Dining in Aspen
Aspen, Colorado is lucky to have some of the finest restaurants in the nation right here in our quaint little ski town. Complete with a great diversity of Italian, French, Asian and more chances are there is a restaurant to fit what your mood for any given night.
Fine dining on the entirety would be Aspen’s specialty and when locals are looking for a truly exquisite meal with an ambiance to match they head to Pinons. Piñons has been located in downtown Aspen, across from the historic Hotel Jerome, since February 1988 and has been locally owned and operated since then. Expect an experience that is unique yet comfortable and food that is creative yet approachable. Other best of the best includes Matsuhitsa, namesake restaurant of one of the worlds best sushi chefs Nobu Matsuhisa. Not only is this some of the best and most creative sushi you will ever have but possibly the best place to see many of the rich and famous that visit Aspen. With a bar upstairs that provides a lively and fun environment to an elegant dining room downstairs where you feel like you have just walked into New York City, “Matsu” has the vibe you are looking for.
Other not to be missed sushi restaurants are Kenichi and Takah Sushi, both local favorite places to enjoy great food and a great time. Really want to feel special check out the Private “Rock Star” booths and Aspens only Private Tatami room for larger parties at Kenichi. Or join the party on Tuesday nights, for Takah Tuesday complete with live music.
Skied or hiked all day and ready for something to keep you going tomorrow. Try one of Aspen’s Italian restaurants. Two of the most popular would be La Hostaria, where authentic Italian cuisine is prepared and served with loving attention to detail. Owned by local Tiziano who has both a passion for gourmet Italian cuisine and the patience for the time consuming old fashion cooking techniques it takes to make it right. The other most popular Italian restaurant would be Campo De Fiori, located in the heart of town on restaurant row, Campo uses the freshest ingredients to create superlative Italian cuisine. If you are here in the summer be sure to enjoy your meal on the lovely sunken patio.
A newer addition to the restaurant scene with exquisitely prepared seafood, locally sourced beef, lamb and pork and house made pastas and breads. Ellina carefully select produce from the best of what local farmer purveyors have to offer and serves them to you.
In the mood for some seafood, check out Pacifica with a hip scene, carefree, and a vibe that is full of life and right in the heart of Aspen’s action. It’s one of Aspen’s “don’t miss” for great food and good company. Pacifica has a great selection of seafood entrees and an inviting raw bar.
In 2001, John Mariani of Esquire Magazine named Rustique Bistro one of America’s Best New Restaurants, something Aspenites already knew. With what may possibly the best value in town for authentic country French cooking with food full of robust flavors and hearty portions Rustique and a great dining experience.
In the mood for some classic hearty mountain food stop into one of Aspen’s oldest establishments Little Annie’s. Little Annie was the daughter of a silver miner who came to Aspen in the late 1870’s in search of fortune. With all her charm, Little Annie became the darling of the town, and the largest silver producing mine on the back side of Aspen Mountain was named after her. The character runs deep in this cozy establishment and the food will get you fueled for your next days Aspen Adventure.
Aspen also has a few really extraordinary dining experiences, deep in the mountains with original food and ways of getting there. Pine Creek Cookhouse in Ashcroft is set out deep in the mountains with only the moon and stars to guide you as you cross country ski or ride a horse drawn sleigh though pine and aspen trees to a rustic cabin for a dinner featuring Buffalo, North American Elk, Venison, and line caught fresh fish. Another unique experience that will provide a lifetime of memories as Krabloonik, where a team of sled dogs will take you on an exciting trip through the pristine Snowmass/Aspen wilderness on your way to dinner. Each sled, which can carry two adults and a small child, is pulled by 10 Alaskan sled dogs and guided by an experienced musher. The restaurant is housed in a rustic log cabin, set in the spectacular Snowmass mountains with magnificent views of Mt. Daly and Capitol Peak. The Krabloonik menu features exquisitely-prepared wild game and fresh seafood. Choose from such exotic and memorable dishes as elk, pheasant, wild boar, buffalo ribeye, fresh mountain trout and caribou.
This is only a few of the wonderful places Aspen has to choose from for a wonderful meal in settings that will stay with you long after you head back home.