Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

Restaurants in Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

Situated at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, Café Diva serves regionally inspired New American fare from acclaimed chef Kate Rench.

The exclusive Caribou Club is a private, open-only-to-members venue hidden among the neighboring fur and diamond stores.

Matsuhisa Aspen is part of the international Nobu brand of restaurants, named for its well-known chef-proprietor, Matsuhisa Nobu. It is housed inside a former miners' cottage that has been renovated to reflect an Asian theme, with wood and bamboo accents, and Japanese artwork.

Serving an American-style breakfast and brunch, the Blue Moose has a carved moose at the entrance and a chandelier of multicolored cups and saucers, with spoons dangling underneath the saucers and a bulb inside each cup.

The entrée menu is divided into “Things That Swim” and “Things That Don’t,” like grilled Rocky Mountain red trout with potato-bacon-shrimp hash, and grilled New York strip with melted Saint Agur blue cheese.

Drink an açai martini that’s so delicious the bartender has to hide the Brazilian nectar because the staff keeps sneaking off with it.

Part of a small bed-and-breakfast in downtown Winter Park, the Gasthaus Eichler restaurant is known for its authentic, homemade German fare.

Richard Squire opened this original location of the Breckenridge Brewery in 1990, and now has five brewpubs throughout Colorado. Beer selections change frequently and fall under one of four categories: main line, seasonal beer, small-batch, and barrel-aged.

The Ranch House Restaurant at Devil's Thumb Ranch sits on more than 5,000 acres of wilderness at the base of the Rocky 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.