Aspen, Vail + The Mountains
Restaurants in Aspen, Vail + The Mountains
Famous in Aspen for what owner Jimmy Yeager calls “fierce American food,” Jimmy’s is an unpretentious restaurant serving a menu of comfort fare, seafood, and steaks. The dining room has tables with white linens, golden walls, and dark-wood wingback chairs.
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.
Located 11 miles outside of Aspen in the Elk Mountains, the Pine Creek Cookhouse serves gourmet American cuisine is a secluded cabin setting. Diners must access the restaurant by cross country ski or snowshoe during the day.
Popular with skiers because of its location at the base of Aspen Mountain, Ajax Tavern is known for its mountain views and bistro fare cooked with locally raised meats and seasonal produce.
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.
Drink an açai martini that’s so delicious the bartender has to hide the Brazilian nectar because the staff keeps sneaking off with it.
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.
Part of a small bed-and-breakfast in downtown Winter Park, the Gasthaus Eichler restaurant is known for its authentic, homemade German fare.