This downstairs restaurant will never be confused as the place to go for a great view. Instead, it offers a cozy and intimate setting in a ... More
This downstairs restaurant will never be confused as the place to go for a great view. Instead, it offers a cozy and intimate setting in a contemporary atmosphere. A full bar area lends it a relaxing feel, providing a nice break from some of the food-snob formality which pervades many of the other restaurants. The menu is budget friendly without sacrificing style and taste. The Wasabi Caesar Salad provides a nice departure from the usual. Sesame Crusted Salmon and grilled Filet of Beef are popular dinner choices.
Let me say that Elevation is one of my favorite restaurants in Aspen! There are four things I consider when I dine out that make my evening what I want it to be: the food, the service, the atmosphere, and cleanliness.
Food: I have eaten at this restaurant at least a few dozen times and have had a fantastic meal EVERY time. The steaks are cooked properly, the fish is cooked perfectly, the flavors are all distinct, the presentation is artwork, and the menu is great fun! What more can you ask?
Service: Just to highlight one example of exceptional service - My last visit, the server was kind enough to acquire a liquor from a neighbor restaurant that they didn't have in the bar at Elevation to make the drink as my date had ordered it. EXCEPTIONAL!
Atmosphere: While this is a casual restaurant, the dining room is so elegant I like to dress up a little bit. White table cloths, perfect lighting, and subtle candles make this a restaurant to enjoy with friends, family, or dates (especially!). The bar section of the restaurant is fun with great music, and a wonderful color-changing liquor shelf that, admittedly, is even more mesmerizing when one is ...slightly inebriated. ;-)
Cleanliness: The table cloths are always clean, the silverwear polished, the glasses spotless. I've never worried here about someone else's lipstick on my drink!
Overall, an incredible dining experience. If you find yourself there, may I suggest the wasabi-caesar salad with a strip of grilled salmon... This is the perfectly sized meal to save a bit of room for dessert! The second-best creme brulee I've ever had! If you are willing: order the tea pannacotta (sp?). It will pleasantly surprise the palette and goes amazingly with a glass of the muscato!
I have been to Elevation a dozen times or more only to enjoy the exquisite cuisine of Chef Drew Scott. His creativity is unlike any I've ever experience in other restaurants. The staff is friendly and professional.
This is a must when visiting Aspen. I have been coming back year after year and it seems elevation is not only becoming moore and moore popular but also better and better. The decor, menu and overall feel reminds me moore of a downtown New York eatery than a mountain lodge. Upbeat and fun staff, outstanding food and it sems the winelist is getting bigger every time I go there as well. Sometimes, towards the end of the night, the music is a little loud but I always leave happy.
In our group of six, everyone was extremely happy with the quality of the food except the one who ordered to monkfish entree and the shrimp appetizer. Everything else was superb. The young Australian waiter was nice and attentive but professed total inability to produce separate checks for the three couples, You needed your own flashlight to read the menu but - aha! we had brought one. The windows open onto a shaft, but are cleverly landscaped with rocks, etc. The place is down a long flight of stairs with no elevator, which was tough for the member of our party with a leg in a brace, but overall we would go back and avoid the monkfish and shrimp.
The food and service is among best! If you are spending any amount of time in Aspen, you must spend a night with the incredible staff at Elevation. And the warm and cozy atmosphere will draw you back again and again!
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