Where to Eat in Aspen
Collected by Tommy Alexander, AFAR Staff
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...
305 S Mill St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
The Popcorn Wagon is a nostalgic relic of Aspen. It has passed through many owners and closed for a while but has always remained in the same area. Recently re-opened, it is always nice to have around as a cheap eat in Aspen, especially because it...
420 E Cooper Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Built in 1892 and opened as one of the first saloons in Aspen during the mining era, this historical building still boasts as a local’s favorite bar. The interior has been remodeled but it still embodies the essence of the old bar with some...
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...
105 S Mill St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Pinons restaurant is the best kept secret in Aspen. It has been here for 20+ years with Rob Mobilian, now the owner, starting off as the chef. On a busy night you will still see him in the kitchen but mainly he is at the front door greeting guests...
403 S Galena St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
When you eat at Casa Tua you are more than a guest at a restaurant. They make an effort to make everyone feel like they are visiting the home of a friend. Split into two levels, the top level is for members only. The bottom level is open to the...
624 E Cooper Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Aspen loves their Italian and this is another local favorite for lunch or dinner. It has a very casual atmosphere and more kid friendly than other restaurants in town. On their walls hang a multitude of pictures depicting half moons, which is the...
315 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
This charming, European brasserie is a hidden gem. This cozy atmosphere can only host around 80 people and even then you are in close proximity to others but that all adds to the European feel. In the summer they have a great patio surrounded by...
216 S Monarch St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
One thing that you have to try when you dine at Rustique is the Mac n’ Cheese. It was voted best Mac n’ Cheese 3 years in a row at the Aspen Mac n’ Cheese Festival. Aspenites take their Mac n’ Cheese very seriously with majority of the restaurants...
520 E Durant Ave #101, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
On any given day there will be a line, literally out the door, with people patiently waiting for their wrap of delight. Once you finally make it in the door there is a menu with the assortment of salads and wraps, which you can choose to get naked...
320 S Galena St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Paradise Bakery has been opened since the 70’s. You might see a franchise in malls around America but this is the original and one of the only ones that serves ice cream. All their treats, muffins, cookies and brownies are scrumptious, especially...
415 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Some Irish bars just have the name but this bar has the name, the food, the beer and the owner that are all Irish making it the real deal. A lot of thought and detail went into the design of this pub with dark wood flooring and chandeliers made...
409 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Starting at 1 am when the bars are closing, New York Pizza is one of the few places that is open for food and therefore the line travels down the stairs for this late-night snack. It moves fairly fast and you can meet some interesting people while...
420 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
This small little shop on the Hyman Walking Mall is perfect for a grab and go lunch. Everything is homemade and the smell of fresh bread and baked goods wafts out as you walk by luring you in for a bite to eat. Owned and operated by longtime local...
2001, 675 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
After a long day of hiking, biking, running, and rafting my body usually craves something healthy but also satisfying. I found my perfect summer dish at Element 47, the newly remodeled restaurant at the Little Nell. Don't be fooled by the simple...
620 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
L’Hostaria is the locals’ favorite Italian Restaurant. Owned by Chef Tiziano who grew up and started his culinary career in Italy and then brought his masterful Italian creations to Aspen. With a waitstaff that has worked together for...
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...
221 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Located above Explore Booksellers off of Main Street, Pyramid Bistro is Aspen's first restaurant serving sustainable food with integrity. Martin, the head chef and owner, prides himself on preparing the freshest food from raw, nutrition-dense...
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