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303 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611
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Ranked #11 of 148 restaurants in Aspen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $35
Cuisines: Asian, Japanese, Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Monarch
Transit: Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) has stops on either side of our location; at Paepke Park (Main St and Aspen St) as well as Galena (Main St and Galena). It is a one block walk to Matsuhisa Aspen (Main and Monarch).
Description: Matsuhisa Aspen is nestled beneath a quaint victorian house in the mountain town of Aspen Colorado and features the cuisine of world renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Japanese-inspired seafood and sushi, as well as an ultra-hip scene and lively bar crowd can best describe Matsuhisa Aspen. We are a continuation of Matsuhisa L.A., Nobu New York, Nobu London and may more locations around the world.
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75% Recommend
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Houston, Texas, United States
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78 reviews 78 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The atmosphere is rather dark since the restaurant is in the basement. We were a group of 7 so we ordered many dishes to share. I've eaten sushi here and there and I will say the dishes were unique in flavor combinations and plating and tasted very fresh. I'm not sure it's up to the hype and inflated pricing though.

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Chicago Illinois
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90 reviews 90 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We regard Aspen Matsuhisa as the best Japanese and Asian restaurant in Aspen, but it can be very noisy and crowded, often unable to get in or reserve. So we tried the "upstairs" (ground level) area and found it to have a fine menu and very attentive waiters. As always the yellowtail jalapeño was terrific and the fish seemed very... More

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Los Angeles, California
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Visited the lounge/bar area, which shares many of the small plates with the restaurant proper. Service was spotty, portions minuscule (this is well-known) and the sushi nowhere near top drawer. I've had excellent meals at the Los Angeles branch of the empire. The Aspen branch appears to be trading on the reputation of the others.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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85 reviews 85 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

The restaurant downstairs is very interesting. Like a cave carved out under a house! When we arrived at 8:30 pm the noise level was still reasonable but the roar increased substantially after that. We had to point for our waiter to hear our order. Service was prompt. There was no opportunity to ask questions. It would not have mattered anyway.... More

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Aspen, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The atmosphere here is a little stuffy for me, one of those places it helps to be known by management as a regular. Otherwise the service is good, but you are treated as a tourist, which means a little abrupt. But the food is delicious and the preparation and presentation is outstanding. This is not our regular spot, but will... More

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I love to eat at Matsu when I visit Aspen. As you are being seated, the irashaimase greeting will cheer you up! Best Japanese cuisine in town with Nobu's unique twist. The menu downstairs has a bigger selection- the family and friends always make reservations as they are highly recommended, specially during ski and summer seasons. Service is flawless; request... More

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Aspen, Colorado
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Best Japanese restaurant in Aspen great selection of Nobu's famous sushi and traditional cooked Japanese food. Don't be surprised to see ex-Presidents of the US and Hollywood celebrities here.

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The food was excellent. Great food quality and service. I think that this is the number 1 restaurant in Aspen. It is expensive, but worth it.

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Barcelona, Spain
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47 reviews 47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Our party of three was delighted at the grade A quality of all the amazing fish and crustaceans that we we're prepared that night. I have eaten in 3 nobus and I think this is the finest most authentic Out of the the bunch. It is very loud and very tight, very Tokyo! We had a delightful 1.8 liter bottle... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If anyone would ask me where I would like to go for dinner in Aspen it would definitely be Matsuhisa. The food is top notch and beautifully prepared. It's not inexpensive, but well-worth experiencing.

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