Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

Restaurants in Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

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.

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.

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.

Located in the mountainous resort area of Keystone, this restaurant services the Ski Tip Lodge with a four-course tasting menu of Colorado-inspired American cuisine. Low ceilings and exposed-wood beams are reminiscent of the building’s era as a stagecoach stop in the 1800’s.

34-year-old wunderkind chef Ryan Hardy, a southwest finalist for the 2008 James Beard Awards, lists his olive oils on the menu like wine, and cooks up his delicacies with produce and meat—for instance a juicy lamb sausage with rapini and mustard—from his own nearby organic farm.

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.