If you’re looking to experience one of the most popular (and reasonably priced) restaurants in Aspen, look no further than the Ajax Tavern. Here you’ll find a family atmosphere, plus a full bar and an award winning wine list. The Tavern provides a cozy, mahogany-walled escape during the cold winter months, and during summer you can enjoy breathtaking views from the expansive deck. The menu at Ajax’s consists of “haute cuisine,” which means high cookery. Dishes here come from a centuries old tradition of Italian cuisine which calls for plenty of fresh ingredients.
685 E Durant Ave, Aspen | 970-920-9333
What’s not to love about this 50′s style diner? Rock and roll memorabilia decorate the walls, the wait staff is cheerful and the menu offers a myriad of choices to quench every palate. Boogies is vegetarian friendly — try the monster chef salad or choose from a variety of other options. Alternatively, for those carnivores out there, there’s plenty of meaty courses to dig your chops into, from the classic half-pound turkey and beef burgers, to a hot turkey sandwich. Boogies offers an excellent selection of shakes and malts, a must for any 50′s diner.
534 E Cooper Ave, Aspen | 970-925-6610
Exquisite dining in Aspen, Colorado. Co-owners Jodi Larner and Chris Lanter have a restaurant philosophy based on emphasis of table service, wine service and the highest quality food. Open every night at 5:30 pm.
205 S Mill St, Aspen | 970-925-3835
Flavors of Italy in the heart of Aspen’s Downtown Central Core. Campo uses the freshest ingredients to create superlative Italian cuisine. The extensive wine menu offers the finest grapes. Open 7 days a week from 6pm.
205 S Mill St, Aspen | 970-920-7717
A true Aspen treat! Family-owned and operated. Open everday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Serving the best Colorado Baby Back Ribs, Barbeque Sauces and serveral other recipes. Full service – Dine-In, Take-Out, Catering and Cocktails. Best in Colorado Ribs!
730 W Main St, Aspen | 970-925-2313
A local’s favorite, Kenichi serves contemporary Asian Cuisine and world-class sushi in a vibrant atmosphere. Kenichi Aspen is renowned for its outstanding food and popular bar scene. One of Aspen’s finest and hippest dining establishments. Open nightly at 5:30pm.
533 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen | 970-920-2212
Annie’s is the local’s hang in Aspen, and for good reason. If your idea of a good time is feasting on fresh fish, barbecue chicken, ribs or lamb in a relaxed atmosphere (all at a reasonable price), then come to Annie’s. The ambiance here consists of ultra-simple wood paneling and red and white tablecloths. If you’re looking to get drinks, order the shot and beer special. For those with a sweet tooth (who doesn’t?), try the irresistible Bundt cake.
517 East Hyman Avenue Aspen | (970) 925-1098
Noted chef Nobu Matsuhisa in collaboration with Nobuko Kang, created this exquisite establishment where sushi is an art form and the patrons are famous or look as if they should be. Reservations at Matsuhisa may be difficult to come by during the high season. Reservations expected one month in advance.
303 E Main St, Aspen | 970-544-6628
Modern Italian Cuisine including wood-fired pizza. Serving lunch, apres ski and dinner every day. Mezzaluna is Italian for half moon and is also a double handled mincing knife.
624 E Cooper Ave, Aspen | 970-925-5882
Nothing satisfies the appetite better after a long day on the slopes than warm, fresh pizza (with plenty of zesty toppings) straight from of the oven. New York Pizza is the place in Aspen for great service, specialty pizzas, sandwiches, beverages (including frosty beer) and more. This pizza joint (located upstairs) is open after midnight too — a rarity in Aspen. For those with colossal vegetarian cravings, try the Greek salad with lots of sun-dried tomatoes.
409 E Hyman Ave, Aspen | (970) 920-3088
307 S Mill St, Aspen | 970920-9775
The Pine Creek Cookhouse is more than a restaurant, it’s an experience that you will never forget. To get there (in winter), you’ll need cross-country skis or a horse-drawn sleigh (contact the Cookhouse to reserve your carriage. Note: make sure to pack warm layers!). You can hike or bike here in summer. Once you arrive at this homely log cabin, make sure to get a seat on the fabulous deck overlooking the Elk Mountains, and let the friendly staff take care of your needs. The dinner menu contains game specialties such as quail, elk, wild boar and more. Lunch: hot smoked salmon, salad, spinach crepes and Hungarian goulash are the specialties. Serving lunch daily noon to 2:00, dinner nightly 6 – 8:30 p.m.. Reservations recommended.
Piñons is the hardest place to get a reservation (summer or winter) in Aspen and with good reason. This quintessential Aspen dining experience, with a Colorado-Western theme, has a creative southwestern-inspired menu and an extensive wine list. Appetizers at Piñons are unique, try the pheasant quesadilla with herbed goat cheese and peperonata or Prince Edward Island mussels in a puff pastry. Main courses consist of elk tenderloin, Colorado striped bass, grilled rack of lamb, New York steak, blackened pork tenderloin and more. Weather permitting, be sure to get a seat on the outdoor patio and enjoy views of Aspen Mountain while dining. Reservations accepted by phone only Pinons Restaurant. Dinners served nightly from 5:30 until close.
105 South Mill Street, Aspen, CO 81611 | (970) 920-2021
308 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen | 970-925-3700
Woody Creek is a charming rustic tavern in Aspen. The décor here consists of walls covered in old news clippings and hodgepodge western memorabilia. Dishes here consist of American and Mexican cuisine, including barbecued pork ribs, thick steaks and burgers (made with local, low-fat beef); plus organic salads, and a varied vegetarian menu. While at Woody Creek, don’t miss out on the house drink: fresh-squeezed lime-juice margaritas made with 100% blue-agave tequila. Outside seating is available in summer.
2858 Upper River Road, CO RD 17, Woody Creek | (970) 923-4585