December 7, 2021

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Top 9 Restaurants Near Aspen Ski Area, Colorado | Updated 2021

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As the ski season winds down, Aspen is preparing for one of its busiest summers ever. Here in Aspen, tourists are what keep our small town running – and not just during the snow season! After setting the green-level restrictions in May, restaurants are once again up and running at full capacity. This is after an off-season break of approximately six months. To reach these restaurants you can use our Denver to aspen car service.

1. Mawa’s Kitchen

Mawa McQueen’s journey of cooking started in Ivory Coast and then went to France, England, Maine, and finally Colorado. The restaurant welcomes you into her kitchen to try out her healthy breakfast, lunch, and brunch dishes.

With recently-added state-of-the-art ventilation and UV light systems, the dining room and full bar addition offer dinner that’s worth the short drive away from downtown.

2. Meat & Cheese

Meat & Cheese champions local products. The restaurant offers a variety of foods, from comfort cuisine to charcuterie platters and craft beers. It also has an eclectic wine list and fresh juices. Patrons can buy cured meats, seafood, cheeses, and artisan bread from the adjacent gourmet grocer as well.

During the night, go downstairs to the Hooch for a CBD-infused gin and tonic. You can also get an abbreviated prix fixe menu here. book a limousine service nearby to get to your favorite restaurant in style.

3. Home Team BBQ

Chef Chris Lanter, of the Cache Cache restaurant, opened Flying Pig in Aspen four years ago. This South Carolina-based barbecue joint is located at the base of Buttermilk Mountain.

Smoked meats are the main attraction at this Denver barbecue joint, where pitmaster Lanter presides as a friendly and fun host. Order the meats family-style with sides and a signature frozen Game Changer cocktail. Then, sit back in front of the TV for whatever game is playing.

4. Plato’s Restaurant

The Aspen Meadows Resort features one of the best views in all of Aspen, sitting on the campus of the Aspen Institute. The Bauhaus-inspired dining room or expansive patio (off the main lobby) provides an incredible view of the Roaring Fork River and surrounding mountains. Chef Rachel Koppelman’s passion for local ingredients, many of which she forages around the area herself, is apparent in her elevated yet accessible seasonal menus.

5. J-Bar

Where Hunter S. Thompson once drank, Aspenites now convene to sip cocktails, beers, or enjoy burgers. The Hotel Jerome’s main bar is known for its late-night burger special. A rare pleasure on the menu, it’s not meant to last long.

6. Pyramid Bistro

Check out the restaurant upstairs from Explore Booksellers for great, fresh food that promotes your health. The bar offers wine and beer alongside gourmet dishes such as Grilled Pork Chop with Ginger Sauce and Pan Roasted Halibut. If you’ve dined with us before, take the new entrance in the back alley to avoid overcrowding the bookstore.

7. Matsuhisa

In the resort town of Aspen, Colorado, Matsuhisa’s namesake restaurant is a branch of the LA-based establishment owned by the famous Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The restaurant is located on Main Street, in a very old Victorian building. It features 3 locations that are available for different occasions – upstairs lounge, patio, and sushi bar. The lounge & patio are more relaxed & comfortable while the backyard is the ideal place to have your lunch or dinner with friends or family.

8. Jing Aspen

Chef Frank Lu personally greets every guest with a magnetic charm. A longtime favorite among locals, the restaurant brings Shanghai to Aspen through dim sum and signature dishes like whole Peking duck with osetra caviar (reserving in advance is recommended), Hot pepper prawns, and crispy fish with a honey ginger sauce.

9. Acquolina

This restaurant has a stylish, traditional look and serves authentic Italian cuisine. The menu includes antipasti (appetizers), Insalata (salads), minestrone (soups), pasta, secondo (meat), contorni (vegetables), and pizzas that are cooked to perfection in an imported oven.

Acquolina is an Italian restaurant with one of the best bars in town. Locals call it the “Sistine Chapel of liquor” because of its seemingly endless shelves filled with international spirits.