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“Great Food but Average Service”
Review of Matsuhisa-Aspen

Matsuhisa-Aspen
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Ranked #6 of 160 Restaurants in Aspen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $35
Cuisines: Asian, Japanese, Contemporary
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Reviewed January 24, 2012

My husband and I have been dying to try this restaurant since we missed out last time we were in Aspen. Our reservation was easily made by a very friendly person over the phone however that was as far as the friendliness got. On arrival, we were passed to a hostess by the name Patricia who did not even acknowledge us, led us to our table via the kitchen where the chefs call out their Japanese greeting and "dumped" the menus on our table and kept walking. NOT a very nice welcome for a very popular restaurant. Shocked as we were, it seemed that this was the order of the day as we noted it was done to just about everyone. Not even a smile. I might add, our waiter was not much better. It was all an effort that night. The "water" man who would fill our glasses and clear our plates was the loveliest and most polite of the evening. However, having said all that, the food was spectacular. The endamame were perfectly cooked with the right amount of "crisp" to them and the right amount of salt. The lobster tacos were the perfect ration of lobster to taco in them to make them tasty as they were. The lobster spring rolls, although we felt were slightly overcooked were still quite tasty. The broiled black cod with the miso was superb. It just melted in your mouth. For dessert, we had the banana, coconut spring roll. If you really like coconut, then go for it as the coconut taste took over from the banana. Still, an experience. Where the service was lacking, the food more than made up for it. It is not a dressy restaurant. I would say casual and also noisy. The decor is nothing special but again, the food was worth it.

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Thank holidaybabe69
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

Seated right away at the sushi bar on a Saturday was great. However, the service is otherwise ok, the food good ( perhaps I'm jaded?)... But the non Japanese chefs do not pull this one off seamlessly! It's the best in town, but do not be drawn in by the name.

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Reviewed January 19, 2012

My family and I went to Matsuhisa for some good quality sushi, but all we got was expensive, low quality, sushi with bones, and extremely thin fish. We ordered one order of salmon and we got one piece of fish. We decided to order two more orders of salmon and a beer, and I costed 79 dollars! Way over priced. My family is also very worried about sushi from Japan, and all of their yellowtail is from Japan!!! Worst sushi restaurant I've ever been to! I don't recommend this restaurant.

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Reviewed January 16, 2012

In Aspen the building rules are very strict. So what look likes an old house on the main street has a big retsaurant underneath. Now I know this is one of 28 that he has but that doesnt mean the food isnt very good, the wine list isnt exceptiona and the prices are to match. The service is good but not up to the prices.
Some helpful hints:
1) book early Its always full
2) they are great with kids..they will even give them a table by themselves
3) we had a great sommlier who when a wine wasnt available didnt try to sell up..she offered a number of choices including one of her favourites well below the wine we selected
4) overall the food is very good..is is the world's best sushi? no. Is the food seriously good by any standard ? yes

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Thank Connolly47
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

This is without question the best sushi! The service was excellent! However, at $400 for a table of four without any alcohol, including tip, was way over the top!

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Thank Christian B
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