Every June, the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen has foodie fanatics and celebrities flocking to this dreamy mountain town. But for many travelers and locals, this picturesque destination offers world-class food year round. Known for being more high-end, these restaurants have modern-yet-cozy interiors with chefs that source fresh, local ingredients for their dishes. So whether you’re in town for the Classic, enjoying a summertime concert, or tackling some hiking, this round-up is your tip sheet for where to dine in Aspen in this summer — or any season, really.
Inside the picturesque Bauhaus-style Aspen Meadows Resort is a very recently renovated restaurant with panoramic views of the peaks. The new three-to-five course, prix-fixe menu and its theme will rotate every week to focus on a different region of food. Food & Wine Classic guests may miss out on the first service, as it starts on June 19th, but it’s worth a peek inside to see the elegant decor, brand new kitchen, and incredible vistas. Make a reservation at Plato’s.
Aspen’s premier restaurant is located squarely in the center of downtown next to lush Wagner Park. The alpine wood tones, grey-washed walls, and Nordic-furnished interior bring the feeling of Aspen to life. After globetrotting all over the world, the city’s only dual owner and chef, Barclay Dodge, settled back in his hometown to open up Bosq and cook up his favorite dishes from his travels. The space is modest, so if you want to sample their new world cuisine menu or their famous Peking duck, plan ahead. Make a reservation at Bosq.
Owned by world-renowned chef Nobu, this Victorian home off Main Street has been Aspen’s. prime sushi spot since 1998. On the first floor, you’ll find a sweeping sushi bar spanning half the room, bamboo-wrapped ceilings, and a walnut bar. If you walk up to the second level, you can enjoy their signature Adam Roll or yellowfin tuna in a casual indoor setting or on their outdoor patio. If you’re looking to sit downstairs, you’ll want to make a reservation or head upstairs for a more laid-back dining experience. Make a reservation at Matsuhisa Aspen.
Jimmy’s, An American Restaurant and Bar
An Aspen institution, Jimmy’s has been a local stalwart since 1997. The restaurant takes sustainability seriously by composting 90 percent of their waste, offering plant- or paper-based straws upon request, utilizing a digital wine list, converting to LED lights, and more. Besides their green initiatives, they serve American classics such as lobster mac n’ cheese, crab cakes, and meatloaf in a clubby dining room as well as their al fresco seating. Located right next to the famous Wheeler Opera House, this spot is popular among locals and travelers. Make a reservation at Jimmy’s, An American Restaurant and Bar.