Exceptional Casual Dining

Largest Martini List on the Western Slope

Catering & Event Planning


Open Monday thru Saturday

Monday – Friday:  Business Lunch 11am – 2:30pm

Monday – Friday:  Happy Hour 4pm – 6pm

Monday – Saturday: Dinner beginning at 5pm

Closed Sundays until further notice

Miner’s Claim awarded 5-Star Rating by Tripadvisor in 2020

Christian (owner) landed in Aspen after graduating culinary school with multiple degrees in 1995. Between trying to act like a ski bum and blowing money he was able to get his foot in the door at the legendary Pine Creek Cookhouse. This Aspen restaurant which is located deep in the mountains was a perfect hide away for celebrities from all over the world.

Christian had the pleasure of being part of evenings with countless celebrities but some of his all time favorites were Kate Hudson, Kurt Russel, Goldie Hawn,  Ivana Trump and Jeff Gordon, not too mention a couple crazy “drunken clouded” encounters with Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Christian even rubbed elbows while drinking a beer with Robert Palmer and Don Henley but his all time “weak in the knees” favorite was a private lunch with Mic Jagger.

In June of 1997, Christian made an offer on a 3 bedroom 2 bath commercially zoned little cabin in downtown Silt.  That cabin is now Miner’s Claim!

In June of 1997 while sitting on a rock in the middle of the Roaring Fork River trying to recover from the prior evening’s antics,  Christian decided to make an offer on a 3-bedroom, 2-bath commercially zoned little cabin in downtown Silt.   All of his friends/co-workers thought that he was either drinking too much “Brown Kool-Aid” or just plain stupid. However, the offer was accepted and construction started in July of 1997.

Christian called up his father who came out for about 6 months out of the 2 years of construction to help build the vision. Christian’s Dad is truly an artistic magician, he made all of Christian’s designs come to life and actually look good. Christian locally sourced all of the wood used in the fabrication of the structure you see in the restaurant today. Together they used over 450 lbs of rusted corrugated tin, 2000 lbs of granite, 3500 lbs of solid beams and 3000 lbs of antique bricks from Aspen. The plan included a 2200 sq ft patio which is  comprised of 3 dining areas and includes a unique one of a kind granite street side fire pit.

The menu is a joint effort between Christian and the award winning head chef, Chef Oscar 

Since the beginning and still to this day you will find Head Chef Oscar who orchestrates the daily kitchen activities. The menu is a joint effort between Christian and the award winning head chef. Chef Oscar focuses on consistency and truly a unique continentally inspired menu with different price points that can accommodate any budget. Oscar has been a major contributor to the success of the restaurant and was named “Best Chef” in the Post Independent Local’s Choice 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021. Our Dining Room Manager Janelle, who has been part of the team since 2008, ensures that our bar & dining room staff are knowledgeable, trained and happy to serve our continentally inspire cuisine with a smile.

Oscar has been a major contributor to the success of the restaurant and was named “Best Chef” in the Post Independent Local’s Choice 2017, 2019, 2020 & 2021.  

The award-winning little machine of an indoor/outdoor bar in 2021 pumped out a staggering 20,946 Martinis and almost 10,000 Margaritas focusing on unique, authentic recipes utilizing only hand squeezed juices. With the best Polynesian Mai Tai in the Valley and truly a surprising wine list the Miner’s Claim’s 24 page “Liquid” cocktail menu is the largest, most extensive in the state of Colorado.

It has been over a 25-year project and we thank each and every one who has made it possible.

Cheers to another 25+!

Thank you… Christian & Staff

Cheers to Another 20+1!



740 Main Street, Silt, CO 81652, USA


(970) 876-5372

Open Monday Thru Saturday

Monday – Friday: Business Lunch 11am – 2:30pm
Monday – Friday: Happy Hour 4pm – 6pm
Monday – Saturday: Dinner beginning at 5pm

Closed Sundays until further notice

Use for messages and catering inquiries only. For Reservations or Orders, please call (970) 876-5372



  • Healthy Team Members – Undergo daily temperature checks
  • Clean Restaurants – Tables are disinfected after each visit
  • Social Distancing – Layouts reconfigured in accordance with local guidance
  • Protective Equipment– Masks worn by every team member
  • Frequent Hand-washing  – Hand sanitizers available in lobby


  • Make Reservations – from the comfort of your home
  • Do Not Congregate – in common areas
  • Allow Fellow Guests Their Space  – at least six feet
  • Wear a Mask – when away from your table