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Ajax Tavern

4.0
240 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Perfect For:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Hot Spot

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm: Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(970) 920-6334
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt O'Neill
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Spring St
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Parking details
Guest may valet though the front entrance of the hotel
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Public transit
The bus stop is located one block from the restaurant
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
3.9
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on March 20, 2017

The Tavern has been our go to spot for a reasonably priced casual night out when in town. The burger and truffle fries rank as the best in Aspen.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2017

Excellent dining experience; service exceptional ; food awesome

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2017

Poor quality food. Was very disappointed. Ambience was also terrible. Would recommend for apres ski only.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2017

Family dinner. Great food and quick service. Definitely would go back.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Really drafty and cold if you are seated near the windows. We had our jackets on for the entire time.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2017

A nice dinner out, not outstanding, but still fun! Expensive wine by the glass, but great location.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2017

Apres Ski bar that is quite lively, would recommend you wait till 7 for dinner so that crowd leaves and it quiets down some. Food was excellent. Authentic European food, veal schnitzel is wonderful. Onion Soup was fantastic. Plat du Jours available as well. Servers are top notch, friendly and fun group. Great place, I can highly recommend it.

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2.0Dined on March 2, 2017

Booked a table for 6 . Arrived 5 minutes early and table not ready . Put on a round table meant for 4 . Tables that would have been able to be put together to accommodate 6 properly were taken as the staff had not blocked the tables to make it ready for us . Very poor show and no real help provided .As we had to provide a credit card and would have been charged for not appearing not impressed at all . Food etc OK but we should have just walked out as the cramped conditions made enjoying the meal difficult . Surprised as we expected a much slicker operation as Ajax part of Little Nell . Compares poorly with all the other places at which we dined in Aspen.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

WELL KNOWN FOR THE APRES SKI TERRACE, THIS RESTAURANT IS ALSO WONDERFUL FOR THE DINNER.
IT'S A KIND OF BRASSERIE STYLE RESTAURANT WITH A DIVERSIFIED SIMPLE MENU: TRUFFLE FRIES, BURGERS, TERRIFIC SALADS, STEAK, MUSSELS...
THE SERVICE IS AWESOME AND THE DECO IS NICE: A GOOD SPOT AFTER A FULL DAY OF SKI!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Ajax was quant and the service was exceptional. The food was mostly very good; however, the COD was overcooked, under seasoned and tasted previously-frozen. The vanilla ice cream dessert was a bit of a disappointment as well as it was three very small (think melon-ball) scoops. The lemon tart was very good however.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2017

Great spot!! Best food in Aspen!! Service is friendly and great!!! Going back later in the week!

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2017

We've been going to Ajax Tavern for 20 years and always had consistently good food. On this occasion we had a mixed bag. Two of us had the veal schnitzel which was great. I had the nightly special Beef Strogonoff which was hugely disappointing. It would have been more aptly named "beef fat" stroganoff. There was very little beef in the dish , and what there was was connected to larger chunks of slimy fat. I filled my entire side plate with this inedible ingredient. The dish did contain some delicious mushrooms and a few carmelized pearl onions, but no sauce to speak of, which left the wide noodles coated only with tasteless beef fat.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2017

A consistently good place to eat dinner. Fish is always on the menu as a very creative vegetarian entree. The veggie entree was a curried lentil & heirloom cauliflower dish that was delicious. Service here is fast and friendly.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2017

We had 4 people in our group, and we all ordered different things (well, we ordered a fondue for the table, too:)). Everything dish was very tasty and original. Besides, the prices were very reasonable, especially for Aspen. Great place!

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3.0Dined on January 31, 2017

In the past we always looked forward to our meal at Ajax Tavern, an Aspen institution. But over the past few years we noticed the food went from outstanding to meh. The service was slow, the food was nothing special at all. There are better places to spend your money in Aspen. We will not be returning.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2017

W always love going to Ajax Tavern when we're in town.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2017

We booked Ajax as we thought it was the night fireworks were
Planned on the mountain right in front of the restaurant. Oops. They were the night before but we kept the reservation anyway and they did not disappoint. These ambiance is casual. The food is casual haute cuisine if that makes sense. Potatoes fried in duck fat. Kale salad with duck bacon was outrageous.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2017

Ajax Tavern, connected to The Little Nell, offers a casual dining experience overlooking Aspen Mountain ("Ajax").

The hostess and service was impeccable. And the quality of food matched.

Our table enjoyed the nightly special of Cioppino, Ajax Cheeseburger, Lamb bolognese, tomato soup, wedge salad and (of course, the mountain favorite) truffle fries. No one was disappointed, so much so, that we made another reservation before leaving...

Perhaps not suited for a romantic night out - although, perfect for a first date - but for all other occasions, especially families, Ajax has something for everyone, served by the best team in town.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2017

Their Elvis desert is amazing!!! We had to go back twice! Don't pass this up!

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4.0Dined on January 4, 2017

Okay. I think that the portion sizes are too large. It is a symptom of American dining. More does not mean better quality. I want a pasta with reggiano NOT marscarpone (that is used In Desserts). I feel very bad for the wastage of food.

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1.0Dined on January 3, 2017

We have been coming to Ajax since it opened. Each year, the food has been more disappointing. My husband's veal schnitzel was over cooked and extremely dry. My French fries were over cooked. While the salads were very good, the other entrees were just ok.

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2016

Go for lunch. Great location and fun atmosphere. Too loud and mediocre for dinner

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2016

Great ambiance. Good food. Outstanding service. Happening vibe and great location.

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4.0Dined on December 22, 2016

The wagyu tartar was so so, the mussels were great, the steak and frites were very good.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2016

What a great place. Delicious comfort food and the most amazing mojitos!!

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2016

Place was great. Service was extremely friendly and attentive. Tried their new Monday night fried chicken dinner. Outstanding.

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1.0Dined on November 24, 2016

We had Ajax Tavern's Thanksgiving special. Our food was not good. My stuffing and potatos were cold! The service was as bad as the food! Skip this restaurant!

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2.0Dined on October 22, 2016

The whole point in going out to a restaurant is to hopefully get food better than what you can make at home. They failed at that.

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3.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Seated prmptly. Gpod service. Food just ok. Would not return.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Food & ambience are great !

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2.0Dined on October 12, 2016

lacks wow of Aspen
it was really hard to get your server to notice you
food is so so

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2.0Dined on October 7, 2016

Had the Lamb Bolonagese ... Was bland, over priced, unseasoned, and the portion was mediocre ...

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2016

When it comes to excellence in cuisine, service, ambience and fair price, Ajax Tavern is one of the best restaurants in Aspen.

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2.0Dined on October 4, 2016

Having visited this eatery many times over the years, I would say this was my worst experience-- poorly prepared food, barely seasoned, served tepid rather than hot. Who's watching this kitchen?

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2016

We had dinner here, and most of us were very happy with our options -- including the pork schnitzel, the steak, kids' options. One person thought her hamburger was 'bitter' and didn't like the way it was made. The fries were great. Bottomless soft drinks, and very attentive service. The prices are exorbitant, which is to say that they're Aspen prices. We liked having the view of the ski slope/mountain out back.

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4.0Dined on September 28, 2016

Nice prix fixe menu every autumn - well cooked, large portions. Friendly service.

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2016

Spent four days in Aspen, ate at several of the top rated restaurants in town. Ajax Tavern was the was the only one that had reasonable prices. The burgers and fries were outstanding. My son had steak and frites, he said the steak was better than one we paid twice as much for a couple of nights before. The lamb bolognese was delicious also. The wine list had a good selection of fairly priced wines. Will definitely go back next time we're in Aspen.

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5.0Dined on September 21, 2016

Steak frites and beet salad were great! View is lovely. Just needs a fire pit!

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4.0Dined on September 20, 2016

Consistent quality, great service and the ability to order off the little nell wine list makes this a must!

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2016

Great food and the ambience both outside and inside are great for a casual dinner. The staff was attentive and knowledgeable on food and wine selection. The pace of dining was perfect and we were not rushed through our coffee.

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