This is one of Jackson Hole’s most unique dining experiences — after all, you’ll be dining at 9,095 feet after a breathtaking ride up the Bridger Gondola. As a member of 1% for the Planet, Couloir follows an eco-friendly mission and sources a majority of ingredients from regional farmers and ranchers. The menus are designed seasonally to enhance these local flavors, with the locavore pasta being one of the local favorites. In October, Executive Chef Wes Hamilton was invited to showcase the amazing flavors of Teton Valley in the internationally acclaimed James Beard House in New York City, a great honor in the culinary community. If you’d like to experience a taste of Jackson Hole, head to the top of the Bridger Gondola this summer for an evening you won’t forget. Be sure to check the website for private event or weather closures. Reservations recommended on opentable.com or by calling 307.739.2675.
As the sun sets, FIGS becomes the perfect place to land after returning from a day out enjoying Jackson Hole, or a launching point for an evening out on the town. Located in the Hotel Jackson, FIGS offers a warm and intimate escape in the heart of the Town Square. The vibrant bar and restaurant features a two-story fireplace with an Aspen leaf canopy floating overhead, perfect for enjoying a drink or dinner. The Mediterranean-influenced menu focuses on shared plates and features seasonal ingredients from the closest available local and regional sources. Don’t miss the shared hummus plate for a post-hike snack or the gourmet chef-prepared duck breast with blueberry-ginger sauce, asparagus and wild mushroom risotto for a more formal sit-down affair. Artisanal cocktails, paired wine and an exceptional dining experience are what you can expect at FIGS.
Nestled hillside at Hotel Terra in Teton Village, Osteria is a little piece of Italy in western Wyoming. The restaurant’s rustic, European feel encourages you to enjoy a multicourse menu. You will leave having had an experience, not just a meal. The pizza oven fires perfect pies in unique combinations, and the menu offers a great selection of shared starters, fresh pastas and seasonal salads. Sit at the salumi bar and nosh on plates of house-made sausage, salumi and imported cheese while you watch the pizzaiolo acrobatics. No matter the seat, the friendly, knowledgeable staff offers a first-rate experience. Osteria is located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and its authentic Italian dishes will transport you to Europe without leaving the comfort of your table. During summer, settle in for a bite and a glass of wine on the mountainside outdoor deck.
Local is a modern American steakhouse and bar located on Jackson’s historic Town Square. The menu features both classic and specialty cuts of locally ranched meats and game in addition to fresh seafood, house-ground burgers and seasonally inspired eats. Owned and operated by chefs Will Bradof and Paul Wireman of Trio: An American Bistro, Local showcases their enthusiasm for reviving the craft of in-house butchery, with a focus on dry-aged steaks and house-made sausages. Much of the beef comes from the Lockhart Cattle Company, whose grass-fed cows never leave the valley. Local offers a casual and vibrant bar atmosphere with 12 regional beers on draft as well as a relaxed dining room with a contemporary Western design. Local is the perfect spot to grab a burger for lunch or to have drinks and dinner with friends while you sit and watch the action on the Town Square.
For all those sushi snobs out there who think you can’t get good sushi in the mountains, here are two words that will prove you wrong: Nikai Sushi. This downtown hot spot is hard to get a table at for many good reasons, not the least of which is their exceptional sushi, voted Best Sushi in Jackson seven years running. The fish is flown in fresh daily from all over the world, and what they do with it will rival anything you’ve ever had. In addition to sushi, Nikai offers fish and game options, such as roasted Canadian wapiti elk chop and braised baby back wild boar ribs. The contemporary yet casual atmosphere is also a perfect spot to enjoy one of their signature cocktails. Reserve a booth, or try to grab a spot at the sushi bar for a front-row seat, and watch them roll their specialties. An award-winning wine list, sake list and extensive cocktail selection complement the menu.
Celebrating over 20 years on the Town Square, the Snake River Grill is still the locals’ favorite go-to place. Whether you’re at the intimate bar, which features 300 wines and a signature cocktail list, or in the rustic-elegant dining room, it
is a “must” for visitors who want at least one amazing meal while in Jackson. Its James Beard-nominated chef keeps things fresh, simple and seasonal. The menu is varied and always offers something unique, even for a seasoned foodie (think exotic mushrooms, green chickpeas or artisanal hams). While there are standard favorites (potato pancake with smoked salmon, steak tartare pizza), the Snake River Grill is constantly evolving with frequent menu changes and nightly specials, preventing regular diners from ever getting bored. Just make sure to save room for the dark-chocolate Eskimo Bars, featured on the Food Network.
Tucked away in the Aspens, Sudachi celebrates the best flavors and qualities of Japanese cuisine, driven by the desire to provide a world-class sushi experience in our small mountain town. Focusing on freshness and sustainability, Sudachi has created dishes, cocktails and an environment that honor this passion. To accomplish this goal, they have created two restaurants in one. Tuesdays through Fridays are “Sosaku,” or creative sushi nights, with a focus on sashimi, nigiri and creative kitchen specials. Saturdays through Mondays are “Izakaya,” or informal Japanese dining nights, with the emphasis on drinks and shared small plates. Both styles have something for everyone. Specialty cocktails and an evolving sake and wine menu complement the meal perfectly.
Stop in for lunch or dinner at Teton Pines this summer and you’ll find a lovely oasis away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Just a few miles away from both Jackson and Teton Village, Teton Pines offers delicious lunches on its covered patio overlooking the golf course. The lunch menu will tempt you with favorites like the Asian chicken salad, beef tenderloin sliders and the walleye fish tacos. Dinner is equally as wonderful with fresh fish, steaks, fresh pasta and its signature dessert, Coffee and Donuts. Enjoy an evening on the heated, candlelit deck with a fantastic bottle of wine from Angie’s impressive wine cellar. The Pines is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the food, attentive service and lovely atmosphere are second to none. Head in for a round of golf and stay for the best lunch and dinner in Jackson! Ladies’ night is every Thursday with half off all beverages for the ladies.
Situated in a historic home downtown, The Blue Lion has been popular with locals since 1978. Ask people what their favorite meal is in town, and you will often hear The Blue Lion’s roasted rack of lamb. This dish keeps patrons coming back: New Zealand lamb is rubbed with Dijon mustard, seasoned with breadcrumbs, baked and served sliced with a peppercorn-rosemary cream sauce and jalapeño-mint sauce, enjoyed in the relaxing ambiance of a refurbished older historic home. But you’re encouraged to sample from the array of other items, including fresh fish, game and all-natural steaks. Vegan and gluten-free entrées are also available. Save room for one of The Blue Lion’s desserts: mud pie, tiramisu, Russian cream or one of the nightly dessert specials. If you dine before 6 p.m., get 20 percent off when you mention you read about the discount in Dishing. Enjoy live acoustic guitar music most nights. Reservations are recommended.
This subterranean speakeasy atmosphere at The White Buffalo Club allows you a discrete and cozy glass of wine while nestled in one of the popular corner booths. Sixteen dining tables surround a luminescent bar where you may whet your whistle with anything from a locally brewed cold beer to an excellently executed whiskey sour. The White Buffalo Club also boasts 1,100 bottles of vintage wines, top two percent USDA Prime steaks and progressively prepared salads, seafood and family-style sides. The USDA Prime steaks are 28-day wet-aged and butchered in-house, and dry-aged steak specials appear frequently. The dinner menu features only the freshest seasonal ingredients and changes throughout the year.
The Wyoming tradition of vast ranches and farms inspires Executive Chef Michael Goralski and his culinary team. Westbank Grill is a great place to enjoy farm-fresh favorites from regional sources. Enjoy views of Rendezvous Mountain while indulging in a plate of house-made charcuterie and local cheeses. It may be difficult to not fill up on the freshly baked bread selection, but with an array of seasonal sides to accompany the entrées, go ahead and try. From dry-aged steaks to Idaho golden trout, expect an exceptional meal and experience. The house-made desserts by Executive Pastry Chef Rhonda Ashton and her team are not to be missed. Starting in June, stop by on Sundays for its bloody mary and Benedicts brunch offering for a taste of local indulgence.