Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro

4.6
126 reviews
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$50 and over
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European

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Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro is a ski-in/ski-out, cozy European style cabin, a legendary restaurant on top of Aspen Highlands. With views of the iconic Maroon Bells, dining here is a bucket-list worthy experience.

Lunch service feels like a slice of Switzerland in the Rocky Mountains with layered helpings of fondue and raclette as well as steak tartare, caviar and delectable daily specials. The wine list includes an ever-changing array of international varieties and fine Champagne. For dessert: strudel, anyone?

At the top of the Cloud Nine Ski lift, we are a ski-in, ski-out restaurant.
Join us every Wednesday and Thursday night for our public open-snowcat dinners! Seating is limited to 40 guests, and has an 18 person minimum. To learn more please visit our website at https://www.aspensnowmass.com/our-mountains/aspen-highlands/dining/snowcat-dinners-at-cloud-nine
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:30pm
Dinner: Wednesday & Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(970) 923-8715
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Johnston
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Top of Cloud Nine ski lift
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Dancing, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

They were kind enough to change our reservation from first seating to second seating, and told us they would put us in a closed room, which we were happy. We ended up in the middle of the place without knowing what was going to happen. Incredible experience, though our electric grill was brought to our table minutes before the first song. We were transferred outside after we just walked out. Would have appreciated experiencing the food more and told not to order what we did as they were not going to get it on time for us for the “tradition”. Hence, serving is too short for the party experience.

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

* champagne 'rain' w/DJ party starts in the afternoon, w/ people standing/dancing on tables. if you want to stay 'dry', sit on the smaller back room side (but you'll still hear/see the party)
* steak tartare, charcuterie and fondues--and champagne rule the day!
* this place is on the Aspen Highlands mountain--great views, and you'll need to be at least an Intermediate-level skier to access

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at Cloud Nine. The views are breathtaking.

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Miami
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cloud 9 is a must go to for anyone skiing in Aspen!!!

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Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent! The atmosphere was lively and most of the staff was great. Some of the crowd seemed a bit pretentious...
It was a nice break from the snow. Not your typical on the mountain restaurant.

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j
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s an experience

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Awesome experience

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

You could not describe it!!!!!
Totally worth it! We had a blast

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MM
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great crazy experience that you would expect at the 2 pm seating at Cloud 9. It’s a great fun experience.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the champagne

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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely perfect! We ordered the Tomahawk ribeye which was unbelievably delicious and the cloud 9 experience is simply the best apres ski.

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Miami
11 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time there and we love it. If we ski in Aspen/Snowmass we love to eat here.
Fun way to eat and nice staff!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great experience! Great service! Best music!

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AG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an A++ experience from the food to wine, service, ambiance, and on...

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was everything it said it would be.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great, over priced

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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Monaco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Cloud Nine is an absolute must when in Aspen. Book the 2pm seating 30 days out to guarantee a spot. We booked it two days in a row. First day we hit the mountain runs and the second we hiked the bowl and went directly to cloud 9 from there, but be sure to leave yourself plenty of time. Order food if you plan to drink more than 1 or 2 drinks as they wont serve you without ordering food because of the liability which makes complete sense. The music and crowd gets super rowdy by the last 45 mins or so. We danced on chairs to some classic hits and sprayed veuve everywhere it was epic!! friends of ours were recently engaged at the top of the mountain and the restaurant manager gave our group a bottle of champagne to enjoy. highly suggest going-- it was an incredible apres experience!! (Cost$-- food for 6 and 3 bottles of Veuve and a couple of beers split between 6 people came to about $130 USD each)

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and service were great, but if you can not get the second seating it is not worthwile. Our reservation was for the first seating and were rushed to eat and leave the table.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Really bad and expensive experience... will never come back and will never tell anyone to go there neither

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Adelaide / SA
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must for anyone who has not been who travels to Aspen. I can’t put in words how much fun we had. Worth every penny.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Maybe the best dining experience in Aspen!

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El Paso
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is as delicious as it is fun. Two thumbs up. Ricardo took excellent care of us!

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Skip the food, which was good but overpriced, and ski straight into the apres outside.

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Denver
19 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

This review won't matter because I understand that Cloud 9 is the most profitable restaurant owned by the Aspen Ski Company and it's nearly impossible to get a reservation during the season, especially for the ever lively 2 PM seating which becomes a bacchanalian festival reminiscent of the movie "Caligula." I mean seriously, when people start spraying $125 bottles of Verve Cliquot around the room, you know there's too much money in the world. The food is good -- not great and seriously, $49 plus tax and service for a quinoa salad or bowl of pasta bolognese is pretty outrageous. However, it's not the food people come for. It's the jaw dropping, spectacular setting of the mountains in the backdrop of this Swiss inspired restaurant. In the "old days" the party thing seemed spontaneous... for 15 minutes at the end of the meal, suddenly the music got cranked up and everybody went crazy dancing on tables and chairs. Now there is an anticipation and almost expectation that this is going to happen and the restaurant orchestrates it especially with the new sophisticated sound system throughout the restaurant and the longer playlist of songs...always the same mix of party favorites I might add. THE TRUTH is that if you are with the right group and have had enough to drink, THIS IS A FUN TIME for sure. But you will pay through the nose for it. AND, be sure to check you bill. We had a mistake on our and somehow I don't feel like it was all that accidental.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Very disappointed with our meal. Had waited a long time to eat here. Fondue was decent, but soup was not very good, call it Campbell's. Salmon flavorless. Raclette was imitation. way overpriced. Will not go back.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Its very overrated and over priced the food wasn't good at all. The location and mountain views are spectacular

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Epic time - really enjoyed the overall experience. Cloud Nine is a must.

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Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2017
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

when we orderd the first bottle of champagne we were forced to order some food as well (although we asked before, if it's ok just to have some drinks - and that was answered with a "yes") - when we wanted to order the second bottle of champagne, we were not allowed to!
very strange

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 4food 1service 3ambience 5

Good thing you don't go for the food,
As it is terrible. But otherwise, what a ball.

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

High Attitude Champagne Spray!
Lovely Staff, Terriffic Energy - celebration of the bubbly side of Life!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as usual ! Table was ready, very kind staff, excellent food !

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is great and lots of fun, but you have to make a reservation on the 2pm slot. Otherwise is a packed, overcrowded restaurant with overrated really horrible-horrible food! Our party of four were all sick afterwards from their food. And really overpriced!! Maybe you should try the raclette.. we didn't try that. Other than that is a fun place!

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K
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This was our second time eating at Cloud-9 and the food was average and very over priced - but I guess they can charge more because they are on the mountain. We had a noon reservation, but if you can get a 2pm reservation I'm told this is better because there is a DJ at that time. If you can't get the 2pm reservation I would recommend to eat someplace else on the mountain.

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CM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our group was unaware of the options that they offered for lunch. We still wanted to enjoy The remaining part of the afternoon on the slopes so we did not want to eat too much. When we ordered small portions and did not have bottle service the waitress had a real attitude towards us and was very unfriendly. She made several rude comments to our group like we did not belong there. We will never go back there to eat but rather maybe have a drink outside on the deck.

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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Olga was a bit snippy and condescending. She made our group feel as if we weren't good enough to be there.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lunch we had at Cloud Nine was as good, fun, energetic and full of atmosphere as we had expected and wanted it to be. A definitive must in Aspen if you want a lunch in a place like the ones you're sometimes lucky to find in the Alps, but that you hardly ever find in US skiing areas.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best mountain bistro there is!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cloud Nine might just be the best lunch in the ski business! So fun, so beautiful 😍 add a gass of champagne and it's easily the best time you'll have at the Highlands (well, except the Bowl with pow). "Ski in Dance out" is the motto ... it's a good one. We can not wait to go again!

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