Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

Restaurants in Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

This sophisticated restaurant in the Arrabelle at Vail Square transports diners to the Mediterranean with its mosaic tile floor, leather seating, and opulent red drapes. While the atmosphere exudes luxury and style, the cuisine is simple yet flavorful.

Located at the Hotel Jerome, the Garden Terrace reflects a French- and Alpine-influenced farm-to-table concept, sourcing ingredients from local providers. Menu selections include smoked salmon quiche, curried chicken salad, and lobster rolls.

The only spot in Keystone's River Run Village that the locals frequent, this eclectic coffee shop serves a long list of drinks to thaw you out, plus delicious egg breakfast wraps, interesting sandwiches, and salads worth going out of your way for (try the mandarin-orange-and-almond chicken).

The Sundeck Restaurant serves lunch daily amid views from its location atop Aspen Mountain. The restaurant is only accessible via gondola or car, though the winding roads make the gondola a less complicated choice.

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.

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

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 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 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.

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.