With more than 80 eateries in downtown Aspen alone, every block brings old favorites together with fresh menus and new talent to provide enough culinary options to please any palate. Aspen boasts an average of 300 days of sunshine annually, and luckily, most restaurants in downtown offer al fresco seating to enjoy the beautiful summer weather. Below are our top picks for outdoor dining this season in Aspen:
Bosq: Located in the Mill Street Mall, Bosq Aspen offers indoor and al fresco dining serving up lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy new world cuisine with strong Asian influences and a wine list with accessible options from local chef Barclay Dodge.
Idylwide Aspen: Formerly know as HOPS beer garden, Idylwide is located in the middle of the Hyman walking mall and is the perfect place in downtown to enjoy al fresco lunch, happy hour, or dinner. The restaurant boasts over 200 domestic and imported craft beers, along with a wine and cocktail list, and a menu with upscale American comfort food choices. HOPS also has one of the best happy hour menus in town from 3-6 p.m. daily. The loaded combo is hard to beat- featuring a loaded Kobe Dog, chips/slaw and a 16 oz Colorado Native for $7.
Escobar: Just a couple of steps from HOPS beer garden sits Escobar’s outdoor patio, set up exclusively during the summer. The bar area is well equipped with some of the best outdoor lounge chairs in town. And don’t forget about the food- lobster rolls, hot dogs and more!
Betula: Right in the heart of Aspen, Betula offers delicious French Pan-American cuisine served on their rooftop patio. Betula promises an exciting gastronomical experience while preserving Aspen's charm.
Matsuhisa: This fabulous new-style Japanese restaurant is not only owned by famed Chef Nobu, but also is set in a historic 120 year-old main street Victorian House. You can enjoy their fan-favorite yellowtail sashimi while dining out on their mainstreet patio- a must for summer outdoor dining.
Nakazawa: Tokyo born chef/restaurateur Daisuke Nakazawa opened his doors to eponymous, Sushi Nakazawa, in Aspen this past winter season. This Michelin Star winning restaurateur will keep his doors open this summer season in Aspen where guests can enjoy some of the best views in downtown Aspen, a delectable Omakase menu, and exciting sake choices.
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