Matsuhisa - Aspen
Matsuhisa - Aspen

Matsuhisa - Aspen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.matsuhisaaspen.com/
  • Phone: 9705446628
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open 7 days a week beginning at 6pm. Closed Thanksgiving.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Peruvian, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Philip Tanaka - Matthew White
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Matsuhisa Aspen is capable of providing off-site catering with chefs and serving staff for private parties as well as providing Matsuhisa's cuisine for your special occasions.
  • Private Party Facilities: Matsuhisa Aspen "Upstairs" is a turn of the century victorian house which offers a casual, but elegent space for any function.
  • Private Party Contact: Todd Clark 9705446628

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Monarch
  • Public Transit: Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) has stops on either side of our location; at Paepke Park (Main St and Aspen St) as well as Galena (Main St and Galena). It is a one block walk to Matsuhisa Aspen (Main and Monarch).
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free street parking surrounds Matsuhisa Aspen after 6pm and on Sunday.
A word from Matsuhisa - Aspen
Matsuhisa Aspen is nestled beneath a quaint victorian house in the mountain town of Aspen Colorado and features the cuisine of world renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Japanese-inspired seafood and sushi, as well as an ultra-hip scene and lively bar crowd can best describe Matsuhisa Aspen. We are a continuation of Matsuhisa L.A., Nobu New York, Nobu London and may more locations around the world.
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Matsuhisa - Aspen reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (12)special occasion (7)good for groups (5)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (2)neighborhood gem (2)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Tom58
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great food. One of our favorites in Aspen; we visit every time we're in town. Poor attitude from hostess but table side service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of Aspen's best
    foodiedudieVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Always great Japanese…Loved the interesting slider special with wagyu beef and crispy tofu bun. Spinach and shrimp salad plentiful and good choice to get some greens.Always love the miso cod and scallops with mushrooms was delicious. Super expensive, but what one would expect in this town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic meal!
    ggggVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My husband, 8 year old daughter and I celebrated my birthday and the meal was fantastic. My husband and I both had the Omakase - 8 courses chosen by the chef. This included wonderful sushi, truffle sea bass and wagyu beef with foie gras! They were also very helpful in finding something that my daughter would like to eat. Defininitely not a cheap meal, but worth it for a special occasion. The courses came quickly, without too much waiting, which can be a problem with multi course meal. Will be back the next time we are in Aspen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love everything about it.
    sandyBVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    food was amazing, service was great, whenever in Aspen i make sure we go there at least one time each visit! highly recommend for sushi lovers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    GonzousnVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Best sushi I've had since I moved back to the US from Tokyo. Outstanding quality and flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a treat
    Skip1VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We always eat there when we're in Aspen. It's our best meal anywhere, any time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 71 reviews are from the Matsuhisa - Aspen reviews archive.
  • Sunday Dinner
    llrDENVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We were celebrating my birthday in Aspen and this was where I wanted to go. Hadn't been in a few years. It was great! We sat at the sushi bar and had cold sake and marvelous food. Not inexpensive but you know that before you go. Will definitely return next time we are in Aspen.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • over-priced and under-taste. this
    AspenGirl
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    over-priced and under-taste. this restaurant is flying on it's name only - definitely not the food. there are better sushi restaurants in Aspen, so go to those first.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic. Elizabeth was our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Fantastic. Elizabeth was our server and took special care with us as we had never dined there before. We weren't rushed. She explained how to work with the menu. I can't say enough good things and the good reviews I read that prompted me to make the reservation did not mislead. Yummylicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always the best.
    Wineluv3VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Matsuhisa is expensive, but the service and food quality are without equal in Aspen. Always consistent and always the best. The yellowtail jalapeno and wild salmon new style are a must. The best sake anywhere! Very professional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Great sushi and tempura! Coconut banana spring rolls were excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is an excellent restaurant--we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    This is an excellent restaurant--we have eaten here many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over priced
    Mary
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Don't get me wrong, the food was good, but it is WAY over priced!! I know it's sushi and I know it's Aspen, but I don't think it was worth the $200 bill for only 2 people, no alcohol, no dessert, 1 appetizer and 4 rolls.
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very tasty. Creative spin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Very tasty. Creative spin on some traditional Japanese dishes. Scallops were terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    We booked reservations from reading online open table and other reviews. Our hotel concierge also said it was best around. They were all right! Very nice meal and great service. Even ran into Troy Aikman on our way out which thrilled our 2 young sons. We love sushi and like to eat it any chance we get and we were Impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best meals we've
    foodiedudieVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2013
    One of the best meals we've had at Matsuhisa. Our waiter made excellent suggestions. The spinach salad with grilled shrimp and truffle oil was out of this world. The wild salmon sashimi was so fresh. Off season is a great time to dine at this hot spot. Wallet took a hit, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best Japanese food available
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2013
    The best Japanese food available combined with excellent service. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very expensive, but fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Very expensive, but fantastic service and food. Great people watching as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Matsuhisa is always a treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Matsuhisa is always a treat and adventure in fine dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Sushi and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    Outstanding Sushi! Matsuhisa - Aspen Is by far the best Japanese restaurant in Aspen and one of the best in the entire United States. everything we ordered from the Sushi to the Tempura and then desert, was exceptional. The service was perfect and our server was very knowledgable about Japanese food and provided us with excellent recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food! Pricey but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    Excellent food! Pricey but worth it! The restaurant is small but so is everything else in Aspen other than the mountains.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like all Nobu restaurants,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/16/2012
    Like all Nobu restaurants, the food is amazing but pricy. The service was great and the ambience energetic and fun.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • THE place in the western states
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    THE place in the western states for sushi! No where else can compare.......but bring your wallet!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Japanese food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Outstanding Japanese food as usual. The service this night was not us to the usual standard but was still very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The finest Japanese food anywhere.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2012
    The finest Japanese food anywhere. Nobu and Matsuhisa restaurants are always outstanding but the Aspen location has the best food or the eight or ten locations I have dined in throughout the United States. It is also as good as any food I have ever enjoyed during my many trips to Japan. The sushi and sashimi are wonderful due to the high quality of the fish (I believe they have their own source and do not depend on the wholesale fish distribution channels utilized by other Japanese restaurants). The service was also outstanding and it seem the entire staff is knowledgable about Japanese food and has actually tried the various dishes. Early November is a slow time in Aspen but Matsuhisa's still does a good volume of business.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We tried the omakase (the
    chefsclubfan
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    We tried the omakase (the $150 level) and every course was delicious. However, I don't think what we received was worth $150 a person. Next time will order off the regular menu. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server was great and very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/10/2012
    Our server was great and very friendly. Food was excellent!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were first in the restaurant.
    LVMummyVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    We were first in the restaurant. Music was so loud we could not hear each other! Asked to turn down. They did but it got turned back up. Also the staff all scream some kind of welcome to incoming guests which creates more noise & chaos. Definitely not a relaxing place My sushi-liking friends say it is the best. All 4 at our table enjoyed the food but there are too many nice places in Aspen to put up with the chaos. My husband & I will not be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bring noise protection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    While the food was wonderful, the amount of noise on a Friday night was awful. My wife and I sat across from one another at a small table. We are under 50 with excellent hearing. As the evening wore on and the restaurant filled up, we found ourselves having to shout at one another. Our waiter had trouble hearing us, and communicating about the specials on the menu became a challenge. This amount of noise would be an anathema for food of this quality in a Japanese restaurant in Japan. It seems to serve no purpose. If we were to go again, I would recommend the small sushi bar upstairs next to the lounge. It was much quieter in there in a lovely room in the old Victorian part of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Third time, not wowed!
    AnitaVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2012
    Having dined at his NY restaurant and the LA one I expected to be more wowed. In fairness we did not do Omekaze this time. Other than the Sea Bass in black bean sauce, nothing was above very good. This dish, though, is magnificent. Service from David was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dependably Delicious
    Skip1VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2012
    We visit Aspen off-season once a year and always dine at Matsuhisa. We order old favorites and always try new things. Matsuhisa never disappoints. We look forward to next year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have eaten at Nobu on a
    Rick
    Dined on 6/3/2012
    I have eaten at Nobu on a few occasions in Las Vegas and the Bahamas and thought is was good but not worth the hype, Matsuhisa was an unbelievable experience!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful sushi, but very
    DenverVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    Wonderful sushi, but very expensive. Main dining room is in the basement and has a very closed-in feel to it - even though I am not usually bother by enclosed spaces, this room made me a bit nervous ... tables crammed into the space so you can hardly move. Next time I think I'll try to get a table upstairs in the bar. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Nobu success
    Coolloon
    Dined on 3/8/2012
    Was so good went back twice in the 5 nights we were in Aspen. And that's saying a lot considering Aspen has many wonderful places to eat. We were two females interested in meeting interesting people (male or female) and found the best mix was at Mtsuhisa. We first had dinner in the downstairs dining room, which was quite, civilized and delicious. We came back later to the bar and had desert and realized what a fun place the bar was. So another night we came back to the bar for drinks dinner and desert and that's what I'd recommend for singles.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not for mindful dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/6/2012
    In most respects this is the outstanding restaurant in Aspen, a mountain resort town with several excellent ones. It is also one of the most expensive and for us the most expensive among a group of 6 restaurants we visited during a week's stay. The service at Matsuhisa was also the most rushed, and not to our liking. Because of the high quality of the food and its presentation we don't quarrel with the price, but the duration of the meal was inappropriately short, allowing us little time to savor each dish before the next one arrived at our table. High speed service has not been a problem in this restaurant in the past, showing that they can do better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If you live close to NY or
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/29/2012
    If you live close to NY or L..A., Matsuhisa is a small notch down from Nobu. Sushi is high quality and signature dishes are excellent. Highlights are miso cod, toro tartar, rock shrimp tempura, new style sashimi and yellowtail jalapeño. Service is excellent and the restaurant has a great atmosphere. Prices are high but then again so is the food quality. If you can afford the check, it's a nice night out.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/24/2012
    Recommend the Black Cod, Tiger Roll and the Rock Shrimp Tempura
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most incredible meal. Went
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/12/2011
    Most incredible meal. Went omesaki and let the chef choose the night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ordered the lobster with wasabi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/9/2011
    ordered the lobster with wasabi pepper sauce. The dish had no taste with a slight hint of wasabi pepper sauce. not good, very disappointed. We are,however pleased, that open table relayed the message that my husband is a vegetarian, so the chef recommended a eggplant special. Not good either, he wished he would have ordered just vegetarian sushi. Also, needs a facelift. Old and worn. Never had this problem at Nobu downtown NYC location, fyi.
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  • My husband and I decided on
    QuickBiteVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2011
    My husband and I decided on Matsuhisa after hearing great reviews and looking for real contemporary hot spot while in Aspen for a short pre-season getaway. We dined in the downstairs dining room and bar. It was extremely traditional and uninspired. Had I known, we would have opted for the main floor lounge. The food was good and fresh. For the price and Nobu name, I would have expected more innovative and exciting cuisine. I would recommend for good sushi on the western slope, but don't expect a stylish, hot experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate