Velvet Buck

4.2
47 reviews
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Velvet Buck refers to the fuzzy material that covers a bucks antlers while they are still growing.

Each spring/summer season, the buck's velvet supplies developing antlers with vital nutrients and oxygen required for a rapid regeneration and growth before the antlers are shed in the winter.

The elegantly raw evolution of the Buck metaphorically translates into the story of the rustically refined men that developed the Mountains and Aspen in the early 1800's.
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Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful cocktails to start, the color-changing G&T was a cute highlight. We shared several appetizers, and two entrees as a group of three. The food was delicious and beautifully executed. Our server did a fine job, she seemed a little hesitant, but was pleasant. Very quiet dinner ambiance (Apres may be more their thing?) but the quality of food did not suffer from a very empty (beautifully decorated) dining room. Glad to have finally tried out the Velvet Buck, and will come back.

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EG
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and creative. We brought our children and the children’s menu was varied and included smaller portions of salmon and steak. Our waitress was extremely helpful and brought tableside s’mores to the kids for dinner.

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N
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu selection, presentation beautiful, food was wonderful.

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GC
Savannah
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly if I could give SIX STARS for service, the staff at Velvet Buck deserve ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ — Food was delicious as well. My St. Regis G&T was strong but fine still, worth the $.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! The staff is always amazing, professional and friendly and the food is five-star. I love how they switch up their menu throughout different seasons as well. Great ambiance that is a quiet and comfortable for long evening of conversations.

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S
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with excellent foods and service, we really enjoys lot

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, good service, nice ambiance. Highly recommend.

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ST
Oklahoma City
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Very average

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J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The restaurant was empty. For Aspen this is a real indication of how mediocre the restaurant is. All other restaurants we went to on this 4 day trip were packed.
The menu is limited. Salmon was the only fish choice on the menu and I was told it was from New Zealand. What happened to Colorado bass or trout? Something more local. We had what they called a homemade pasta that was swimming in fat. The Mac n cheese tasted like cheese whiz and had no crusty parts.
The staff however is very friendly and works hard to please.

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RB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was very slow. Drinks did not gone out with food. A few items where forgotten. Food was good though.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

New Years overpriced, especially when the price includes all you can drink champagne but you have 17-year-olds sitting at the table who cannot drink. There should be a price difference for those up to 21

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TK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Celebrated New Years Eve with my husband, food and service were good, good atmosphere, has gotten a little bit hectic after dinner, while transitioning to the after dinner party, but overall great experience, fun night!

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NG
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Overpriced for the food they offer

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n
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I made the reservations two weeks prior to dining, upon arriving we will put in a table in a bag overflow area, I asked to switch tables and we were eventually moved toward the main dining room. We were rushed to make our dinner decision then it took almost an hour to receive our food! Food was tasty but I feel as though they strung out delivering an order for us to order more Cocktails. I expected a little more on Amviance from St Regis honestly.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Our server was extremely personable and helpful. The 2 salads we ordered were the worst I have ever had. The salmon medium. WAY over priced for the quality.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Heavy overpriced for value delivered. Food was cold, service close to not existing - long time no show up. For the price we paid, we have expected more.
Positive is the wine list - well sorted.
No recommendation!

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Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal! definitely recommend!

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food-ambiance very good-noise level too loud(distracting)
Service personnel very personable, but a little slow and somewhat inattentive. Good addition to Aspen dining options

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D
Palm Springs
23 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food good, but very expensive. A little disappointed in service as I had to request water a couple of times. The manager stopped by our table and he was very friendly and interested in our dining experience. We will come again.

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London
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Thanks giving meal. Only teeny tiny pies the size of your thumbnail. The filling was great. The turkey and ribeye was amazing! Downhill from there. The ambiance was great and so was the service. No stuffing!!! They had one dish they called stuffing but had sliced apples or pears and wasn’t stuffing. Won’t eat here again.

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DR
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an exceptional meal with terrific service. Three of us went and all of us were more than pleased. When we first walked in we were a little worried because there were
so few other diners but the service was so good without being overbearing that we soon ceased to notice who else was or wasn’t around. My only suggestion would be to change the name. Velvet Buck sounds like something out of the 80s for a restaurant with food that is very today!

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G
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is exceptional. One of the best filet mignons we have ever had. So delicious, in fact, my 13 year old son had it three days in a row.

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DS
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a real hidden gem in Aspen - tucked inside the St. Regis - valet parking, wonderful wine list, and delicious food, and never a wait list - don't fight for parking and a table someplace else - give this place a try!

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience . Service was outstanding! Very personable and knowledgeable. Ended up taking hiking trails and food. Love music was great.

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DF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate dinner at the Velvet Buck last night with 5 of our closest friends. The food and service were phenomenal. Our waiter, Jonathan, was on his game with amazing wine suggestions, and great service. It may be one of the best meals I’ve had in a town where food is king. At our table the salmon, bass, short rib, chicken and duck were ordered and each person felt they had the best version of that meal. I had the pea soup appetizer that was amazing and the carrot cake at the end of the meal was one of the top 2 carrot cakes I’ve ever had. We almost cancelled because some reviews had it being quite there but are very happy we did not.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was empty. The prices were very high and there were no sides included with the order. In a Friday night in aspen it was strange no one was there. Perhaps it’s the mediocre food snd high prices.

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SW
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Service was great and server was lovely and could not have been more accommodating however other than steak and fries, all other dishes for lunch were mediocre at best, in particular lobster mac & cheese. Fish tacos were overstuffed and bland. Kale salad dressing also bland.

We skipped dessert but that menu looked fantastic, and the gluten free corn muffins to start were excellent.

Though prices are steep, portions are huge.

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Tallahassee
11 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service nice wine list
Amazing food

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Austin
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve eaten everywhere in Aspen and in my opinion this is one of the best restaurants in the city. We received excellent service from the entire staff, and especially from our server John. The kitchen was very accommodating of food sensitivities. The food was delicious (highly recommend the bison steak) & the menu is appropriate regional fare - the kind of food I want to eat when I’m in the mountains. Great drink program with some very rare spirits, unique cocktail list, and large wine selection. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Converted old ballroom in the st Regis. You can even still see the buffet bar. Service was mediocre. Food was subpar. Overall - not worth the price.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The service was so bad !!! One person in our group never even got their meal. So many huge missteps from the staff. Would not return!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Horrible service. We didn’t have a server the entire meal. Breakfast buffet was good but had to keep putting our empty plates on the table next to us because service was so poor.

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CD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

This sadly felt every bit like a hotel restaurant. Food was good but the overall experience doesn't hold a candle to other Aspen hot spots.

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NO
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Would not recommend. The service is the slowest I’ve ever experienced in my life. Our group of 10 sat down at 7 and our food didn’t come until 8:30. Absolutely unacceptable. Way overpriced for the lack of attention to customers.

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G
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Boring...boring...boring...boring...boring...boring

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BM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great, attentive service from our barman as we ate and drank at the bar
Just a pity our request for a couple of veg dishes turned into an order for six veg dishes, four untouched....

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D
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. The bone in ribeye for two fed four easily. The pumpkin entree was delicious. We also really enjoyed the red velvet and s’mores desserts.

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C
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very, very good — the meat (Bison & NY Strip) was prepared to perfection. And, the side of Mac & Cheese exceeded expectations.
The space is lovely — high-end casual elegance. And, the service was prompt and attentive.
The wine list features a good selection — from “reasonably priced” bottles to more select labels.

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W
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambience is nice and chic. The menu is varied and the food is really good. The service was extraordinary and if I'm in Aspen again I would definitely pay another visit!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Menu selection small with very common items. Nothing interesting and it gets old fast if staying at hotel for a few days. Decor is supposedly new but totally unimpressive. Service was excellent. Go to Poppycocks in town for breakfast! Skip the $38 buffet that barely had any pastries and the toaster needed 3 tries to get a decent toast.

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