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About 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.
Aspen, CO 81611
French, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm: Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Guest may valet though the front entrance of the hotel
The bus stop is located one block from the restaurant
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Ajax Tavern Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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