Eat Here Now

The Complete 2018 Aspen Fall Off-Season Dining Guide

Where to meet, greet, and eat during the quiet season.

By Aspen Sojourner Staff October 30, 2018

The Wagyu double cheeseburger is on the off-season, three-courses-for-$37 menu at Ajax Tavern. 

Ah, Aspen's quiet season, when it's easy to find a parking spot, you recognize more people than not on your hikes, and pretty much everyone takes a collective recovery breath. The one zen interrupter is that many restaurants close their doors for a much-needed break before the winter season begins, meaning deciding where to eat out can feel like a game of chance. 

Thankfully, though, a surprising number of good options exist; plus, this can be a great excuse to try somewhere new. Many places also offer tempting discounts and special menus. In Snowmass,  shoulder-season choices are Black Saddle Bar & Grille, Mountain Bayou, Sage at Snowmass Club, Taster's Pizza, and Zane's Tavern. Vue Lounge and Snowmass Kitchen, both located in the Westin, are also open. 

Here, we compiled the full Aspen rundown of what’s open, what’s closed, and where to find discounts—all in one place. Did we miss one? Let us know!

*Please note this list is not ranked, but in alphabetical order, and all specials are subject to change. Always ask your server to confirm offers.


Ajax Tavern

Reopening November 1 with a three-course $37 special, including appetizer, entrée, and dessert.

Aspen Public House
Open breakfast, lunch, and dinner through the off-season, with daily specials. 


Four Mountain pizzas are $10 Friday through Sunday; on football Saturdays and Sundays, Bruno's offers $5 mimosas and $7 bloody Marys.  

Campo de Fiori

Nightly special of 25 percent off the entire bill, excluding the bar menu. Closed Mondays. 


Bar menu available throughout the restaurant; specials every Monday and $.07 sake shots every time a touchdown is scored on Monday Night Football.

Limelight Lounge

Daily happy hour from 3-6 p.m.: $12 cheese and pepperoni pizzas, $4 draft beer, and $7 house wine.  

Little Ollie's

Daily lunch special from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m: Entrées with vegetable spring roll and steamed rice start at $8.95.  

Meat & Cheese

Locals get 15 percent off everything on the menu until November 21.


Daily lunch special: $12 pastas and pizzas. Also, daily dinner specials and 20 percent off bottles of wine. Closed Sundays.

Rustique Bistro

Reopens on November 1, offering 50 percent off the dinner menu and 10 percent off bottled wine through November 3 and again November 6–8. Fried Chicken Thursdays: three courses for $27. Nightly prix fixe: two courses for $36. Closed Sundays and Mondays.


520 Grill
Annette's Mountain Bake Shop (as of November 2)
Aspen Tap
Bamboo Bear (closed Monday–Wednesday)
Bangkok Happy Bowl
Big Wrap (closed Saturdays and Sundays)
Butcher’s Block
Clark's Aspen
CP Burger
Element 47 (breakfast and bar only–no dinner–until November 22)
Franck Thirion Café 
Grateful Deli (closed Sundays)
Hickory House
Home Team BBQ
HOPS Culture (closed Monday–Wednesday)
Ink! Coffee
J Bar
Jour de Fete
L’Hostaria (closed Sundays and Mondays)
Local Coffee House
Louis Swiss Pastry
Matsuhisa (upstairs nightly; downstairs closed Sunday–Tuesday)
Mawa’s Kitchen 
Meat & Cheese 
Mezzaluna (closed Sundays)
Mi Chola
New York Pizza
Paradise Bakery
Poppycock’s Café
Prospect (breakfast & lunch only)
Red Mountain Grill
Red Onion
Ryno’s Pub & Pizzeria
So Café (closed Mondays)
Steakhouse No. 316 (closed October 21, November 11 & 12, November 18 & 19, and Thanksgiving)
Tiki Mana Island Grill
White House Tavern (closed Thanksgiving)
Woody Creek Tavern
Zane’s Tavern


7908 (until early December)
Bosq (until early December)
Cache Cache (until December 5)
Casa Tua (until early December)
Chair 9 (until December 8)
Cooking School of Aspen (until December; private event rentals still available)
Ellina (December 7)
French Alpine Bistro Creperie du Village (until November 15)
Grey Lady (until late November)
Jimmy’s (until November 8)
Jimmy’s Bodega (until November 20)
Kenichi (until November 7)
Highlands Ale House (until December 10)
Highlands Taqueria (until December 10)
Maru (until late November)
Monarch (November 23)
Mountain Social (until November 14)
Pinecreek Cookhouse (until December 8)
Piñons (until December 6)
Plato’s (until December)
Pyramid Bistro (until December)
Velvet Buck (until November 14)
Spring Café (November 1-14)
Shlomo’s (until November 16)
Su Casa (November 15)
Wild Fig (until November 23)
Willow Creek Bistro (until mid- to late November)

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