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Here Are the Best Hotel Restaurants in the Mountains

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Hotel restaurants often get a bad rap. That's understandable -- for many hotels, the need to pump food into tourists and business travelers and get them out the door far outweighs the need to actually feed them a good meal in the process. In concurrence with Curbed's Hotels Week 2013, Eater has assembled this list of mountain hotel restaurants that not only would be a decent find for a visitor to stumble upon, but are worth visits from locals as well.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. element 47

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675 E Durant Ave
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-4600
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Located in the Little Nell hotel, Element 47 is the reincarnation of the former Montagna restaurant. The interior was transformed, the menu tweaked, but the food and service remain as impressive as ever. Don't miss the pheasant terrine, the anjou pear tortellini, and the roasted wild mushrooms.

2. The Chef's Club @ St. Regis

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(970) 920-3300
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This restaurant, helmed by chef Didier Elena, welcomes a rotating crew of chefs selected through FOOD & WINE's Best New Chefs. Each contributes signature dishes to a menu that changes with the seasons.

3. Prospect at Hotel Jerome

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330 E Main St
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-1000
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Aspen’s newest introduction to the culinary scene is Prospect, an upscale American bistro at the Hotel Jerome. Highlights on the menu include the kale salad, the garganelli pasta, and the coconut cream pie.

4. The Pullman

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330 7th St
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
This casual restaurant owned by chef Mark Fischer brings an extensive and varied American menu to the Glenwood Springs dining scene. Don't miss the bacon beignets with a maple crema, the pan-roasted Rocky Mountain trout, and the whoopie pie with cola ice cream.

5. 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill

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136 East Thomas Place, White River National Forest
Avon, CO 81620
(970) 827-6600
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The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa seems to do everything right. Guests are taken care of with great attention to detail from the moment they arrive. The restaurant follows suit and offers an experience that satisfies every taste and preference. Highlights on the menu include the North American elk loin, the grilled domestic swordfish, and the Colorado lamb osso bucco.

6. Splendido At the Chateau

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17 Chateau Court
Avon, CO 81620
(970) 845-8808
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Open seven nights a week from 5:30 to 10 p.m. during the ski season, Splendido at the Chateau offers guests a rustic American approach to cooking. Highlights on the menu include the Angus beef tartare, the steak frites, and the crisp pork belly.

7. Beano's Cabin

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42 Avondale Lane
Avon, CO 81620
(970) 949-9090
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At Beano's Cabin, a restaurant that recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, guests come for the modern fine dining with a twist. Chef Bill Greenwood crafts creative dishes rooted in the food of Colorado like the spruce crusted elk chop.

8. Maya Beaver Creek @ the Westin

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126 Riverfront Lane
Avon, Colorado 81620
(970) 790-6000
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Chef Richard Sandoval, known for his modern interpretations of Mexican food, opened Maya last month in Beaver Creek. Aside from an approachable menu, the restaurant features a handmade Tortilla Station and a bar with more than 100 agave-based spirits and house-infused tequilas.

9. Elway's

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174 Gore Creek Drive, White River National Forest
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 754-7818
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Elway's, the upscale steakhouse and American restaurant made a splash in its Denver locations. Now mountain-goers can enjoy the same attractive and familiar offerings in Vail. Don't skip the beer-battered onion rings and the Colorado rack of lamb.

10. Flame at Four Seasons Resort Vail

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1 Vail Road, White River National Forest
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 477-8600
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Chef Jason Harrison, who won the Cochon 555 Colorado edition this year, offers a mountain version of an upscale yet fun steakhouse. A highlight of the menu: the 32 ounce dry-aged Wagyu ribeye.

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1. element 47

675 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611
Located in the Little Nell hotel, Element 47 is the reincarnation of the former Montagna restaurant. The interior was transformed, the menu tweaked, but the food and service remain as impressive as ever. Don't miss the pheasant terrine, the anjou pear tortellini, and the roasted wild mushrooms.
675 E Durant Ave
Aspen, CO 81611

2. The Chef's Club @ St. Regis

Aspen, CO
This restaurant, helmed by chef Didier Elena, welcomes a rotating crew of chefs selected through FOOD & WINE's Best New Chefs. Each contributes signature dishes to a menu that changes with the seasons.

3. Prospect at Hotel Jerome

330 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611
Aspen’s newest introduction to the culinary scene is Prospect, an upscale American bistro at the Hotel Jerome. Highlights on the menu include the kale salad, the garganelli pasta, and the coconut cream pie.
330 E Main St
Aspen, CO 81611

4. The Pullman

330 7th St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
This casual restaurant owned by chef Mark Fischer brings an extensive and varied American menu to the Glenwood Springs dining scene. Don't miss the bacon beignets with a maple crema, the pan-roasted Rocky Mountain trout, and the whoopie pie with cola ice cream.
330 7th St
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

5. 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill

136 East Thomas Place, White River National Forest, Avon, CO 81620
The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa seems to do everything right. Guests are taken care of with great attention to detail from the moment they arrive. The restaurant follows suit and offers an experience that satisfies every taste and preference. Highlights on the menu include the North American elk loin, the grilled domestic swordfish, and the Colorado lamb osso bucco.
136 East Thomas Place, White River National Forest
Avon, CO 81620

6. Splendido At the Chateau

17 Chateau Court, Avon, CO 81620
Open seven nights a week from 5:30 to 10 p.m. during the ski season, Splendido at the Chateau offers guests a rustic American approach to cooking. Highlights on the menu include the Angus beef tartare, the steak frites, and the crisp pork belly.
17 Chateau Court
Avon, CO 81620

7. Beano's Cabin

42 Avondale Lane, Avon, CO 81620
At Beano's Cabin, a restaurant that recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, guests come for the modern fine dining with a twist. Chef Bill Greenwood crafts creative dishes rooted in the food of Colorado like the spruce crusted elk chop.
42 Avondale Lane
Avon, CO 81620

8. Maya Beaver Creek @ the Westin

126 Riverfront Lane, Avon, Colorado 81620
Chef Richard Sandoval, known for his modern interpretations of Mexican food, opened Maya last month in Beaver Creek. Aside from an approachable menu, the restaurant features a handmade Tortilla Station and a bar with more than 100 agave-based spirits and house-infused tequilas.
126 Riverfront Lane
Avon, Colorado 81620

9. Elway's

174 Gore Creek Drive, White River National Forest, Vail, CO 81657
Elway's, the upscale steakhouse and American restaurant made a splash in its Denver locations. Now mountain-goers can enjoy the same attractive and familiar offerings in Vail. Don't skip the beer-battered onion rings and the Colorado rack of lamb.
174 Gore Creek Drive, White River National Forest
Vail, CO 81657

10. Flame at Four Seasons Resort Vail

1 Vail Road, White River National Forest, Vail, CO 81657
Chef Jason Harrison, who won the Cochon 555 Colorado edition this year, offers a mountain version of an upscale yet fun steakhouse. A highlight of the menu: the 32 ounce dry-aged Wagyu ribeye.
1 Vail Road, White River National Forest
Vail, CO 81657

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