Bear Den Aspen

4.2
37 Reviews
$31 to $50
Bistro
*Open for dine-in, outdoor seating, take out and pick-up, 8am to 9pm. Take out and pick-up is online only through the following link: https://www.toasttab.com/beardenaspen/v3

A vibrant gourmet bistro located in the historic Lily Reed cottage in downtown Aspen, open year-round from 8am to 10pm. Decadent brunch, après and gourmet dinner, craft cocktails and unique wines. Organic, made from scratch, locally owned. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options available.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 37 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.6
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3.8
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vipHoustonFoodie
Houston
98 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The only outdoor restaurant we’ve ever visited with no heaters in the evening. We ordered 2 glasses of wine and were charged for a bottle. Onion soup was not good. First time I’ve ever not finished it as an appetizer. Food was ok, but got cold very quickly in 50 degree weather. Not a great place to recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, speedy service.

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vipterrisf
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I have s always loved this place but have never been for dinner. Dinner was fine but lunches and breakfast have always been amazing. The service was great but the wines by the glass were super-limited and while other than the mussels, the food was very good but the mussels were worse than I can do at home, way over-cooked and shriveled.

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vipCarolS
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The osso bucco was incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Super cute place and the food was pretty good but the service was awful.

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SueG
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was disappointing.

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Local
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food1service5ambience2

The food just isn’t that great. Everything else is wonderful.

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JanH
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Food was fine although bouillabaisse was way too salty. Bison pasta was delicious, seared tuna salad with stir fry and rice good. Regular salad was undifferentiated and boring. All in all food thats too salty, almost ineatable for that price a deal breaker even though ambiance and setting is very nice. Don’t need to come back.

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MatthewW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The food is great…just be prepared to wait an extraordinary amount of time for it to arrive. Our first course of French Onion soup arrived 50 minutes after ordering. Portions were small for the price. Food is tasty and presented well, but the service needs help.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, especially the pasta special and the bison bolognese. Dessert was excellent also..

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vipBobF
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We were surprised having eaten here in the past and enjoying lunch which was creative and tasty.
Dinner was unremarkable.. onion soup- bouillabaisse and salad were ordinary with little favoring .
Will
Skip for dinner . La host aria and Clarke’s bouillabaisse is 100 x better

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vipLynneG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The waiter was not well trained. He was also probably stoned.

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vipgoodbad
Miami
96 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Pasta is cheap yet pasta portions were small. The pasta bolognese bison at $38 was watery. They did not drain the pasta adequately. Salads were ok ordinary as well as onion soup. Aperol Spritz we’re good

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vipHappyDiner
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was very good, especially the very unique salad. Out door tables are lovely with the big umbrellas, but some heaters and/or lap blankets would be a big improvement.

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ChrisB
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant was very accommodating when we changed our reservation. Julia was an excellent server. The drinks are well made and the food is very good. Cauliflower soup is a must! We were disappointed that they had run out of curry and it was only 7pm. They had something for everyone.

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SethC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Honestly hate to report that while the service, ambience, vibe were great.... and so was my cocktail, the food was disappointing. My wife had Stir Fry Piccante and I had Braised Guancette. As always when food is disappointing, you wonder if you ordered badly, and there may well be better items on the menu. But the Stir Fry was lacking in zippy flavor and the guancette hit one savory note at first bite, it didn't wear well. It was very gummy, the heavy sauce paired with equally heavy pappardelle. The dessert -- panna cotta -- was good!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding place! Been coming to Aspen for years and have never been here. Excellent food, very chill setting. Service was awesome, the perfect combination of attentive without being overbearing.Highly recommend this restaurant!!

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AmandaT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the bear den! So cozy and delicious

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DanaP
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot inside or outside people-watching. Delicious food and intimate ambiance. Nice date place.

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MtnMissy
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really creative tasty dishes. Incredible cocktails and just the right blend of scene without squish! We loved it

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were there for over an hour - never got service never got a menu.

SC
SandraC
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner, great selection for all the palates that encompass our family.

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vipNicoleK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only place is aspen you can get a cortado! Also delish food and super cute vibe :)

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Lori
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good but not worth the price at all. Limited menu , small portions . Nice ambiance.

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maureenw
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely, intimate Aspen restaurant that serves delicious pastries and breakfast items, through excellent dinner options, appetizers and wine/cocktails. The service was superb. Quiet, not glitzy or pretentious. Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, everything was great. Best coffee shop/restaurant in Colorado.

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vipBobF
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delightful and they were accommodating to diet . Service is also excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails and apps in a super cute cottage setting! Perfect for apres!

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Vandybro24
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience1

Food is great but the service is slow and the drinks are not worth the price. Much better cocktail options around bear den. Ambiance is also lacking. Super quiet and weird music. Service was slow despite not a ton of people there. Recommend for takeout or if you are here for a bit and are looking for another good option.

JJ
vipJenJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

small but concise menu, rotates at the time of day. Cocktails and wine list available. Excellent light/mood/ambiance for the inside, and cozy settings on the outside. Waitstaff is professional. Pastries/baked goods are fresh from the kitchen, and breakfast is full of flavor, good-med sized portions, as well as the other meals. Really love the feel of the place, and flavor of the food overall. price is appropriate to similar restaurants of the area.

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AmandaT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite! Adorable inside and out. Food and service is wonderful. The pasta is so good!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. The food was incredible and the staff was great. 10/10 would recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute place with a. Lovey menu and delicious food

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vipOliviaK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The brunch meals are amazing!

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vipkatelinp
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Bear Den is quiet and quaint. Counter, dine-in, and outside dining are available. Reservations are needed for seated service. Menu offers quite a bit from light pastry bites to full breakfast/brunch options. The Bloody Mary was delicious--the dill in the mix was exceptional and perfect change of pace. Heads up: service is slow so best not to be in a hurry.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had heard about this place last time we were in Aspen. We never got a chance tinted it. This time we drove in for the day and luckily, with all of the Covid restrictions, we were able to grab a table for brunch. Two of us had the sashimi tuna stir fry. AMAZING! And one of us had the version of a breakfast burrito. Also delicious. We asked for bread and butter and it too was delicious. Not sure what they put in the butter. So good!!

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JanetJ
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience4

I ordered a meal with lots of veggies and noodles. There were no vegetable mentioned on the menu on my plate or hardly any veggies at all. Noodles were a cold gelatinous clump. Very small portion. My partner's meal was as described and pretty tasty but very small. The bloody mary's were pretty good. They call themselves a bakery but there was no baked good in site. Nice location and we got a sweet table. Not worth the time or the money. Sorry.

FAQs

Bear Den Aspen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (970) 922-9218.

Bear Den Aspen is rated 4.2 stars by 37 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.