Clark's Oyster Bar Aspen

4.7
90 reviews
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Oyster Bar
Clark's Aspen is the 2nd location of McGuire Moorman's popular neighborhood oyster bar set in the historic & beloved former Little Annie's location. The Clark's team has worked to uphold much of the charm of the previous tenant including fully restoring it's oak bar. The restaurant also features a bustling open kitchen and alpine version of Clark's dock side aesthetic.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Oyster Bar
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Hours of operation
Daily 12:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(970) 710-2546
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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Denver
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food ~ nice atmosphere!

Raw oysters are soooo good!

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p
Denver
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ok. Good oysters

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LB
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The interior design immediately gives a relaxed and happy feeling with the white walls, light wood beams, woven light fixtures and fire in the fireplace. Two wait staff waited on us so we always felt attended to. And if enjoying ourselves wasn’t enough the food was delicious! My chioppino was the best I’ve ever had and my husband loved the snapper.

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WS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and Food was excellent. Great new spot in Aspen. Seafood quality was excellent.

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JB
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

This place is great. Good service and excellent food. We had a fun time!

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LS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Clark's! Wish they had a cookbook! See you soon...

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TM
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always have a great meal. Love this new spot. John was awesome on the bar.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just moved to Aspen about 5 month ago, and my parents came to visit me and there friends came as well. Out of all the meals they had in a span of 4 days they said Clark’s was their favorite one! Thank you very much!

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O
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service great. Food was good but portions quite skimpy for the price. Brownie desert was awful.

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M
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Go for the oysters only - they have a good selection and they are fresh, no need for a real chef. What we tried otherwise on the menu was unedible (what is so difficult in preparing mussels and clams in wine without overcooking and overspicing - with pepper! Of all spices). I hope they do have a real chef in-season. The service was good.

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San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I know I came at the end of the lunch hour but the guy seating me was super sweet and took my soup order and I was basically ignored after that - I finally went up to the bar and got my own glass of rose myself.
I guess the a waitstaff person came over and asked if I was enjoying my food and if I was done but when I said no disappeared and mulled around in the corner - honestly Is it that hard to be attentive ? Of course I had to ask for my check while standing at the hostess stand. One of the few times in my life I have a zero tip

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S
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Freshest seafood and not a single average meal on the menu. All excellent and different.

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ER
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was beyond wonderful!! We always have the best time at Clark’s!

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s
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I have had lunch here once and dinner once. My husband and I both agreed that the food was way too salty. The frisee salad that accompanied my clam/mussel entree was so salty I could not eat it. The ambience was good and the service fine.

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love Clark’s. However, I always buy a loaf of bread. The bread served at the table was burned and the loaf I purchased was burnt.

Jessica Salet

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AR
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. We cannot wait to go back again. The service and the food are both outstanding.

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

It was delicious

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clark’s is one of my favorite restaurants in Aspen. Their house-made sourdough is like tasting heaven. I also love the burger, fish selection and crudo plate.

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BN
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful experience at Clarks. We went there about every other week and they meet our expectations every time.

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s
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The best! Love this spot!! The Austin location has always been a fav of mine and now the Aspen location is too!

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BG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Attentive but not over powering service. The oysters were delicious.

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OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood, amazing atmosphere, wonderful service

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M
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to Aspen 30 or more times over the years, have always been disappointed in the dining. It's easy to spend a lot of money in Aspen and get a very mediocre (even bad) meal. I was totally blown away by Clark's, the food was great, I thought the prices were reasonable, and the service was absolutely outstanding. This is my new favorite dining place in Aspen, I would recommend it to anyone, hope they don't get so busy, they cut corners to keep up.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service

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CT
Oklahoma City
23 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Worst service ever! If Shawn/Sean is your waiter, leave before you order anything. He was the rudest, most unresponsive waiter we have ever experienced. After waiting 15 minutes for anyone to acknowledge we had been seated, we finally flagged down a hostess to take our drink order. When we were initially seated, we only had one dinner menu. After a few minutes they brought us a second one and within 5 more minutes another waiter asked if he could take one and snatched it up and delivered it to another table. Can they not afford more than two menus for the entire restaurant?
In fairness, the gin and tonics were very good, so the bartender at least knows what he is doing. For all we know, the food may have been good, but Shawn’s attitude ruined the experience. He finally showed up at our table more than 30 minutes after we had been seated. When we asked if there were any specials, he curtly replied “It’s all on there”. OK, sorry we asked I guess.When we finished our dinner, he put a small dessert menu on our table without saying a word or asking if we were interested in hearing about the desserts. Then without ever checking back to see if we wanted dessert he brought the check. Frankly, we were just ready to escape by that time. I literally wrote “Shawn is a terrible waiter” on the credit card receipt so management would know.
On the way out my wife told the maitre’d about our terrible experience. She followed us outside as she didn’t want those waiting inside the door to hear what we we’re discussing. My wife was near tears telling of our horrible experience. She was very contrite and apologetic and the next morning, I had a text letting me know they had comped our meal. I guess that softened the blow, but that was never the intent of our complaint. Even the hostess who took our drink order should have known we had not yet been engaged by a waiter, but she didn’t spur anyone to action. Service starts at the top and apparently it’s not a priority for this group.

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c
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Had gone to this restaurant 3 days earlier and the service and food was wonderful. This time 2 of the three exact dishes were ordinary. Rarely saw our waiter either. Would still come back but for a Saturday night that wasn’t extremely busy I would of thought it could have been better.
Just needs to work on consistency.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Restaurant opened June 18,2018; Previous restaurant very dark - Clarks very inviting ambiance.

Shrimp toast Tasty but shrimp not cooked; Wedge Salad - very yellow - not leafy; Crab Cakes very good; Scallops - excellent

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a
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places in town! The burger is INCREDIBLE and the staff is amazing. YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH CLARK'S!

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DH
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Never have been disappointed by the quality of the food or service. Great addition to the Aspen dining scene.

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SB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was great except one oyster was literally bad so bad it kinda ruined the experience. My guess it was spoiled and you dont know until is is eaten. Pasta dish preferred was clam pasta sold out but the shrimp version was worthy. Whiskey choices were well generic or gag i payed 38 dls for a whiskey mule with a hideously expensive knob creek utterly ridiculous when mixed with ginger beer. I should have been informed in advance of the cost!!! Steven B

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LS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible. For sure one of the best meals we’ve had in aspen and in general. Our waiter was great but you could tell he was slammed. We sat for about 10 minutes before we were offered water. The table next to us sat and got water and bread almost immediately so could have been a fluke for us. Even with a busy waiter it was still awesome! Can’t wait to go back.

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

We really enjoyed this place but would suggest gluten-free options; at least a gluten-free pasta and bread (bun for burger). We are gluten sensitive and enjoy and appreciate that option.

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DM
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My family heads up to Aspen 2-3 times a year for weekend get-aways. We enjoyed Clark's so much the last time that this Labor Day we absolutely wanted to go back. The Dining scene is Aspen has been changing and Clark's just moved up to a MUST-GO spot each time we visit.

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c
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not enough time to sample more menu items! Let's start with the succulent and ever so buttery Bibb Lettuce Salad with Sherry-Tarragon Vinaigrette, and Red Onion ($10). The perfect balance of oil and flavorful vinegar. So delicate but yet it packs a flavor punch. The Bay Scallop Pozole Verde 10 cup/14 bowl with Cabbage Slaw, Radish, and Chile Paste is well thought out. Who would have dreamt these flavors go together but wow, no cream and sight and this is rich and delicious. Oh, and plop the slaw, radish and chile paste right in because it only enhances this soup!
The Grilled Tuscan Kale with Toasted Pine Nuts and Parmesan (9) had a straight from the grill flavor and grilled perfectly it was. It needs a good toss and less salt. My personal drug of choice, the Roasted Cauliflower with Golden Raisins, Salsa Verde, and Toasted Hazelnuts (10) could be something I might consider living on. May I please have the recipe? Seriously people.
Next, the Tuna Salad Sandwich with Green Olives, Parsley Vinaigrette, and Aioli on Sourdough (14) was very tasty but maybe a tad too much olive flavor. After indulging in their house bread with jam and butter, ordering a sandwich with more bread was a bit much. The cabbage and pickles were fabuloso. The Blueberry Lemonade was not overly sweet but light and refreshing.
Last but not least the Basque Cake (14) with Cherry Preserves and Cream Cheese Ice Cream and Marcona Almonds is NOT TO BE MISSED! The Affogato (9) with Stumptown Espresso over Single Origin Chocolate Ice Cream, Hazelnut & Chocolate Chip Biscotti hit the spot.
What a long after talked about lunch visit. Very helpful and friendly staff. No loud music. Bright and cheery atmosphere. We'll be back!

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CB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent place. Best meal in Aspen hands down

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JE
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

great food & fun, quaint atmosphere...only thing is, 3 of our 4 orders didn't make it into the computer system...so one guest was served his main entree, and by the time the rest of got ours 20 minutes later, the first guest had finished his. We were given complimentary desert, but at these prices--and given the Aspen clientele--this is pretty unacceptable. I would have expected a lot more. Were it not for this issue and the modest compensation for the inconvenience, I would have given it 5 stars across the board.

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l
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice change for Aspen - raw bar and really good fish and seafood! Good ambiance and overall a nice addition.

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V
New Orleans
25 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

very good experience....great food...the redfish is some of the best ever....prices are a bit steep for lunch...same menu at dinner so prices are appropriate for dinner....great spot...good looking...good looking people...very Aspen....

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L
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Hands down the best seafood meal we had in Aspen. Bodegas paled in comparison. Scallops branzino and cauliflower side dish were superb. Fries very tasty but a bit too salty. If you are sensitive to scent of strong cheeses sit outside.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food - daily “catch of the day” is always great! The crab cake and sourdough bread are divine! Highly recommended!

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