Plato's Restaurant

4.3
139 reviews
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$50 and over
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Farm-to-table
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  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
Daily 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 139 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.8
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3.9
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 13, 2018

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

The food is superb.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on August 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

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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2.0Dined on August 4, 2017

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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1.0Dined on July 21, 2017

All 4 entrees were under cooked and tough.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2017

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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4.0Dined on July 6, 2017

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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5.0Dined on June 30, 2017

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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5.0Dined on March 10, 2017

excellent in every way.highly recommended for everyone

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2017

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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4.0Dined on February 19, 2017

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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3.0Dined on February 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

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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3.0Dined on January 23, 2017

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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5.0Dined on January 6, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2016

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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5.0Dined on September 2, 2016

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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5.0Dined on August 31, 2016

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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5.0Dined on August 25, 2016

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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1.0Dined on August 24, 2016

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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2.0Dined on July 2, 2016

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.

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2016

Fine quality dining but insufficient vegetarian choices. A restaurant of this caliber needs more than one vegetarian entree on the menu - or be willing to create another dish.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2016

Ideal, quiet, excellent food and service. Perfect spot to share an evening with the long light and wonderful views up to Highlands ski area.

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