Aspen and Snowmass Village have burnished an international reputation for excellent restaurants. Much of this stems from the towns' residents and visitors, who bring their global tastes to the table in a pursuit for new and innovative tastes. And local chefs are happy to oblige. Adding to the area's culinary cred is the Aspen Food & Wine Classic — which has been rescheduled for September 2021 — which is attended by celebrated chefs and A-listers alike. Without a doubt, the event is a progressive incubator of culinary ideas, which has a major impact on the local dining scene.
One might not assume that Aspen and Snowmass Village has a restaurant scene as dynamic and vaunted as a coastal city, but thanks to the voracious appetites of our guests—and the curious-by-nature tastes of locals—we do.
While everyone’s definition of “dining out” has changed dramatically in the last year, our definition of what nourishes the soul has not. Order takeout or dine al fresco when allowed. Just know that you are helping to preserve one of the top small-town dining scenes in America just by being here. Thank you, and bon appetit!
Calling All Foodies
7 Classic Dining Experiences
The reinvention of Sam's atop the Village Express Lift and Sam's Knob at Snowmass is sure to make the scenic restaurant a new classic. Take a break from your ski boots and slip on a pair of slippers for a lunch you won't soon forget. Featuring innovative and updated Italian cuisine, a live-action kitchen, as well as an impressive wine list to match the equally impressive view.
Dining at element 47 at the Little Nell is a world-class experience. Here, contemporary gourmet cuisine is complemented by an enormous wine list. In fact, the wine program of this vaunted restaurant has earned national awards and been a career springboard for many famous sommeliers.
Sitting at the chef’s counter at Matsuhisa is one Aspen's top dining experiences. On the one hand, you can eagerly await the incredible sashimi and unique sushi rolls as they're prepared for you. On the other hand, it's like attending a masterclass in knife skills and culinary acumen. A must for foodies.
Breakfast at Bonnie's is a local's favorite way to begin an incredible day on the slopes. With unforgettable oatmeal pancakes, a side of bacon and extra maple syrup, this on-mountain restaurant has become an Aspen staple.
Pine Creek Cookhouse
Travel by cross-country skis or snowshoes to the Pine Creek Cookhouse for a gourmet dinner. Or opt for the sleigh ride (no shame in going the easy route).