Aspen’s dining scene is epic. Reservations are made months in advance to experience food, wine and spirits, of course. But it’s about more than eating and drinking; who you see and who sees you is also of paramount importance. Optics are critical, and it’s not just which restaurants you frequent, but where you sit once you get there that matters. The following tables are the best seats in town, aside from first chair on a powder day, of course.
Raphael Derly sought to recreate the authentic Alpine experiences of his youth spent in the Swiss ski town of Villars-sur-Ollon at Creperie du Village (400 E. Hopkins Ave.). He succeeded in bringing a taste of the Alps to Aspen with not only the mountain fare, but also the cozy ambiance that is imparted naturally by the restaurant’s size and subterranean location. The center-of-room communal table promotes group sharing—try the raclette followed by any of the sweet crepes—as well as recounting your day on the slopes with the others at your table.
In Aspen, different clientele prefer varying levels of visibility and Cache Cache (205 S. Mill St.) offers a table for every occasion, according to partner and General Manager Jodi Larner. For celebs keeping a low profile, there is Table 50, which is tucked into the back left corner, away from prying eyes. Jack Nicholson’s table, Table 10, occupies the opposite corner and provides a panoramic view of the entire dining room—one that the smiling actor notoriously loves to take in. Affectionately referred to by some patrons as the stop sign, Table 32 seats larger parties front and center. It’s the most social seat in the house, as it welcomes interactions with friends as they enter the room, but beware of talking too much, chef de cuisine Nate King’s seasonally inspired creations require your full attention.
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