Colorado

Restaurants in Colorado

Colorado is better known for its freshly powdered slopes and rustic ski resorts than for its cuisine, but Colorado restaurants cater to the state’s diverse tourist crowd with an eclectic mix of dining experiences. These range from haute cuisine served in elegant settings to simple American comfort food served in low-key, laid-back environments. Restaurants in Colorado serve up everything from fine dining to trendy fusion experiences – so after a long day on the slopes, grab a bite at one of these fantastic Colorado restaurants:

At Root Down in Denver, chef Justin Cucci serves up sustainable “field-to-fork” fare with a seasonal menu including fusion delicacies like sweet-potato falafel and hoisin-duck confit sliders – all served in the eccentric atmosphere of a converted gas station. For environmentally conscious travelers, this restaurant is a must; in addition to serving up world-class dishes, Cucci takes the sustainable ethos very seriously. Everything in the restaurant is made with reclaimed materials, and the restaurant operates largely on wind energy.

In Vail, The Tenth does away with traditional ski lodge fare (think bland burgers and soggy nachos), replacing it with delicious, elegant meals like elk Bolognese ziti, pheasant pot pie, or pan-seared halibut with lobster risotto, all served in a casual ski lodge environment. Customers on the go can even order gourmet snacks from a special express menu.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This comfortable lounge above The Kitchen has a terrific selection of spirits (like Leopold Bros. Absinthe Verte) and hosts a daily “tasting hour” of affordable small plates and seasonal drinks.

True to the original NYC Palm’s style, dark wood chair railing with paneling is bordered with vintage magazine clippings and caricatures of celebrities at the Denver location.

A husband and wife team, Jeff and Kyleena Graceffa run this less-than-secret pizzeria, serving award-winning pizzas in a historic miner's cabin decorated with treasures from their world travels. Also available as delivery, the pies run from the Notorious F.I.G.

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.

Sushi was a game-changer when it was introduced at the Lobar; the mission changed from purely nightclub to a combination of restaurant, sushi bar, and party spot. Marked by a black canopy on Elk Street, Lobar's dining room offers high wood tables and is lit by paper lanterns and neon lights.

The Metate Room restaurant at the Far View Lodge, whose soaring windows afford views of all the Four Corner states, serves Native American dishes like blue corn–dusted trout.