Owner Alison Dance loves good food, good wines, and good music. Dandelion Cafe is a joyous expression of all three, bursting with flavors and, in the summer, the sound of a patio jazz trio.
"Mediterranean country cooking" is how Alison describes the seasonal menus she and her staff design - simple, healthy, and tasty. Dandelion Cafe uses local organic produce and meats, and sustainably harvested seafood to create meals that are as delicious as they are beautiful. Her meals fuse the best of Italian, Greek, North African, and Southwest American flavors.
A native Coloradoan, Alison has been in the restaurant business since she was 11 years old, opening her first pizzeria and art gallery in the Lower Haight of San Francisco when she was just 23. It was an artistic and commercial success until the early 80's when Alison moved on to Asimakopoulos Cafe, a Greek restaurant located on sunny Potrero Hill. She started as a dining room manager there and soon became an owner and executive chef.
Alison guided the Cafe to new heights, winning numerous awards and credentials for excellence while honing her skills working with chefs from around the Mediterranean Sea. Two awards stand out for Alison: San Francisco's Focus Magazine's Best Greek Restaurant and an award from Bill Moyer's for Companies that Care. Alison returned to Durango (she had attended Fort Lewis College) to open the Cyprus Cafe in 1996.
Whether you choose to dine at the restaurant or drop in to listen to live Jazz on a warm summer evening, or have Alison design and cater your special party, you'll have a great meal - and a great experience - at the Dandelion Café.
This is one of the highest quality restaurants in Durango: it has charm, class, cleanliness...and the cuisine is unusual (to me) and EXCELLENT quality! I made dinner reservations for later in the week before my lunch was even complete!
This is our favorite restaurant in Durango and we always seat ourselves in the large outdoor covered area. Food always tastes great and came with an attractive presentation. Was the Cyprus Cafe, but the transition to Dandelion was smooth with similar menu choices.
Quaint little cafe. Excellent and attentive service, delicious food including interesting and affordable specials. A gem.