We had a large family dinner at the Olives Restaurant in the St. Regis Hotel. The ambience was great, the food was divine, the waitress was a little irritating, but it didn't spoil the evening by any stretch. It was expensive: $30-$35 for an entree and $10 for dessert, but I wasn't paying so it was great!
Favorite Dish: I'm a very picky eater and this was one of my favorite meals I've ever had in a restaurant. I got the seared Tuna Mignon. They had just a little sauce and some fresh ground black pepper so at to not take away from the tuna. There was some crab in red peppers, an olive salad, and some kind of Anise tempura thing. All of it was very good, and the presentation was fabulous. For dessert I got the sorbet: raspberry, green apple, and blueberry. The raspberry was alright, the other two were way to sweet for my taste. My sister got the Vanilla Bean Souffle. She said it was really good and apparently they use Tahitian vanilla. My great uncle (the elf in the picture) manufactures vanilla extract and has a plantation in Tahiti.
This place is where I spent the most time off the hill. Whether stopping in for breakfast coffee and pastry, or for lunch at their outdoor tables facing the mountain; you must visit Zele's.
Zele's has two locations in Aspen. One is called Zele's Cafe which serves meals and has outside tables . The other location called Zele's New Music Cafe, is smaller and doesn't serve any meals. It's more of a music store with coffee on the side. There is a live music, as well as a D.J. who blends smooth New Age tunes through the speakers.
A great side benefit of both Zele locations is that they offer free wireless for your computer.
Favorite Dish: Their organic coffees are wonderful. They are grown without synthetic herbicides, insecticides, or fertilizers.
They also have lots of yummy sandwiches, soups and salads.
Nice cuisine in a quiet setting.
Favorite Dish: Bouillabaisse fish stew with warm crusty bread and a nice glass of wine.
Delicious, large crepes made to order in a trolley that sits on the side of the street.
Favorite Dish: Any of the crepes
Very nice ambiance. The only carpaccio bar in town, featuring Smoked Buffalo, Seared Ahi and Beluga Caviar.
Favorite Dish: Try the Breaded Veal Cutlet and the Roasted Cornish Hen.
Some great restaurants to visit! I have to split my vote for my favorite between Matsuhisa and Pinons.
Little Nell and Ajax Tavern are also great. Prepare to spend.