With thousands of out-of-towners streaming into the Roaring Fork Valley for each holiday season, Aspen’s hottest restaurants can get notoriously cold when it comes to securing top tables. But don’t fret— we’ve got the secret to snagging coveted reservations at these 10 hard-to-book Aspen eateries.
The Table: Bosq
The cuisine: One of the newer hot spots in town Chef Barclay Dodge’s innovative and inspired New World cuisine focuses on a unique and fresh approach centered around flavors sourced from the Mediterranean to China.
Reservations + Pro Tip: They’re taking early reservations until they open Dec. 7 via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Table: Cache Cache
The cuisine: A focus on local ingredients at every possible turn, the cuisine has evolved into unpretentious, clean, and satisfying classical French food.
Reservations + Pro Tip: The restaurant is closed until Dec. 5, but will begin taking reservations Dec. 1 by phone: 970.925.3835
The Table: Clark’s Oyster Bar
The cuisine: Opened this year, Clark’s focus is exactly as it reads: seafood. Their current menu features 12 different kinds of oysters, which undoubtedly has to be Aspen’s best selection.
Reservations: Easily made through their website (via OpenTable) or if the site shows no availability, they suggest calling them directly - 970.710.2546.
The Table: Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro
The cuisine: Alpine staples such as fondue, raclette and apple strudel … all while popping bottles of Champagne on the banquettes or terrace in the afternoon.
Reservations: Online at RESY, or call 970.923.8715 within 30 days of your desired date.
Pro Tip: If you want the coveted 2:00pm booking outside of the 30 day window, call Aspen Catering: 970.300.7686 / 970.300.7681
The Table: Element 47
The cuisine: An elevated wine bistro tucked inside the five-star Little Nell hotel. Expect highly refined dishes with an emphasis on local ingredients and new spins on the classics.
Reservations: Reopened Nov. 22, reservations through RESY or by calling 970.920.6330.
Pro Tip: Reserve a private wine cellar tasting and meal - the restaurant has an excellent range of vino flight options for every palette (and budget).
The Table: EMP Winter House
The cuisine: Expect an a la carte menu, chef’s counter experiences, and plenty of cocktails and wine offerings all inspired by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Humm’s Swiss upbringing.
Reservations: Reservations started booking Nov. 15 and are secured only via Tock for those with AMEX only though cash is accepted at the restaurant.
Pro Tip: You can reserve a Yurt large format, tasting menu experience in a private, heated structure for parties of four or more. Also, a special New Year’s Eve tasting menu has two seatings available starting at $295pp.
The Table: Jimmy’s
The cuisine: Jimmy Yeager knows what he is doing. For more than 20 years he has been supplying locals and guests with classic American cuisine while continuously innovating on his own creations. Always best to keep things interesting…
Reservations: Online that is, unless Jimmy gave you his cell phone number.
Pro Tip: Ask for the special “Japan-Inspired” cocktail menu.
The Table: Pine Creek Cookhouse
The cuisine: Classic Rocky Mountain favorites like wild game and fish, prepared with locally-sourced, organic ingredients over three courses.
Reservations: Began on Nov. 11 and only accepting by phone (9:00am -5:00pm MDT): 970.925.1044
Pro Tip: Don’t miss a sleigh ride or ski-to-dinner evening experience.
The Table: Steakhouse No. 316
The cuisine: While their dinner menu is a comprehensive who’s who of steakhouse favorites, their bar menu is the unsung hero with a tightly curated list of restaurant highlights (because steak & eggs should always be listed alongside a jumbo lump crab cake).
Reservations: Accepted no earlier than 30 days ahead of your desired date – 970.920.1893 or online.
The Table: Matsuhisa
The cuisine: The Aspen extension of the original Beverly Hills staple which catapulted Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to his namesake notoriety.
Reservations: No earlier than 30 days ahead of your desired date – on OpenTable or by phone – 970.544.6628
Pro Tip: If you are a small party and can’t score a reservation in advance try walking in upstairs.