Aspen Grille- Colorado State University

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American
The Aspen Grille is a student-run restaurant, and part of the hospitality management department at Colorado State University. We try to provide laboratory environment for our students, while maintaining excellent quality of food and service.
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TC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please give our thanks to the server. The service was excellent, and the food was yummy. Grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup on a cold snowy day is just what I like for lunch.

VD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience at Aspen Grille at CSU. Students were very friendly, food was good and a great value. We were on campus visiting our student but don't hesitate to dine there as a local choice!

b
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed with organization, food quality and flavor. service was fast our daughter is in the program and she was our server.very impressed definitely recommend to all my coworkers.thanks

SR
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my dad for 75 th birthday lunch! He loved it.

KN
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service seemed a little "proper". It felt like I was some place super fancy. I wish the wait staff was a little more attentive and a tad bit friendlier and didn't seem so awkward, BUT I do understand that it's a classroom and learning experience. Overall the food was true to the flavors that I was raised on, I went during the APIDA Filipino food special.

PS
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service and food. This place is wealth of knowledge for its students and the faculty/instructors should be proud of themselves. Oh, and the instructur’s buns are the best in town. They are golden brown, firm yet soft and fresh, and warm to touch. Clearly they are a notch above the rest.

SR
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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SR
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must if you are on campus or visiting the area! Love the food and always love to support learning.

DM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to have a lunch with guests. The students do a great job.

SR
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great opportunity for the students! We are fortunate to have this on our campus. Can’t wait to return, so many dishes to try.

P
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The menu needs to comport with the menus of the restaurants of today, by that I mean, you need to tell in some detail the contents of the foods you are offering (ie. black eyed peas/beans with hot spice, onions, tomatoes, etc. for those who can't eat highly spiced foods or onions, tomatoes etc ; pecan pie with whip cream for those who are lactose intolerant. This will allow customers to choose foods or request adjustments to the foods offered so that they can safely eat at your restaurant.

The catfish was mushy and had some kind of gristle in it. The cornbread was slightly undercooked. The crust of the pecan pie was perfect and offering one food, the green beans, that was unadulterated, was a good choice.

CD
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was warm. Black eye peas, corn bread and coffee all were flavored well. The meat was dry and green beans just like every other place. All people were pleasant, not outgoing but gave good service. We will come back.

C
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

I’d give it a five, but their Menu doesn’t match the Open Table website, which is really too bad. Seems like a remedial task for a classroom setting.

VF
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delightful place and food, locally sourced and creatively made and served by students learning the industry (under great supervision). Ambiance is very nice, too, though my group had someone with difficulty hearing and there was a lot of ambient noise. Staff helped quickly when we asked for music to be turned down. Highly recommend!

TC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy bringing guests to the Aspen Grille.

DS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience4

the staff and service were excellent. very friendly and welcoming.
the hamburger was a bit overcooked and the bun was burnt, it seemed like it had been sitting there for awhile before delivery.

the pumpkin soup was very good

AP
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Aspen Grille is a nice little secret on the CSU Campus. It has a very nice ambiance, provide a great variety of food that showcases CSU's agricultural background. I have yet to eat somethere there that I didn't enjoy. The meal we had this week was extraordinary. The quail with cranberry maple relish was perfectly seasoned and tender. The squash vegetables with the touch of onion also hit the spot. The pumpkin soup with the pumpkin fry bread was extraordinary. You could actually taste the pumpkin and the seasoning was subtle and complimentary. The corn pudding at the end was just enough sweetness to satisfy. The waitstaff was attentive but not pushy. All was appreciated. Thank you for such a great experience.

TC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was outstanding. I enjoyed bringing my international gas to the restaurant. They were quite impressed.

HD
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Latin meal, 10/10 would eat again. It was very considerate of them to inform us of the heritage special that was happening, and it did not disappoint! The flan was the best.

BE
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The hostess and server both were courteous, accommodating, and efficient.

r
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall1food1service4ambience4

The students do a great job in the front of the house--nicely done. The food needs improvement. Burgers are served on enormous buns that make the burger look tiny. Salmon poke bowl is very odd combination of flavors and made me feel ill all afternoon.

TW
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had an office lunch out at Aspen Grille for the APIDA Heritage Month, Taste of Aloha event. The students did a great job of putting together a menu and they were responsive to requests. The portions were a little small and the pineapple ice cream was not very sweet, closer to a sorbet without much pineapple. Everyone enjoyed the taro dinner rolls with sweet butter appetizer, and the entrees (salmon poke bowl or chicken with rice) were good. There were 3 courses for $13, beverage incl. We were glad we went and it definitely had a CSU community feeling!

LR
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good service and consistently interesting and tasty food are hallmarks of The Aspen Grille. I highly recommend it for campus dining and for community members who want a good lunch in an attractive atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The staff need to become more comfortable or supported in helping each other. For example there was a problem with the computers so our water person couldn't take our order...then we didn't see a server to take an order for 5 minutes. We had time, but a collaborative environment could be more efficient and productive.

MR
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoy and support because it is run by the students and they do an excellent job. Food is surprisingly good. We enjoy the unique dishes. The service is as good or better than most restaurants in town.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The Aspen Grille is always a nice lunch spot when you want something nice and convenient to campus. I like that it supports the food service program and helps teach in a practical setting. As for the food itself it is good but not very imaginative. I had the lamb burger and tomato soup. The soup should have been strained to exclude seeds and tomato skin. The lamb burger was a little gamey and dry. The best menus are always when they host guest chefs.

LK
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we were very happy with our meal at the Aspen Grille. It is so fun to learning in action--knowing that your server is a student in a class and is learning skills that they could apply to a lot of professional settings is satisfying. They learn team work, collaboration, customer service, multitasking. The list goes on! Highly recommended.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Aspen Grille is the Colorado State University teaching restaurant, but the menu is as varied as any you would find in an excellent farm to table type restaurant. It uses local Colorado produce and meat and there is always homemade ice cream in weekly special flavors. It is fun to help the students learn and help support the university at the same time. Highly recommend.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was delicious. I had the BLTA sandwich with potato salad. It was fresh and the bacon was amazing. The homemade peach ice cream was creamy with fresh peaches. Wonderful!