Everyone knows Aspen is one of the world’s most exclusive and desirable skiing destinations. Still, you’re probably not going to ski at night and you have to eat sometime. So, what do you do when you’re in the skiing capital of Colorado and you aren’t skiing?
Eating and drinking.
That begs the question: where are the best places to dine in Aspen?
Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. I’m proud to present to you, in no particular order, the best places to eat and drink in Aspen.
EMP Winter House
At $135 a person, this isn’t the most cost effective dining option on the mountain. But you’re not exactly in Aspen to worry about money now, are you? Chef Daniel Humm, formerly of Eleven Madison Parks and NoMad, has taken up a “residency” (pop-up) within the St. Regis Chef’s Club and is serving up smart, decadent dishes with his usual attention to detail. Good food, good drinks, chalet vibes – what’s not to love?
Chances are, if you’re in Aspen you have probably heard of Nobu. What you probably didn’t know is that the LA-based sushi mecca also has a sister location in Aspen called Matsuhisa. Known for their epic Victorian era home they operate out of, there are food and drink options at a variety of price points. Check out the upstairs bar for casual drinks and eats.
Steak House No. 316
Don’t let the name fool you, this ski-chalet turned steak house serves up the best salad in town. That being said, if you turned up to Steak House No. 316, you’re probably not worried about the vegetarian options. Their steaks can come topped with everything from lobster to bone marrow butter, and their portions are generous to say the least.
“Craft cocktails and small plates are aptly titled after other strong women in history” – thus reads the official description of the speakeasy located at the bottom of the Aspen Times building. If you’re into exceptional spirits, this is a must-see. If we’re talking about the best places to drink in Aspen, Bad Harriet needs to be in the running.
Winner of the Grand Award from Wine Spectator 20+ years running, this restaurant inside the Little Nell hotel is one of the most incredible restaurants in town. If you’re there with a large party, and are really nice, ask for a tour of their wine collection (which runs about 24,000 deep).
Of all the places in the world to boast quality asian cuisine, finding superb Vietnamese food in a snow-capped resort town might most unlikely. Items of note? The Pork Bahn-Mi, the fried chicken, and the Beef Pho. As far as budget friendly contenders for the best places to eat in Aspen are concerned, this tops the list.