Summer in Aspen is synonymous with al fresco dining, and the competition is stacked when it comes to the No. 1 spot. So, we listed the top five.
1 Pacifica Aspen
On the corner of Mill and everything else in town, this seafood restaurant has views of the Mill Street walking mall, children's playground and Wagner Park. That view allows customers to dine and the Grand Caviar Plateau and people-watching in the same course.
307 S Mill St Aspen, CO 81611 (970) 920-9775
2 Ajax Tavern
Sitting at the base of Aspen Mountain, the Ajax Tavern offers some of the best views in town--both of the mountain and passers-by heading up the gondola. Come for the sights, and stay for the food, where the team serves signature dishes like a soft-shell crab BLT and truffle fries.
3 BB's Kitchen
Perched above Cooper Street above all the action, the classic red umbrellas at BB's Kitchen block diners from heavy sun, but don't obstruct inspiring views of the Roaring Fork Valley. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails in between, BB's delivers American classics in a quintessential atmosphere.
525 E Cooper Ave Aspen, CO 81611 (970) 429-8284
4 Cache Cache
The French restaurant's seating overflows into the courtyard next to it, and lively conversations fill the open air on warm summer nights. Because Cache Cache is widely regarded for its consistent quality in European fare, the patio is always full. While waiting for a table, hang out in the cooly-lit lounge and try one of thousands of wines.
205 S Mill St #106 Aspen, CO 81611 (970) 925-3835
5 The Nest Cafe and Lounge
If outdoor eating includes poolside service, then look no further than the Viceroy Snowmass. The pan-Asian menu includes sushi, bahn mi, seafood tacos and stir fries, and the cabanas offer a mid-day hideaway between dips in the pool.
130 Wood Rd Snowmass Village, CO 81615 (970) 923-8000