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“Service and food was terrible” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Element 47

Element 47
675 E. Durant Avenue, Aspen, CO 81611
970.920.6330
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Ranked #18 of 148 Restaurants in Aspen
Price range: $50 - $100
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Spring St.
Description: The Little Nell's latest restaurant revives soulful American cuisine with a distinctive, artistic flair. Savor contemporary cooking infused with seasonal ingredients; Toast a mining town’s heritage with a glass of Colorado beer or spirits, or select from a Burgundy-rich wine list with assistance from an expert Sommelier. Element 47's sleek design creates a memorable dining ambience, highlighted by a large-scale art installation and glass wine wall -- a subtle nod to a prestigious and award-winning wine list. The talents of Executive Chef Robert McCormick and Wine Director/Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy, who oversees a 15,000 bottle private wine cellar, combine to create a very special meal. Element 47 is the recipient of Wine Spectator's Grand Award. Indulge in breakfast, lunch or dinner or private event at element 47, and experience world-class, personal service in an approachable and timeless alpine environment.
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Service and food was terrible”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

While the food was good at this restaurant, the service was so terrible that I could not rate it above average. And like I mentioned, the food was good but not great. The most upsetting thing was that the sommelier did not open the wine at the table! I haven't seen that before and I don't like it. When you spend a couple hundred on a bottle of wine, you want the whole experience, which includes the opening of the wine. Moving on to the amuse bouche. It was a mini goat cheese profiterole type thing that didn't taste fresh (like it was frozen and then reheated or something). The scallop ceviche appetizer was alright but unfortunately, the main ingredient didn't sing. The presentation also didn't make sense since the scallops were overwhelmed by some crispy thing on top (why hide such a beautiful ingredient?). I tried the truffle pasta course which was actually just a deconstructed carbonara - doesn't make sense - that lacked truffle flavor and was just not good. The venison, while I must admit was cooked well, lacked flavor. It needed some sauce and the dollops of whatever it was that were hidden under the brussels sprouts were useless (no flavor and I didn't even know they were there until I was almost done). Furthermore, in my opinion, there was just a little too much empty space on that plate. On the bright side, the dessert was heavenly. Presentation was great and the flavors all worked (not surprising though since beets and chocolate are a pretty trendy combo nowadays).

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Sunshine Coast
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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“A celebration venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Although a little expensive, it did not disappoint. The food was excellent, the newly renovated decor stylish. the hostess seating us on the night a lovely Aussie girl and the waiter serving us was a treasure in local knowledge. For our wedding celebration they offered a dessert plate, a nice touch!

Visited February 2013
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Aspen, Colorado
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“Lovely!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

My husband and I just went here for our anniversary dinner. We had an extremely nice evening in this newly redecorated contemporary restaurant. The food was outstanding and the presentations beautiful. Portions aren't large so you can enjoy several dishes and experience mouth watering flavor and the chef's inventiveness. We enjoyed the informative staff and excellent service as well as the beautiful and calm ambiance. The restaurant is expensive and would be reserved for a special occasion for us, but we'd be there more often if we had a fatter wallet!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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palmdale, ca
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“Excellent food, but terrible sommeliers!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

All appetizers were outstanding as well as the main course Sea Bass and Vennison dishes. We were charged for 5 bottles of wine when we only ordered and received 4 and we were charged incorrectedly for 3 of the bottles at higher prices.

Visited February 2013
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“YUM!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Great coffee and I'm a real snob about that...The buffet was very fresh, the service was perfect. Delish!!

Visited February 2013
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