Plato's Restaurant

4.1
144 reviews
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$50 and over
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Farm-to-table
Bask in the golden sunset as you dine on the finest and most inspiring prix-fixe menu in the city at Plato's Restaurant. You'll discover 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. *PLEASE NOTE that we ONLY offer a prix-fixe menu at Plato's, where guests will have diverse options for starters, entrees and desserts to fit all dining needs.

"The first and greatest of necessities is food, which is the condition of life and existence.” – Plato’s Republic, Book 2
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Farm-to-table, European, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(970) 544-7824
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jason Thompson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W Smuggler's Street
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Parking details
no cost for parking
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Public transit
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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 144 People Are Saying
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4.6
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RY
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Plato's is special. Great room and great food. We loved our recent dinner there including the S'mores dessert which we would have again. Super

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is a little hard to find if you're not familiar with the resort property that it sits on. However, it is well worth the inconvenience of finding it. As opposed to the bustle of downtown Aspen, this restaurant is quiet and elegant with a million dollar view of the surrounding mountains. The sunset was spectacular out of the full height windows and from the outdoor patio area. And for anyone who loves interior design, it's Bauhaus theme is sure to delight you. The food is amazing and artistically presented. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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

Incredible service and knockout views!

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AR
New Mexico
28 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Rude waiter. Didn't stay or eat. Skip this & go for excellent meal at BOSQ instead!

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D
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The menu was limited. The lamb and steak were both very average cuts of meat. The sides weren’t appetizing. The mushroom grits appetizers were overly rich.

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L
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location view and service. New menu was a struggle. Salmon was pretty but bland. Chicken disappointed as well.

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AH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Two of The food starters were overdone and tough.

The main courses varied: the salmon was not fresh; the lamb was good.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While that have an alarm carte menu, we just love the three course fixed price menu.

The food is superb.

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ES
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, caring staff, very good cuisine. Disappointed only that they forgot about the special request for birthday dessert. Otherwise, really relaxing truly lovely dining experience!

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Plato's sits in the Aspen Meadows resort in a Bauhaus style building with high ceilings and expansive windows with a 180-degree view of Aspen Mountain and the Roaring Fork. The 3-course prix-fixe menu was fitting to the international clientele attracted by the Aspen Institute; beef, pork, game, fowl, and fish as choices. We shared the vegetable carpaccio to start - a magnificent melange of fresh, pickled and sun-dried thinly sliced seasonal vegetables in a magnificent vinaigrette - set the palate off right. The quinoa-crusted salmon and miso sturgeon were our mains - the salmon paired with a delightful fresh slaw and the sturgeon in a carrot and Italian baby eggplant misto. Both were cooked to perfection and well-portioned. The finale was the Bayer-inspired chocolate - a whimsical plate of brightly-colored rectangles incorporating white, milk and dark chocolate mousse around moist cake. It was breathtaking to the eyes and sumptuous to the taste buds.

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SS
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

setting gorgeous I had the salmon wrapped in black quinoa and it was quite dry but otherwise good.

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

Every year for the past 40 years, we have dined at restaurants in and around Aspen, this all be it was one of the most beautiful settings on the patio, however it was also one of the worst, a long with expensive meals we have ever had in Aspen. We spend about 4 months in Aspen each year. This week along with Plato’s, we ate meals at limelight, Ajax Tavern, Matsuhisa, The Hotel Jerome and Clark’s. They were all outstanding. The Meadows Resort and Plato’s are missing a great opportunity, with such a fabulous historic location. Our meal was truly unacceptable. Each year at Christmas we have a family group of 15 and some of our regular dinner reservations include Kenichi, Casa Tua and Rustique to name a few.
Just wanted to let you know how disappointed we were in our dinner and give you a point of dining reference we are coming from. Good luck in turning this around and optimizing this beautiful location!!

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D
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. Perfect for special occasions. It is absolutely beautiful, with spectacular views, delicious gourmet food, and impeccable service.

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SR
Phoenix
67 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

What a disappointment. One of the most attractive and convenient places in Aspen served our worst meal of the Summer. The average appetizers were the highlight of the meal. Attractive presentations but not very tasty veggie carpaccio, kale salad and roasted veggies. The worst was the mains. A pork chop that I would not serve to anyone. Skimpy, gristly and served barely warm. Our fish was not fresh and severely overcooked. The sides were pathetic.
A meal we wanted to like left us never wanting to return.

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HB
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a very special and amazing restaurant. The food, the service and the view are absolutely second to none. A cant miss when you come to Aspen.

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London
99 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The kitchen was at its best! All of our main courses were very good: salmon, BBQ mushrooms, lamb chops, and sturgeon. The service was very good and we all enjoyed the beautiful view from the lovely dining room.

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D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an outstanding dinner both from a food and wine experience. The server was also very good and friendly.

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CW
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Superb ambience. Good food. Menu could be a bit more creative with more selections.

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PM
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisitely prepared food, presented artfully. A surprise in the ingredients every time. But quite costly ($18 for one oyster!), and probably out of line with most local restaurants. Overall: a wonderful experience.

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EG
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Amazing view! Very simple and modern decor.
Service needs work. Wine list was pretty good but not 100% accurate (at least what we ordered). Fish was done very well and dessert was beautifully presented!

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PS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. Main complaint is that the restaurant is not well marked in the resort and was a little hard to find.
Amazing view of the mountains and sunset.

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D
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dining, excellent menu and very well served. The make over of the resort, Plato's and Hefner's lounge is terrific. This is an ideal spot for a quiet meal in a beautiful setting.

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JS
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and prompt, courteous service. Beautiful dining area with mountain views, including a gorgeous sunset. We will definitely return and recommend the experience to others.

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B
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Gone downhill from a couple of years ago when it was great. Food mediocre, not creative, over-sauced, often over-salted.

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KO
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

All 4 entrees were under cooked and tough.

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R
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, very nice waiter, fair prices for such a very nice restaurant. Beautiful view. Not noisy at all. Would definitely be excited to go there again!

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SR
Phoenix
67 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Very personal but still discrete. Cocktails and wine were fabulous. Dinner was delicious, topped all the restaurants we went to that week. Appreciated the complimentary shuttle back to downtown.

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent in every way.highly recommended for everyone

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R
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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ML
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious but two of us who had the short rib were surprised that it was not served hot enough.

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F
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Platos is usually a very good restaurant... but on this occasion the food presentation and quality was below par

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CR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove thru a snowstorm, it was well worth it. The food was creative, beautifully displayed and delicious. We would do it again

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AP
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

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J
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply, the best restaurant in Aspen. The quality and inventiveness of the dishes on the menu is astonishing.

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M
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little bummer that we we're not able to try their dessert but overall it was really delicious. They have great customer service as well. Definitely will come back in the future if ever we're in town. We loved the experience going to Plato's.

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WF
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Open Table's categories do not include "great food" as a reason for recommending. But it is in fact great food, beautiful view, and friendly ambience.

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FW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

We love to go to Plato's because of the quiet ambiance. It is one of the few restaurants in town where you can actually hear all the people at the table speak. And the food is imaginative and very good.

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D
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Plato's is truly a gem. Quiet, good food, excellent service, outstanding views of the mountains and ski area and, best of all, away from the hubbub of the down town.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Outside the hustle bustle of downtown aspen where restaurants are often overrated and noisy.
It has a very lovely view and the food is delicious

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