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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.
Aspen, CO 81611
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Contact:
Rob Mobilian: (970) 618-6805
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Pinon's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, ....)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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