The Aspen Area

Restaurants in The Aspen Area

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.

The Willow Creek Bistro, located at the Ritz-Carlton Club in Aspen Highlands, is an American bistro serving classic American fare crafted by chef Jamie Flatt.

A small, warm joint off the beaten path that serves pasta and brick-oven pizzas.

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.

Dine at the stylish Nouveau American restaurant Crave, which stole its chef from Aspen’s venerable Hotel Jerome.

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.

Drink an açai martini that’s so delicious the bartender has to hide the Brazilian nectar because the staff keeps sneaking off with it.

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

Sitting high above Aspen at the Cloud Nine high-speed quad in the Aspen Highlands ski area, the Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro offers adventurous diners a one-of-a-kind experience. At 10,740 feet, the restaurant offers unparalleled views of the neighboring Maroon Bells.

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 exclusive Caribou Club is a private, open-only-to-members venue hidden among the neighboring fur and diamond stores.

Situated in the same downtown building as long-standing Aspen favorite Elevation, Social is run by the dream team of Tommy Tollesson, Denise Walters, and Gunnar Sachs (son of legendary international playboy Gunter Sachs).