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Vail Restaurants

Vail, CO boasts plenty of amazing restaurants and five star dining. The majority of restaurants serve American cuisine, with seasonal dishes inspired by the region. There are also a great selection of Italian and French restaurants, who offer classic cuisine and regional dishes with a twist. 

Here you will find a comprehensive list of the best restaurants in Vail, categorized by cuisine. Click on each restaurant to visit their websites and menus.

American Cuisine

Try  Bart and Yeti's American cuisine while staying at the Ritz Carlton  Residence Club in Aspen Highlands.

Bart & Yeti's is a cozy bar and grill located right in Lionshead Village and is a favorite locals' hang out. Check it out for a juicy burger and American comfort food.

551 E Lionshead Cir
Vail, CO
(970) 476-2754


Try Chap's Grill and Chophouse while staying at the Ritz  Carlton  Residence Club in Aspen Highlands.

Chap's Grill and Chophouse is a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, known as one of the highest rated restaurants in Colorado. They were named the "Best Steak and Chophouse" of 2006, and their wine list is worthy of the Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence. Go Colorado claims that Chap's is the perfect balance between "refined, world-class cuisine and bountiful, hungry-man fare."

1300 Westhaven Dr
Vail, CO
(970) 479-7014 

Try  Kelly Liken's American cuisine while staying at the Ritz  Carlton Residence Club in Aspen Highlands.

Kelly Liken serves a simple, yet exciting Seasonal American Cuisine that relies heavily on locally produced and cultivated products. The menu changes frequently to offer the highest quality ingredients of each season. In addition to offering the freshest seasonal fare, this wonderful restaurant offers over 60 wines by the glass, a full bar and a wine list containing over 200 selections.

12 Vail Road
Vail, CO
(970) 479 - 0175

Larkspur  Restaurant in Vail, Co

Larkspur's contemporary American cuisine begins with premium products and culinary imagination. Bordered by an open kitchen, massive hearth and glassed-in wine room, Larkspur's Main Dining Room is cozy, rich, and warm. Wine Spectator magazine dubbed Larkspur as "the most dynamic restaurant in Vail." EAT Magazine raves about the roasted pork belly, California Style Magazine recommends the Larkburger, and Vogue Entertaining and Travel can't get over the wine list and 7500 bottle cellar.

458 Vail Valley Dr.
Vail, CO
(970) 754 - 8050

Try  Ludwig at the Sonnenalp while staying at the Ritz Carlton  Residence Club in Aspen Highlands.

Ludwig's is located in the Sonnenalp, and serves classic, Contemporary American cuisine. Executive Chef Richard Beichner creates a different menu each evening, he says, to capitalize on the freshest locally grown, organic ingredients available. All dishes are prepared trans-fat free. Menu items might include Colorado lamb, elk and beef, local striped bass, tortellini with goat cheese from Buena Vista, Colorado, and more. - Vail Daily

One reviewer on Yelp claims that the breakfast buffet is the "Hermes Kelly bag of breakfasts."

20 Vail Road
(970) 479 - 5429

 Try Sweeet Basil's modern American cuisine while staying at  the Ritz Carlton Residence Club in Aspen Highlands.

Sweet Basil is a creative, modern American restaurant located in the heart of the Vail Village, voted Colorado’s Most Popular Restaurant by the Zagat survey. The menu features imaginative cuisine with an innovative array of diverse influences. A destination for wine lovers as well, Sweet Basil's wine list features over 500 carefully chosen selections from around the world.

193 Gore Creek Drive
Vail, CO
(970) 476-0125

 Try Terra Bistro while  staying at the Ritz Carlton Residence Club
            in Aspen Highlands.

A favorite among Vail’s fitness-conscious community for 17 years, Terra Bistro serves delectable dishes featuring free-range meat and poultry and, whenever possible, vegetables from local markets. Winner of the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, Terra Bistro has also earned accolades from such publications as
Gourmet Magazine
and the
New York Times.

352 East Meadow Drive
Vail, CO
(970) 476-6836

 Try Up  The Creek while staying at the Ritz Carlton Residence Club in Aspen  Highlands.

Up The Creek is a creekside restaurant overlooking beautiful Vail scenery. They offer a reasonably priced selection of salads, appetizers, fresh fish, pastas, and daily specials, and were recommended by The New York Times and Travel and Leisure.

223 Gore Creek Drive
Vail, CO
(970) 476-8141

 Try Game Creek Restaurant in Vail while staying at the Ritz Carlton  Residence Club in Aspen Highlands.


Game Creek Restaurant is located on Vail Mountain, in the scenic Game Creek Bowl. To access this restaurant, you must take a ride in the Eagle Bahn Gondola to Eagle's Nest, where you will be escorted by shuttle or snowcat, to a European style chalet. Game Creek serves American gourmet multi course style dinner.

Vail Mountain, Game Creek Bowl
Vail, CO
(970) 754 - 4275

 Try   Wildflower in Vail while  staying at the Ritz Carlton Residence Club in   Aspen Highlands.


Wildflower's menu is an eclectic array of creative American cuisine prepared with the freshest and finest in produce, seafood, and meats, with the supervision of Executive Chef Rahm Fama. The Wildflower has provided an extensive list of wine selections from around the world, and this list has earned Wine Spectator 's Award of Excellence for the last 15 years. The Wildflower restaurant has also been featured in the highly acclaimed Zagat Survey as "the #1 Restaurant in Vail," as well as one of the "Top 10 Restaurants in Colorado."

174 Gore Creek Drive
Vail, CO
(970) 477-3724

Try Bully Ranch in Vail while staying at the Ritz  Carlton Residence Club in Aspen Highlands.

Bully RanchWith a casual, western-style atmosphere and Southwestern and American menu, Executive Chef's culinary talents make the Bully Ranch an ideal place to round-up friends for lunch or dinner. Chicken wings, artichoke dip and Famous Bully Burgers are family favorites. Check out their Happy Hour and try $4 mudslides, $4 del torro arneis, and $3 drafts.

20 Vail Road
Vail, CO
(970) 479 - 5460

            Ore House in Vail while staying at the Ritz Carlton Residence Club in
            Aspen Highlands.

The Ore House restaurant is Vail Villages landmark steak and seafood restaurant since 1969. They feature a wide variety of steaks, prime rib, ribs, chicken and seafood, including crab. An après menu in the bar is featured beginning at 4:00 daily and 3:30 on the weekends. Daily après drink specials include $2 Domestic Bottles and $3 House margaritas.

232 Bridge St
Vail, CO
(970) 476-5100

 Try Atwater in Vail while staying at the Ritz Carlton  Residence Club in Aspen Highlands.

Atwater on Gore Creek's cuisine is elevated, refined and inspired by fresh, local ingredients. Dishes come to life with delightful twists and bursts of flavor amid a unique mountain setting for a distinctively different take on creative American cuisine.

1300 Westhaven Drive
Vail, CO
(970) 479-7014

 Try Westside Cafe and Market in Vail while staying at the Ritz  Carlton Residence Club in Aspen Highlands.

Westside Cafe & Market is a casual, breakfast, lunch, dinner and catering restaurant.  The Westside Cafe offers an extensive menu

serving your  breakfast favorites all day long, like buttermilk pancakes, Cap N' Crunch French Toast, a variety of Egg Benedicts, and many more. Big portions, the crab cake Benedict, and great Bloody Mary's make this a must for breakfast.

2211 N. Frontage Road
Vail, CO
(970) 476-7890

 Try Balata while staying at the Ritz Carlton Residence Club in  Aspen Highlands.


 With panoramic views of the mountains and golf course, Balata offers True American Cooking in a spectacular setting. Balata hosts the Blue Note Café True Jazz Wednesdays during winter and summer high season, Wednesday nights from 7 pm, dine in the restaurant or Spike’s Pub and enjoy live entertainment from ’s most talented jazz musicians. Fridays getting rockin’ at Balata with Friday Rocks in winter featuring signature margaritas, martinis and live entertainment. The fun moves outside in summer with Friday afternoon Decks and Decadence parties from 6 pm.

20 Vail Road
Vail, CO
(970) 447 - 5353


 Try The Little Diner in Vail while staying at the Ritz Carlton  Residence Club in Aspen Highlands.

The Little Diner is owned by a husband and wife duo, who have created a small, homey diner with inexpensive, fresh comfort food served in big portions. The Little Diner gets rave reviews, for breakfast especially, and everyone seems to enjoy the fact that the kitchen is completely open, allowing patrons to see their meals being cooked and be entertained in the process. This establishment is definitely more chic than your average diner.

616 W. Lionshead Cir. #204
Vail, CO
(970) 476-4279

 Try Moe's Original BBQ in Vail while staying at the Ritz Carlton  Residence Club in Aspen Highlands.

Moe's Original BBQ was founded by three college buddies who shared a passion for BBQ. They learned to use fruit wood to smoke the meats and developed two special sauces. Moe's smokes all fresh meats daily, and prepare eight to ten Southern style side dishes every day with receipes derived from mothers, grandmothers, nannies, and housekeepers.

675 W Lionshead Cir.
Vail, CO
(970) 479-7888

Try Russell's Restaurant and Bar in Vail while staying at the Ritz  Carlton Residence Club in Aspen Highlands.

Russell's Restaurant and Bar

has been a local’s hot spot for years, offering a wide range of the highest quality steaks and fresh seafood all served in a relaxed atmosphere. Russell’s is located a few feet from the Gore Creek and the Covered Bridge at the bottom of Bridge Street. Stop in to try their Alaskan king crab legs or house specialty, Russell’s Steak Diane.

228 Bridge Street
Vail, CO
(970) 476-6700

 Try Lancelot Restaurant in Vail while staying at the Ritz Carlton  Residence Club in Aspen Highlands.

Lancelot Restaurant is a favorite of those who frequently vacation in Vail. They are known for their slow roasted prime rib, and serve a variety of USDA Choice steaks, fresh fish and seafood entrees.

210 E. Gore Creek Drive
Vail, CO
(970) 476 - 5828


Italian Cuisine

Campo di Fiore is an Italian restaurant in Vail, Colorado.

Campo di Fiore is a casual but trendy Italian restaurant that serves fresh pasta, seafood, steak, chicken and lamb dishes. They serve elegant antipasti as well, such as swordfish carpaccio and steamed mussels. Campo di Fiore's rustic ambiance and open kitchen is fun for big parties or a romantic date for two. Reservations recommended.

100 E Meadow Drive
Vail, CO
(970 476 8994

Ristorante Ti AMO is an Italian restaurant in Vail, Colorado.

Ristorante Ti Amo is a great little Italian restaurant that serves authentic Italian cuisine. Don't be deceive by it's outward appearance and the fact that it's in a strip mall - this is a local's favorite and is perfect for a quiet dinner for two or a family meal. The large menu provides plenty of options beyond just pasta. Reservations recommended on the weekends.

40928 Hwy 6
Vail, CO
(970) 845-8153


Mezzaluna Vail serves modern Italian cuisine in Vail, Colorado.

Mezzaluna Vail serves modern Italian cuisine (like delicious thin crust pizza) during lunch, après ski, and dinner. Mezzaluna has two happy hours - one from 3pm to 6:30 pm, and late night from 10pm to 12am. The restaurant patio overlooks the beautiful Gore Creek Trail. There is complimentary parking.

660 Lionshead Place
Vail, CO
(970) 477-4410

Cucina Rustica serves a delicious breakfast buffet every morning, and transforms into an Italian restaurant at night with a cozy alpine ambiance. They serve a nightly antipasti buffet and entrees like fresh pasta, handmade gnocchi and risottos, fusili with shiitake mushrooms, and braised shank of Colorado lamb.

174 E Gore Creek Dr
Vail, CO
(970) 754-7872

La Bottega is a casual Italian eatery in Vail, Colorado

La Bottega is a casual Italian restaurant that is perfect if you're looking for a cozy, unpretentious but energetic setting. Recommended dishes are the wood-fired thin crust pizzas, spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli, white truffle gnocchi, cedar planked salmon, duck with polenta, and ahi tuna puttanesca.

100 East Meadow Drive
Vail, CO 81657-5324
(970) 476-0280

Vendetta's is an energetic Italian restaurant that serves classic Italian cuisine and has a full bar - Voted Best Local's Bar in Vail of 2010. They serve hot sandwiches, pizza, pastas, seafood, delicious bread, veal, and osso bucco dishes. Vendetta's has a great nightlife vibe and the bar gets very busy on the weekends.

291 Bridge Street
Vail, CO
(970) 476-5070

 French Cuisine

La Tour is a French Restaurant in Vail, Colorado

La Tour Resturant has been voted best restaurant in Vail for several years by the Vail Daily Reader's Poll. You will find flavorful entrees with great presentation like escargot, lobster bisque, pork chop with apple sauce and brioche pudding, braised short ribs, creme brulee, and pot au creme. La Tour is a great date spot!

122 East Meadow Drive
Vail, CO
(970) 476-4403

Left Bank is a French restaurant in Vail, Colorado

Left Bank Restaurant is a traditional French restaurant, serving standard French cuisine. Entrees are fresh and homemade, and the chef takes advantage of local ingredients. They have a great wine list with choices from France and California. Request a table by the windo overlooking the river.

183 Gore Creek Dr. #4
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 476-3696

Les Delices De France is a French deli in Vail, Colorado

Les Delices De France is a French deli that serves breakfast and lunch, as well as meats and cheeses (like giant wheels of brie). Try a bacon egg and cheese on a fresh roll or lox and bagel with cream cheese for breakfast. There are soups and sandwiches for lunch, and for dessert they have "cookie tartar."

531 East Lionshead Circle
Vail, CO
(970) 476-1044

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