Where to Dine in Vail, CO

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Vail, CO is widely recognized as one of America’s top skiing and recreation destination spots. While some may come to rent a Vail vacation rental for the week to enjoy skiing and snowboarding, many people flock to Vail for the food. It is also home to a multitude of excellent restaurants that foodies all over the country love to visit. Here is a listing of some of the top restaurants that are located in Vail, CO.

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

Since 1977, Sweet Basil has been serving a seasonal menu of tasty, modern American cuisine. Lunch and dinner are served daily at this award-winning restaurant, and an Apres Ski menu is available every day in their bar. The lunch menu at Sweet Basil features soups, salads, pasta, burgers and a grilled Caribbean chicken sandwich, which is a local favorite. Sweet Basil’s dinner menu includes pasta, steaks, chops, seafood items and more. An extensive wine list and creative dessert selection are also offered at this high-end establishment.

Bully Ranch Restaurant | 20 Vail Road, Vail, CO (970) 479-5460 

Situated within the elegant Sonnenalp hotel, the Bully Ranch restaurant offers top-rate Southwestern and American-style foods in a family-friendly atmosphere. During the warm weather months, outdoor dining is available on the Bully Ranch’s attractive patio.

The Left Bank Restaurant | 183 Gore Creek Drive, Vail, CO (970) 476-3696 

The Left Bank has been serving classically inspired French cuisine for more than 40 years. Menu highlights here include steak au poivre blanc, elk chops and salmon with bearnaise sauce. The desserts at the Left Bank are renowned in the area and include chocolate brownie/pecan mousse cake and poached meringue. Full bar service and an impressive wine selection are offered here.

The Little Diner | 616 W Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO (970) 476-4279 

Local residents and tourists alike regularly partake of the delicious breakfast and lunch items that are served at this popular dining spot. Using locally sourced ingredients in an open kitchen, the Little Diner serves pancakes, crepes, breakfast sandwiches, omelets and breakfast platters all day. The lunch menu includes burgers, Reubens, Cincinnati chili, hot and cold sandwiches and more.

Mountain Standard | 193 Gore Creek Drive, Vail, CO (970) 476-0123 

This relaxed and friendly tavern serves an appetizing, seasonal menu of items that are cooked over an open wood fire. At lunch, there are sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and a raw bar. The dinner menu features prime rib, rotisserie chicken and grilled monkfish and much more. An open kitchen and full bar service are offered at Mountain Standard, and patio seating is available during warm weather.

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