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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, hip bar scene and Asian Martinis. Locals' favorites include Dynamite Shrimp, Blackened Tuna, Broiled Marinated Black Cod, and Wild Salmon Sashimi with Goat Cheese and Red Onion Vinaigrette. Enjoy our Private "Rock Star" booths and Aspens 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/

Catering:
From a casual cocktail party to a formal wedding , Kenichi offers an unparalleled catering experience. Let our superior staff make your occasion unforgettable. our master sushi chef, Kiyomi Sano, welcomes the opportunity to create a spectacular, tailor-made menu for your special function. Not only does our catering team compliment a private party at your home, we can also work in conjunction with your favorite hotel or lodge, providing a sushi bar for the cocktail hour or preparing and serving the entire meal. Have our custom-built sushi bar and artfully presented food, enhance your event.

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:
Brent Reed: (970) 920-2212

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Mountain Rescue Aspen Benefit, Open to the public! 50% off benefit for Mountain Rescue Aspen, make a donation to Mountain Rescue and received 50% off your entire bill at Kenichi, Wednesday June 18th. No reservations please, first come first serve, open at 5:00. Kanpai!

Kenichi Aspen Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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Healthy (3)
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Pre/post Theatre (3)
Business Meals (2)
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 16, 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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

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·Dined on September 24, 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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vip
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

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

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·Dined on September 1, 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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·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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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on August 14, 2017

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

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vip
 (Berlin)·Dined on August 7, 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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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 6, 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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·Dined on August 5, 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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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Excellent meal!

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 29, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Fabulous food and great service! A bit Pricey but worth it

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Unless you are loaded and don't care what you spend on food, don't sit in front where the master sushi chef works. He'll temp you to "try" new dishes and once you get the bill you realize you've been taken.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Food was solid but service was terrible. Server was a nice guy but kept getting orders wrong and just flat out missing things. He was pretty flighty.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on June 30, 2017

Everything from our booth to the food and the server were the best of the best!!! This is always the best, and such a fun night out. We ate every bite, and felt just right when we were leaving. Such a treat!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Favorite place in Aspen to eat!! Fresh sushi and great cocktails! Must try if you are in Aspen!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2017

The food was amazing! so amazing, i brought my mother back three days later just for the veggie options. by far the best dishes were the eggplant and the crispy tofu though the beet salad was fabulous and the spicy edamame were to die for!! my friends all had sushi and we're very happy. on thursday night we had a waiter who talked a little too loud and too fast but our waiter (doug) on sunday night was fabulous. kenichi was amazing for the sushi and non sushi lovers alike!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fun, Spicy, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 11, 2017

While the tempura and Brussels sprouts were excellent, the special sushi rolls were a bit over-spiced (not too spicy but too flavored) for the subtle fresh fish to come through

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Quiet in the off-season, which I always enjoy as an Aspen local. Waiter/waitress were both very attentive. Hijiki salad was interesting and different. Sushi rolls were fresh and tasty. Lots of appealing menu choices for heath conscious diners.

Tags: Vegan, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (Detroit)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Food was amazing. Service was good but not attentive enough

Tags: People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 1, 2017

What a gem in Aspen, CO! The sashimi and sushi was some of the best pieces of fish I have ever had. The waitress was great at putting together a fun meal for us, and also knew the wine list inside and out. They could have used more reasonably priced sparkling wine options however - this is an area for improvement. While not cheap by any means, it was definitely more reasonably priced than other high end Aspen dining options. Landing the corner "rock star table" was also icing on the cake. Would love to go there once a week if I lived nearby.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Food was great. Service was terrible. We didn't get much of what we ordered, couldn't find waiter for much of the evening so had to grab bus boy to order. It was a bit ridiculous-since they were not extremely busy. Would recommend Maru or matsuhisa for a better experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Great service! Good food . Happy place

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Kenichi is always a stop for us when in Aspen. Really great sushi and japanese food in general. Good for family, couple, young, old. The food is terrific, service fantastic, atmosphere fun and festive. Not as stuffy as other sushi places. The game is on in the bar too.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2017

We are regulars and love the food. Everything was great but the service was terrible. Our waiter Runt was either inexperienced or he had too many tables. Had to chase down bus boys to clear the dishes and had to grab Runt to order more food and another bottle of wine. He kept reminding us that it would take at least a half hour if you ordered a roll. The manager came by and kept telling me he would take care of "it".

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Kenichi blew me away. The eggplant appetizer was insane and both vegetarian rolls were incredible. Crispy tofu was the best I've had. Just an amazing night overall. We will be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vegan
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 8, 2017

The food was excellent, however the service was very spotty. We ordered drinks, appetizers and the children's food (no kid's menu; you have to order off the main menu). Kids' food was $29 each for the grilled chicken and we had to pay extra for a side of rice. Runners brought the kids' food fairly quickly, except it was on sizzling hot plates. We had to ask someone to plate it on regular plates so our kids wouldn't burn themselves. We got our appetizers and then didn't see our waiter for 30 minutes. We had to ask several employees where our waiter was so we could order our main entree. The sushi was very good; very fresh. For a $300 bill, the service should have been much better than it was.

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 (London)·Dined on March 5, 2017

The food and table service were - as usual - excellent. Love that they have Kistler wine on the menu (and long may it remain that way).

But...

We had a late booking at 9pm and when we arrived the hostess at the entrance was on the phone obviously on a difficult phone call.

However, she ignored us for 10 minutes and remarkably none of the other waiting staff stepped in to help even though there was a queue amassing at the front door.

Come on guys, just because it is late and you're busy there's no need to get sloppy. We were only in Aspen for the weekend (from London) and due to our treatment on arrival it wasn't quite the experience we have had in the past.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 2, 2017

We love absolutely everything about Kenichi. We dine here every time we come to the mountains.. The menu with all its specialty dishes , consistently prepared with the freshest and tastiest ingredients and the friendly knowledgeable team all go towards making this the best evening out in Aspen.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 1, 2017

Horrible place and horrible food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Good food but too spicy
Table was ready at time of reservation

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Food very good, but I'd go there for the fish and not necessarily the steak or chicken dishes. Steak or chicken weren't bad, just nothing special

Tags: Authentic
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