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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by for lunch after hiking Cathedral. We hadn't been for a couple of years but had been at least annually before COVID and it was always a fun and tasty experience. Our lunch was so sub-par that I don't know if we'll go...again until something significant changes - like management/ownership. Lunch was a price-fixed at $45 per person - so you get a soup or salad and each of us tried one of each. The soup was a miserly cup and the salad was equally meager and barely average. We tried the healthy options and both were lacking flavor and moisture - it was just disappointing and unenjoyable. The kitchen put no effort into making it appetizing. We love the location - the concept - the idea of the Cookhouse but the food is not worth the price or effort.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We always love going up to Pine Creek Cookhouse. The views are spectacular as is the setting. We enjoyed cocktails on the patio and then went inside for the meal. The specialty on the menu was an Elk Chop for $72. The steak was over...$50. The appetizers were really good, smoked trout spread, salads & a delicious tomato basil soup. We were a party of 8 and the consensus at the end of the meal was that the steak and the elk chop were very underwhelming and way over priced. We talked about maybe returning one day but would only have cocktails & appetizers. I hope the owners will take note of this review and do what can be done to improve the main courses so that we can continue to enjoy the experience.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 11, 2022

Time and place always creates bias in experience. It clearly impacted people who gave this restaurant anything more than 2 stars. I really wanted it to be great - it would have been the perfect reward for completing the beautiful Cathedral Lake hike. Alas, it...was regrettable. The good: the location is beautiful and convenient for people finishing nearby hikes. That's about it. The bad: The interior is tired. Less rustic charm and more run-down. Sit outside and you are fine, sit inside and you will be viewing the beautiful outdoors through marginally clean windows covered with flies. The tables are warped and wood pealing from moisture. After a good hike, one could overlook the physical shortcomings of the owner's lack of investment in the property - if only the food was really good. The food we had was not good. My wife ordered the duck sandwich which was dry and I had the rainbow trout, which was overcooked. We started with a charcuterie board that was served with two types of crackers and both were inedible because they were so stale. We brought the stale crackers up to our waiter because we were hopeful the kitchen staff had no idea how bad they were. No acknowledgment from anyone on the staff about the poor quality. I rarely post reviews as I am fairly flexible in my expectations. That I am posting at all speaks to the level of disappointment. Mind you, this was the least expensive meal we ate in Aspen - so this is not a matter of having false expectations relating to high pricing. The price would be considered low if the quality was at least Average to above average. It is not.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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John W, Owner at Pine Creek Cookhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Lucky for us the vast majority of our guests enjoy the food and ambiance past just the location. This season, all outside tables were refinished with new chairs, cushions, heaters and patio surface. Most inside tables were refinshed, but not every one. As an open...More

Reviewed February 23, 2022 via mobile

So disappointed in this establishment. Our office planned our annual Christmas luncheon. We chose Pine Creek as we have done it in the past snd had great food and fun. This time a blizzard hit the Roaring Fork Valley. High winds and multiple car accidents...up and down the valley. The highway closed in numerous areas. We had to cancel as the risk was extreme. The Restaurant charged us the full amount of the reservation for 10 plus 20% gratuity. We tried to work with them, to reschedule. We wanted to rebook. Their comment was their people showed up so we should have. (The manager was very nasty.) We were coming from 50 miles away down valley in a blizzard, not a few miles out of Aspen. We will NEVER book there again. Thanks for nothing Pine Creek.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed February 1, 2022 via mobile

The location and the experience to get to and from the restaurant is a 5 out of 5 but regrettably the service and the food was a 1 out of 5 based on a basic price/quality scale, given how pricey the restaurant is (we were...12 people and paid $365 per person!!!). It is a pity that having such a great site, the management is not willing or able to get the service and the food up to site and the price. When the bill came there were significant mistakes in it that increased the cost significantly. Those mistakes were corrected but nothing was done with regards to our complain about the service and the food (10 out of 12 people didn’t like their entree. We have been at the restaurant on other locations and the experience was overall satisfactory. Not this time though and I don’t get why food/service has deteriorated so muchMore

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed July 19, 2021

My partner and I went for dinner and it was phenomenal! The charcuterie plate is 10/10 and the faro risotto is so flavorful and unlike anything you could get anywhere else in the valley. We had a table right at the window and the view...can't be beat. Trish was our server and made the experience perfect and so much fun; she is really great and manages to take such good care of everyone even when it's crowded! As always, though, Simo is the reason we keep coming back, and without fail he makes us feel so at home and happy. Would recommend this place over any other!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 16, 2021 via mobile

Beautiful view if you dine outdoors . Food overpriced on prix- fixe menu.$40 for a bratwurst with some overcooked potatoes. Average service . Would not return .

Date of visit: June 2021
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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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John W, Owner at Pine Creek Cookhouse, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2021

Thanks for visiting our ski area and restaurant at the base of the spectacular Elk Mountains. Our cross country and snowshoe trails span miles, the sleigh ride is considered one of the most beautiful in the world, and the restaurant has received accolades from across...More

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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larrypleasant
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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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I think so but I suggest calling Pine Creek Cookhouse to be sure.
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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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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5