Open 5:30, 7 Nights a Week
(970) 871 - 0508
Open 5:30, 7 Nights a Week
(970) 871 - 0508
Locals have a saying, "Come for the winter, stay for the summer!" When Chef Kate is not enjoying her favorite sport, mountain biking, she can be found in the kitchen turning the season's bounty into dishes blessed by the flavor of the sun. Crisp greens, melons, and sweet corn, to name a few, impart a hydrating tone to the summer menu. Premium cuts sourced from local ranches and sustainably harvested seafood are deftly transformed by Kate's culinary team into plates pleasing to the eye and palate. Of course, our kitchen is happy to accommodate gluten free, and vegetarian/vegan dietary preferences.
Our returning friends and family often comment on how long our staff have been with us, how Café Diva feels like home. Our team of career restaurant professionals take pride in sharing hospitality, in making your experience memorable. While we feel elegant surroundings, fine stemware and china pay respect to Kate's effort in the kitchen, we dismiss the stuffy demeanor of fine dining, and engage in a more personal style of service. We hope your enjoyment and experience make you a welcome addition to our family and home.
Our cellar is filled with over 300 selections, sourced from the world's great vineyards. Four sommeliers pair to your taste, meal and budget. Visit our Winelist page.
Dinner is served nightly on our garden patio, which is seated on a first come first served basis. Chef Kate can often be seen pulling herbs for the evening's service from the garden. Afternoon shade is welcome during the warn days of summer.Open seven days a week at 5:30pm, we seat until 9:00pm and close at our guest's pace.
We are open 7 days a week at 5:30pm, and seat until 9:00pm. On Fridays and Saturdays we seat until 9:30pm.
In an effort to eliminate confusion, we do not offer gift certificates online. Online offers are not issued by Café Diva, and may not be honored. We happily issue gift certificates by phone 970.871.0508.
The Café Diva journey began December 1, 1998. Starting as a wine bar serving appetizers, we have evolved into something different. We hope you feel as we do, something special. Dining is more than simply eating and drinking. Rather the perception of flavor, the uniqueness of the moment, the true joy of dining are made by those with whom the moment is shared. Over the past sixteen years we have been honored to share these moments with you and we thank you.
Looking forward, we strive to respect our very special relationship with you, to challenge ourselves to be our best, to make many more special moments.
Café Diva, Steamboat Springs, Colorado . . . Cuisine, Wine and Spirits, Artfully Crafted and Presented.
Chef Kate Van Rensselaer Rench first expressed herself through humble mediums with a BFA in sculpture and ceramics. To help support her art studies she starting her career in the kitchen, flipping burgers at the Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery in Boulder, CO, where she discovered her passion for cooking. She went to the French Culinary Institute, New York City, in February of ’98. After graduating with the Jacques Pepin award in September of the same year, she began her career at Jean-Georges Restaurant (Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s signature, four star restaurant in Manhattan). It was there that Chef Kate first felt her expression completely realized; technically innovative, delicately prepared French-Asian fusion cuisine.
After one year at Jean-Georges, Chef Kate was promoted to Chef de Partie of Garde Manger, where Kate remained for the next two years. Next, she spent two years as the executive chef at Hayday Country Market/ Balduccis in Westport, CT, where she managed a high volume prepared foods department.
Missing the mountains, she found herself back in the serenity of Steamboat Springs, CO, where she became part of Café Diva. After six months cooking here, Kate was offered the Executive Chef position and eventually partnership. Through her fresh, flavorful, seasonally changing menus, Chef Kate has earned top marks nationally with connoisseurs and critics, and most importantly Steamboat locals.
Since expanding the restaurant (we started with four tables), Café Diva has moved to the pinnacle of dining in Colorado, yet remains quaint in its destination, the Northern Rockies. Chef Kate balances her culinary career with her husband, Craig, her two dogs and her maniacal pursuit of mountain sports.