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Reviewed October 11, 2020

Yearly in the fall we drive up to Ashcroft to view the changing colors of the aspen tees, and stop for lunch at the Pine Creek Cookhouse. We sit outside under protection from umbrellas to soak up the beauty that surrounds this quaint restaurant, and...enjoy a delicious selection from the foods offered, There is abundant seating inside as well as on the wrap around patio. The service is friendly and the prices are reasonable. This is our favorite spot for lunch in the fall! Try it out!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed October 3, 2020

Pine Creek Cookhouse could be considered off the beaten path and out of the way, but it is worth it!

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 17, 2020

Went there for lunch today, you have no choice but to order the 45 dollar prix fix, so I basically got a very bad, tasteless hamburger with a decent salad and a mediocre dessert for 45. Last time I went the burger was great but...they have changed the supplier to a much lesser quality. My friends trout was tough and tasteless. Just BAD and expensive.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 13, 2020

Gorgeous location!! We made reservation few weeks ahead for a 3 course meal. Per instructions on their website we decided to park at the Ghost town and do the hike to the restaurant. It was a fantastic hike right by a creek with amazing landscape...views. It took us about 1hr 45 mins with many stops for photos. Once we reached the restaurant, we were placed on the patio and eating lunch with views of mountains and alpine flowers was a bliss. Folks are friendly and food is super delish. The only thing is PLEASE ask for allergens if you have issues. We asked about presence of dairy at the beginning of the first course & was told that the soup was dairy free. We forgot to ask for our 2nd course. For 3rd course we opted for fresh fruits. Afterwards we had massive stomach pain. I am not going to take any stars off for this restaurant since I think I should have repeatedly asked them about allergens. On the flip side, given so many allergies in the US, its surprising that restaurants do not publish ingredients /allergens on menus.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 13, 2020 via mobile

We ate here based on a friend’s recommendation and it lived up to our expectations. Definitely make a recommendation and allow enough time to make the drive. We ate on the patio and it was a spectacular view and atmosphere. (Blue Colorado skies, bright sunshine,...a lovely breeze.) Lunch is prix fixe and, between us, we had the chicken vegetable soup, salad, hamburger, crab cake special, and the brownie dessert. It was all excellent! The service was great, paced for a relaxing lunch. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience and would recommend it to others.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 25, 2020 via mobile

We found this place after doing the Ashcroft Ghost Town. We had already ate so we decided we would try it out the following day. Make sure to make reservations because it is a 25 minute drive up Castle Creek Rd. and you will not...have cell reception to look for other options until you get down to the base of the mountain. Onto the food!!! During the summer months they do a 3 course meal with a variety of selections to satisfy anyone. My wife and I started with the house salad which consisted of Organic Greens, Apples, Candied Pistachios, Dried Cranberries, Cambozola Cheese, and Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette. It was a nice light salad to get you ready for the second course. After the salad we decided on the Ruby Red Trout with Corn Succotash, the house specialty. My wife got the Kurt Russell’s burger. Both dishes were well seasoned and tasted delicious. The last course was dessert that consisted of Apple Crisp and a chocolate brownie. We would highly recommend going with the brownie, it was a good compliment to finish off the meal. If you are planning to see Ashcroft you should take time to eat at Pine Creek Cookhouse for the food and the views.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed April 25, 2020 via mobile

What can I say? The sleigh ride is cold but so magical in the mountains. The absolute most perfect way to travel to Christmas dinner. To note, we are at the 1.30pm seating. The guides both up and back were fantastic. The venue is outstanding....I was worried about it being too ‘fancy’ and ‘quiet’ for our five year old but we were greeted with Colorado hospitality and a buzzing environment! Instantly I relaxed. The food, albeit not a traditional meal, was delicious and more than enough. We left stuffed and had to cancel our later meal reservations as we could not eat a thing. Our waitress was pleasant and although she was kept busy, we were not waiting for anything. Sometimes, how you treat people is reflected in how they treat you. For a family of four with tip and sleigh ride, drinks and meals, it cost roughly $400 USd. An experience we felt was worthwhile and one we will never forget. We hope to return again.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed March 11, 2020

Top location, great venue. Pity about the service and food. The location/setting and decor of the restaurant has it all and is worth the extra. The food and service let this experience down. The role of a waiter is to rather to advise politely, not...criticise. I guess with a fixed service charge the driver for good service is removed.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 2, 2020

Perfect weather for an outdoor sleigh ride that takes about 30 minutes for the 2 beautiful horses to pull you up the mountain. The sled holds 12 comfortably. Our ride had 8 people so a little extra room was nice. Cover blankets are provided but...still dress warm because the snow was really coming down. The cowboy was very knowledgeable of the local area and the history of Aspen. The lunch was fantastic. The cooks and staff live there on site. Very personable and friendly. Lots of food dishes to choose from and most locally sourced. Well worth it and highly recommended.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 20, 2020 via mobile

The restaurant is 11 miles and a half an hour toward Ashcroft from the traffic circle in Aspen. While we had dinner, I would return asap for lunch. We upgraded for elk, lamb and buffalo. I love elk. It it was over done. We ranked...the Buffalo ( best ever), steak (fabulous) then lamb with elk last. My guess is that it just happened to be overdone. All else was fantastic from there sleigh ride to the restaurant to the service to the return.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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larrypleasant
March 30, 2017|
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Response from Guana46 | Reviewed this property |
Call the restaurant. Like many places in Aspen, they are seasonal. A lot of places close mid to end of October until December.
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March 6, 2017|
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Response from DownhillSkier67 | Reviewed this property |
I think so but I suggest calling Pine Creek Cookhouse to be sure.
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October 15, 2016|
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Response from Trail00358163845 | Reviewed this property |
In the winter, you can do sleigh rides around the downtown area. You cannot take a sleigh from Aspen to Pine Creek Cookhouse. The sleigh ride to the restaurant starts at the cross county ski center in Ashcroft and lasts... More
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