· · · · ·

The Colorado town with more restaurants per capita than San Francisco

Every great town has a bragging right or three. But when a town can boast an attribute that rivals one of the world’s best-loved cities, such as San Francisco, then people tend to take notice. Especially when that bragging right involves the culinary scene. San Francisco is a foodie haven, with more amazing restaurants than you can ever hope to squeeze in a lifetime. But can you guess which Colorado town beats the City by the Bay in the number of restaurants per capita?

The answer is: Durango, Colorado!

According to an article in the Durango Herald back in 2012, a reporter actually contacted San Francisco officials and crunched the numbers. The claim turned out to be true. But today? Well, if you take the most recent U.S. Census Bureau statistics, Durango still holds court over having the most restaurants per capita over San Francisco.

Turns out there are 884,363 people living in San Fran, with 4,734 dining establishments. That is one restaurant for every 187 residents. Currently, Durango has 18,465 residents and 187 restaurants… that is one restaurant for every 99 people living in Durango. So the claim has held up all these years!

Here are a few local favorites:

El Moro Tavern

Located in the heart of the action at 945 Main Ave. in Durango, El Moro Tavern has an intriguing history in a hip, modern space. But their menu of delicious seasonal New American fare threatens to overshadow any historical tidbits. We recommend the Caribbean Jerk Lamb Shank.

Fired Up Pizzeria

Wood-fired. Neapolitan. Authentic. This is where great pizza originates in Durango. Located right on Main Ave, they use both local and imported ingredients, ensuring freshness with real Italian flair. The Bianca Prosciutto pizza is a crowd favorite.


Located downtown, also on Main Ave., this is Mexican street food at its finest. They have a good variety of different dishes, but where they really shine is their street tacos. They are small enough so you can order one of each delicious variety.

Pop Sushi

Located at 42 Co Rd, Pop Sushi offers delicious traditional sushi, ramen, and other Asian fusion options with a sophisticated flair. Among their specialty Maki, try the Hot Terrific, with fried jalapenos, cream cheese, and topped with avocado. It never disappoints.


If you are reading this article anywhere other than on A Luxury Travel Blog, then the chances are that this content has been stolen without permission.

Please make a note of the web address above and contact A Luxury Travel Blog to advise them of this issue.

Thank you for your help in combatting content theft.

11th Street Station

Located on the corner of Main Ave and 11th St., this spot is an eclectic collection of food trucks offering scrumptious fare sure to satisfy even the most discerning of tastes. The Backcountry Gourmet food truck is a favorite, dedicated to serving exciting dishes using fresh, local ingredients. Their filet mignon slider is fantastic.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

Did you enjoy this article?

Receive similar content direct to your inbox.


  1. Can’t help wondering how Durango manages to keep all of those restaurants going. Do the town’s folks eat out more than in other places? Or does a lot of the trade come from people passing by?

    1. That’s got to be the dream revenue stream for restaurants. Year found tourists looking to have special meals on vacation.

  2. I expect restaurant marketing gurus are doing plenty of research into Durango searching for its restaurants secrets.

  3. Good to hear that they’ve got great pizza and sushi options. Then again with that many restaurants they should have all the bases covered.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *