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Unforgettable Aspen Dining & Nightlife

Aspen isn’t just known for its world class skiing and high-end shopping – it’s also famous for some of the best food experiences and nightlife around! Please peruse options below for a selection of different restaurants, cafes, and bars in Aspen’s superb dining and nightlife scene. We have craft breweries, local fare grown and raised here in the valley, seafood is flown in fresh daily, and classic gourmet restaurants throughout this beautiful mountain town! Plus, we are home to the annual Aspen Food & Wine Festival, which draws superstar culinary figures and foodies from all over the globe!

If you love to celebrate all that is food, drink, and engaging nightlife, then Aspen is a perfect haven. Plan a visit today!

Ajax Tavern

One of the see-and-be-seen spots at the base of Aspen Mountain. Expanded bar area inside and bigger deck outside. French bistro menu. Open for lunch, apres and dinner. A fantastic Aspen dining option!

The Little Nell: 685 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

Pine Creek Cookhouse    

The Pine Creek Cookhouse is located at the base of the spectacular Elk Mountain Range, serving exquisite gourmet lunches and dinners. Dinner is an Aspen tradition with an adventurous guided cross-country ski or snowshoe tour to the restaurant. The romantic sleigh ride is unique and tons of fun!

11399 Castle Creek Rd, Aspen, CO 81611


It’s been called Aspen’s “finest spot to wine, dine and unwind.” The name element47 pays tribute to silver, the precious metal that first put Aspen on the map, and to the finest silver service cuisine —for breakfast, lunch, aprés and dinner, 7 days a week.

Our culinary and wine team are one very good reason we have enjoyed the rare 5 Star, 5 Diamond ranking for so long. A top honor in the Aspen dining scene. Whether you ski in for lunch, drop in at the bar for a more casual rendezvous, or join us for the most special of occasions, you’ll be greeted with warmth, not formality. You’ll find the ambiance – ceiling height glass cases with some of our rarest wines, art by Michelle Grabner, Angel Otero, Scott Reeder, Philip Vanderhyden, Cameron Martin, José Lerma – as fine as the dining.

The Little Nell: 675 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

Meat & Cheese Aspen

An Aspen restaurant and farm shop featuring world farmhouse cuisine, craft beers, eclectic wine list, fresh juices, coffee, meats, seafood, cheeses, cured meats, artisan bread, unique pantry staples and precious housewares. Dine in or purchase the ingredients to create your own meals at home! Aspen dining in the comfort of your own home! 

317 E. Hopkins, Aspen, CO 81611

Steakhouse 316

Catering not only to meat lovers, Steak HOUSE No. 316 offers very healthy seafood dishes along with great salads so everyone can find something to enjoy. Steak HOUSE No. 316 is a classic Aspen dining establishment with a wonderful atmosphere.

316 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

Hops Culture

Craft beer, wine & great eats. Casual, fun environment offering great beverages, delicious food and tons of HDTV’s to catch all the games.

414 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

Jerome Bar

Aspen’s iconic J-Bar (short for “Jerome Bar”) remains the town’s social hot spot, with its lively yet casual atmosphere. Ski bums, socialites, cowboys and luminaries – from members of the Tenth Mountain Division to the late Hunter S.Thompson – gather at this authentic bar for a hint of the Old West. Sit down, relax and enjoy a beer, vintage-inspired cocktail and light dining fare at the best bar in Aspen. Open daily from 11:30am to 1am.

Hotel Jerome: 330 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611

Belly Up Aspen

Renowned yet pint-sized music venue that brings big-name acts to a small mountain town all year long! Open seating policy & 2 full bars.

450 South Galena Street, Aspen, CO 81611


A sleek and trendy nightspot with an atmosphere that mimics the infamous drug lords airplane, with multiple DJs, a dance floor & a summertime patio bar.

426 E Hyman Ave Aspen, CO 81611

Cache Cache

Cache Cache opened its doors in October of 1987. Jodi Larner, a partner and general manager since 1989, has established a world class clientele through almost three decades. Larner’s restaurant philosophy is based on consistent, heartfelt authentic food and wine combined with a warm atmosphere and friendly yet impeccable service. The restaurants longevity is the result of the entire team’s commitment to excellence in both the front and back of the house.

Chef Lanter joined the team as executive chef in August of 2000. He partnered with Larner in June of 2004. With two years of apprenticeship in three restaurants in France as his culinary foundation, Lanter reinstated classical French Cuisine as the foundation to this modern American Restaurant. With a focus on local ingredients when available, the cuisine has evolved into unpretentious, clean, and satisfying food. Cache Cache recently invested in Dog Patch Farm located two hours away in fertile Paonia. The locality, quality and freshness of ingredients has become pivotal to the Cache Cache philosophy of cooking.

205 South Mill Street, Aspen, CO 81611

Campo de Fiori

Campo de Fiori invite you to savor the wonderful flavors of Italy while you enjoy the spectacular mountains of Aspen, Colorado.

Located in the heart of town, Campo uses the freshest local ingredients and imported cured meats and dried goods from Italy to create exceptional authentic Italian cuisine. Our extensive wine list will surely complement your dining experience. Our team’s exceptional personalized care and service create a festive and vibrant atmosphere that feels similar to a wonderful dinner party!

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday @ 6 pm
205 Mill Street
Aspen, CO 81611

(970) 920-7717


Located within a 120-year old Main Street Victorian house in downtown Aspen, Matsuhisa Aspen opened in 1998 as the first Matsuhisa location outside of Chef Nobu’s original Beverly Hills restaurant. Chef Nobu’s new-style Japanese cuisine draws influence from his classical training in Tokyo and his life abroad in Peru, Argentina, and around the world, showcasing signature dishes such as Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, Black Cod Miso and White fish Tiradito.

303 E Main Street

Aspen, CO 81611