Dining in Aspen Snowmass
Aspen offers guests a huge variety of dining options to please everyone’s palate and purse. As a hugely popular destination, booking ahead is strongly suggested, particularly between 7pm and 9pm. During busy periods such as Christmas/New Year and Easter, and for larger groups, this is particularly pertinent advice. Aspen enjoys a relaxed dress code. You may well come across those who are more formally attired but this is certainly not the expectation.
Here are our top recommended Aspen restaurants:
Serving modern Asian fushion cuisine in a chic setting and at reasonable rates. Open for both lunch and dinner. 413 E. Main St. - Tel: (970) 920-9988.
We recommend you make a reservation to sample the superior flavours of French cuisine in an upscale environment. Cache Cache’s menu includes many meat and fish choices, including rotisserie chicken, veal and rack of lamb accompanied by an extensive wine list. This lively bar is open nightly from 5.30pm til 10.30pm.
205 S Mill St. Plaza - Tel: (970) 925-3835
Campo de Fiori:
For genuine Northern Italian cuisine embodying the finest ingredients, head over to Campo di Fiori. Enjoy a glass of Italian wine to accompany your meal, and admire the spectacular mountain views as you relax in Campo di Fiori’s friendly European environs. 205 S Mill St. - Tel: (970) 920-771
A popular venue for locals and guests alike, Kenichi serves innovative contemporary Pan-Asian cuisine, including sushi and salmon. In an elegant atmosphere, Master Chef Kiyomi Sano and executive chef Peter Coyne work hard to ensure their clients enjoy a fabulous culinary experience. Their success is apparent in this classy and lively establishment. 533 E. Hopkins Ave. - Tel: (970) 920-2212
L’Hostaria welcomes its diners with a chic ambiance and deliciously modern Italian cuisine. Offerings include a wide selection of seafood, pastas and meats, along with a phenomenal wine list. Guests can also opt, if they so choose, for the more casual bar menu. 620 E. Hyman Ave. - Tel: (970) 925-9022
Reservations are strongly suggested to secure a table at this delightful restaurant, particularly during high season. Renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa, along with Nobuko Kang, has raised the art of sushi preparation to its highest level, creating masterpieces daily from the freshest and finest ingredients. Matsuhisa exudes urban chic and is deservedly a favourite Aspen destination. 303 E. Main St. Tel: 970-544-6628
Serving lunch, après-ski and dinner daily, Mezzaluna has been an Aspen favourite since 1987. It’s guests are served their choice of delicious Italian food in a lively setting with a contemporary feel. The dining room features over 100 pieces of Italian art to add a delightfully different ambiance to your dining experience. 624 E. Cooper Ave. - Tel: (970) 925-5882
Element 47 at the Little Nell:
A popular, award-winning local venue, Element 47 enjoys spectacular views of Aspen Mountain in a hip, relaxed atmosphere. Element 47 serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and features Rocky Mountain cuisine with a spectacular private wine cellar to enhance your dining pleasure. Little Nell Hotel - Tel: (970) 920-6330
Pine Creek Cookhouse:
For an evening with a difference, embark on a special guided ski adventure by the glow of a miner’s lamp-or enjoy the romance of a sleigh ride- to the Cookhouse. Once there, sit back and take your pick from a creative menu, which includes such treats as Jack Daniels Marinated Caribou, Porcini Dusted Elk, or Wild Alaskan Salmon, alongside vegetarian options. Truly, something for everyone! Located 11 miles outside of Aspen at the end of Castle Creek Road at the base of the Elk Mountain range. 970-925-1044
Serving up a laid-back French country ambiance alongside its fabulous menu and superior service, Rustique is a deservedly popular addition to the Aspen après-ski scene. Featured in Gourmet magazine for it’s “Grandmother cuisine”, Rustique delivers fresh, hearty selections such as venison loin and pot-au-feu alongside self-proclaimed “weird dishes” which change on a regular basis. Its desserts are a local legend, including such wonders as profiteroles with homemade ice cream and chocolate sauce, and a crème brulée to die for! 216 S. Monarch St. Tel: (970) 920-2555.
The Restaurant at the St. Regis Aspen:
Featuring an exhibition kitchen, which offers diners a front row view of creative menu preparation, The Restaurant at St. Regis has an inviting, Mediterranean feel with warm, earthy décor, pine floors and antique furniture and fittings. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily. The menu offers flavoursome and imaginative American food using only the finest fresh ingredients and utilizing seasonal specialities to produce such delights as crab stuffed squash blossom and seared Hudson Valley foie gras, bon ap! St. Regis Resort - Tel: (970) 920-7356.
Owner Walt Harris revived an old Aspen favorite, Syzygy, with a new address on “Restaurant Row.” This famous eatery and nightclub has reinvented itself with state of the art décor and vibe. Favorite food includes the elk tenderloin, vintage beef, wild salmon, yellow-fin tuna, and foie gras.
Enjoy a fine wine, from a choice of over 700, to accompany each course and admire the magnificent views of Aspen Mountain from the Front Room. Alternatively, the Jazz Room features eight cosy booths, which, when enjoyed to the accompaniment of live music, embodies a uniquely urbane atmosphere for the sophisticated diner. 520 E. Hyman Ave. Tel: (970) 925-3700
Centrally located in the heart of Aspen, Wild Fig has the intimate feel of a European brasserie. It’s menu features creative selections from France, Spain, Italy and Greece. 315 E. Hyman Ave. Tel: (970) 925-5160.