Beyond Steak: Colorado mountain dining
Collected by Joshua Berman, AFAR Local Expert
With new chefs on the scene, mountain cuisine grows more and more eclectic. Here, a selection of places to eat in the high country.
310 Main St, Frisco, CO 80443, USA
Vinny's is a wine bar and American bistro located on quaint Main Street in Frisco, Colo. It's staffed by classically trained chefs, as well as servers who know their wine and food and can help you have one of the best culinary experiences in ...
2037, 685 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
When I worked at Food & Wine Magazine, my colleagues and I would religiously hit Ajax Tavern as soon as we descended upon town for the annual Food & Wine Classic event. The draw: Ajax's addictive truffle fries. There are times where I...
Cloud Nine, Colorado 81611, USA
Just off the Cloud Nine lift on Aspen Highlands, you'll find a Swiss-looking log cabin with a large patio and pristine views of the Maroon Creek Valley. When you walk in, the pungent smell of cheese may overwhelm you, but don't be deterred. The...
The Riverwalk 27 Main Street, #101, Edwards, CO 81632, USA
My wife and I first ate here during the wintertime and were throughly impressed with the homemade pasta and sophisticated decor. In the summertime, there’s a nice patio overlooking the river. And, yes, there’s a bocce court where you can learn a...
303 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Matsuhisa, a Nobu restaurant, doesn’t disappoint. The restaurant is split into two levels. The menu upstairs is much cheaper than down and the two atmospheres drastically differ. The downstairs is more of a fine dining swanky experience...
200 S Ridge St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
Twist's modern take on comfort food comes in the form of ruby red trout with pumpkin porcini risotto, potato leek cakes, poutine, and homemade peanut butter chocolate cups. Both the dinner and martini menus change seasonally. Try Twist for happy...
130 S Ridge St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
One of Breckenridge's first fine-dining options, Hearthstone restaurant is housed in a restored Victorian home. Start with a seasonal cocktail special and try the locally-sourced game such as blackberry elk or buffalo short ribs. The building was...
131 Main St, Minturn, CO 81645, USA
No, it’s not anywhere near a golf course—it's actually in an old mining town along a river. If you’re looking for grain-fed beef, this might be the place. They are cooked on a lava rock grill. In addition to the restaurant, Minturn also has a...
685 Marketplace Plaza #5, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
After skiing all day in Steamboat's champagne powder, you hop off the slopes and take in the golden Colorado sky and the glittering snow reflecting the sunset in shades of pink. You take the lift right to the door of your Wyndham Vacation Rentals...
105 Daly Ln, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
Treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind experience with on-mountain dining at the Lynn Britt Cabin. Your evening starts with a ride in an oversized Snowcat, where the driver wraps you up in a cozy blanket before you head off to the quaint cabin mid-way...
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