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8 awesome places to eat and drink in Aspen, Colorado

We love Aspen, Colo., for so many reasons, but on the top of the list? The vibrant restaurant scene, which grows more interesting over time, yet still manages to retain some old school icons. Here are the top spots you should visit when you're in this spectacular destination.

The Red Onion

This watering hole has been around since 1892! Some of the regulars look like they've been here since the beginning, and we mean that in the most respectful way. Don't miss the signature burger, with fries, of course. 

Element 47

The new high-end dining room at legendary Little Nell gets high marks for sourcing ingredients locally, which is no easy task in a challengingly short growing season. We loved Mary's chicken, a pan-roasted bird served on a intoxicating black garlic mole -- bravo, chef! -- and the stunning Waygu beef steak, with the expertly paired wines from the extensive wine list. Reservations are essential.

Meat & Cheese

Carnivores are going to love this upscale deli, with tons of house-cured meats and spectacular spreads. The chicken liver pate board is a thing of beauty, but we also LOVED the perfect kale salad. After dining, head over to the retail space and explore the carefully curated artisan ingredients from everywhere as well as a fantastic assortment of cured meats and cheeses. 


A recent arrival, this outpost of a popular Austin, Texas, restaurant replaced the beloved Little Annie's. It's an absolutely gorgeous space with a seafood-driven menu. Don't miss the ceviche, served with saltines. Caviar from China will cost you $500-plus. 

J Bar

This haute spot at Hotel Jerome serves up the most spectacular people watching on the planet. Sure, there might be celebrities wandering in, but they're not nearly as interesting as the local cowboys and cow gals watching the Broncos and making friends with everyone seated around them. Get the $18 signature burger and if you're feeling like a little surf with that turf, add some lobster salad for $9 more.

Little Ollie's

This sleeper is Aspen's oldest Chinese restaurant, and it does a bang-up job on its takeout business. On a snowy Sunday, an order of soup dumplings really hit the spot.

The Butcher's Block

Since 1972, this butcher shop, slash deli has been making sandwich lovers happy. We had the absolute best take out dinner that included a stellar meatloaf and twice-baked potatoes. The staff is super friendly and helpful.

Limelight Hotel Lounge

When it comes to après ski happy hour, there's no place quite like this place. Jump into the buzzy scene and order one of the $12 pizzas and $4 draft beers. 




Leslie Kelly
Leslie Kelly is a freelance writer.