TripAdvisor Rating: 4.3

Address: 303 E Main St, Aspen (corner of Main and Monarch, one block from the Galena RFTA stop)

Hours: 6p-10p, every day


Matsuhisa is nestled beneath a quaint Victorian house, creating an atmosphere which blends the elegance of the early 1900s with the simplicity of the Japanese and sets it all against a gorgeous mountain backdrop. The setting serves as an excellent metaphor for the cuisine itself, as the chef, Nobu Matsuhisa, is world-renowned for his creative and high-quality sushi, sashimi and Japanese-Southwestern fusion dishes.

Because the restaurant is a blend of so many different experiences, it caters well to fans of Japanese fare of all ages. The basement portion of the restaurant is perfect for families, while the bar upstairs is excellent for hipsters and those looking for a quality cocktail with a unique flair. Matsuhisa is also located near two commonly used transit stops in a bustling part of Aspen, making it convenient for those staying in a nearby hotel, visiting the museum, or the park. If you are looking for a quality Japanese fusion meal while taking a break from skiing, Matsuhisa is a great choice.

What They’re Known for: Nobu Matsuhisa is well-known for both creativity and quality. All sushi and sashimi are made with fresh and high-quality seafood. If seafood is not your taste, the gourmet meats, such as “Lamb with Anticucho or Wasabi Pepper Sauce” or the “Filet Mignon with Wasabi Pepper or Teriyaki Sauce” are sure to satisfy your palate.

What to Watch for: Because Matsuhisa is a very popular dining experience and as such, it tends to be crowded during peak times. Make sure to grab a seat early or during cocktail hour to get the best tables, or make a reservation ahead of time.

Price: $18-$35

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