Saké, open for après and dinner daily in summer and winter, is a world-class sushi and pan-Asian restaurant offering the highest quality main dishes, sushi, and libations. According to owner and restaurateur David Dugan “Saké is a purist’s take on 2 authentic styles of cuisine”. Saké aims to elevate dining at Snowmass by offering the highest quality food and experience possible. You may recognize the owner group of this restaurant from such Snowmass favorites like Slice of Italy, Base Camp, and State 38. The team at Saké is strong with a deep history in Sushi, restaurant business, and bartending. If you are starting to consider Sake as a dining option during your visit to Snowmass, it would be wise to stop reading and call over now to book your reservation. Saké books out weeks in advance at the most popular times.
Head straight to the bar and order the Bushido Sake (GinjoGenshu – from the Kyoto prefecture). It’s cold, delicious, and on tap. Pair that with a draft Kirin Ichiban, and you are well on your way to kicking off your Saké experience. Not a fan of beer or sake? Consider trying one of the many Japanese whiskeys available. The team at Saké has created a special menu of Japanese whiskeys, including the often sought after Hibiki. If the price point of Hibiki is a bit out of reach, Akashi is another traditional Japanese favorite, at less than half the price.
There are enough options with the small plates at Saké to fill you up. Shishito Peppers, Duck Wings, and a dipping version of Crab Rangoon that you can’t miss.
If you were lucky enough to score a seat at the Sushi bar, sit back and relax. Chef Matt Draper (or Chef Matt) will take you through the entire experience, ensuring a world-class meal of sashimi, nigiri, and maki style offerings. Chef Matt Draper flies in fresh fish from all over the world. There is tuna from Hawaii, salmon from Scottland, yellowtail from Japan, and even locally sourced bass, from right here in Colorado. Chef Matt also keeps his eyes open for unique catches that are rare finds. His long-standing relationship with fishmongers, markets, and distributors gives him access to some of the best catches from around the world. If you have been coming to Snowmass (and Aspen) for any length of time, you will have known Chef Matt from his tenure at Taka Sushi and his stint at Kenichi. Chef Matt is the real deal. He is carefully training his staff at Sake the way he was first trained by restaurateur Rocky Ayoki and owner Yoshi Saito at Samurai in Denver. Samurai produced many of Denver’s best sushi chefs who went on to open some of the most prominent restaurants around the city. Chef Matt is no exception from that rule, having helped shape the sushi experience in Aspen, and now Snowmass, over the last 20 plus years. Chef Matt takes great pride in his craft, which is clear in the flavors and presentation.
In addition to quality sushi offerings, you will find a phenomenal list of dishes including some mainstay favorites like General Tsao’s Chicken and Pad Thai. Sake is a must for any visitor to Snowmass.
Carry-out available from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Happy hour food and drink specials from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, daily.