As home to the annual Food & Wine Classic and a gamut of Ski Country’s top restaurants, the Aspen dining scene packs a memorable punch. Foodies can experience everything from international fusion dishes to classic European fare and local game to Asian-inspired eats and even fresh seafood. The choices trend towards refined flavors and prices, but affordable, family-friendly options are prominent, too.
Downtown Aspen winter restaurants
With 100-plus restaurants to choose from, Aspen offers seemingly endless dining choices, but there are definitely some standouts to be noted.
- BB’s Kitchen is a great option for group or family dining with varying tastes. The menu ranges from modern American to Asian and European-fusion food, the cocktails are good and you can enjoy views of the mountains and bustling Cooper Avenue sidewalks below.
- Ajax Tavern, located at the base of the Aspen Mountain’s Silver Queen Gondola, features classic Euro-American options like burgers, truffle fries, pate and oysters.
- Venture to Kenichi if you’re looking for sushi with a side of cool, hip atmosphere and great cocktails. Be sure to try the saketini with fresh ginger, cucumber, vodka and sake.
- World-famous Iron Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurant is another Asian experience you don’t want to miss. Keep your eyes peeled for celebrities. While menu items are certainly pricey, the quality is unmatched.
- For a more casual scene and menu, head to Jimmy’s and be sure taste the beloved “Jimmy mac,” jalapeno and bacon mac-n-cheese, or their famous margaritas.
Aspen on-mountain dining
- If you like a meal with a view, plan on lunch at Aspen Mountain’s Sundeck, which features incredible 360-degree views of the Elk Mountains and adjacent Aspen Highlands. The cafeteria-style dining isn’t as typical as it seems, with exhibition-style stir-fry and fresh-made pizza.
- While skiing at Aspen Mountain, lunch or breakfast at Bonnie’s is an absolute must. From its original architecture and deck to its famed apple strudel, homemade pizza crust, incredible oatmeal pancakes and white bean soup, this Aspen on-mountain dining original is one experience you don’t want to miss.
- At Aspen Highlands you must make a reservation for lunch at the famed Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, housed in an Alpine-style cabin. The views of Pyramid Peak are unforgettable and if you hit it on a sunny day, the deck is hopping and the champagne is flowing.