Al Fresco Dining in Aspen
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:
Scarlett's Aspen: Guests can enjoy beautiful views overlooking Aspen Mountain, Red Mountain, and the iconic historic buildings in downtown Aspen on the outdoor patio at Aspen's newest edition- Scarlett's. The rooftop patio boasts seating for 128, and offers fire pits, a menu for every occasion, and a beautiful garden with wildflowers and greenery.
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.
Maru: In the mood for sushi? Head over to Maru, located right next to Bosq, for traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine. Soak in the sunshine on the patio and enjoy a delicious meal followed by lounging in Wagner Park.
HOPS Culture: HOPS beer garden, located in the middle of the Hyman walking mall, 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.
New this summer:
Kirby Ice House: Aspen's newest popup for the summer, Kirby Ice House in partnership with Bumble, is serving up great cocktails and food on their outdoor patio. The patio is located right next to Wagner Park and will maintain the balance of a park-side family-friendly restaurant and late night lounge.
Tatanka: This new western bistro is a modern take on an old Western saloon serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner on their outdoor patio.
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