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.
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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 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.
Restaurants we recommend:
The 10th Fine dining at Mid-Vail on Vail Mountain with great views of the Gore Range. Open for lunch only.
Almeresi, where the Alps meet the Rockies! Discover a cozy restaurant with a European flair you won’t find elsewhere in Vail.
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 the Vail Square located in Lionshead. 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.
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.
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.
Game Creek Vail’s most memorable dining experience in Winter. 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 in Summer.
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.
Larkspur 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. Leonardo Bistro only open in Winter.
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 micro brews. 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.
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.
From the views of The 10th at Mid-Vail to the unique setting of Game Creek, located in its namesake back bowl, on-mountain dining at Vail provides the same exceptional guest experience as the resort itself.
Nestled just below Eagle's Nest and above the Game Creek chair lift, Game Creek Restaurant is a truly unique location where guests can enjoy gourmet fare with an unforgettable dining experience while overlooking Game Creek Bowl. Take a short ride up the Eagle Bahn Gondola to Eagle’s Nest, where a vehicle or snowcat (depending on the season – winter or summer) will escort you to an elegant, European-style chalet.
Located in the White River National Forest, Game Creek offers some of the most spectacular views of the Vail Valley. Guests will enjoy contemporary five-star American cuisine with an emphasis on fresh Colorado ingredients, as well as an award-winning wine list and superior service.
With the Dining Room seating up to 120 guests, Club Room seating up to 28 guests, and lower Bistro seating up to 60 guests, Game Creek has something to offer groups of all sizes.
Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 through Saturday, April 1, 2017
Named for the view of the fourteen thousand foot Mount of the Holy Cross, Bistro Fourteen offers casual, sit-down dining with a full bar at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19). Perfect for lunch, après, or a post-Adventure Ridge appetite, Bistro Fourteen's variety of menu items has something for the whole family, including a full $10 kid’s menu. Open both summer and winter.
Lunch, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner, 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Vail Mountain’s newest dining experience was designed to capture magnificent mountain views in a relaxed atmosphere with a contemporary flair. Gondola One from Vail Village to Mid-Vail makes The 10th is open for lunch and dinner service throughout the winter ski season, and accommodates weddings, private events and functions during the summer season. Its name is a respectful ‘nod’ to the soldiers of The 10th Mountain Division.
Guests can ski in and ski out, or ride Gondola One to enjoy the only sit-down, fine dining lunch experience on Vail Mountain.
The 10th has floor-to-ceiling windows which offer some of the most spectacular views of the Gore Range and the Vail Valley. Guests will enjoy a modern interpretation of classic Alpine cuisine, an extensive wine list, and unique location making it a dining experience second to none. The dining room can seat up to 200 guests with additional seating possible by tenting the outdoor space.
Group lunch and dinner reservations for up to 50 guests can also be made for early or late seatings.
Coffee service in the lounge, 9:00am
Lunch served daily, 11:00am–3:00pm
A rustic setting at the top of the Wildwood Express Lift (#3) with impressive views of Blue Sky Basin and Vail's famous back bowls. Wildwood Smokehouse is a spectacular setting for small private groups. Available for breakfast only in the winter. The restaurant can be booked as part of the First Tracks program.
Vail Mountain's flagship restaurant, Two Elk, is the gateway to China Bowl and Blue Sky Basin. At an elevation of 11,220 feet with abundant windows, you'll enjoy some of the most beautiful views in the valley of the Gore Range. Two Elk lodge is available for private breakfasts for group functions.
Black Forest Pavilion
Plan your group outdoor/indoor picnic here! This venue is available for private catering for up to approximately 80 guests with additional outdoor seating. Available for lunch only in the winter.
Golden Peak Grill
Located at the base of the Riva Bahn Express chairlift inside the Golden Peak Lodge, it is the perfect spot for a welcome or après ski party for up to 200 people.
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World-famous buffalo chili at Two Elk Lodge, great views from Eagle's Nest, cookouts at Belle's Camp, tasty BBQ at Wildwood, and amazing variety at Mid-Vail are some additional on-mountain dining choices. View a full list and descriptions of our restaurants here.