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About Plato's Restaurant
“The first and greatest of necessities is food, which is the condition of life and existence.” – Plato’s Republic, Book 2
Bask in the golden sunset as you dine on the finest and most inspiring cuisine in the city at Plato's Restaurant, featuring local and regional fair as flavorful as the surroundings. Our exceptional Culinary Team selects the perfect seasonal ingredients to make your meal a truly memorable one. Come early and unwind with a glass of wine or specialty cocktail by the fire in the Hefner lounge. The magnificent view becomes as much a part of the experience as the delicious meal.
Aspen, CO 81611
International, European, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Thank you for a wonderful summer! Plato's is currently closed until June 2018 as we go through our renovation.
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
no cost for parking
We offer a shuttle service every half hour (full and half hour) to town and back, stopping at Ruby Park, Gondola Plaza and the Hotel Jerome.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Plato's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
One of the only quiet rooms left in Aspen plus great outdoor dining on the terrace. Started with a tasty duck prosciutto salad and had scallops for the main course. Both attractive and tasty. The chocolate cake for dessert a a bit disappointing but overall we were pleased with the meal and service.
Plato's is in our view one of the very best restaurants in Aspen. Located in the Aspen Meadows Resort adjacent to the Aspen Institute, about 10 minutes from the Gondola (and I think that you can pick up their shuttle at Belly Up and the Jerome Hotel and one more location in town), everyone there is incredibly friendly, with none of the stuffiness that you get at the "hot" "high end" eateries in town. We usually eat there a few times while we're in Aspen, and we have never had a bad meal, or a bad experience. Last night, after attending a violin concert by Simone Porter at the Aspen Institute's beautiful Harris Concert Hall, the hotel picked us up at the front door for the short drive to the resort, where our table had been held waiting even though we were a little late (due to well-deserved encores). We shared a raviolo appetizer from their winter menu - fantastic; and Cindy had the venison [perfect] and I had the sea trout [excellent].
Very quiet with an excellent view of the stars and crescent moon.
Food is very good, although the portion size does not give much value for the price. Service is good, though not "fine dining" quality. Overall a good place to go for good food, it's nice to break away from the downtown and enjoy the view this restaurant has.
We were quite disappointed with our Plato's experience. The service was horrible from the moment we ordered at the bar all the way through our meal. It took at least three people to get us a drink that we originally ordered at the bar. I ordered the yellowtail tuna appetizer and it came as regular tuna with no mention of the swap when I ordered. My husband was offered more bread and then it never came. The service was definitely off.
Plato's is a wonderful place, quiet, excellent views, out of the hubbub of central Aspen (they do have a shuttle to pick up and deliver folks), excellent wait staff, good wines and terrific food. This time of year the outdoor dining is great with unending views up into Aspen Highlands ski area. It can be crowded during Aspen Institute activities like the Ideas Festival. Make reservations in advance.
First night back open after snow season. Big event downstairs, but the dining room was lovely. Food was very good, and the chef came out to check on our level of satisfaction - we had requested GF and Dairy free - easily accomodated at dinner, but alas, no dessert. The rose by the glass was bland, but the sauvignon blanc that was suggested was lovely.
Excellent food in a superb (and very chill) setting. Perfect spot for a romantic dinner while watching the sun set. We shared the elk tartare, scallops, gem wedge, and duck breast. All were excellent, but the tartare and duck breast were the stars of our meal. We weren't starving, which was good because the portions are on the small side. But the quality is excellent! This place is a keeper. Also, free shuttle back and forth to downtown Aspen makes it completely stress free, even without a car.
The ideal dinner spot in Aspen for a quiet time with quests and for outstanding food. The service is always excellent. The dining room is well appointed with Herbert Bayer art and the tables are not jammed together. Dinner for two or for many - it is ideal especially if you want to have a quiet conversation.
This restaurant stands out above any other in Aspen, from the experience we had. This chef is on top of his game, everything was exceptional. There is nothing I wouldn't have ordered on the menu and we look forward to coming back soon. The waitress was so helpful and enthusiastic about her place of employment, one of the best servers we have encountered in Aspen. Don't miss this hidden gem.
Staff friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Lovely view and nice outdoor seating. Food is very good and attractively presented with reasonable portion sizes. If you want to be able to have a quiet conversation with your dinner companion, this is the place.
One of the most beautiful views we've seen at an Aspen restaurant. The food was incredible, better than we expected. Venison was the best I've ever had, by far. Highly recommend it. Great wine list- they chose quality wines at good prices rather than loading the wine list with lots of unimpressive expensive ones. They have four unusual wines that we love and rarely find in a restaurant. Very nice outdoor patio for drinks before dinner when the weather is nice, but I really wish they would put comfy high top tables and chairs on the patio, rather than uncomfortable metal chairs that leave a mark on your leg. Overall, I highly recommend it.
The view here over the Aspen Meadows is lovely and if you go at sunset you are in for a real treat. Otherwise, our dinner was below the level of many Aspen restaurants. To start, our drinks (gimlet, old fashioned) were just... blah. It seemed like the bartender was new to the job. For dinner, it took a while for the staff to figure out who was going to serve us. We started with the recommended egg/brioche salad, and it was honestly a little underwhelming. Not bad, but could have used more seasoning. The tuna tartare appetizer was pretty good, though my preference would be for a different toast than the crispy soy crackers with which it was served. But, no matter, still enjoyable. For our entrees we had the halibut (good) and the short-rib. The latter was like the salad... okay, but nothing that would make me want to return to the restaurant. So, our overall feel was that for the same prices, we can find many better meals in town... but go to the restaurant for a glass of wine, at least, and the view.
The view alone makes it worth going, so it's good to be there before the sun goes down, which gives a good window in the summer. the menu, however, is limited to choices of complicated dishes, with not one choice of something simply prepared or grilled. There is not one simple salad. Because of this, probably not a place to take the family. Portions are quite small, which is ok, as most restaurants serve too much food on each plate. Service was good and servers were pleasant.
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