Going to Aspen at the end of March and looking for some advice on nice restaurants.
Aspen Restaurants. What's your favorite
I would avoid Aspen Kitchen. $9 to bring bread to your table...have to admit it was really good bread
I liked Bangkok Happy bowl for a cheap and good meal. Also liked PK Burgers.
Red Onion was decent.
Everything else we tried was really expensive and just OK.
What exactly are you looking for in nice?
I dine out a lot. I really like the bar menus and rarely eat in the dining rooms, unless we have a big group.
Most of the bar menu's are about half price. Some have four tops, some you really eat at the bar.
La Hostaria - really popular right now, get there early or wait.
Pinions - $35 price fix two course.
Elinna- Braised Short Ribs.
Jimmy's- Hopping bar
Campo - $10 pasta's
Rustique - Fried Chicken
Cashe Cashe - Couq au Vin
Mezzaluna - Bar Pizza and Apres ski.
Moderately priced places, without bar menus.
White House Tavern
Meat & Cheese
I've heard that from others too. Our HOA had the owners dinner, in the dinning room 2/3. It was a set menu and I thought it was pretty good. But I also didn't pay the bill.
I usually eat in the bar and I like the bartender. You can't hardly ever get in the bar without a wait, so they must be doing something right.
I like Acquolina too. But it's a small bar and Johnny's not tending there anymore, so it's been a while.
My wife always jokes that I know every bar tender in town and It's not because I drink a lot.
We are at La Hostaria back in Feb. I thought it was fine, if pricey, but then just about everything in Aspen is pricey. I never go to expensive Italian restaurants in ski country because there are litreally thousands of great Italian restaurants in the greater NY area where I live. I much prefer a place with local flavor...steaks, freshwater fish, game...
I haven't been in quite a few years. It used to be really good and has many of the same crew working there, which is always a good sign.
If you are staying in Aspen without a car, getting there could be problematic, ie. an expensive taxi ride.
If you do go, make sure to go early enough for the kennel tour and then post a review.