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 1037 reviewsTripAdvisor (1037)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Diner
    616 W Lionshead Cir, Vail, CO 81657-5226
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  • #2
    The Remedy Bar
    #2 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 126 reviewsTripAdvisor (126)
    $ - $$ | 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 209 reviewsTripAdvisor (209)
    $ - $$ | German, Austrian, European, Central European
    298 Hanson Ranch Rd, Vail, CO 81657-4525
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  • #4
    Annapurna
    #4 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 221 reviewsTripAdvisor (221)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian, Nepali
    250 S Frontage Rd W, Vail, CO 81657-5039
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  • #5
    Westside Cafe & Market
    #5 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1076 reviewsTripAdvisor (1076)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    2211 N Frontage Rd W Ste 5, Vail, CO 81657-3937
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  • #6
    Mountain Standard
    #6 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1272 reviewsTripAdvisor (1272)
    $ - $$ | American, Gastropub, Grill
    193 E Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657-4549
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  • #7
    Game Creek Club
    #7 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 278 reviewsTripAdvisor (278)
    $$ | American, Contemporary
    278 Hanson Ranch Rd, Vail, CO 81657-3610
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  • #8
    Ludwig's Restaurant
    #8 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 240 reviewsTripAdvisor (240)
    $$ | European
    20 Vail Rd, Vail, CO 81657-5010
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  • #9
    Sweet Basil
    #9 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1709 reviewsTripAdvisor (1709)
    $$ | American
    193 E Gore Creek Dr Ste 201, Vail, CO 81657-4549
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  • #10
    Terra Bistro
    #10 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 827 reviewsTripAdvisor (827)
    $$ | American, Healthy
    352 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO 81657-4507
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  • #11
    Up the Creek Bar & Grill
    #11 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 587 reviewsTripAdvisor (587)
    $ - $$ | American
    223 E Gore Creek Dr Ste 103, Vail, CO 81657-3602
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  • #12
    Vintage
    #12 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 164 reviewsTripAdvisor (164)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    12 Vail Rd Ste 100, Vail, CO 81657-5081
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  • #13
    Swiss Chalet - Vail
    #13 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 410 reviewsTripAdvisor (410)
    $ - $$ | Austrian, Swiss, European, Central European
    20 Vail Rd, Vail, CO 81657-5010
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  • #14
    Moe's Original BBQ
    #14 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 536 reviewsTripAdvisor (536)
    $ | American, Barbecue, Grill
    616 W Lionshead Cir, Vail, CO 81657-5226
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  • #15
    Flame Restaurant
    #15 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 318 reviewsTripAdvisor (318)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    1 Vail Rd, Vail, CO 81657-5701
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  • #16
    Matsuhisa Vail
    #16 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 500 reviewsTripAdvisor (500)
    $$ | Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian
    141 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO 81657-4588
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  • #17
    Big Bear Bistro
    #17 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 215 reviewsTripAdvisor (215)
    $ | American, Cafe, Soups, Deli
    297 Hanson Ranch Rd Top of Bridge Street, Vail, CO 81657-4524
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  • #18
    Lancelot Restaurant
    #18 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 478 reviewsTripAdvisor (478)
    $$ | American, Grill
    201 E Gore Creek Dr Ste 205, Vail, CO 81657-4520
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  • #19
    Bully Ranch Restaurant
    #19 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 626 reviewsTripAdvisor (626)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Soups, Grill
    20 Vail Rd, Vail, CO 81657-5010
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  • #20
    The George Restaurant & Pub
    #20 of 134 Places to Eat in Vail
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 225 reviewsTripAdvisor (225)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    292 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO 81657-3613
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