Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

Restaurants in Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

Sushi and contemporary Asian dishes are served at Kenichi, located in downtown Aspen. The dining room mixes the earth tones of the tables and chairs with blue accent lighting and Asian art. Rock Star booths outfitted with privacy curtains provide an intimate dining option.

Located in Vail Village, Sweet Basil is a contemporary restaurant with a menu that reflects Mediterranean, Italian, and Asian influences. Dishes are built around locally sourced ingredients such as Kobe-style beef, organic produce, and fresh fish.

Once a Kentucky Fried Chicken, Winona's Restaurant still caters to early birds with big appetites. The traditional American-style breakfast and lunch (think big) fuels diners headed for nearby ski slopes, although to-go orders are also welcome.

Located at the Stonebridge Inn, this small restaurant serves globally inspired American cuisine amid panoramic views of the surrounding alpine slopes.

The Willow Creek Bistro, located at the Ritz-Carlton Club in Aspen Highlands, is an American bistro serving classic American fare crafted by chef Jamie Flatt.

Set beside the Yampa River, the Cottonwood Grill serves pan-Asian cuisine amid panoramic views of the water and the surrounding ski slopes.

Located at the base of Vail Mountain, Larkspur is the brainchild of chef-owner Thomas Salamunovich, whose French culinary training influences many of the New American dishes. The high-ceilinged dining room has alder-wood accents, a wall covered with origami hummingbirds, and an exposed kitchen.

The canine theme of this pub extends from the wall of dog photos to the names of dishes, such as the "Labrador" hamburger. Sandwiches, salads, and pub familiars like hot wings dominate the menu, though there are also dressed-up entrées like the meatloaf with Irish whiskey sauce.

Enjoy great views inside and out while dining at this contemporary-American bistro. Mountains, slopes, and pines can be seen from the rooftop patio and through the tall windows. Inside are brick walls hung with canvas art.

Pacifica’s menu focuses on sustainable fish and local, organic ingredients. Hawaiian sea bass with edamame and hearts of palm is a signature dish. Non-seafood offerings include braised pheasant with black truffle risotto, and Thai green coconut curry.

You may not expect to find Vail's best steaks at this unassuming three-meal-a-day dining room overlooking Gore Creek and the mountain, but there's a strong argument to be made.

The ski-in availability of the Beaver Creek Resort leads to a winter wonderland of shops, accommodations, and restaurants. Installed in the heart of the resort village, with great views of the public ice skating rink below, sits Toscanini.

Located in downtown near the Wheeler Opera House, this Mediterranean-infused eatery is a joint venture from husband and wife Samantha and Craig Cordts-Pearce.