1 Rustique Bistro
From onion soup gratinee and charcuterie to steak au poivre and duck confit l'orange, Rustique is provencal-style bistro serving all of the French classics. A robust wine list specializing in bordeaux, burgundy and alsace rounds out the menu for un bon soir. To indulge, don't skip the award-winning macaroni and cheese with mushrooms and truffle.
216 S Monarch St Aspen, CO 81611
2 Cache Cache
Chef Chris Lanter spent time at three different culinary schools and apprenticeships in France before becoming the executive chef at Cache Cache in 2000. His team has taken this French influence, combined it with a 5,000-bottle wine program and created one of the more successful restaurants in Aspen.
205 S. Mill St. Aspen, CO 81611
3 Brexi Brasserie
Sultry red finishes and dark wood furniture adorn this black-and-white tiled restaurant inside the Dancing Bear, invoking a contemporary French feel. But the menu, with filet mignon, boeuf bourgignon and bouillabaisse is purely traditional, along with rich sides such as haricots verts, asparagus with bernaise and classic creme brulee.
411 S. Monarch St. Aspen, CO 81611
4 Le Creperie du Village
High alpine cuisine from the Alps can be found in Aspen. Sweet and savory crepes fill the menu, but diners will linger over fondue too. The Old World wine list invokes the owners' native countries, and after a couple of sips, diners will be transported too.
400 E. Hopkins Ave. Aspen, CO 81611
5 Jour de Fete
Since 1988, Olivier has been serving homemade French food for breakfast and lunch with a smile. The cafe operates has a hangout for locals, who come for the croissants and cafe in the morning and then stay for specialities like ratatouille for lunch.
710 E. Durant Ave. Aspen, CO 81611