Best Restaurants in Vail

Seven Delicious Places to Eat in Vail

restaurants in vail
Tucked in the Colorado Mountains is the small town of Vail. Vail is world famous for its beautiful mountain views, great hiking trails and ideal location for winter skiing. As with any world famous town, great restaurants are expected right in Vail that will allow any traveler to enjoy rich, hearty meals.

These top Vail restaurants will leave you thinking about your meal long after you clear your plate.

1. The Little Diner
Tucked back into a tiny corner of the Vail Village is a small diner that provides a world-class breakfast. The Little Diner seats 20, but will provide you with a memorable, hearty, homemade breakfast that is so big it almost doesn’t fit on the plate. The open kitchen atmosphere allow you to watch as the cooks make your eggs, bacon, ham and hash browns right in front of your eyes. Recently, The Little Diner started to incorporate a lunch and dinner menu which allows you to enjoy the hearty meals of this tiny diner all day long.

2. Lancealot Restaurant
Some restaurants are famous for their decor and atmosphere, while others are famous for specializing in a specific menu item. The Lancealot Restaurant falls into that second category. It prides itself on making some of the best prime-rib you’ll ever eat west of the Mississippi. The prime-rib is slow cooked for hours to provide the optimal savory, fall-off-the-bone experience. The Lancealot Restaurant menu also contains dozens of other American-style dishes that will satisfy almost any food craving you have.

3. Swiss Chalet Restaurant
There are certain restaurants that are so amazing, both in food and atmosphere, that they stay a part of your vacation memories for a long, long time. The Swiss Chalet Restaurant is one of those restaurants. Decorated in a Swiss/German décor with traditional music, the Swiss Chalet lives up to its name by providing an atmosphere that resonates the Swiss culture. Sticking to the Swiss theme, the restaurant specializes in serving a number of fondue dishes. The menu also contains fine-dining main entrees, like chicken and salmon, savory wines and tasty desserts. 

4. Sapphire Restaurant and Oyster Bar
You wouldn’t image that a restaurant tucked into the Colorado mountains would serve world-class seafood, but the Sapphire Restaurant and Oyster Bar does, along with traditional American-style dishes. It also features a fresh catch of the day special and dishes inspired by which selections are in season. The Sapphire Restaurant is also home to one of the only raw bars in Colorado, featuring fresh shrimp and savory oysters just waiting to be devoured.

5. Sweet Basil
Located in the heart of the Vail Village is a prime example of fine dining at its best. The Sweet Basil is a restaurant with a creative, modern atmosphere that serves American-style inspired cuisine for lunch and dinner. Whether you are in the mood for a rich Angus burger, fresh seafood or savory steaks, the Sweet Basil has an imaginative dish to satisfy your pallet. The Sweet Basil also caters to the wine lovers by offering over 50 different rich, savory wines.

6. Blue Moose Pizza
Jump on the free shuttle from your Vail condo and head to Lionshead Village for family friendly atmosphere, great New York style pizza and friendly service. Located just off the winter skating rink, The Blue Moose has signature drinks to warm you up and a variety of Colorado brews.

7. Westside Café
For Western relaxation and great local food, get out of the village and stop in at the Westside Café. Hearty and delicious breakfast favorites are served all day long, and family favorites make it a great place to take the kids. This low-key eatery is consistently rated among the best of Vail restaurants, serves up local flavor and offers a full bar for après ski. In summer, sit on the patio for a great view of the mountains.

After experiencing the wide range of dishes and cuisines offered by these great Vail restaurants, you’ll be able to head back to your vacation rental in Vail. The relaxing, comfortable nature of vacation rentals will leave you lounging around and thinking about the amazing, savory meals you just experienced.

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