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Aspen's Summer Outdoor Dining Scene

Great food. Wonderful weather. Spectacular views. It's no secret why Aspen's restaurants with outdoor dining are so popular. And it's no wonder that this local perk often converts visitors to homeowners.

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Frias Real Estate Broker Anne Burrows, along with our concierge desk, compiled a list of the top restaurants with outdoor dining in Aspen. Anne produces an annual Valley Dining Guide that's a hit with her clients from Aspen and beyond, and she personally loves outdoor dining in Aspen. From casual fare to fine dining, there's something for everyone on the Aspen menu. Let's take a closer look at the current popular outdoor dining spots.

BB's Kitchen, 525 E. Cooper Avenue - With arguably the best view of Aspen Mountain from its downtown second floor balcony, BB's menu is a farm-to-table delight with dishes crafted from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and inspired by the chef's and owner's world travels. Grab a seat on the casual patio for lunch, brunch and dinner, and don't miss out on the Shishito peppers as a yummy appetizer. (The kids' menu is also a plus!)

SO Cafe, 637 E. Hyman Avenue at the Aspen Art Museum - Rivaling BB's rooftop and also offering Aspen Mountain views, SO Cafe is located atop the new Aspen Art Museum and features an innovative, rotating weekly menu of local ingredients. Art in combination with a delicious lunch and a stunning setting makes SO Cafe a hot spot among locals and visitors. Open for lunch only 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. There is also beverage and pastry service from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Jimmy's Bodega, 307 S. Mill Street - The sister restaurant to Jimmy's American Restaurant & Bar, Bodega offers fresh seafood, a raw bar and specialty drinks in an airy space beside Wagner Park. The patio on the Mill Street pedestrian mall starts filling up for happy hour (daily from 3:30 to 5:30), and outside tables can be reserved. The spacious patio has large umbrellas, beautiful views and great people-watching.

Grey Lady, 305 S. Mill Street - This summer hot spot next door to Jimmy's Bodega serves Nantucket-inspired fare, including grilled lobster, tuna burgers, crab cakes, clam steamers, mussels, scallops and chowder. The patio is large and offers views of the dancing fountain, the Mill Street tree gardens, the historic Wheeler Opera House and Red Mountain. Grab a seat on this patio to relax, enjoy the views and eat delicious seafood while listening to groovy music.

Ajax Tavern, 685 E. Durant Avenue - Popular during wintertime for apres ski, the spacious patio at the base of Aspen Mountain is also lively all summer long. Known for its double cheeseburger and French-American fare, the Tavern is a casual place for lunch or dinner, and kids have their own menu of tasty treats. Watch the Gondola ferry people up and down the mountain while enjoying a delicious meal and a speciality cocktail or glass of fine wine.

Casa Tua, 403 S. Galena Street - Offering fine-dining on the Cooper Avenue pedestrian mall, Casa Tua is an upscale restaurant serving Northern Italian dishes. Locals select a sunny spot for happy hour every day from 4 to 6 p.m., and Aspen Music School students often perform nearby, adding to the heavenly atmosphere.

Hops Culture, 414 E. Hyman Avenue - Serving upscale pub food and 200 domestic and imported craft beers, Hops Culture's patio on the Hyman Avenue pedestrian mall is the place to be during the summer. A great place for a casual bite, we recommend grabbing a shaded seat to enjoy a cold microbrew. The patio is open for lunch and dinner and is always hopping!

Aspen Kitchen, 515 E. Hopkins Avenue, upstairs - With another great rooftop patio, this contemporary farm-to-the-table restaurant boasts incredible views of both Aspen Mountain and Red Mountain. Head to Aspen Kitchen's rooftop for brunch, lunch or dinner, and enjoy cocktails, an extensive wine list, great food and mountain views. After a late dinner, head downstairs to sister nightclub Rickhouse Social for after-dinner drinks and late-night dancing.

Looking for more? There's no shortage of other great locations around town that offer outdoor dining:

  • White House Tavern, 308 W. Hopkins Avenue

  • Meat & Cheese, 319 W. Hopkins Avenue

  • Cache Cache, 205 S. Mill St. - Courtyard dining, no mountain view

  • Campo Di Fiori, 205 S. Mill St. - Courtyard dining, no mountain view

Imagine summers full of fine dining and beautiful weather, walking to town on a cool evening, laughing with friends over exquisite appetizers and cocktails, savoring a memorable dinner and out-of-this-world dessert... It's all possible in Aspen! Our team of real estate brokers is ready to assist you with moving to Aspen full time or purchasing your perfect second home.