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Fries and a bahn mi sandwich at Aspen Snowmass

Summer Restaurant Guide

Whether it's the simple prospect of eating outside under the Rocky Mountain sun, or enjoying the freshest possible Colorado ingredients from Western Slope farms, diners know this is the best season for good eating.
Fries and a bahn mi sandwich at Aspen Snowmass
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On-mountain, at the base, or in town, find your ideal meal.

Aspen Snowmass celebrates good food year-round, but there is a certain kind of joy to our restaurants and the dining scene in general when the days get long.

Aspen's world-class dining scene and Snowmass Village's thriving new heart combine to give diner's hundreds of options. Below is a quick introduction, starting with lunch and après spots you can enjoy on the mountain, as well as some treasured places to savor the season's bounty across the Roaring Fork Valley.
Family dining outside at Ajax Tavern.

Where to Dine Al Fresco

Want to feel the warm Colorado sun while you dine on the best Aspen and Snowmass has to offer? Be sure to also check out our exclusive guide to outdoor summer dining options.

On Mountain

Both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are operational in the summer, offering hiking trails, mountain biking (at Snowmass), disc golf and spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery in all directions. At the top of each mountain's gondola you will find these two restaurants serving lunch and drinks through the afternoon.

Elk Camp

Elk Camp

Located at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, the Elk Camp Restaurant shines a light on local Colorado ingredients, as well as American cuisine and healthy options. Enjoy a lengthy selection of beverages from the expansive deck. Mountain bike trails, disc golf, the Breathtaker and the Lost Forest are all just steps away.

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The Sundeck always lives up to its name, but especially in summer. Take the Silver Queen Gondola up to the top of Aspen Mountain, order from any of the gourmet dining stations, and then take in the priceless views from the patio.

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AspenX Cafe in the summer, with blooming flowers and a blue pastries card out front

AspenX Cafe

AspenX Cafe, located at Aspen Gondola Plaza and Snowmass Base Village, offers a range of seasonal bites, coffee, and a premium selection of wine and beer to fuel your day. Sip on a beverage while enjoying a boot fitting or unwind with a glass of wine after exploring the slopes— welcome to the ASPENX Cafe.

In Town

Dining out in Aspen means one thing: options. For many years now, the small Colorado mountain town has boasted of a dining scene reminiscent of a major city in terms of quality. In summer, patios along Cooper and Hyman Avenues as well as Galena Street are filled with laughing diners enjoying the long daylight hours and exquisite culinary offerings.

Not to be missed is Snowmass Village. While quieter than Aspen, the quality of Snowmass Village's restaurants is top-notch.

Learn more about these dining scenes from our friends at the Aspen Resort Chamber Association and Snowmass Tourism via the links below.