Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

Restaurants in Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

La Bottega serves Italian cuisine, including interpretations of classic dishes, such as spaghetti carbonara, along with original creations, like slow-roasted duckling with orange grappa (Italian brandy) glaze on polenta.

Peanut shells cover the hardwood floors at this casual barbecue joint, located in the ski resort town of Steamboat Springs.

A small, warm joint off the beaten path that serves pasta and brick-oven pizzas.

Relative newcomer Kelly Liken has established herself as a contender in the Vail dining scene with her namesake restaurant.

The Rustique Bistro resembles a Provençal cottage, with stucco walls and dried herbs and flowers hanging from the rafters.

Located at the Copper One Lodge, Jack's is a cafeteria-style restaurant that caters primarily to skiers.

Catering to the après-ski crowd, Mahogany Ridge serves regionally inspired American fare along with house-brewed craft beers, such as the flagship Alpenglow and summertime cherry ale.

Don't confuse this longtime Breck standby for a been-there, done-that experience; chef Keith Mahoney's ever-changing tapas menu continually reinvents itself with new flavor combinations.

Situated in the same downtown building as long-standing Aspen favorite Elevation, Social is run by the dream team of Tommy Tollesson, Denise Walters, and Gunnar Sachs (son of legendary international playboy Gunter Sachs).

The Colorado scenery and the American West were the inspiration for this Spago’s design, with earth-tone wall panels, towering ceilings, oversized black and white landscape photos overhead, and brown-and-white cowhide seating.

Taking a sleigh ride to a log cabin may feel touristy, but when that cabin features the contemporary culinary creations of Beano's, it's hardly a tourist trap.

Sitting high above Aspen at the Cloud Nine high-speed quad in the Aspen Highlands ski area, the Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro offers adventurous diners a one-of-a-kind experience. At 10,740 feet, the restaurant offers unparalleled views of the neighboring Maroon Bells.

Accessed by two gondola rides through the mountains, this German-American restaurant sits at the top of the North Peak, at a height of 11,444 feet.