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Joonas Aspen, Aspen, CO

Joonas Aspen

4.3
4.3
67 Reviews
$50 and over
Tapas / Small Plates
Aspen's first wine and tapas restaurant. Topping the menu are tapas, or pintxos, such as Iberico cured meats and Spanish cheeses, Gambas al Pil Pil and Hamachi Tiradito. Joonas features an extensive selection of wines, tequilas and mezcals.

The eccentric and unique design is created by co-partner Bridger Smith. With touches of modern and antique, the ambience is cool and quaint. Antique glass windows and brick from the historic Crystal Palace Hotel are incorporated in the space. There is a 16ft light structure that mimics the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere, as seen from co-owner and restauranteur Alia Joonas's home in Mauritius.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar, Global, International
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (970) 922-8047
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Available for private dining and events. Please contact reservations@jooasgroup.com for details.
  • Neighbourhood
    Aspen
  • Cross Street
    Hopkins and Monarch
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 67 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

67 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Restaurant was closed.

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  2. Nonoh

    Dallas

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We walked out. We were the only customers in the restaurant. I think this restaurant is really for dining after 8 pm. We were there at 6, decided to go elsewhere.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, beautiful food and impeccable service. Grateful to have this gem in our town.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was expensive but very bland. We both had the Halibut cooked in a banana leaves. NO Flavor. No spice at all.

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  5. ColbyF

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I would absolutely recommend Joonas. The atmosphere was amazing, eclectic and unique. The drinks were beautiful. Great wine list. Food was delicious. Perfect place for a romantic date night.

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  6. stllady

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We really wanted to like this as a new spot. The cocktails were good & unique. Unfortunately, there was only one other table there despite it being Labor Day weekend. The build out is great and with better management might be able to turn a crowd. But, for now, it just does not command the current price point. We split the chicken tandoori entree, which was $$$ and only came with one drum and thigh and was below average. Small touches (like placing our sparkling water far away and then re-filling our glasses with tap) made the lack of experienced oversight and training pretty apparent, especially in a market like Aspen. I hope they figure it out before re-opening for winter. But we unfortunately are not likely to return when there are many good & established restaurants in town.

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  7. IraR

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the ambience. Dark cool wood glass metal downstairs. Variety of seating from big wood tables too high tops to hidden corner rooms with bottles of wine against the wall. But the lighting was such that each table highlighted to have an intimate dinner experience, but good music in the background. The food was excellent, delicate flavors. Lots of tapas options as well as full entrées. The halibut was so tender and perfectly cooked. Chicken Tinga had a great flavor. Even they are Marconi almonds and olives were delicious to nosh on and the lobster appetizer was to savor the flavors!

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  8. karlakk

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were totally surprised by the ambience, service and menu selection. All top notch! There is a nice selection of tapas as well as entrees. Excellent selection of cocktails and wines. We had the halibut in banana leaf, which was moist and delicious. The sauce and spices served on the side were outstanding! We also enjoyed several of the salads. This a fairly new restaurant to Aspen (opened six months ago) so still fairly easy to get a last minute reservation. I almost hate writing a good review as I know others will flock to this hidden gem! The ambience is warm and cozy and the service was excellent. We are already planning to return!!

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  9. CarolS

    Little Rock

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kiran the manager and Nicolae our server were exceptional. They made the evening even more enjoyable.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful spot!!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely loved Joonas. Sexy atmosphere. Service was impeccable, very attentive. Cocktails were amazing and beautifully garnished. Food was delicious. We had such a great, special evening. Ambiance is great for a group or a date, there is music, but it is quiet enough for good conversation.

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  12. Diacha

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointing. Limited menu choices especially given tapas format. Small portion sizes given that they are for sharing. Absurdly expensive. Basement setting, no buzz.

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  13. Dinnerfor2

    Dallas

    16 reviews

    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Converted basement. Terrible food that was vastly over priced. Tasteless and sloppy food that will soon slip from memory. Avoid going here at all Costs.

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  14. LeighS

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We ordered two starters. The $25 “deviled eggs with lobster” were awful. It features tiny watery tasteless pieces of lobster topped by the tiniest tasteless hard boiled quail egg halves topped by tasteless minuscule dollops of caviar. The “raw fish” at market price ($50) was very tiny oddly cut pieces of tasteless tuna arrayed (not attractively) on a massive bed of ice and a few greens with a massive pile of ginger in the center. Insanely pricey for the most mediocre food. Our waiter ignored us but we determined that going further with additional food would be a mistake. We left. Will not return to this place as there are wonderful restaurants in Aspen.

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  15. Cheriea

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved filet and delicious salad. Husband & split the filet & left fully satisfied. Decor is outstanding!

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  16. Nathan

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service, décor and location are great. The food left a lot to be desired. The wantons were definitely not worth $12 a piece. The raw seafood items were outstanding.

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  17. SabrinaH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were outstanding.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Will definitely go back.

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  19. Robocolo

    Key West

    50 reviews

    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second visit and we will return again and again. Our server Julia couldn’t be more cheery and efficient. The drinks are good and so is the wine pour. We’ve had the oysters on the half shell, and the pineapple minunet is lovely. The foie gras won ton are so delicious we’ve had them twice. Same with the halibut in banana leaf. This visit our friend had the chicken wings and I tried one. Nice and a little spicy. She also had the octopus, which I tried. I almost ordered that myself as it was really good. The escargot is a large portion and is a good one to share. My husband had the delicious steak and it came with a grilled medley on top. Nice presentation. The restaurant is a little dark upon entry, but once settled it has a nice ambience. Since I don’t remember the noise level, it must have been quiet. Definitely on my Aspen radar.

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  20. HappyDiner

    Los Angeles

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. Very expensive for what we got.

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  21. MACK

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the atmosphere, cocktails and food. Try the lobster deviled eggs. Wonderful filet. Tiramisu was incredible as was the homemade ice cream. Certainly will be put into the Aspen rotation! Great date night or special occasion place where being able to hear each other is at a premium. .

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  22. luv2dine

    Greater Boston

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was just ok and somewhat pricey. However, what stood out was the service. They all were really nice, but the food took way too long to come out. We also had to repeatedly ask for refills of our water, and seemed overwhelmed when the restaurant wasn't even packed. With that said, the wait for food at all of our restaurants in Aspen took way too long. But with Joonas, the food was just OK, and the price not reflective of the food that was presented. Wouldn't go back when we visit again.

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  23. LAfoodie

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We waited for 45 minutes after ordering for our first dish (bread!!) then another 15 for our other appetizers, which set up the pattern for the evening. Our server, Julia, was lovely and very apologetic but couldn’t make up for a poorly run restaurant and kitchen. The food itself was good if overpriced. Perhaps most annoying was the attitude of the manager (shoulder shrug when we politely complained) and the young waiter who gave the table next to us free cocktails and appetizers when they complained. We got nothing so assume he decided they were worth more than us.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food- expensive but it is aspen. It is underground and given it is aspen it is always hard to spend time not outside.

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  25. DerekF

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect date night spot. Wonderful atmosphere and unique and delicious food. Just go!

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  26. gwbell

    Little Rock

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our foursome loved the ambiance, the cocktails, the wine and menu selection, and the wait staff. Three of us had the Braised Guancette snd the other had the Halibut. It was all delicious. We will definitely come back again next time we’re in Aspen!!

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  27. aliforniaxoxo

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really dark but beautiful space to enjoy tapas. Pricey but the food is outstanding if you're looking for an intimate date night.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Date night with my fiancé. The ambience was amazing and romantic. I highly recommend this place. Can’t wait to go back again.

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  29. Sienna

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely experience all around. We got to dig into quite a few of the cocktails and tapas offerings, and we were very happy with everything on the table! The space is beautiful, it’s clear this team cared a lot when designing the experience. Definitely don’t be afraid of ordering a variety of cocktails, they all hit the spot!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Just not impressed w the food at all. Way overpriced for what it is. We felt rushed by the service as well. Would not go back

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  31. oscar

    Denver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We created a dinner from the tapas both hold and cold. Of course they were delicious and our four dishes provided a wide variety of taste experiences. Great atmosphere. And another terrific aspect was that the background music was low and so diners did not have to shout above it, thus allowing for easy conversation in a most pleasant setting.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very bad quality of food, very over rated, turist trap

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  33. MaryanneS

    Denver

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    An amazing setting, fabulous table and room decor. Every table is fantastic and perfect for a group or romantic dinner. Service was slow but allowed for casual dining and enjoying the dishes. Outstanding creative cocktails!!! And the menu is delicious.

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  34. CarolF

    Houston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Joonas salad was out of this world as was the shrimp appetizer. We also ordered the special of the day - halibut, that was very good. We also had their chicken korma was good but we've had better. Regardless, we were thrilled to see some Indian inspired food so no complaints at all. Over all it was an outstanding dining experience!

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  35. Caborana

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was spectacular! The ambiance was wonderful and very good service. They have a big wine list to choose from. Everything was great ! Highly recommended and visiting again.

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  36. Britt

    Miami - Dade

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I was pleasantly surprised by Joonas as I only recently heard of it and it's subterranean. The atmosphere was awesome, with a constellation of lights on the ceiling and dimly lit theater for a cast full of interesting flavors. Everyone around us recommended the tuna tostada, so we got this, and it did not disappoint. Equally excellent was the hamachi tiraditio, where they used yellowtail belly which was impressive. Next up, the jamon serrano platter which was great but I wanted extra serrano no chorizo and instead they substituted salami. The cocktails are so fun, playful, and artistic. I started with a charcoal mezcal drink topped with gold flecks, and ended with my favorite a hot pink oscaso with hibiscus teaming with flavor. All in all, it was a great experience. And it didn't hurt that the cool atmosphere attracted a cool crowd, so we met some nice people and ran into some local friends. Thanks for the experience, Joonas!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing! Cocktails were beautiful the food was delicious and the ambience A+ we loved it!!

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  38. PhoenixIrish

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Where to start... I normally don't like writing negative reviews, but this review is rewarded. For starters - our waiter was solid. Not brilliant, but solid. The issue was with the food service. - We were seated at 6:15 and our first tapas dish was served at 7:15PM (only after asking if there was any possibility of seeing food). - The rest of the dishes were served at 7:30PM. It was a super long wait for very mediocre food. - The bruschetta was NOT grilled Italian bread, it was served on a dry toast. - The chicken masala was bland, bland, bland. Much more like korma I later learned that this restaurant opened just a few months ago. It won't be around for long in Aspen where you have lots of great dining options.

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  39. Sarah

    Denver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ashleigh, the bartender was outstanding!

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  40. BethM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    LOVED the food! Loved the atmosphere. Only suggestion is that the music was loud and made it hard to have a conversation. Can't wait to go back and tell more people about it!

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Joonas Aspen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (970) 922-8047.

Joonas Aspen is rated 4.3 stars by 67 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Joonas Aspen

301 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO 81611-2043

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Hopkins and Monarch
  • Neighbourhood
    Aspen
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar, Global, International
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (970) 922-8047
  • Private party facilities
    Available for private dining and events. Please contact reservations@jooasgroup.com for details.
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