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Ajax Tavern

Ajax Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thelittlenell.com/TLN/restaurants/ajax_tavern.aspx
  • Phone: (970) 920-6334
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm: Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Matt O'Neill
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spring St
  • Public Transit: The bus stop is located one block from the restaurant
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Guest may valet though the front entrance of the hotel
A word from Ajax Tavern
Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, offering French-American Tavern Cuisine, featuring farm to table cooking with local ingredients. This “Aspen casual” restaurant is the type of place where you can come as you are and expect fun food with fresh ingredients, such as Colorado Lamb Bolognese, Classic French Onion Soup and signature selections such as the Ajax Double Cheeseburger and Truffle Fries. The Little Nell is proud to name Matt O’Neill as the new executive chef at Ajax Tavern, the casual dining spot known for its lively patio and distinctive bistro fare. Prior to moving to Aspen, Matt gained notoriety from the Boston Globe and the New York Times for his work as executive chef at PB Boulangerie-Bistro in Wellfleet, MA. Other highlights of Matt’s career include two years at the three Michelin starred Restaurant Daniel in New York and the grand opening of Bar Boulud in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Our group of 7 dined on a variety of items: mussels (served w/o a crustry bread to sop up the tasty broth), French onion soup (yum!), house salad, quinoa salad (different), skate, elk, lamb, and fondue. Sadly the cheese fondue had waaay too much alcohol in it. It was not edible for either the teenagers or adults in our group. We are not the complaining type and had plenty of food. Maybe the wait staff could advise the strength of the alcohol flavor, especially when minors are ordering it. Otherwise, our dinners were delicious and the location and ambience can't be beat."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Ajax Tavern provides a good meal with a fun and energetic ambience. The truffle fries are absolutely delicious and a "must try" for any first time diners. Other food selections are dependable, though nothing special to write about. Ambience can be very loud and overwhelming during busy vacation ski weeks; bar scene and après ski crowd is always bustling and keeps the place always feeling like a scene. Proximity to the gondola and connection to the Little Nell's always keeps things hopping."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "I heard so much about this place and how famous etc. it was and cannot figure out why. Besides the truffle fries there was not anything else I can say was over the top. Service was good and friendly. Perhaps being from south Louisiana and spoiled by the finest food around I'm a bit harsher than most."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Ajax Tavern is always delicious with some fun menu items for the more adventurous. Will look forward to our next encounter!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Our food took over an hour to come out and then it was cold it was a very poor experience and others in my party told me that this is not unusual for this restaurant"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The menu is too small. We have eaten here before. Has declined from more upscale ambiance. Fantastic location. Should be better utilization of space and location."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "So disappointed to find that an old favorite is no longer worth a visit. The menu was pretty uninteresting. Some food was over salted to the point of being indelible. The waitress was indifferent.Will not be back."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Very disappointing. First time in Aspen and I was told this is a must go to place. The tomato soup tasted like it Campbell's canned tomato soup. The accompanying half grilled cheese sandwich was quite good. More disappointing was the Tuna Tartan - completely flavorless. We asked for wasabe to give it a kick and were given horseradish. How can you serve Tuna Tartar without a wasabe type of seasoning? Very disappointing."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "At the base of the gondola, as you might expect, good for basic good food and Apres. We went on fondue night, got there early, before the last of the Apres crowd had left. Two hours after the lifts closed, they were in full swing... After they left, there was a palpable drop in noise level, but still boisterous. Good service, good food. BTW, the regular menu is still available on fondue night, but I'd go with the fondue- especially the desert!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "good food, good wine selection. Good value Wednesday night 'fondue special'. I just don't understand those last two booths in the restaurant. We were seated in the 2nd last booth -- it's located between the kitchen and the washrooms; never good. The booth behind us and in front both had windows. Ours had a wall. I asked if we could move 'one over' but was told it was reserved for 'someone who "owned" the table' or something like that. Left us feeling 'second class'; not that hard to do in Aspen. I prefer to make my mark on the hill as one of the Greatest Skiers to ever ski here! I shall be judged not by the thickness of my wallet but by the quality of my effortless arcs and airtime. :-)"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We had a very good meal and good service. The elk was amazing! My only complaint is that when they confirmed a birthday dinner by phone, they never acknowledged it that evening adn I didn't make a big deal about it but thought it strange. Overall we had a really good time."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Nice restaurant close to the gondola in aspen. Great food, good service and wine list."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "Excellent oysters and tuna tartare. The charcuterie plate was heavenly - the Iberico chorizo makes you want to come back as a pig just so you can taste that good you could take a bath in the coarse mustard. The truffle frites are amazingly decadent. Wash it all down with a bottle of the Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and polish the night off listening to the Gypsy All Stars at the Jas Cafe - what a night!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Food, service and ambience were great. Monica,our server, was very nice. My family and I will definitely return to Ajax on our next trip to Aspen."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Went to dinner with friends. Had a difficult time finding a quiet table because the restaurant was very loud. It was nearly impossible to talk and hear what our friends were saying- Between the kitchen noise and numerous children crying and jumping in booths and running around . Yikes! Food and service was excellent."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "We were disappointed given all the great places to choose from in Aspen that we wasted our evening at Ajax. We were looking for a casual spot with good food. It was mediocre at best. I commented to the waitress that flavors of the salad were good but that I did not think the greens were very fresh. She said she was sure they had to be because it was their special for the day. We wouldn't recommend it nor would we return."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "Took a friend for his first time visit to AT - he'll be back soon! Best burger in town, great lamb bolognese, wonderful and friendly service. A true gem in Aspen."
    Dined on 9/14/2013