Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley Restaurants

Sushi? Coconut curry? Bison and lobster? Colorado's culinary repertoire is at its broadest in Aspen. With all the Hummers and designer handbags come an equal number of menus with high-end ingredients and showy preparations. Plates can be pricey, particularly in Aspen, but many eateries have at least a few moderately priced entré
Sushi? Coconut curry? Bison and lobster? Colorado's culinary repertoire is at its broadest in Aspen. With all the Hummers and designer handbags come an equal number of menus with high-end ingredients and showy preparations. Plates can be pricey, particularly in Aspen, b
Sushi? Coconut curry? Bison and lobster? Colorado's culinary repertoire is at its broadest in Aspen. With all the Hummer

Sushi? Coconut curry? Bison and lobster? Colorado's culinary repertoire is at its broadest in Aspen. With all the Hummers and designer handbags come an equal number of menus with high-end ingredients and showy preparations. Plates can be pricey, particularly in Aspen, but many eateries have at least a few moderately priced entrées (usually pastas) and bar menus as a nod to the budget-conscious. For those who want a break from Aspen, there are excellent dining options down-valley in Basalt and Carbondale as well.

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  • 1. Element 47

    $$$$ | American

    The seasonal menu at this swanky restaurant highlights locally sourced produce, meat, and game raised on Colorado ranches. Aspen's elite book...Read More

  • 2. The Wild Fig

    $$$$ | Mediterranean

    For Mediterranean and Middle Eastern tastes, head to The Wild Fig, a friendly brasserie with an unbeatable location right off the pedestrian...Read More

  • 3. Town

    $$ | American

    Sporting an open kitchen, exposed brick walls, and red leather banquettes, this chic bistro offers inventive, cleverly presented meals. The...Read More

  • 4. Ajax Tavern

    $$$$ | American

    So close to the gondola you can keep your boots on, this upbeat restaurant is mountainside in The Little Nell. Most of the tavern has big glass...Read More

  • 5. Aspen Over Easy

    $$ | American

    In this funky diner, visitors and locals can be heard planning outdoor adventures or raving about the nearby resorts while devouring delicious...Read More

  • 6. Bella Mia

    $$$ | Italian

    In an unassuming, rustic wood-and-stucco building fronting the highway in El Jebel, a bedroom community west of Basalt, Bella Mia attracts hungry...Read More

  • 7. Cache Cache

    $$$$ | American

    Trained in classic French fundamentals, chef Chris Lanter brings a Continental influence to sophisticated, yet filling entrées, such as veal...Read More

  • 8. Chef's Club by Food and Wine

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    Every year, a handful of different visionary "Best New Chefs" from Food & Wine magazine collaborate on the fine-dining menu at this...Read More

  • 9. CP Burger

    $ | Burger

    Casual CP Burger offers gourmet beef, chicken, tuna, and falafel burgers for takeout or eating in. Also on the menu are hot dogs, grilled cheese...Read More

  • 10. Crystal Club Cafe

    $$ | American

    Slow-cooked baby back ribs smothered in homemade BBQ sauce are what the Crystal Club Cafe is known for. But this pastel-colored, riverside restaurant...Read More

  • 11. Eight K

    $$$$ | American

    Inside the Viceroy Snowmass hotel, Eight K restaurant—named for its 8,000-foot elevation—commands stunning views of the surrounding mountains...Read More

  • 12. El Korita

    $$ | Mexican

    Arrive early for dinner at El Korita because this bustling Mexican restaurant fills up fast. Piñatas and parrots hang from the ceiling and...Read More

  • 13. Grind

    $ | Burger

    The owners of this burger joint actually grind their own beef, lamb, chicken, pork, and buffalo for the most exquisite gourmet patties this...Read More

  • 14. Hickory House Ribs

    $$ | American

    Tie on your bib and dig in. No one will mind if your hands and face are covered in the secret sauce that tops the slow-cooked meats and chicken...Read More

  • 15. Il Poggio

    $$$$ | Italian

    This unassuming Italian place (complete with bar) overlooking the Village Mall is among the better casual restaurants in Snowmass. It serves...Read More

  • 16. Kenichi

    $$$$ | Asian

    This Asian restaurant's sleek metal and black wooden chairs and dim lighting at its below-street-level location set a striking scene for a sushi...Read More

  • 17. Krabloonik

    $$$$ | American

    Eskimo for "bushy eyebrows," Krabloonik is located in a rustic yet elegant log cabin tucked into the mountain, which means you'll be treated...Read More

  • 18. L'Hostaria

    $$$$ | Italian

    This subterranean hot spot is sophisticated yet rustic, with an open-beam farmhouse ceiling, sleek blonde-wood chairs, contemporary art, and...Read More

  • 19. Matsuhisa

    $$$$ | Japanese

    Although you shouldn't expect to see celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa in the kitchen of his hopping restaurant in an 1887 Victorian on Main Street...Read More

  • 20. Nepal Restaurant

    $$ | Indian

    Finding good Asian fare in Glenwood Springs is no easy feat, but this little eatery, tucked into a strip mall beside the highway on the west...Read More

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