Gentedimontagna Favorites : Aspen Restaurants

1. The Chef's Club by Food & Wine

The Chef's Club by Food & Wine

The restaurant at  rotates on a regular basis, featuring menus created by different chefs selected by Food and Wine magazinefor their Best New Chefs program.

The St. Regis Aspen Resort, 315 E. Dean St.
Aspen, CO, 81611
+1-970-429-9581

2. Prospect

Prospect

Chef Rob Zack turns out elegant variations on Western fare: Colorado lamb shank with sweet potato puree, pork loin with dried figs and gnocchi, clam chowder with pancetta and fregola. The dining room is airy and refined, with comfy dark leather chairs and charming prints of chickens on the walls.

Hotel Jerome, 330 E. Main St.
Aspen, CO, 81611
+1-855-331-7213

3. Matsuhisa

Matsuhisa

The local outpost from famed sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa serves the best sushi in town in an elegant, cozy, all-wood dining room. Don't come without reservations because it's a favorite.

303 E. Main St.
Aspen, CO, 81611
+1-970-544-6628

4. Pine Creek Cookhouse

Pine Creek Cookhouse

The ultimate gourmet experience for nature lovers. The cozy, log cabin restaurant specializes in game and smoked trout, but the location is exceptional and makes for a great day-long excursion. Pine creek is nestled in the mountains 11 miles outside Aspen and is only accessible via cross-country ski, snowshoe, or horse-drawn sleigh. (Cars are okay in summer, but that makes the journey a lot less fun.) 

11399 Castle Creek Rd.
Ashcroft, CO, 81612
+1-970-925-1044

5. L'Hostaria

L'Hostaria

A local favorite for its lively ambiance, homemade pastas, friendly bartenders. Owner Tiziano Gortan’s native region of Italy, Friuli, is a major theme, from the culinary specialities to beautiful photos on the walls. As are the bicycles (note wine bottles where water bottles should be), a nod to the staff’s cycling obsession. 

620 E. Hyman Ave.
Aspen, CO, 81611
+1-970-925-9022

6. Element 47

Element 47

The Little Nell’s grand in-house restaurant is named in honor of Aspen’s mining roots (Silver is #47 on the periodic table), but executive chef Matt Zubrod and chef de cuisine Matt Padilla's dishes look more like lush and gorgeous jewelscapes. The menu is divided into small, medium, and large dishes and features Wagyu beef from nearby Emma Farms. Don’t forget the wine: it is consistently rated one of the world’s best.

The Little Nell, 675 E. Durant Ave.
Aspen, CO, 81611
+1-970-920-6330

7. Crêperie du Village

Crêperie du Village

Fondue, raclette, crepes – are you in the Rockies or in the Alps? The French-style bistro has charming Euro touches like dark woods, candlelight, and low ceilings.

400 E. Hopkins Ave.
Aspen, CO, 81611
+1-970-925-1566

8. Cache Cache

Cache Cache

High-end, delicious French food – and a great steak. The bar, which attracts quite a scene, features a striking glass wall onto the wine room bathed in blue light. The dining room is more formal, with brown leather banquettes, bronze beaded pendant lamps, and old black-and-white photos of the French countryside.

205 S. Mill St.
Aspen, CO, 81611
+1-970-925-3835

9. Ajax Tavern

Ajax Tavern

When you’re worn out from a day on the slopes, you can ski right onto the sunny patio for a pick-me-up and great people-watching. The menu features bistro fare like fondue, truffle fries, onion soup, beef bourguignon, and an epic burger. 

685 E. Durant Ave.
Aspen, CO, 81611
+1-970-920-6334