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Red Onion
420 E Cooper Ave
Aspen, CO 81611
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(970) 925-9955
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Red Onion Menu
Red Onion Kid & Specials Menu
Cuisine:Al Fresco, American, Happy Hour, Kid Friendly, Mexican, Pub Food
Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Price:$$
Rating:****
Hours:11am-1am Daily
Bar closes at 2am
Off-Season:open Mon.-Fri. noon-9pm
Sat. & Sun. 11am-10pm


Restaurant Description
The Red Onion Restaurant Specials, Happy Hour, News, Etc.

Aspen's original local gathering spot has put together a menu to regain that claim. You will find a friendly staff comprised of many longtime local residents. Come in and find out not only what we have to offer, but what this great town and valley offers as well.

Moderately priced Menu includes: 28 oz. Chili rubbed, bone Ribeye, Steak Diablo, 1/2 pound angus chuck Burger w/ cheese & fries $10, jalapeno poppers, chicken waffles, steak & eggs, meatballs and sauce as well as some old time Aspen recipes.

The Red Onion makes a great sports bar with the largest square footage of television screens in Aspen as well as being family friendly. With easy to-go food and quick pick up they serve the fastest lunch in town with a 10 minute turn around. Aspen's oldest historic restaurant & bar established in 1892. This local favorite was reopened in June 2010.

Double Happy Hours 3pm-6pm & 10pm-Midnight ($1 off drafts, well drinks, & wines by the glass.)
Kitchen open until 1 a.m.

Executive Chef Michael Fiske
Sous Chef Ricardo Madrigal

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Food:****Service:****
Atmosphere:****Value:****

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August 23, 2012
Overall Rating: *****
The Red Onion opened for business after many false starts two years ago. It's Aspen's oldest--but not continuously operating--restaurant. The building itself is worth a visit. Situated on the Cooper Street pedestrian mall, the restaurant has been restored with great care. The result is an authentic, laid back cowboy-style bar and restaurant, a go-to place for a weeknight dinner or just a drink and snack with friends.

I head to the Red Onion because it's got one of the best and largest outdoor eating areas, removed from traffic and well-positioned for checking out the Aspen scene. I don't go there expecting fine cuisine or an elegant atmosphere. It's a regular, unpretentious destination for kids,, raucous drinkers, locals and tourists--who all coexist there quite happily.

One of last times I ate at Red Onion was for my brother's 13th birthday dinner. Imagine a group of 12 tweeners, swigging pitchers of coke and demolishing plate after plate of excellent nachos, piled high with cheese and black beans. Delicious. And the service couldn't have been more accommodating to our unruly group.

More recently, I stopped by the restaurant with my buddy Alexander for an early dinner on a warm summer evening. We were exhausted from a long day outdoors and profoundly hungry. Luckily, we scored a table outside. I ordered the Grilled Romaine Wedge salad as my appetizer. The salad was a creative interpretation of the basic Caesar. Augmented with a little extra dressing (the waiter was very accommodating), the salad was pretty darn good. I followed it up with the Red Onion Burger, cooked medium rare as requested. A side fries made the meal complete. I was in burger nirvana.

Alexander took a more adventurous route. He had the steak and chicken fajitas, a sizzling and satisfying choice. He started his meal with a sampler plate of the Red Onion's famous wings and I helped him out. We sampled the wings in all three flavors- Thai chili, Spicy Buffalo (our favorite) and BBQ.

Nearly faint from overeating, Alexander and I decided to share the brownie sundae for dessert. It was a good decision. There's a tendency these days to take old-time desserts like brownie sundaes and overdress and deconstruct them with cinnamon ice cream and spun sugar. This particular brownie sundae was served just as it was advertised: nothing fancy, just a warm brownie, vanilla ice cream and caramel and chocolate sauce. A classic dessert in a classic setting. The cowboys of yesteryear would have definitely approved.

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Aspen Restaurant Review by William K. (Aspen, Colorado )


January 5, 2013
Overall Rating: *****
Nice atmosphere, good food a little loud but was just what we expected.
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Aspen Restaurant Review by Nadine


July 6, 2012
Overall Rating: *****
We arrived to town late on Friday night. There were so many people in town, but when we went to the Red Onion, our party of 4 was seated right away. We all started with Martini's which was probably not a great choice for this type of bar, but they were pretty good. Our server was amazing and very on-it! He never let our drinks go dry! I got the last of the special, which were two crab cakes with a small salad. It was so tasty! I would definitely come back for those again! I tasted some fries, which were also good and everyone at our table left full and happy! Surprisingly good food!
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Aspen Restaurant Review by Heidi (Telluride)


February 24, 2012
Overall Rating: *****
A friend and I went out on Friday night in Aspen to the Red Onion. We were seated right away toward the back of the restaurant. I ordered the the green chile risotto with shrimp ($18) while my friend had the Mac & Cheese with bacon ($7) and we shared a plate of fried calamari ($11). April, our server, was friendly and on top of our drinks and meals. The mac and cheese, although not an entree, was a large enough portion to be filling. My risotto was very good and a great change from typical risottos. I would definitiley recommend the Red Onion for the food and the history which we got a glimpse of on Aspen's DarkSide Tour. It was all a pleasant experience and we'll definitely be dining in the Red Onion again.
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Aspen Restaurant Review by Pig E. (Aspen)


February 24, 2012
Overall Rating: ****
Having been a former resident of the valley, it was nice to come back to a familiar haunt. Of course, even with the changes made inside, it still felt like coming home. I enjoyed the meal of mac'n'cheese (talk about comfort food!) as well as the ambiance. Our food was served timely and with kindness. The atmosphere is more crowded auditorium than library-ish so don't expect a quiet table in the corner. But even with the noise, you can still hold a conversation without yelling. Overall it was a pleasant experience and good to be back.
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Aspen Restaurant Review by Sara M (Los Angeles)


January 15, 2011
Overall Rating: ****
We each had the Burger with spicy fries and salad. Cooked perfectly and delicious. The service was prompt. Ask for Angie she was an outstanding waitress.All condiments were fresh with ample quantity.
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Aspen Restaurant Review by Steve & Sue (Salem, Oregon)


September 10, 2010
Overall Rating: *****
I had onion rings as an appetizer, the tortilla crusted trout as a meal, and we even splurged for chocolate chip cake as a dessert because the rest of our meal was so good. my girlfreind had the eggplant enchilada and she loved it! I dont see where these aweful reveiews are from, the food was great. the service was awesome, we a had a super freindly cute waitress. all of our food came out on time and the margaritas were even good!
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Aspen Restaurant Review by John (Aspen)


July 27, 2010
Overall Rating: *
My family had lunch here and to put it short we should have gone to McDonals. The service was horrible, food was thus far the worst meal I have had in years and the prices were ridiculous. This version of the Red Onion would serve the original far better by simply shutting the doors and leaving the legacy to the one prior.


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Aspen Restaurant Review by A Portinga (Chicago)


June 16, 2010
Overall Rating: ***
I was looking forward to the reopening of the new Onion. The restoration is a good job. The food and service are less desirable. I will spend time at the bar, Leave your money for the drinks
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Aspen Restaurant Review by Scott (Aspen)