Vail Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Vail

When you're ready to refuel after a day on the slopes, you'll have plenty of dining options to choose from, no matter your budget. You'll find a handful of eateries on the mountain (at Vail Ski Resort and Beaver Creek), but you'll likely pay a premium for the convenience and the views. Plus, you'd miss out on the local hot spots.

Before you head to the mountain, grab a hearty breakfast at The Little Diner (try the German pancakes) or Northside Coffee & Kitchen (beloved for its doughnuts). When you're ready for a casual lunch or dinner, Mountain Standard and Alpenrose are two local and visitor favorites. If you're in the mood to treat yourself to a gourmet experience, Vail has you covered there, too. Places like Elway's, Sweet Basil, Matsuhisa, La Tour Restaurant and WYLD (located in The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch) are all worth the splurge, according to recent visitors.

And, of course, no Vail vacation would be complete without enjoying the après-ski scene. Whether you're looking for a casual tavern, a sophisticated wine bar or a craft brewery, you'll find it in Vail and surrounding towns. For beer, the Vail Ale House and Crazy Mountain Brewing Company (located in nearby Edwards) both earn high marks, while Root & Flower is a hit for its wine, cocktails and trendy atmosphere. If you're on the hunt for a local watering hole, head to Bart & Yeti's or the Dusty Boot Saloon.

Find the Best Restaurants in Vail

  • #1
    The Little Diner
    #1 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1056 reviewsTripAdvisor (1056)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Diner
    616 W Lionshead Cir, Vail, CO 81657-5226
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  • #2
    The Remedy Bar
    #2 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 129 reviewsTripAdvisor (129)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    1 Vail Rd Four Seasons Resort and Residences, Vail, CO 81657-5701
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  • #3
    Almresi Restaurant
    #3 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 225 reviewsTripAdvisor (225)
    $ - $$ | German, Austrian, European, Central European
    298 Hanson Ranch Rd, Vail, CO 81657-4525
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  • #4
    Annapurna
    #4 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 231 reviewsTripAdvisor (231)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian, Nepali
    250 S Frontage Rd W, Vail, CO 81657-5039
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  • #5
    Mountain Standard
    #5 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1298 reviewsTripAdvisor (1298)
    $ - $$ | American, Gastropub, Grill
    193 E Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657-4549
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  • #6
    Westside Cafe & Market
    #6 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1094 reviewsTripAdvisor (1094)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    2211 N Frontage Rd W Ste 5, Vail, CO 81657-3937
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  • #7
    Vintage
    #7 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 176 reviewsTripAdvisor (176)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    12 Vail Rd Ste 100, Vail, CO 81657-5081
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  • #8
    Game Creek Club
    #8 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 281 reviewsTripAdvisor (281)
    $$ | American, Contemporary
    278 Hanson Ranch Rd, Vail, CO 81657-3610
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