Aspen’s Top 5 Healthy Organic Restaurants

This ski resort town in the Rockies is has earned a reputation for its high-end restaurants. Our team has scouted out the healthiest restaurant options that meet our strict standards, and we’re delighted to announce our Top 5 picks in Aspen, Colorado:

Velvet Buck

315 East Dean Street
Aspen, Colorado 81611

Located at The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Velvet Buck offers amazing menu options. They offer an elaborate breakfast buffet as well as main dish dinner items like Summer Salad (quail egg, cherry tomato, white asparagus, jerez dressing); Scaldiva (lobster, grilled legumes); Meatballs (housemade, served with mashed potatoes); Monkfish (roasted peppers, onion soubise); Milhojoas (legumes, sweet corn, queso); and more.

Elk Camp

Vista Trail
Aspen, Colorado 81611

Located atop the Elk Camp Gondola, this mountain restaurant offers limited indoor seating and outdoor heated tent seating. Sample menu items include rotisserie chicken, artisan hand-tossed pizza, paninis, salads and soups. Try the grass-fed beef chili with fresh, homemade cornbread, or any of their fresh organic salads.

Bear Den

301 East Hopkins Avenue
Aspen, Colorado 81611

Their “all day” menu consists of soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, bowls, and all-day brunch. Try the Power Flow Salad (house quinoa patties, avocado, tomato, butter lettuce, arugula, seeds, herbs, lemon dressing, coriander-mint) or the Green Goddess Bowl (smoothie bowl with spirulina, avocado, mango, almond butter, banana, topped with fresh berries, bee pollen and toasted almonds). For dinner, try Argentine Style Wagyu (Wagyu tenderloin, baked Argentinian provolone cheese, homemade chimichurri, grilled marinated green onions, watermelon radish); Chicken Tikka Masala (gluten-free Indian-style creamy tomato gravy, cashew, rice, naan bread, coriander-mint chatini); Bison Bolognese Lasagna (homemade lasagna, Colorado bison, tomato Bolognese sauce, parmesan fondue); or POKE (gluten-free fresh Yellow Tuna, fresh Salmon, rice or quinoa, avocado, cucumber, Nitamago egg, carrot, edamame, pickled vegetables, sesame soy).


216 South Monarch Street
Aspen, Colorado 81611

Indoor and outdoor dining available. Their dinner menu includes appetizers such as Crab Tostadas (lump crab, tomatoes, onions, cucumber and avocado salsa); Shishito Peppers (blistered with Ras el Hanout); and Crudos such as Scallop (Calabrian chili vinaigrette, wasabi tobiko, cilantro oil); and Hamachi (melon, crispy prosciutto, fermented turnips). Entrees include Grilled Chilean Sea Bass, Tuna, Branzino, Langoustine, grilled lamb chops, Veal Chop Milanese, and Japanese Kobe.

Element 47

675 East Durant Avenue
Aspen, Colorado 81611

Tucked inside The Little Nell, Element 47 serves local wagyu beef, house-made pastas, and seasonal produce. Entrees include Nell Wagyu (cauliflower, shishitos, mushrooms, olives, beef jus); Dry Aged Duck (wild rice, stone fruit, gooseberry, anise hyssop); BBQ Eggplant (tonkatsu, corn, tomato, basil); Green Circle Chicken (sweet corn grits, mushrooms, asparagus, confit garlic, chicken jus); and more. The Breakfast Buffet includes mains like Steel-cut Oats (turmeric, cinnamon, blueberries); Summer Vegetable Scramble (asparagus, summer squash, arugula, sundried tomato, avocado, goat cheese); and Avocado Toast (goat cheese, pickled shallot, and fresno peppers).

About The Templeton List

Created by James Templeton, a 30+ year Stage 4 Melanoma cancer survivor, the Templeton List is part of his lifelong dream to give back and lend a helping hand to cancer survivors and to anyone desiring to increase or maintain their good health. James experienced first-hand the challenge of finding quality restaurants and food sources when traveling. The successful CEO of Uni-Key Health Systems and founder of the Templeton Wellness Foundation, The Templeton List was developed to help anyone easily find trust-worthy, carefully vetted healthy restaurants all across America. Read more about our 5 Star Rating System here!

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