Chief Al Sapien serving meat at special event
Chef Alberto Sapien
Chef Alberto Sapien was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in Denver, Colorado. At age thirteen he began working in restaurants to help support his family. He quickly discovered his love and passion for cooking.

After graduating high school, Chef Alberto apprenticed at the Denver County Club under a Certified Master Chef and competed in food shows throughout the U.S. and Europe.

He became Executive Chef at the Denver Country Club, and later took the same position at the Denver Petroleum Club.

In 1994, Chef Al and his wife Lisa decided to relocate to the Winter Park / Fraser Valley. In Grand County, Chef Alberto has worked as Executive Chef at the Ranch House at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, the Shed, and Untamed Steakhouse.

In June 2008, Chef Alberto Sapien partnered with David McKnight to open Tabernash Tavern, which immediately became a favorite of locals and tourists alike.

Since opening, he has been featured in Denver’s 5280 Magazine,


Tabernash Taverns & Wine Bar offers a delicious selection of international favorites, including USDA Prime dry-aged steaks, seafood, vegetarian, and comfort foods with a twist. We also offer organic, cage-free, free-range and all-natural ingredients dishes. Vegan, heart-healthy and gluten-free options are also available.

Ceaser Asada entree and a craft beer
Customers enjoying handcrafted cocktails and wine at the bar
Bar Selections

** Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2014**

We have 6 beers on tap, a wide variety of wines by the glass, and wines by the bottle from almost every country in the world.