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Our philosophy 


The Boathouse is a Salida Restaurant located on the Arkansas River. Our staff believe in the importance of taking care of our planet. We are continuously making improvements to make our corner a better place. We use primarily sustainable food products that are organic in nature and locally sourced when possible.  Making 98 % of our products from scratch! Our products include:

  •      Colorado raised Redbird chicken - hormone and steroid free,

  •      Colorado free range bison - hormone and steroid free,

  •      Colorado raised grass-fed Aspen ridge burgers - hormone and steroid free, 

  •      Organic produce as well as local Colorado produce.

  •    The most sustainable fisheries in the world that are MSC certified from Portico and Seattle                    Fish CO., who is partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's seafood watch program.     

  •      Eco-friendly products that are 100% post-consumer recyclable. No straws, Styrofoam, or single

            use plastics!

Not only do we strive to do our part in taking care of this planet, we also happily give back to our local community through our charitable donations and volunteer work, primarily with the Salida School systems, Guidstone, GARNA, Central Colorado Conservancy and our partnership with Salida Mountain Trails.


We also believe in taking care of ourselves! Remember, we eat here too!  That's why you will see things like pink Himalayan sea salt and organic ketchup on your tables, and why we are always looking for better products! 

About us

Since 2007

Proud owners Ray and Penny Kitson have lived in Salida for over 30 years. They have owned many businesses over the years but Boathouse is their pride and joy! 

"We strive for perfection daily when it comes to food and service. We love our restaurant and we love our town!"

Image of the Owner of the Boathouse Cantina Restaurant

Meet our People!

We love where we live and work and our employees are the best around! You will not find a better crew than at the Boathouse. We all love our families, the outdoors, and the beauty that surrounds us. Come in and enjoy it with us!

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