DIN­ING

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ACQUOLINA

One of town’s top pizze­rias and trat­to­rias boasts an im­pres­sive Ital­ian-cen­tric bar, with plenty of amari and aper­i­tivi to stir up an ap­petite. 415 E. Main St., 970-9258222; aquoli­naaspen.com

AJAX TAV­ERN

Nes­tled within putting dis­tance of the Sil­ver Queen Gon­dola, Ajax Tav­ern is syn­ony­mous with Aspen après-ski. Don’t over­look the hearty fare: the fa­mous dou­ble cheese­burger and truf­fle fries, plus a sea­son­ally ro­tat­ing menu of sal­ads, pas­tas, and more. 685 E. Du­rant Ave., 970-920-6334; the­lit­tlenell.com

ALLEGRIA RESTAU­RANT

A large se­lec­tion of in­ter­na­tional wines by the glass and its food-from­scratch phi­los­o­phy (sausages, tomato sauce, and breads are all made in-house) make this Ital­ian eatery a Car­bon­dale fa­vorite. 335 Main St., Car­bon­dale, 970-963-7316; al­le­gri­acar­bon­dale.com

NEW BAM­BOO BEAR

Hus­band-and-wife duo Vince and Xuan Bag­ford serve up su­per-fresh Viet­namese dishes—in­clud­ing house spe­cial­ties such as pho, banh mi, and com tam, or “bro­ken rice”—in a homey space dec­o­rated with items from their trav­els. 730 E. Cooper Ave., 970-710-2094; bam­boobear restau­rant.com

NEW BOSQ

Beloved Aspen chef Bar­clay Dodge serves up an ever-chang­ing, Asian­in­spired menu that fea­tures un­ex­pected in­gre­di­ents in­spired from his trips around the globe. Sig­na­ture dishes like the Pek­ing duck and ox­tail dumplings have proven to be in­stant Aspen clas­sics. 312 S. Mill St., 970-710-7299; bosqaspen.com

CACHE CACHE

Cache Cache’s re­fined bistro fare— mod­ern Amer­i­can cui­sine with clas­si­cal French at its roots—has been an Aspen sta­ple for three decades. 205 S. Mill St., Ste. 106, 970-9253835; cachecache.com

CAMPO DE FIORI

Campo serves up some of Aspen’s best Ital­ian fare in an el­e­gant at­mos­phere. The bar be­comes a bit of a scene after dark... 205 S. Mill St., 970-920-7717; cam­pode­fiori.net

CARIBOU CLUB

One of only two pri­vate clubs in Aspen, Caribou Club boasts a raw bar, var­ied wine list, and Colorado in­spired cui­sine that never fail to dis­ap­point. 411 E. Hop­kins Ave., 970-925-2929; cari­bouclub.com

CHEFS CLUB BY FOOD & WINE

Lo­cated in­side the St. Regis, the craft cock­tails and ro­tat­ing col­lec­tion of Best New Chefs make Chefs Club a can’t-miss for any foodie. 315 E. Dean St., 970-429-9581; chef­s­club.com

CRÊPERIE DU VIL­LAGE

The Crêperie, as it’s known, serves rus­tic yet re­fined French alpine cui­sine in a sub­ter­ranean set­ting that is one of town’s most ro­man­tic. 400 E. Hop­kins Ave., 970-925-1566; lacreperieduvil­lage.com

EIGHT K

Dis­cern­ing Cre­ole-Colorado cui­sine in­side a mod­ern ar­chi­tec­tural marvel at the Viceroy Snow­mass makes Eight K a val­ley stand­out—and fa­vorite. 130 Wood Road, Snow­mass, 970-923-8008; viceroy­ho­tels an­dresorts.com/snow­mass

EL­E­MENT 47

In­side The Lit­tle Nell, dis­cover truly five-star din­ing along with one of the coun­try’s most cel­e­brated wine pro­grams. 647 E. Du­rant Ave., 970-920-4600; el­e­ment 47as­pen.com

ELLINA

This rus­tic, north­ern Ital­ian restau­rant is a lo­cal fa­vorite—and so are the aper­i­tivi and wine selec­tions from its bar. 430 E. Hy­man Ave., 970-9252976; el­li­naaspen.com

NEW FREE RANGE KITCHEN + WINE BAR

Long­time val­ley res­i­dents and own­ers Steve and Robin Hum­ble are all about clean eat­ing: Shared plates are sourced from a se­lect group of farm­ers and ranch­ers, the 1,000-bot­tle cel­lar fo­cuses on craft wines, and the wood-fire grill burns fruit­wood from Pao­nia. 305 Gold Rivers Ct., Basalt, 970-279-5199; freerange­basalt.com

GREY LADY

The at­ten­tion to de­tail—from

the spe­cialty cock­tails and lob­ster roll to the moun­tain-mar­itime dé­cor— cre­ates an ex­pe­ri­ence that has en­chanted lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike. 305 S. Mill St., 970-925-1797; grey­la­dyaspen.com

HOOCH

The top-shelf liquors, wine, craft beers, cheese boards, and Asian­in­spired small plates have al­ready made this new speakeasy-style lounge a hit. 301 E. Hop­kins Ave., 970-7107275; hoochaspen.com

NEW HOPS CUL­TURE

With its 200 types of do­mes­tic and im­ported craft beers and well-done com­fort foods, Hops Cul­ture is a go-to spot for catch­ing a game or gath­er­ing for drinks at the out­door seat­ing along Hy­man Mall. 414 E. Hy­man Ave., 970-925-4677; hop­s­cul­ture.com

J-BAR

Belly up to the bar at one of town’s old­est wa­ter­ing holes, at the Ho­tel Jerome, and de­light in some of town’s best cock­tails—in a metic­u­lously ap­pointed set­ting. 330 E. Main St., 970-429-7674; hotel­jerome .auberg­ere­sorts.com

JIMMY’S

This “Amer­i­can restau­rant and bar” serves up great steaks, even bet­ter tequila, and one of the liveli­est night­time bar scenes in town. 205 S. Mill St., Ste. 2, 970-925-6020; jim­mysaspen.com

JIMMY’S BODEGA

Same Jimmy we love, with a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion and lighter con­cept: seafood, raw bar, and wine. 307 S. Mill St., 970-710-2182; jim­mys­bodega.com

JUS­TICE SNOW’S

JSnow might be known for its in­tri­cate cock­tails, but this hip, cen­ter-of-town eatery gives just as much love to its fresh, Colorado cui­sine. 328 E. Hy­man Ave., 970-429-8192; jus­tices­nows.com

KENICHI OF ASPEN

This long-time sushi hide­out is also home to one of the coun­try’s long­est sake lists. 533 E. Hop­kins Ave., Ste. 2, 970-920-2212; kenichi­aspen.com

MAR­BLE DISTILLING CO.

The Yule mar­ble bar in this tast­ing room is a nod to the dis­tillery’s fo­cus on the lo­cal and extends to the spir­its them­selves—the Mar­ble Vodka is fil­tered through crushed mar­ble in­stead of car­bon. 150 Main St., Car­bon­dale, 970-963-7008; mar­bledis­till­ing.com

NEW MAR­KET STREET KITCHEN

Chef Mawa McQueen draws from her French-Ivo­rian her­itage and love of or­ganic fare for her largely gluten-free menu of smoothie bowls, tartines, sal­ads, and crêpes, the lat­ter of which she learned to make while grow­ing up in Paris. 499 Mar­ket St., Basalt, 970-510-5820; mk­street kitchen.com

MATSUHISA

Ex­pect ex­cep­tional and in­no­va­tive Ja­panese cui­sine, both up­stairs in the lounge or down­stairs in the more for­mal main din­ing room. 303 E. Main St., 970-544-6628; mat­suhisaaspen.com

MEZZALUNA

Mezzaluna im­bues its clas­sic Ital­ian menu—pan­zanella salad, wood-fired piz­zas, myr­iad pas­tas—with a few sur­prise, eclec­tic dishes, such as trout al­mondine and bar­be­cue chicken. 624 E. Cooper Ave., 970-925-5882; mez­za­lu­naaspen.com

MI CHOLA

Mex­i­can cui­sine re­turned to Main Street last year with this La Cantina re­dux from for­mer em­ploy­ees Dar­ren Chap­ple and Adam Malm­gren. 411 E. Main St., 970710-7076; as­pen­chola.com

THE MONARCH

In­spired by old so­ci­ety clubs, this fine-din­ing steak­house is known for its per­fectly ex­e­cuted cuts of meat served against a back­drop of tar­tan drap­ery and wood-pan­eled walls. Stand­outs in­clude the bi­son filet and Colorado rack of lamb. 411 S. Monarch St., 970-925-2838; monar­chaspen.com

PHAT THAI

This South­east Asian eatery doesn’t try too hard to be au­then­tic, in­stead in­ter­pret­ing cer­tain in­gre­di­ents in cre­ative ways. But it’s faith­ful to its ori­gins: Curry pastes are made in-house, and it buys more Singha beer than any other restau­rant in Colorado. 343 Main St., Car­bon­dale, 970-963-7001; phatthai.com

PIÑONS

Long-lived (nearly 30 years!), up­scale, and so, so be­spoke—Piñons is an Aspen fine-din­ing in­sti­tu­tion with a Latin bent. 105 S. Mill St., 970-9202021; pinons.net

PROSPECT

Chef Rob Zack bal­ances moun­tain clas­sics and con­tem­po­rary twists at this mod­ern Amer­i­can bistro at the Ho­tel Jerome. The best Sun­day brunch in town! 330 E. Main St., 855-331-7213; hotel­jerome.com/ din­ing

RICARD

Find Parisian street­side am­bi­ence within view of the gon­dola at this clas­sic brasserie helmed by ex­ec­u­tive chef Will Nolan. 110 Car­riage Way, Snow­mass, 855-303-4465; ri­card­snow­mass.com

RUSTIQUE BISTRO

This bistro’s sim­ple, au­then­tic French coun­try cui­sine (think poulet rôti and pot-au-feu) is cel­e­brated from coast to

coast. 216 S. Monarch St., 970-9202555; rus­tique­bistro.com

SHLOMO’S DELI & GRILL

Sit­u­ated at the base of Aspen Moun­tain, this up­scale deli with an ex­pan­sive out­door pa­tio is a main­stay for piz­zas, sal­ads, and burg­ers, but also spe­cial­izes in chef Shlomo Ben-Hamoo’s Jewish deli clas­sics, like pas­trami and corned beef sand­wiches as well as the pop­u­lar matzo ball soup. 501 E. Dean St., 970-315-4055

SO CAFÉ

Lo­cated atop the Aspen Art Mu­seum, SO Café fea­tures an in­no­va­tive, ro­tat­ing weekly menu of lo­cal in­gre­di­ents pre­pared by AAM culi­nary part­ners Ju­lia and Allen Domin­gos. 637 E. Hy­man Ave., 970-925-8050; as­pe­nart­mu­seum.org/ visit/aam-cafe

STEAK­HOUSE NO. 316

NYC-style steak­house fare paired with healthy seafood dishes and su­perb sal­ads means there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one at this dark and in­ti­mate din­ner des­ti­na­tion. 316 E. Hop­kins Ave., 970-920-1893; steak­house 316.com

TOWN

This com­mu­nal day­time cof­fee shop, bak­ery, and café turns into a lively restau­rant and craft cock­tail bar come 5 pm. The sea­sonal menu fea­tures en­trées like but­ter­nut squash en­chi­ladas and seed-crusted steel­head trout. 348 Main St., Car­bon­dale, 970-963-6328; town­car­bon­dale.com

WHITE HOUSE TAV­ERN

The ele­genat White House Tav­ern serves el­e­vated pub fare—in­clud­ing burg­ers, sand­wiches, and sal­ads—as well as craft cock­tails in an in­ti­mate, 19th-cen­tury miner’s cot­tage. 302 E. Hop­kins Ave., 970-925-1007; as­pen­white­house.com

THE WILD FIG

The Wild Fig is a charm­ing Mediter­ranean brasserie boast­ing fla­vors from France, Spain, Italy, and Greece. 315 E. Hy­man Ave., 970925-5160; thewil­d­fig.com

WIL­LOW CREEK BISTRO

Lo­cated in­side the Ritz-Carl­ton at Aspen High­lands, this up­scale eatery of­fers con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can cui­sine made with lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. 76 Prospec­tor Road, 970-429-2327

WOODY CREEK TAV­ERN

Come hun­gry to the eclec­tic bar and restau­rant where Hunter S. Thomp­son hung his hat. 2858 Up­per River Road, Woody Creek, 970-9234585; woody­creek­tav­ern.com

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