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About Pinon's Restaurant

Pinons has been located in downtown Aspen,across the street from the historic Hotel Jerome since February of 1988 and has been locally owned and operated since then.The dining room, which seats 130,recently re-decorated in a mountain contemporary style,evokes the casual sophistication that has come to symbolize Aspen. The windows frame picturesque Aspen Mountain. The cuisine has been described as traditional American influenced heavily by local products and current trends. Pinons has received many renowned awards but cherishes most the recognition by locals as the most coveted reservation in town. The intention is to create an experience that is unique yet comfortable; create food that is creative yet approachable. You will want to go for a special occasion and for a night out with friends to have a bite in the bar and chat with the locals. You don't leave Pinons disappointed - quite the contrary. The intention is to exceed expectations. Pinons is a must for any visit to Aspen.

105 South Mill Street
Aspen, CO 81611
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(970) 920-2021

Website:
http://www.pinons.net/

Executive Chef:
Keven Ribich

Private Party Contact:
Rob Mobilian: (970) 618-6805

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.6

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4.5

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4.6

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4.0

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92% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

I have eaten at Pinions about once each year for many years. The food here is as good as any I have eaten in Aspen and while not inexpensive not exorbitant either. The lamb is always good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Perfect! Every time we are here is amazing!

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 30, 2017

The food and service were excellent. I particularly liked the trout.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Great service. Bartender turned me on to a great local bourbon. Had oysters as appetizer which were great

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Great food and service!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Excellent! We have been eating at Pinons since they first opened twenty eight years ago. This dinner was one of the most outstanding we have had and the service was impressive! We look forward to a return visit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2017

Piñons was sadly very underwhelming and most disappointing. Allow me to qualify this statement.

Piñons chooses to play and position themselves at the top end of the Aspen dining scene, but most sadly the quality of their food and overall experience barely rises to meet the expectations of a casual 1970s diner.

From the initial coat check, which resembled a nightclub cloak room - whom by the way was more interested in their iPhone than providing a service - to the final check payment, the pattern of disinterest continued throughout the evening.

Service was confusing. Ignore the fact that the Manager bumped into several patrons, we were constantly served by different people, all whom had no concept as to where we were at with our meal and overlapping on their service.

The restaurant lighting was very dotted, making some seating positions very difficult to see, while the room was very noisy making it seem very loud and reverberating.

The sommelier (although not given this title officially) demonstrated little knowledge of the wine list, smelt our chosen bottle (by raising his nose to the bottle end - who does this!?) and never offered to decant our wine; despite it being red, over 10 years old and a notable drop from CA.

Our meals were as equally underwhelming. All were terribly under seasoned, very poorly plated, vegetables over steamed, fish over cooked, and flavors confused without any subtlety. Lastly, Piñons "locally sourced" produce (City Market excluded) was very limited as was their ability to cater for food allergies.

Given the cost of our evening - which again is where they choose to play - it was a most disappointing experience.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 10, 2017

Pinions never disappoints. We had steaks and veal chop. All were very good. The drinks were great and service excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 9, 2017

Wow !! The food was amazing, one of the best venues in Aspen

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner at Pinon's - the steaks were cooked to perfection and service was great. Overall a great experience.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 29, 2016

The most amazing meal we had in Aspen over the
holiday. Loved it so much we dined there twice in 10 days...very expensive but worth every penny.

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Local ingredients like Colorado rack of lamb and mountain trout with a Latin American twist. Excellent meal, would happily return.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2016

one of our absolute favorites and a sure place for Aspen. one of the best mountain dining places.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Hot Spot, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2016

Worst table as I looked into the service door which was brightly lit and a table of 5 was weirdly configured (a square with an additional leaf). Very tired place

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 21, 2016

Pinions is an all around remarkable restaurant. The service was timely and friendly-made us feel like V.I.P.'s; waiters able to answer any questions we had about the menu. The food was prepared very quickly, allowing for us to enjoy the dining experience in a timely manner. Each of our meals exceeded expectations.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Have full faith in the wine steward. Made excellent suggestions for our party of six. Overall very attentive and friendly service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Service was great... food is ok. No standouts.. we went big: tuna tacos, pasta appetizer, burrata salad, trout, red snapper and the roasted chicken. Disappointing because of the high ratings.. there are so many other great restaurants in Aspen.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2016

Overpriced

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 24, 2016

The reviews and suggestions that this restaurant is one of the best in Aspen are unfortunately not accurate based on our experience. We were sat at a table immediately off the reception area and were constantly interrupted as servers and hosts went about their business. The restaurant was busy which was encouraging, however, we felt like we are rushed at every turn. The host was curt and unfriendly. As they took empty chairs away from our table to fill other tables there was not even an acknowledgement to us, just a grab and go. The food was just ok, Pepper crusted tenderloin was mediocre, the signature fish, Sole was ok, but certainly not worth the price. We had much better meals are other local restaurants. Our server was pleasant and did return to check on us often, but, she also seemed rushed with the number of tables she was handling. Not a great experience for us and we would not recommend nor will not return.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 18, 2016

We had two couples dining. We ordered two of the crispy oysters appetizers, which were very good, and for entrees two of us had sole, one had the veal chop and one had the rack of lamb. We all had pre-dinner cocktails and shared a bottle of wine. Everything was excellent. This was our third visit to Pinons, spread out over 15 years or so, and it always seems to be the best dinner of the trip to Aspen.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Server was snooty and did not make us feel welcome. Outdoor seating / view was wonderful. Good wine list, but a bit overpriced vis a vis other Aspen restaurants of similar caliber.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 13, 2016

Menu was interesting with food well prepared & presented (bison tenderloin was superb). Service was friendly & timely. Wine selection was broad and diverse. Dining area was lovely with contemporary highlights & local photographs. If you don't have to eat a luxurious meal in Aspen, you can find similar dining experiences in Denver for lower cost, thus better value (Rioja, Bistro Vendome, ....)

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Food was good, but overpriced and felt stuffy and pretentious.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Great original food. Every dish was excellent, which does not happen very often. Highly recommended for foodies.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on September 4, 2016

Pinions is now, and has been, for many, many years, Aspen's finest restaurant. They never disappoint, and have maintained a level of dependable quality in all categories that is truly
an admirable achievement. The mere fact that they have survived and prospered for so long
in a town whose fickleness destroys very good restaurants on a regular annual basis, is an
absolute tribute to their stellar performance.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Always an exceptional meal. Best lamb chops anywhere!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2016

For decades, Pinon's has been one of the handful of top Aspen restaurants that has maintained its quality, beauty, and service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 22, 2016

Great service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2016

Place to be seen, not eat, drink or enjoy knowledgeable and professional dining service, apparently.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 16, 2016

Unfortunately this was not the experience we anticipated. Although our view of the mountain was lovely, we were seated right by the entrance so it was very noisy and everyone being seated had to brush by us.

We ordered a nice wine and salad and before our first sip of wine, our salads were served. Some may think that's good service- we felt like the "race" had begun.
I ordered the Halibut and my husband the rack of lamb. The lamb was okay - not anything special. I was served a lovely thick piece of Halibut, which looked perfect but the first bite was cool and when I cut into the middle it was raw. ( FYI: I love sashimi , but this was not sashimi). The staff was very apologetic and immediately removed my entre' and informed me that they were preparing another one. The next piece of fish looked like a very flat trout filet and was so dry, it had no taste at all. I ate very little of it. The waiter removed it from our bill, and all the staff apologized, which we appreciated.

Our overall experience was that this was not our type of restaurant- too much like a "chain" that wants you in and out and therefore has quality control issues from time to time. However, we heard others raving about their experiences so maybe we were the "lemon" patrons of that night.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2016

We had an enjoyable evening at Pinions, with good service and a great table. The food however was ordinary-the vegetables were undercooked with little flavor, fish (sole) needed more lemon and flavor although quality of the fish was very good. Lamb chops were flavorful but thin and small. Wine steward was outstanding and service very professional. Great atmosphere, comfortable chairs and cozy atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Wonderful location to celebrate family vacation and a family member birthday. Excellent wine list and exceptional food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 10, 2016

Pin one is an Aspen institution and a guaranteed good meal. But compared to some of Aspen's newer, more contemporary places, Pinons feels a bit old school. Service was great, until it got busy. Then we felt a bit forgotten. Food didn't disappoint, but is very expensive. Overall, nice but not quite interesting enough for this foodie any more.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 9, 2016

Great service and fantastic food! I will
Be back!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2016

The quality of the menu items seems to have deteriorated in the last year.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 2, 2016

We had a nice dinner with our kids there and the food was amazing. Unfortunately, in a family of blondes with straight hair, a black curly hair ended up in my husband's entree. He is very laid back and pushed the hair to the side and finished his meal. However I had to say something to our very professional waiter. I pointed it out to him and he took the plate to the side without an apology. We then ordered dessert, which I assumed would be on the house. We found out when we got the bill that nothing was on the house. Apparently a black hair in your food is no big deal. We are not high maintenance; however we are used to service in Chicago where that would not fly. It was very disappointing and ruined an otherwise nice meal. Can't say we'd go back if that's the level of service.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 30, 2016

We come every summer while in Aspen and are never disappointed! The lamb and veal chop are fabulous!

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 29, 2016

Hands down my favorite place in Aspen! The bar menu is amazing as is the dinner menu, great wine selection, amazing staff from the host/hostess to the servers!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 28, 2016

fabulous food,great wine list and attentive service! alittle hard to find and when I called one of the owners came outside to make sure wee didnt miss the entrance. best dinner in Aspen

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2016

We have a wonderful time and a delicious meal at Pinons. We took a guest and had several menu items. I was expensive though.

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