Just one Colorado restaurant earned ‘5 stars’ in Forbes’ 2021 travel guide


While Colorado isn’t necessarily known as a spot for food tourism, many restaurants around the Centennial State serve up an unforgettable experience. In the recent release of Forbes’ 2021 Travel Guide, seven different Colorado spots were given a nod, with one spot earning the top accolade of ‘five stars’ and four spots earning ‘four stars’.

The single ‘five-star’ winner was the Penrose Room in Colorado Springs. Both a Forbes’ ‘five-star’ winner and a AAA ‘five-diamond restaurant,’ the Penrose Room is found at The Broadmoor, matching the high-quality reputation of this sprawling resort. Complete with stunning mountain views, an elegant ambiance, and dishes that blend the line between food and art, many patrons would likely agree that this fine dining destination deserves to be at the top of Colorado’s list of great restaurant experiences.

Most diners here opt for a four-course a la carte menu at a price of $125 with an option wine pairing for an additional $85. A six-course chef’s tasting menu is also available for $175 with an optional wine pairing for $130.

Forbes’ four-star Colorado restaurants included one Boulder spot, one Aspen spot, and two spots in the Vail-Beaver Creek area.

Flagstaff House Restaurant represented Boulder with four stars, self-described as ‘refined American dining.’ Highly rated around the web, this spot offers delectable new American cuisine, stunning views, and spot-on service, all with the charm of a family-owned fine dining restaurant.

Element 47 also earned four stars, located inside of Aspen’s iconic ‘The Little Nell’ hotel. One unique experience found here is the private wine dinner. This is a chance for patrons to dine on a customized menu with hand-selected wine pairings.

Those seeking a four-star restaurant in the Vail area should head to Mirabelle or Game Creek Restaurant. Mirabelle is located on the site that is believed to be the where the first log cabin residence of the Valley of Beaver Creek was built in the 1880s, now serving up fine dining cuisine. Game Creek Restaurant is found atop one of Vail’s back bowls, offering up alpine-inspired fare that fits the scene.

Two other Colorado restaurants were also recommended by Forbes, though they did not receive a star rating. For more great Forbes-endorsed dining, check out Edge Restaurant and Bar in Denver, a “progressive American steakhouse”, or Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro in Boulder, a modern dining spot that encourages sustainable and organic farming practices.

See a full list of Forbes’ 2021 travel guide star winners here.

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