Aspen dining in the summer

Home to the annual Food & Wine Classic and more than 100 restaurants, Aspen is renowned as one of North America’s best mountain towns for dining. Eating al fresco in Aspen during the summer months only enhances the level of enjoyment. Epicureans can experience everything from internationally inspired creations to bistro fare and locally caught game and farm-to-table-style dining, as well as Asian eats and even fresh seafood. Most Aspen restaurants feature refined, spendy menus, but reasonably priced, family-friendly options are also plentiful.

Downtown Aspen restaurants

With an impressive amount of 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.