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.

Located at the Stonebridge Inn, this small restaurant serves globally inspired American cuisine amid panoramic views of the surrounding alpine slopes.

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.

Enjoy great views inside and out while dining at this contemporary-American bistro. Mountains, slopes, and pines can be seen from the rooftop patio and through the tall windows. Inside are brick walls hung with canvas art.

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.

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.

The canine theme of this pub extends from the wall of dog photos to the names of dishes, such as the "Labrador" hamburger. Sandwiches, salads, and pub familiars like hot wings dominate the menu, though there are also dressed-up entrées like the meatloaf with Irish whiskey sauce.

Taking a sleigh ride to a log cabin may feel touristy, but when that cabin features the contemporary culinary creations of Beano's, it's hardly a tourist trap.

Martini and comfort food hangout.

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.