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Vail Dining

No where else will you find such a world class dining experience concentrated in a small walk-able setting like Vail. From Five Star restaurants to the local pizza place, Vail has everything you could ask for in a dining experience. World famous chefs like Paul Anders and Thomas Salamunovich call Vail home for a reason. Don't miss the extraordinary experiences of dining on the mountain at night, either by snow cat ride to Game Creek Restaurant or a starlight ride up Gondola One to The 10th.

We've compiled listings from around Vail, both on mountain and off mountain. Search the restaurant directory below to sort by your preferences. Find a great family atmosphere, or a place to eat casual bar food while watching a game on TV, many within walking distance of Vail hotels. Sort by location to find a place within walking distance or type in a keyword to look for your favorite dish.

Search and browse the Vail Restaurant Directory 

There are so many choices, it's almost overwhelming! Below, we've listed a few favorites to get you started. Another great way to discover places to eat is to talk to hotel concierges, Vail Guest Service staff, or just ask the person next to you on the chairlift for recommendations! Remember though, for weekends and in peak season, advance reservations are a good idea!

The Complete Guide To Vail's Restaurants

Vail DiningVail certainly has some of the best skiing in North America. People from around the world flock to our expansive back bowls and perfect cord on the groomed slopes.

What some don’t realize is that Vail is a veritable treasure trove of fine dining establishments.

People from every walk of life fall in love with Vail, and that includes world-renowned chefs.

These culinary masters find inspiration in the rugged beauty of the mountains and translate it into hearty, yet still exquisite cuisine for the guests visiting Vail.

Here are some of the restaurants we recommend trying while you’re in Vail:

The 10th Fine dining at Mid-Vail on Vail Mountain with great views of the Gore Range.

Alpenrose Serving authentic Austrian and German cuisine with a contemporary twist, boasting Vail’s only Belgian patisserie and bakery. Serving lunch and dinner.

Bistro 14 Take the whole family to Eagle’s Nest for casual lunch or dinner in a relaxed setting. 

Blue Moose Pizza A family favorite, serving pizza, salads, pasta and Italian dishes in Vail Square. Open for lunch and dinner.

BOL Bowl and dine at the lane or in their trendy bar-restaurant offering deluxe versions of comfort food favorites.  

Campo de Fiori Enjoy fine Northern Italian cuisine in an upbeat atmosphere with charming décor. Campo de Fiori is a long-time favorite of locals and visitors alike.

Elway’s Located in the Lodge at Vail, Elway’s serves prime hand-cut steaks, fine fish and crustaceans in a distinctive setting at our sister property at the base of Vail Mountain.

El Sabor Located at the base of Lionshead just steps from the Arrabelle, this family friendly, casual restaurant serves Mexican and Latin American cuisine.  Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Flame This classic American steakhouse, located in the Four Seasons in Vail, features a light and heart-healthy menu in the summer months complimenting their traditional steak and game menu options.

Game CreekGame Creek Vail’s most memorable dining experience.  After riding the Eagle Bahn gondola to Eagle’s Nest, take a Jeep, horseback ride or walk to Game Creek, an elegant mountain chalet serving excellent American cuisine including wild game.  Serving prix fix dinners Thursday through Saturday and Sunday brunch.  

La Bottega The oldest name in authentic Italian cuisine features wood-fired pizzas, signature Italian and continental dishes, with a spacious wine bar and an extensive wine list.  Open for lunch and dinner.

Lancelot  Famous for its prime rib and a favorite of returning guests, Lancelot also serves nightly specials, steaks, fresh fish and seafood. Enjoy summertime dining outside along beautiful Gore Creek.

La Tour  Serving contemporary French-inspired cuisine for over two decades, La Tour is committed to quality, fine wines and professional service in an intimate setting. Chef-owned and operated for 18 years.  Enjoy Sunday Brunch on their patio, and watch the world walk by during The Vail Farmer’s Market.  Open for lunch and dinner as well as Sunday brunch.

LarkspurLarkspur With an ever-changing menu inspired by seasonal ingredients, Larkspur elevates new American food. Their sophisticated yet approachable menu is available for dinner. For couples getting married in Vail, Larkspur offers a beautiful reception space along with a menu that will impress your guests.

Left Bank Vail’s classic French restaurant has featured fine French cuisine for over 30 years in their contemporary, elegant dining room overlooking Gore Creek.

Leonora Bistro and Tapas Bar Serves tapas, crudo and alpine bistro fare, inspired by cuisine from the Alps, Pyrenees and our own Rocky Mountains.

Matsuhisa  Where sushi is an art form. Renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa infuses traditional Japanese cuisine with South American and Western flavors.

Montauk Seafood Grill Coastal specialties with a contemporary flair are served in a relaxed atmosphere.  Located in the center of Lionshead, this local favorite features fine wine and an assortment of microbrews. Open for lunch and dinner.

Mountain Standard  Located Creekside in Vail Village, Sweet Basil’s sister restaurant serves rustic American cuisine that features bold flavors while focusing on the pure ingredients of the Rocky Mountain region, all prepared in an open kitchen.  Open for lunch and dinner.

Pepi’s at Gasthof Gramshammer One of Vail’s oldest restaurants, Pepi’s serves continental cuisine in an Austrian ambiance.  The expansive patio is a prime spot for people watching! Open for lunch and dinner.

Russell’s Steakhouse Located creekside in the heart of Vail Village, Russell’s serves great steaks and crab legs in a friendly, relaxes atmosphere with a popular bar scene.

Sweet Basil A favorite in Vail for over 38 years and always exceptional, Sweet Basil serves innovative contemporary American cuisine with Mediterranean and Asian influences.  Open for lunch and dinner.

Swiss Chalet  A Vail tradition featuring fondue, raclette and authentic cuisine from the Alps.

Tavern on the Square Located inside the Arrabelle at Vail Square, this fine dining establishment offers breakfast, lunch and dinner serving up new twists on old classics. Guests’ favorites include the Buffalo Meatloaf, Honey Lacquered Duck and Grilled Elk Quesadilla. In Vail, we offer nothing but the best. This includes our skiing and lodging as well as our fine dining. A meal in Vail is anything but ordinary.                             

Terra Bistro A fine-dining icon in Vail, Terra Bistro specializes in using all-natural and organic ingredients to create a unique, world-class dining experience.

Up the Creek Features tempting appetizers, salads, pastas, free range beef, fish and daily specials in a casual bistro setting.  Family-owned and a favorite of locals and returning guests, with one of the best creek side decks in Vail.  Open for lunch and dinner.

Vail Chophouse Serves prime steaks, chops, seafood and shellfish on their sunny patio at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola. Open for lunch and dinner  

Vendettas This casual pizza and pasta house is perfect for a relaxed evening with family and friends. Their patio bar is a meeting place for locals and guests alike.  Open for lunch and dinner.

Vintage Vail’s newest restaurant offers delicious brasserie fare, wine and creative cocktails for brunch, dinner and late-night in a warm, inviting setting that features French impressionist paintings.

White Bison  A casual, contemporary restaurant/bar featuring upscale comfort food and creative cocktails with a terrific deck overlooking Gore Creek.

Yama Sushi Yama offers an intimate, sophisticated and fun dining experience, with a menu that focuses on fresh fish and a variety of specialty cocktails.


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