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For 2
7:00 PM
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Booked 4 times today


267 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Tapas (14)
  • Special Occasion (10)
  • Good for a Date (9)
Welcome to Tempranillo Restaurant, where internationally acclaimed Chef Javier Gonzalez-Bringas, along with his partner and wife Laura, offer a daily menu of drinks, tapas, dinner and lunch. Gonzalez-Bringas, a Madrid Native, combines an old-world style with a new-world flair in his signature cuisine. The name Tempranillo, itself, pays homage to one of Spain's premier grape varieties, and true to its name the restaurant features a selection of over 100 hand-chosen wines and a hearty blend of fruit filled Sangria. The atmosphere at Tempranillo is notable for its rich colors, dual fireplaces, and community gathering table-all reflecting the equally rich depth of flavors and influences which are at the heart of the restaurant's origins. "Our desire is to create a brilliantly charming place in the community where people can gather and enjoy the dance with exists between the flavors of Spain and Italy"
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Lunch and dinner served every day. 11 am to 10 pm. Closed Thanksgiving day and Christmas day only
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Phone number
(970) 927-3342
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Javier Gonzalez-Bringas
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Tempranillo offers on and off site catering for parties of 10 to 250. We customize all catering menus and formats for each client. On site catering includes lunch parties for 10, dinner parties for 20 at our community table, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on the patio or in the garden and formal dinners for up to 100 in the dining room.
Tempranillo currently caters all of the food for the Spain tent at the Aspen Food and Wine Festival which requires providing food for up to 5,000 people per day.
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Cross street
Two Rivers Road
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Parking details
Private parking for Tempranillo restaurant is located on the south side of the building, next to Alpine Bank. There is also parking directly in front of the restaurant and street parking adjacent.
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Public transit
RFTA bus stop from Aspen, Snowmass and Glenwood Springs is located less than 1 block from Tempranillo Restaurant. From the bus stop, follow Midland ave 1 block and Tempranillo Restaurant will be on the right hand side in the big yellow building.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 267 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Shelly (Denver)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Always an enjoyable dining experience in a beautiful historic building. We prefer to go early and enjoy a table by the fireplace, attentive service and quiet dining. The specials are always creative and tempting. However, the menu salmon is amazing, as is the veal marsala with mushrooms. Tapas are a great way to "graze" with friends over good conversation. We will return soon.

4.0  Dined 6 days ago

We had approximately eight different Tapas plates. Good variety of food offered but we doubled down on Chorizo, we had a special chorizo dish recommended to us from the server, was the best thing we ate all night. Although we didn't sit at the shared tables they looked like the place to be on a Friday night. I would go back again, maybe next time less chorizo! :)

DevanV (Denver)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We were packed into the restaurant so tightly that the servers could not reach all of the tables. We left after waiting 1 hour and 15 minutes without even receiving our appetizer. The owners greed proved a disservice to his employees and customers. I had looked forward to enjoying a nice evening with my wife, trying some of the delicious sounding food on the menu, but will never return.

AndrewB (Denver)
2.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

The waitress was friendly but the service was slow and the food wasn't hot, indicating it had probably been sitting in the kitchen for some time before being brought to the table.

dessertfoodie (Houston)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

As always, food and service were very good. However, on their website they advertise Tapas Tuesday, but did not indicate that the specials only apply at the bar. Of course, the rather abrupt waitress who seated us failed to tell us this. So we missed out on any of the specials. The service at our table (courtesy of Gregory), however, was very good.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Enjoyed our meal very much. Nice atmosphere. One drawback for a restaurant like this-No expresso machine, coffee only.

vipBigE (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Charming, redesigned saloon/bed & breakfast from the late 1800s. Tapas menu is well designed and balanced with a variety of vegetarian and meat items. All dishes were supremely seasoned and delightfully presented. Calamari was lightly breaded and fried perfectly. Salads were perfectly dressed. You can tell the chef takes great care in their craft.

vipLuvColorado (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

Always good, consistent, and special. If you are visiting Basalt or if you live here and haven’t been.... then... make resos soon and have the experience everyone else is raving about!!! This is a true dining experience...

vipKelly (Oklahoma City)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We visit here every time we visit Basalt - it's a MUST for our family!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
1.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

We had a reservation at Tempranillo at 6:30 through Open Table, which was confirmed by Open Table. When we arrived at 6:30, the poor, confused people at Tempranillo did not have our reservation. I showed them my confirmation from Open Table and they said, "...that explained it".
That did not explain it for me and I said so. They shrugged it off, saying that they consistently have problems with Open Table. They had no table for us, and would not have one. We were welcome to eat at the bar, but they attitude they conveyed toward it not being their problem made me want to eat somewhere else. Anywhere else.

I would not recommend Tempranillo OR Open Table!

I am disgusted with their attitude and that they have obviously had this happen before and have done nothing about it. It shows me a glaring problem with Open Table as well, and I will call for reservations from now on at any restaurant I choose. Open Table is not reliable.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

This was one of the worst restaurant experiences I've ever had. Don't get me wrong, the food was good. The service on the other hand was inexcusable.

6:30 reservation for 5 people. We were squished at a small circular table that was for 4 people max. It was cramped as could be and very uncomfortable. Our waiter was kind, but very slow. It took a while to get a drink order in and then even longer to get a food order in, around 30 min.

Now let's get to where everything went wrong... we didn't get our food until 8pm. ONE AND A HALF HOURS after we arrived. Our waiter avoided us during this period and apologized briefly after about an hour of this wait. We ordered appetizers and dinner. It all came at once two hours later. Meanwhile, other tables that arrived after us that had different waiters had wonderful service. Two tables that arrived around 7pm had already signed their checks by the time we received our appetizers. This was likely a kitchen error or our waiter didn't fire the order. In any case, our waiter could not have cared less about us.

The manager apologized briefly when our food arrived. At the end, we signed the check and were finishing our drinks when the waiter PICKED UP THE SIGNED BILL TO CHECK HIS TIP. The cojones. When he realized that we didn't stiff him, he thanked us profusely. This whole experience was absolutely baffling and horrible.

I will never return because of this service. I would give most restaurants a second chance but not this one. It's a shame because the food was actually quite good. As the other poor reviews have said... the service sucks.

viptwmmmom (Denver)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Luis did a great job taking care of my large family and our variety of dietary restrictions for Christmas Eve dinner! Food was delicious and hit the spot for the diverse tastes in our family. Cocktails were also delicious--one of the best-balanced sazeracs I've tasted. We arrived early when the restaurant was quiet, but it was packed and hopping when we left. Overall a great dining experience!

Martha (Denver)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Wonderful meal with great service. Very special place

Deborah (Denver)
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2017

We had a delicious birthday dinner, everyone was happy with their food choices, and we just love it! We have taken friends from out of town to Tempranillo in the past and we have also enjoyed anniversary dinners... an amazing restaurant with delicious tapas!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Our waiter Paul was awesome. Friendly and personable, and knew the menu well. Enjoyed our meal and will be back, soon!!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Simply Outstanding!! Great menu and comfortable setting! Nothing missing on the service side of things and terrific drinks from the bar! Fresh bread and oils, too many fabulous tapas to eat as much as you would like! Great specials and unforgettable main entree items. You have given “yum” an exceptionally higher meaning with eating excellence!

vipMicki (Denver)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

We shared the bruschetta mista, and then started with a Caesar salad for my husband and caprese salad for me. For our mains, I had the Pasta Genovese and my husband had the veal Marsala. The food was excellent and Luis provided exceptional service, taking very good care of us while giving us time to relax and talk. Robert, our young busser was personable and friendly, while obviously working very hard. Overall, it was a very lovely evening. We make it a point to have dinner at Tempranillo every time we visit the Carbondale/ Bassalt area and it never disappoints!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Tapas were amazing, creative and fresh! Service was excellent as well, it was a totally wonderful night....thank you!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

Great service, including hostess, server and busboy. Cocktails and wine was good, and so were tapas and entrees. Noisy but what good restaurant that is packed isn't noisy ? Good ambience, will come back.

SCfoodie (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

The restaurant was very noisy. We had a tiny table for two. We order two tapas dishes and salads. The bruschetta tapas was not very good and consisted of three tiny bites. The shrimp was delicious but when we got the bill it was $25! More expensive than many of their full meals. Since their tapas prices were in the $12-$14 we were shocked at the expense and feel the waiter should have given a price when he was describing the special. I got the beet salad which had four tiny bites of beets. Both salads were small. We would not recommend this restaurant.