Velvet Buck

4.6
27 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–10:45 am
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm
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Phone number
(970) 429-9644
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Laurent Pillard
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Catering
For distinctive outdoor affairs, the elegant mountain plaza is enveloped by Aspen trees and colorful flowers in the spring. The Fountain courtyard boasts incredible mountain views.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mill Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is complimentary when dining at Velvet Buck.
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Public transit
The Roaring Fork Transit Association (RFTA) bus stop is only 2 minutes walk from our door.
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Entertainment
Enjoy a cocktail in the lounge after your meal at The Mountain Social.

In The Mountain Social Lounge: music will be playing at nights (please get in contact with us for more detailed information)
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Special events & promotions
Please call for all inquiries about our upcoming special events.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Gather your friends and family for a bountiful feast prepared by Executive Chef Laurent Pillard and the culinary team of The St. Regis Aspen Resort! Adults $125 per person, 12 years & under $35 per person, 5 years & under complimentary $60 per person fee for cancellations within 72 hours. .

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy a festive spread in the Velvet Buck with exquisite culinary carving stations and traditional holiday offerings. Make a merry toast with a glass of champagne or a signature holiday cocktail, on us. Adults 150 / 12 years & under 50 / 5 years & under complimentary.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy a festive spread in Velvet Buck with exquisite culinary carving stations and traditional holiday offerings. Make a merry toast with a glass of champagne or a signature holiday cocktail, on us. Adults $149, 12 & under $49, 5 & under dine on us. $75 cancellation fee per person within 72 hours.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

1st seating 5-6pm; 2 hr reservation Adults $175 / 12 yr & under $50 / 5 yr & under free (accompanied by adults), includes jazz trio. 2nd seating 8-10pm; includes bottomless champagne & specialty cocktails, New Year's favors, performance by a jazz quartet & access to Mountain Social festivities.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 27 People Are Saying
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DR
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 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 5, 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
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 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 14, 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 9, 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 23, 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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b
Tallahassee
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service nice wine list
Amazing food

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Austin
1 review
Dined on February 21, 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 19, 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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 18, 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
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 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 17, 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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MS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

had a great evening with their Social menu - great for a group of foodies

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A
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Very large room with no ambiance and basic decor feels like a ballroom turned into a restaurant.

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B
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The head waitress was very polite but not very adept. She did not have very much interest in our table. We asked the bartender to help us and he did. He helped expedite our simple order that took very long to arrive to our table. We had a time constraint and he helped us finished the meal.
The location is very pretty and we like the convenience of valet parking but the service needs serious attention.

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OT
Los Angeles
115 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great culinary experience as a steak house, unique meat, great service.

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Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and beautiful food.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, had the Christmas buffet and everything was great. Highly recommended.

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AD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Thanksgiving buffet was delicious. The crab claws and shrimp were a nice addition to the usual.

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