Welcome to Tempranillo Restaurant, where internationally acclaimed chef Javier Gonzalez-Bringas, a Madrid native, combines an old-world style with a new-world flair in his signature cuisine. The name Tempranillo, itself, pays homage to one of Spain’s premier grape varieties, and true to its name, the restaurant features a selection of over one hundred hand-chosen wines.

Celebrating over ten wonderful years in historic Downtown Basalt, we have a gorgeous restaurant Patio that makes social distancing feel normal.

Open 5PM to 9PM Night

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Meet the Founders



A Madrid native, Javier brings a passion for fine Spanish wine and cuisine to Tempranillo’s expansive menu. Upon coming to America in 1979, Javier blended his talents for spanish cooking with inventive nouveau Italian cuisine at Manhattan’s Mezzaluna Restaurant. Javier led the expansion of a new Mezzaluna in Aspen, Espana in Aspen and Mambo Italiano in Carbondale. Laura Maine had extensive experience as the owner of her own restaurant, River Valley Ranch Golf Coarse. Once Javier met Laura they joined forces and became unstoppable with the creation of Tempranillo Restaurant in Historic Basalt in 2006 partly because of the gorgeous restaurant patio. With Laura’s extensive food and beverage knowledge combined with Javier’s passion for Spanish food, they have created the best restaurant in Basalt. Javier and Laura reside with their two children at their ranch in Missouri Heights.

Fresh Ingredients, Locally Sourced

“To carry out Tempranillo’s passion for the best ingredients, we embarked to make our Missouri Heights Ranch a productive farm raising chickens, pigs and cattle as well as seasonal organic vegetables. During the summer months, fresh herbs are grown on Tempranillo’s grounds and local produce is sourced from the farmers’ market to create authentic dishes with a rich depth of flavors.  We currently raise free range Iberico Black Spanish pigs and are cross breeding with Berkshire hogs. We also raise free range chickens and harvest fresh eggs. What we cannot source locally, we hand select the best imports to create authentic Mediterranean cuisine.

Javier travels back to Spain annually to add to the wide mix of imported ingredients and flavors to the Tempranillo menu. Tempranillo Ranch affords the opportunity to integrate these flavors from a local setting.  Tempranillo has won the Diners Choice award as well as Best Mediterranean Restaurant in the area.” -Laura




Tomato, Imported Buffalo

Mozzarella, Basil, Olive Oil

& Balsamic

Gluten Free


Tostada de


Imported Mallorcan Sausage

with Manchego Cheese,

Roasted Tomatoes, Piquillo

Peppers & Chipotle Aioli


Gambas al Ajillo

Shrimp in Garlic Sauce

Gluten Free



Veal Marsala

Veal Scaloppini with Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce



Pollo Piccata

Pan Seared Free Range Chicken, Capers, Artichokes, Lemon & Spanish Olive Oil


Arroz Negro

Squid Ink Rice with Calamari, Sepia, Shrimp and Scallops

Gluten Free


Chocolate Molten Cake

Decadent chocolate with more chocolate. Served warm.


Misto Bosco

Mixed Berries with Warm Zabaione Sauce

Gluten Free

Full Bar,

Craft Cocktails & Spanish Wine

What People are Saying

“Thank you Jero for the great service”

The mussels in lemon cream were amazing. Thank you to our outstanding waiter Jerome for suggesting them. I would also like to thank Jerome for really great service and his enjoyable stories and knowledge of the menu and the wines. He guided our meal beautifully and made our experience special. It is now my Mom’s favorite restaurant. We will tell our friends and we will certainly return. Scott also makes a divine lemon drop at the bar. Once again thank you to the kitchen staff and thank you Jerome for the great service

“Fabulous Gourmet Dinner”

“Fabulous gourmet dinner at Tempranillo
Loved my salmon with great tasting tomatoes on the top and fresh veggies like they were just picked up from the garden
My friend had FREE Range chicken and it was delicious.We literally cleaned our plates”


“Best Restaurant in Basalt”

Hours of Operation

We are open seven days a week from
11:00am – 9:30pm

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Come see why locals call Tempranillo Restaurant the best restaurant in the Aspen area and make social distancing easy on our restaurant patio:

165 Midland Ave in historic Basalt.

Our News And Events

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Tempranillo Covid Restrictions

Tempranillo Covid Restrictions

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