Aspen Kitchen

4.4
244 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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Aspen Kitchen features an elegant, warm dining room and a grand rooftop patio with unrivaled views of both Aspen and Red Mountain. Executive Chef Emil David has created a menu that celebrates contemporary American cuisine and seasonal local ingredients like Boulder Natural Chicken, Colorado Striped Bass, and Roasted Suckling Pig as well as legendary Prime Steaks from our patented dry-aging program. The diverse menu is complimented by an extensive wine list built around both old and new world vintages and a creative beverage program featuring hand-built cocktails and premium craft beers.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Closed.
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Phone number
(970) 300-4525
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Emil David
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Catering
For private events and catering please contact Melissa Camp at events@craveablehg.com

The Aspen Kitchen team will come to you anywhere, for any style and size of gathering. We bring restaurant-quality cuisine, hospitality and special touches to perfectly complement the uniqueness of the location you've chosen. We can provide everything you need for an intimate in-home Chef dinner, a elegant outdoor event, or a rustic yet luxurious group picnic in the woods - the only limit is your imagination!
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Cross street
Galena
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Parking details
Street parking available, free after 6pm
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Rubey Park Transportation Center
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Aspen Kitchen is the perfect venue for events of any size. From weddings and showers to business meetings, cocktail parties, fund-raisers and holiday parties, we are excited to work with you to make your event an unforgettable one.

The restaurant features an elegant, second level dining room surrounded by three walls of windows that allow 180° views of town and the mountains with warm, rustic wooden design elements accented by brightly colored tapestries. The space also boasts an impressive outdoor “garden” - an expansive patio perched above town with unbeatable views, a dedicated outdoor bar, and communal fire pits with lounge seating.

Executive Chef Matt O’Neill has developed a menu that celebrates contemporary American cuisine using classic technique and premium local ingredients including wild game and prime beef from our patented dry-aging program in addition to a decadent selection of seasonal desserts.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Beautiful setting - especially the outdoor patio. Wine steward very knowledgeable and helpful.

But the quality of the food doesn't match the price.

The Asian lobster buns were just ok. The escargot fritters a horrible misstep -- doughy, leaden, over-fried.

Steaks were cooked nicely - but homemade steak sauce is a ham-handed version of a BBQ sauce that overwhelms the steaks. Accompanying salad was sour and salty, delicate greens drowned in dressing.

Olanthe corn side dish tasted only of mushrooms, not of corn. Grilled summer squash were better. Both cost $10.

I don't mind paying $300 for a dinner for two, but when I do, I expect everything to be top notch. It wasn't here.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The bacon was delicious and had a great presentation. Entrees were both good (Salmon and the Ravioli). However, we ordered one side to go with the meal and it wasn't delivered until we were almost done with the meal. Overall, I would go again but only for a special occasion.

VR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Aspen Kitchen was amazing. The food was really delicious and the service was very nice and outstanding.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was our first time there. We really enjoyed everything about “kitchen” and will be back.

OT
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful options, no problem splitting each course so we could try more and not be stuffed!

YF
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall, not fantastic. Menu was a bit odd- all over the play. Aged beef was too much like jerky. Fish over salted. I went there with friends hoping to have a fab meal. The server was very nice which was the best part of the experience.

ST
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family absolutely loved Aspen Kitchen. The food was amazing and it was so nice to sit outside and see the mountains. My only comment would be ito add more candle light. It was dark and we wanted to see more of our delicious food

s
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

Our food was ok. Service was not so good. I think our waiter never opened bottle of wine before. I am not very picky customer, but presenting wine to the customer is a must. Just train your staff on wine service and food knowledge.

B
Seattle
68 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful experience with very savvy service. We were lucky to have great weather for the rooftop dining, with carefully placed umbrellas , as the wind kicked up.
The beet salad with local fresh cheese and quinoa was impressive in the textures and doneness of the baby beets. The 9 oz tenderloin was perfectly done -crisp outside and juicy all through. The local bass with chimi sauce was crisp and the eggplant was tender and flavorful with a tangy sauce. Sides of chick pea fries a bit heavy , but the carrots and zucchini beautifully done , and tender. Desserts were also freshly prepared and sorbet was satisfying.
Fun vibe, and we will return soon!

BR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We wouldn’t go back.

EG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is something for everyone, with good steaks, fish, vegetable dishes, salads and sides. The chickpea fries and the appetizer of thick-cut bacon are worth a visit all by themselves. The space is big, yet it doesn’t feel that way. Awesome bar service. Outdoor seating above the street is terrific if weather is right. This one is a keeper—. It is the only place we visited twice in the 7 nights we were there.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The bus girl did my entire order. I didn’t even see my waiter until I asked for the check. The eggs were great but the steak was awful.

M
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Though the restaurant was nearly empty, the service was very absent.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding and beautiful setting in and out!

LB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

if you are in the market for a nice but not mind blowing $200 dinner for 2 it's worth a visit. Everything was fine, nothing truly exceptional.

PG
Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond delicious! Rooftop dining was great especially during full moon! Servers were really helpful and the food was superb!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 5

Vegetarian cauliflower dish is awful.

MJ
Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

This restaurant will not be in existence by ski season. At 6:30 they were out of multiple dishes. The food is fine, not great. We will never go back.

ML
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous experience at Aspen Kitchen!! Every interaction... from the host to the bartenders to the chefs and busboys... was exceptional. The menu was fun, creative and yummy. Our server from Montana was delightful and professional and handled my husband’s dry humor with grace. We loved sitting outside and sharing the beautiful view of Aspen Mountain with our guests from out of town. Thx Aspen Kitchen! We’ll be back !!

OT
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Food was decent they were out of a lot of the main dishes we have had better food

J
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new find!

LU
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Try the rabbit! It is a must.

EB
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Food was overpriced and not great. Second time there and won’t return.

LD
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate on the patio and had a really nice experience. Service (food) was slow but the wait staff made us feel loved and not forgotten. Pricey just like most in Aspen, but the portions are decent and the food is tasty. Great tuna poke bowl and delicious soup!!
Baked potatoes are huge!

OT
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience. From the cocktails to appetizers to the main course and dessert- it was all delicious. The apps were amazing- especially the bacon.

LI
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Appetizer was delivered, two minutes later our steaks were also brought out. Both filets should have been rare. One was, the other was well. After bringing this up no action was taken. Don't bother to go. The atmosphere is far more optimistic than the kitchen is about service.

BB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chef Emilio is amazing! Great food and showmanship on his end/kitchen team. Aaron and Rab Stefanoic (excuse the spelling) were outstanding from a service point of view. Defiantly made a regular date night extra special and memorable.

OT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food! Horrendous service, probably the worst I have ever had. Even though the food is amazing, and I’m a huge fan of the restaurant, I’m not sure I’ll ever go back. The service was honestly a joke, for a restaurant of that caliber.

k
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

General Tso's cauliflower was great!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent excellent food. Distracted sloppy service. Bordering on rude.

L
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Not sure what happened but the space was a mess, our table was ready but not set with any silverware , service was slow and not so hospitable. Food arrived nearly 25 min after we ordered .. the location is nice, rooftop space with decent views. Once our food arrived it seemed like it sat under the heat lamp for a few minutes too long

OT
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

How do you have 4 cheese burgers without cheese? Fries cooked in the same oil as the French Toast appetizer? Least fav meal of the trip

OT
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Our server stood 5 ft away from our table and we had trouble hearing him. I felt rushed thru our meal. Apps came out quickly and before we were done our entrees came. My chicken was terrible. The cauliflower a mess to eat. I barely ate my chicken and my waiter did not ask why. I didn’t complain because that’s not my nature.

C
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious with good recommendations from both our waiter and the somlier. However once they started getting a little busier, the service level dropped a bit. But will definitely suggest this restaurant to others and would go back again

N
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aspen Kitchen has one of my favorite brunches to date. It's a must go when in Aspen.

D
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great potential to be a gem!!!

b
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

We had a really bad experience. Starting with an incredibly pretentious server. Plenty of details if the restaurant cares to know. Our appetizers consisted of the Pea Soup and salads, which were quite good. We ordered 3 of the dry age steaks. The meat was fairly tasteless and quite chewy, but the General Tsao’s cauliflower was excellent.
Lastly, on the menu (which is displayed outside of the restaurant) they advertise a family style dinner during the spring season for $44 per person. Of course, it was not available

RW
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Did not meet expectations. Our server was pushy. He wanted to get drink orders moments after we set down and was defensive when I told him I needed a few minutes to look over the menu. When my husband told the server that the burger was not cooked medium as expected and he did not like it, the server was again defensive and explained to my husband why he should like it. My husband did not care for his burger or fries. My dish was good but not amazing. Our other guest enjoyed her dish. It was a birthday celebration, so I wanted to order dessert. They only had two options (ice cream and panna cotta). Neither of which felt like birthday desserts to us. Our server recommended we go to City Market and buy a cake and two bottles of wine.... The menu also included items (e.g. Chef's choice) that when we inquired about we were cut off and told it wasn't available tonight with no explanation. If it had been just one of these things that would be have been fine, but the combination soured the experience for us. For spending nearly $200 on dinner for 3 people, I expected better.

LM
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

There was ONE dessert option which was extremely disappointing since the time we were there before they had amazing dessert options, and it was one of the reasons we wanted to return. . The $65 steak was sub par and we were sat directly in the sun without being asked if that was a preference. The hostess seemed less than interested in being there.

We had an amazing experience last fall and were totally bummed about our experience this Memorial Day weekend. We probably wont return to this restaurant.

MW
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love traveling to locations off season, and our experience at Aspen Kitchen is a prime example of why. From the service (Remington), the support staff, the sommelier and the Chef(I don’t think it was Emil, so maybe the Sous, but no matter), our evening dinner was the best of our five nights in town. In the span our first conversation, Remington read our moods and expectations perfectly, and he didn’t miss a step for the rest of the evening. The Chef’s Whim was perfect in execution and flavors. The wine pairing was spot on. The personal attentiveness from every staff member was outstanding. Huge thanks to everyone at Aspen Kitchen!

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