The Aspen Area

Restaurants in The Aspen Area

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 Rustique Bistro resembles a Provençal cottage, with stucco walls and dried herbs and flowers hanging from the rafters.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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