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About Kenichi Aspen

Thank you for visiting Kenichi, Aspen's premier contemporary Asian cuisine and world class sushi. Known for its exciting sushi bar, bustling dining room, and hip bar scene. Locals' favorites include Dynamite Shrimp, Blackened Tuna, Black Cod Misozuke, and Yellowtail Serrano Sashimi. Enjoy our private "Rock Star" booths and Aspen's only private Tatami Room for larger parties. Treat your pallet to our extensive wine list and allow our staff to pair our exquisite cuisine with one of the largest sake lists in the country.

533 East Hopkins Avenue
Aspen, CO 81611
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Asian, Japanese

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Hunter Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(970) 920-2212

Website:
http://www.kenichirestaurants.com/

Public Transit:
Most local hotels and lodges offer transportation to and from Kenichi.

Executive Chef:
Kiyomi Sano

Private Party Facilities:
Kenichi Aspen offers a private tatami room that seats 12-14 people. We also have two rockstar booths for semi-private dining, up to 5 people. At Kenichi our large dining room allows us to accommodate larger parties, please contact the restaurant for more information.

Private Party Contact:
res@kenichiaspen.com: (970) 920-2212

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Kenichi Aspen Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (8)
Authentic (7)
Good for a Date (7)
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People Watching (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Bar Seating (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fun (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Casual (3)
Healthy (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Romantic (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Dallas)·Dined 4 hours ago

Excellent sushi, and wine list. Great service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Unmissable when in Aspen, especially if you love truffles! Order the cheese fondue with the truffles. Reserve well in advance!

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This was our second visit to Kenichi . We were coming from toronto and asking for a very specific table and we were pleased to see our 4 seats available and saved even though the place was packed. Love the food, love the service. Missed communicating with the chef this time but got a chance to say hi just before he left for the evening.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Yum. The food here is creative and delicious. I’m still thinking of the dynamite shrimp. Yum.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This was ok. We enjoy our japenese very much and this restaurant just seemed to be the most average food you can get.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Good food, but way too expensive!

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The food was excellent and our sever gave great suggestions. Had mixed emotions going in because of some of the negative reviews. I would definitely go back. The black cod and eggplant were amazing. Had other dishes and rolls as well, but those two stood out. I would also recommend the tempura ice cream.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (México)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Nice sushi roll creations and other small plates

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great food.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Kenichi is one of the better restaurants in Aspen. Food is always high-quality and people-watching is incredible. Definitely on the expensive side, but not outrageous, depending on what you order. Definitely need a reservation in season. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on January 1, 2018

With 4 people in our party, food came out separately for 3 people. 4th persons veggy roll never came after 1 hour. Sushi chefs went from slow to slower with little regard for orders
Waiter repeatedly apologized, however eventually we just asked for bill and left (without getting veggy roll)

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was outstanding, and the service was excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our reservation was for 7pm. We sat down at 7pm and ordered a lot of food Our food came so fast and they didn’t give us a chance to enjoy it by trying to remove plates before we were finished. We were done and bill paid by 7:30pm. We had no chance to enjoy our food as we were pressured to eat quickly and get out. Very expensive dinner for 30 min.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great. Best sushi in Aspen.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Fantastic sushi , great service from a friendly staff.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Every trip to Aspen must include a meal at Kenichi. Fresh great food, always great service, fun place.

Tags: Quick Bite, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Healthy, Spicy, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Live Sports, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Acceptable across the board. Not memorable but certainly acceptable.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food good as ever but shocking service. Hopefully will get better as the ski season moves on

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Love this place-high quality sushi and less scene than Matsuhisa.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We did not have the best experience this time at Kenichi. The service was bad and it is cold and a bit dark. The drinks/saki are over priced as well.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Have dined here before and always enjoyed it. Took 40 minutes for server to take our order. Food came out inconsistently. Appetizer after entree. No apologies. Need to rethink visiting again

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The first time we came a few years ago it was very good. This recent visit was disappointing. Service was terrible, soup was cold and the sushi tasted like it had been made beforehand. Dynamite shrimp was good that's about it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Loved the hot plates and sashimi. Sushi rolls and dessert where not the best.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We always enjoy Kenichi and really loved having the private enclosed table! Thank you.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our waiter was the best and very knowledgeable. He recommended some great plates and we actually repeated a couple of them.

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great Asian food- excellent quality- good service- save some space for the dessert

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Every time we visit Aspen, this is one restaurant we will always visit. Great vibe. Great Food. Great staff.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Food was great. We sat at the sushi bar, so our server was not fully serving us. We ordered sushi from the chef and anything else from our server, but she wasn't always around. For our special occasion, I would have sat at a table for better service. Blake roll was amazing!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Wonderful sushi. Not the maot extensive menu, but nough, and the staff were willing improvise/substitute. Everything was very fresh, and wonderfully done. Good specialty rolls and appetzers, and the staff were fantastic. Great service (though we were there at an off-hour). Not cheap, but sushi of this quality never is, and I whought that we got very godd value. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Outstanding dinner and excellent service. And... a bartender who knows what he/she is doing! Will be back soon.

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 (Berlin)·Dined on August 6, 2017

There was not a single item that we ordered that we wouldn't have ordered at least two more portions of. Everything was terrific.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great waitstaff and managers. Friendly. Very good food. Variety of options. Variety of drinks. Highly recommended.

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Delicious! Great waiter. Music was turned up so loud at 9:30, we could not visit with our guests. We asked 2 different waiters if the music could be lowered. We suspect this was a technique to get diners to leave by 10:00pm. Not cool.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Excellent meal!

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Sushi does not match the quality of Matsuhisa, but quieter and less cramped. Good selection of rolls and sashimi. Solid drink list (cockstails, wine, and sake). Great atmosphere.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Arguably the most twilight zone dining experience I've ever had. So much went wrong in the way of service, there is not enough space here to write it down. Our server was completely out of it and was inaudible. He forgot that he had already introduced himself and took our food & drink order, came back 10 minutes later and intro'd himself again, we told him he'd already done that so, he argued, we laughed and asked if he had a twin working because we swear it was you and it was. We placed our order again and I suggested he might want to check with the kitchen so he doesn't double up on anything, he didn't and of course they did as he spaced talking with us and taking our order. No water, soy sauce, asked 3 times for a glass to go with the beer that was ordered, ordered a carafe of sake and a single serving came out. another server would run her fingers and then tap her nails across our table every time she would pass by....I got up and asked the hostess if I could speak to the MOD and she said she was. I wasn't really sure if she was or not, but she did do a good job of trying to win us over. Unfortunately, it was too late to be salvaged. 1/3 of the food order was doubled, 1/3 what was what was ordered, 1/3 was a no show. What we ate was tasty, the service was horrendous, so disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Disappointed
Sashimi was excellent
The rolls were not, very rice heavy-very little inside

Service was lousy, we were given edamame and drinks very quickly
Then forgotten about
Ordered just apps first under the advice of our server
Brought to our table quite sometime later
Then finally order rolls and dinner

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Best sushi in Aspen. Expensive, but worth it. We've been many times.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Amazing place, great food....
A must

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Always excellent, super fresh, creative combinations that really work. The tuna with bleu cheese and truffle is an excellent example. Also the fresh grated and pickled wasabi is delish.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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