was happy with the beer selections (he is a craft beer nut) but the wine list needs to improve.
This may be advertised as a gastropub, b ...
This may be advertised as a gastropub, but it's much more. Great bar, great food and great service combine for a great experience. The menu has a variety of gourmet sandwiches and entrees along with extensive beer and wine selections.
Dinner in Durango on Halloween is a hit or miss, this was a hit.
Great bone marrow! The pickled onions a nice counterpoint to them.
The scallops were nicely done with an amazing sauce.
The desserts where much larger than expected (ordering three of them may have been a mistake....) but very good. The Swedish Cream was by far the favorite.
El Moro is a fun place to eat; it has a a lovely hip interior, vibrant bar, and a creative menu. The restaurant is not the place to bring your vegetarian friends if they are hungry because options are limited (something that is common in many Durango restaurants). But if you eat meat, fish or fowl, then this place will satisfy you. Some dishes try too hard by bringing too many strong flavors together; try the rabbit terrine, pastrami salmon, or warm brie for new takes on old favorites.
Great food and cocktails
My wife and I returned late from our day sightseeing and most of the restaurants in town had closed up but El Moro was open until 11 pm. Spectacular cocktail menu. I had a Negroni and my wife had an Anana Margarita. Both were excellent. For dinner my wife had the Lamb Kefta Gyro which she said was fine. I had the Seared Scallops. Four nice size scallops on a bed of good stuff such as rice, golden beets, with tastes of lemon and garlic. I am from coastal Virginia but have lived in Colorado for 11 years and I know seafood and this is the best scallop dish I have had west of the Mississippi. The only thing that El Moro fell down on was the dessert I had -- called an ice cream sandwich, but kind of a fancy version. Just didn't care for it -- too frozen and the flavors didn't blend well for me. The service was excellent and the restaurant has a casual but upscale vector with unusual cocktails and entrees.
Reserved in Durango?
Reservations are always advisable in Durango- however, Open Table reservation system must have some glitches- we were called by a Denver restaurant to confirm a party of 4 at the Acorn for someone named Emily(?)..We immediately called El Moro in Durango, and found they did not have us on their list. We reviewed the info and email confirmation in Open Table for "El Moro"-- so, Wow! What's up? Thankfully, we could still make a reservation directly with the restaurant and enjoyed the service, food, atmosphere and our 29th Anniversary!
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