Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro

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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
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4.6based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.2
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4.7
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Spyderrss
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience4

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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vipliketoeat2014
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

* 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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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipErics
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipCook
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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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vipjb8s
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It’s an experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Awesome experience

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Polilla
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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

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MikeM
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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NaomiS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the champagne

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Mule
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipSanjaS
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipAGC02554
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMoni
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was everything it said it would be.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great, over priced

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Monaco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall5food3service3ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall2food5service4ambience4

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience2

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Adelaide / SA
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Maybe the best dining experience in Aspen!

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mamatx
El Paso
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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

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vipGoodOystersinRockies
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2017
Overall3food2service2ambience5

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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CaaR
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall3food1service4ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2017
Overall2food1service2ambience3

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

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vipNick
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2017
Overall2food5service1ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall4food1service3ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Berlin
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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Chrissa
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience4

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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vipKeri
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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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vipChuckM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall3food3service1ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best mountain bistro there is!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 126 OpenTable diners.

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