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Willow Creek Bistro - Ritz Carlton Club

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$30 and under
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Willow Creek Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Club, Aspen Highlands is a casual restaurant that specializes in contemporary American cuisine. The restaurants interior is designed to provide a modern take on the classic ski lodge, complete with plush comfortable seating, stone walls and amber colored accents. The dining room provides a fantastic view of the neighboring ski slopes and the restaurant features both indoor and outdoor seating options. Willow Creek Bistro also features a full-service bar.

Begin the meal with an order of the restaurants famous house smoked wings, hand made flatbreads or popular appetizers like the Colorado lamb meatballs and truffle parmesan sweet potato fries. Willow Creek Bistro offers creative entree options like wild game elk and buffalo meatloaf with asparagus and Harrisa-agave glaze, and classics like massive cheeseburgers or seared Salmon.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place not very crowded so it was even more quaint

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viploaflover
New England
43 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Chef Zach has some incredible dishes on his menu that can please any palate. I had the lamb trio and it was outstanding. The elk and buffalo bolognese is one of our favorites. They have a fantastic wine list to choose from as well. A great place to eat if you are staying in the Highlands!

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vipLuvgoodfood
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is impeccable and friendly. The food was delicious and very fresh. The gelato was incredible!

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Fantastic
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

It’s hard to believe a Ritz Carlton has such a poor restaurant. The servers seemed overwhelmed even though it was not a busy night. There are TVs everywhere making it feel like a sports bar rather than a nice restaurant. I asked for a Kir Royale (champagne with Creme de Cassis) with Prosecco and, without asking if I’d like a substitute, the server brought me Prosecco , saying they didn’t make kir royales. The food service was slow. Two couples shared 2 salads. One was served in 2 plates, but not the other. Pasta bolognese entree was ok. Free range chicken and meat loaf were awful. We asked for small boxes for leftovers, but waited so long we finally left without them since the food was not that great. If this is what the Ritz Carlton has to offer to guests in their condos in Aspen Highlands, I wouldn’t go there.

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vipTimK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Willow Creek Bistro at the Ritz had a casual feel to it, which was nice. The kitchen was within open view of the dining area. Our table was off to the side, though right near a pillar which was less than attractive. The food was solid, though not exceptional. My wife had the chicken breast which she raved about. My daughter had the burger and was pleased with it. My son and I both had the elk/caribou meatloaf and lobster mac only 3 of the meals came out together, the 4th came out about 5-7 minutes later - oddly it was one of the meatloaf/m&c dishes so somehow they hadn’t prepared both at the same time. For the price, I would have expected more - though this was clearly more of a casual dining environment vs a more formal setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a most wonderful dinner and experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great buzz at the bottom of Highlands!

We had a great night with amazing steaks and surprisingly good Asian fare (pho and pad tai). Lobster Mac and cheese and grilled lamb chops as apps were just perfect. Cocktail list could use a little more creativity, but everything else was excellent.

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vipKarenP
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, good prices and kids menu. Chili was yum!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
67 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Within walking distance of our residence and excellent food especially the home made tagliatelle with mushrooms. Great children’s menu

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vipCeci
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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vipCeci
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Chef Zac has transformed the dining experience at Willow Creek Bistro since his arrival. Focusing on fresh, quality ingredients and detailed, refined preparation menu options are consistently prepared to a high standard.
The menu offerings are plentiful enough to please most palettes, as is the wine list — both great values for the buck.
Staff is friendly and accommodating, and the dining room is comfortable and inviting — quiet enough to have an intimate conversation.
Definitely worth the few extra minutes drive outside of downtown Aspen for lunch and/or dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing dinner at the Ritz! The atmosphere at Willow Creek is casual and has a ski resort vibe to it. But what made last night so special was the amazing food and quietly competent service.

My wife and I tried a few things, all of which were excellent, but the PhoBowl with shrimp was amazing and the elk burger the best burger I’ve had in Aspen.

Don’t go here if you’re looking for a Cache Cache or Betula energy. But if you’re looking for a lodge feel and awesome food, definitely give it a shot.

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vipRandyl
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Do not book. We went thinking we were going to have a nice dining experience at Rotz Carlton. Food was over cooked, over salted, and over priced. This was such an unpleasant experience and we expect so much more from a Ritz restaurant. They should be embarrassed!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For all the excellent restaurants in Aspen - Matsuhisa, Kenichi, White House, Betula, and Ajax Tavern, this little Ritz Carlton gem belongs on any list of best places to dine in Aspen.

Best chicken in town, great innovative pho , and a great bar menu - great place for a large party as well...

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vipBill
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Uncrowned on the days when Aspen restaurants are overbooked. Great ambiance and friendly waiters. Chef Zac does a great job proving INc a creative menu

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SherriE
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Meatloaf was so good! So was cheese cake.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Dining experience.

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vipClintM
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service , food and atmosphere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family vacation. Really enjoyed the dinner. Pricey but special. Great atmosphere, staff, food and drink.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place needs Gordon Ramsey to revamp the food prep and the menu. We spent a x mass eve nightmare dealing with horrendous service and extremely poor quality food and poorly prepared food. I asked for a Manhattan cocktail. It arrived on the rocks. I requested that they send me another straight up, but not to just pour the watered down drink into a new glass. Of course, that is exactly what they did. From my initial request to finally rejecting the second effort the time was 25 minutes. Now the food. The salads wer ok at best. The elk flat bread was ok+. My wife’s vegetarian burger was like burnt paper. My sons meat loaf was delivered dripping in water. Obviously just out of the microwave oven. My daughter asked for shrimp wit “mixed vegetables”. The only veg was broccoli and it arrived cold. The way the service staff dealt with these mishaps was completely unprofessional. We left completely dissatisfied. I’m shocked that the Ritz Carlton could manage a place like this.

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vipAprilK
Atlanta
62 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Willow Creek twice on our recent week-long stay at Ritz Aspen-Highlands. On both occasions, we were greeted and seated promptly, drinks came quickly and menu selections presented. Our meal was perfectly paced, never intrusive but very attentive. Both evening we had the French Onion Soup which was probably one of the best we have ever had. We shared the Rainbow Trout and it was quite tasty. On two afternoons, we sat in the bar and enjoyed cocktails and small plates and they were excellent as well. The ambiance during the day was "energetic" and the evening was "dining delightful." Bon Appetit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
59 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant amazing food

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very impressive night at the Willow Creek Bistro in the Ritz Carlton at the base of Highlands.

I usually have the incredible elk burger and a beer after skiing but hadn’t tried the place for dinner. I guess that chef Zac gets the chance to flex his culinary muscles a little more at dinner and he really crushed it. The pan roasted chicken was outstanding as was the pho bowl with shrimp. 2 of the best dishes in Aspen. Wine list was excellent and reasonably priced.

Will definitely go back!

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LisaS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were in Aspen for a week and made a reservation on Open Table. We had to take a shuttle out to the property, which would have been no big deal, except for one problem. We arrived early so we sat in the lobby and just enjoyed the view for a bit. Then we decided to go see if we could get in early....only to find out that the restaurant was CLOSED for the season! I would have expected that it would not have allowed you to make a reservation on a date when the entire restaurant was closed for the season. Although we did not complain to any of the staff, it was an extreme inconvenience for us to shuttle way out to this property just to find out that the restaurant was closed. We ended up going to the J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome and had a great night! My recommendation would be for them to be attentive to updating Open Table as to when the restaurant is actually open or closed....as this was not what I would have expected from this property.

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AndrewC
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary here and Zak, Stephanie, and Arthur made it very special. The Ritz champagne was an unexpected treat and the food was delious. The Ritz was a great choice for a special occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great!

JS
vipJoSegal641
London
27 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT food and wonderful ambiance. Incredible view and all around vibe. Tacos are amazing, servers were kind.

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vipJoSegal641
London
27 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love Willow Creek Bistro. Everyone that works there is very kind and willing to please. Kids enjoyed roasting marshmallows for hours in their fire pit after a great dinner. Feels like home.

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ElizabethS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Loved eating outside. The house salad was the best.
The flatbtead with ground elk was good but the elk taste was overwhelmed by the tomato sauce.
Great beer selection.

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vipeasyvictor
Naples
84 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal and would highly recommend it to everyone. New chef is outstanding, as are all of the waitstaff. You won’t be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Terrible service. The food took too long. The waiter never came to the table to clean out the used services or ask if we wanted to order more drinks or wine. Very disappointing for a restaurant in a hotel such as the Ritz Carlton. Do not recommend!

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AspenLocal
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Need to upgrade chef. Great for burgers & meatloaf, but nothing for an elegant evening out.

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vipCeci
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Food and Service is always consistent, and bottled-wine pricing is extremely fair.

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vipStopper
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was really good. The operation was from Fawlty Towers-- not bad or offensive, just a little comical. So if you like John Cleese and bring your sense of humor, you will surely like this place.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Understaffed. Food arrived late and cold. Had to be sent back . Reheated and bad

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BobH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best roasted chicken in town. Zac really knows how to deliver tasty moist chicken.

BH
BobH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and nice to see Danny the creative bartender is back

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CharlesW
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Extensive menu with unusual and healthy selections. Service was superb and food quite good. Quiet and good for conversations. Location is at the base of Highlands ski area and an attractive setting. Nice outdoor for cocktails and dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great find in the Roaring Fork Valley. Free valet parking, you can avoid the traffic and parking issues in downtown Aspen, and have a great meal.

GW
vipGinaW
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2017
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was good. The service was just painful. Inaccurate and SLOW. Had to ask for the check three times. Half our our party had their entrees unceremoniously pitched in the kitchen garbage bin instead of placed in a carry-out box as requested. Would not dine here again.

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Willow Creek Bistro - Ritz Carlton Club offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (970) 429-2327.

Willow Creek Bistro - Ritz Carlton Club is rated 4 stars by 44 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.