Vail Restaurant Recommendations


Our concierge has taken a straw poll of our guests and employees to come up with this list of ten restaurants in Vail that are worth a visit. Of course this just scratches the surface of your dining options in Vail. Visit www.vailvalleydiningguide.com for an extensive e-publication containing up-to-date information.

El Sabor: Rated on Trip Advisor as the best Mexican cuisine in Vail, El Sabor—which translates as “Flavor”—lives up to its name. The restaurant is located just off the lobby at the Lions Square Lodge. Stop in for happy hour and try the house margarita after a day on the slopes (skiing or hiking). Or, try one of their tasty entrees. Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. (970) 477-4410

Mountain Standard: A tavern-style environment featuring a wood-burning grill and locally sourced ingredients. A local favorite for lunch or bar seating. Serving Lunch and Dinner. (970) 476-0123

Sweet Basil: One of the top restaurants in the Vail Valley. This Vail experience began in 1977 as a small, casual 47-seat restaurant and has since grown considerably in size and reputation. Serving Lunch and Dinner. (970) 476-0125

Campo de Fiori: At Campo de Fiori, only the freshest ingredients are used to create dishes that will entice your senses and delight your palate. If you like risotto, try the chef’s daily choice. Serving Dinner. (970) 476-8994

Garfinkel’s: Since 1992 Garfinkel's (or Garfs as it is locally known) has been a cornerstone in Lionshead for both tourists and locals alike. The sunny deck provides the best après ski, sun catching and overall late spring and summer experience. Serving Lunch and Dinner.(970) 476-3789

Blue Moose Pizza: Located in the heart of Lionshead Village, the Blue Moose serves an extensive menu, featuring its signature NY Style pizza, in addition to a variety of appetizers, salads, subs and hot Italian entrees from the convenient location in Vail. This lively Italian eatery offers the perfect locale for a fun and casual dining experience for groups of all kinds and sizes. Kid friendly, from the menu selection down to the paper tablecloths perfect for a creative coloring session, the Blue Moose has established itself as a family favorite amongst the guests of the Vail Valley. Serving Lunch and Dinner. (970) 476-8666

Swiss Chalet: Featuring traditional European cuisine in a classic Swiss-style setting, the Swiss Chalet offers the ultimate alpine dining experience. Käse Spätzle (homemade Swiss dumpling topped with cheese and crispy onions) and delicious fondues make the Swiss Chalet a delectable dining experience. Serving Dinner. (970) 476-5429

Terra Bistro: An upscale urban bistro with a relaxed atmosphere. The fresh seasonal menu focuses on using local produce, free-range meats, and fresh seafood, and boasts such accolades as the Dirona award, Wine Spectator's award of excellence. Serving Dinner. (970) 476-6836

Matsuhisa: Chef Nobu Matsuhisa in collaboration with Nobuko Kang, created this exquisite establishment where sushi is an art form and the patrons are famous...or look as if they should be. Located in the heart of Vail Village, this restaurant is cool and urban to the nth degree. People fresh off the slopes relax and dine on creative delicious cuisine. Serving Dinner. (970) 476-6628

Montauk Seafood Grill: In the center of Lionshead village, Montauk Seafood Grill prepares coastal specialties with contemporary flair. A Wine Spectator award-winning wine list perfectly complements the menu, and the casual yet stylish decor is warm and inviting. Serving Dinner. (970) 476-2601