Where to Eat in Aspen
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
After a day on the slopes, skiing or hiking, comfort food is in order, but the versions of comfort food available in this Rocky Mountain paradise are legion: not just American cuisine, but world-class sushi bars and stunning raw bars, cozy bistros serving craft beer and great burgers, and hotel restaurants offering white-linen luxury. Aspen won't leave you hungry. (We've thrown in a few tasty options in Snowmass, too!)
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...
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...
328 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
On the ground floor of Aspen’s historic Wheeler Opera House, the Public House dishes up Colorado-inspired comfort food. Large windows open to allow the summer breeze in but can shut out the winter chill without blocking the snow and mountain...
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...
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 years they...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
205 S Mill St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
First thing you need to know about Cache Cache is that you need a reservation. This is one of the more popular restaurants in town. Of course you can always try your luck with the bar menu, which is first come first serve and an excellent option....
430 E Hyman Ave # 3, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Ellina is one of the newer restaurants in town so catch it before it gets too popular and you can’t get a reservation. Located on the Hyman Avenue walking mall, next to Moncler, tucked downstairs. Their menu has an Italian influence with fresh...
433 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Located across the street from Ruby Park Bus Station, CP Burger is the ultimate family destination. They serve burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes and soft serve ice cream. For those that are gluten free they have my favorite, the ahi burger wrapped in...
Hyman Street Mall, 420 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Tucked in the alley way off of Hyman Avenue walking mall downstairs is a great Latin restaurant called Zocalito’s. It may be hard to find but once you do, you have to try their mojito. They have the classic mojito or try one of their...
414 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Hops Culture, opened in summer of 2014, as the newest restaurant on the Hyman Avenue walking mall. It is a craft-beer focused restaurant and bar that has 200 domestic and imported craft beer with 30 of them being on tap. The menu fares...
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...
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...
45 Village Run Cir, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
Fuel is a small eatery on the Snowmass Mall that serves a creative blend of burritos, bagels, panini, sandwiches, and wraps for both breakfast and lunch. All their items on the menu have a certain flare to them—it is not your typical sandwich...
300 Carriage Way, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
The Artisan, inside the Stonebridge Inn, serves modern American cuisine, using locally sourced ingredients in a refined and relaxed setting. Sound pretty much the norm? The Artisan is blessed with a charming setting: There’s a lovely stone...
57 Elbert Ln, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
This restaurant boasts the best Italian food in Snowmass. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Some of the waitstaff have been there for years and will give you the local perspective of Snowmass while you dine. The front of the restaurant...
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