After finishing an over priced average meal in a dank basement restaurant, our waiter chased our party outside to the street . The server was unhappy and loudly complained about his tip was not 18% of the total bill. Nice advertisment for the people standing outside. This restaurant has no customer service, and over priced food like many vacation towns, that don"t depend on repeat customers. SAD!
Favorite Dish: Sorry
Below are some of the restaurants I tried in Vail:
- Campo de Fiori (excellent Italian)
- La Bottega (elegant wine bar & pizza)
- Swiss Chalet (Fondue, Raclette and other Swiss cuisine)
- Sweet Basil (American/International Cuisine)
- Juniper (very good continental cuisine - located in Edwards)
Part of the Sonnenalp Hotel, Swiss Chalet is an excellent Swiss restaurant. It offers fondue, raclette and other Swiss cuisine that without, a ski resort could be considered incomplete. The fondue is delicious and the ambiance is made to seem authentically Swiss (once you get past the hideous costumes of the hostess and waiters). It is well worth a try, particularly as a group to share fondue and raclette.
Considered one of the most popular restaurants in Vail, Sweet Basil serves what is self-described as "the finest in creative American cuisine and service since 1977". When I had dinner here in March 2010, I found the service to be impeccable and certainly one of the finest in Vail. The cuisine in my opinion, however, although tasty, was perhaps a little too creative with its too many competing flavours. No doubt each individual item on my dish was deliciously and sophisticatedly prepared, but combined together they overwhelmed the palate. I certainly will not deny myself the opportunity to return to Sweet Basil if asked to do so, but will not rush there myself.
Seating for around 100 inside means you have to arrive around 11:30 am to get a seat.
If sunny and warm its great outside. Their specialty is smoked meat either ribs or chicken . But their soup and salad special is worth it.
I did not eat here but indications it is a BAvarian style restaurant. they call it Austrian-close to the same region for typical menu fare. They served according to the web page brats, schnitzel, veal, pork, goulash to cover the normal Germanic items. The interesting aspect is to maybe sit on the patioi and have a beer while watching the shoppers stroll by.
Favorite Dish: I would have picked schnitzel
The food was good tasting, and the plates well presented. There was sufficient to fill the pallet
Favorite Dish: I am not sure what is favorite-per se. I chose based a lot on price because I was merely sampling the menu, not wanting to blow a bunch of money for a lunch. The chicken breast seemed to serve that need best. The specialty is prime rib that runs $24-26 for dinner for10-12 oz sizes. The dinner menu range is $22-36. Lunch runs as seen about $17-22. Soups average $7 and salads $8
RESTAURNT FOOD IS AWEFUL. STAFF IS RUDE. DISCRIMATION POLICY THAT ALL PERSONS WEARING SKI PANTS OR SKI BOOTS LEAVE AT 9PM BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL DRUNKS ACCORDING TO LORENDA THE MANAGER WHO IS RUDE. PERHAPS IT'S BECAUSE "PHIL LONG" HAS SUCH A HUGE EGO....HE CAN'T STAND IT IF SOMEONE WOULD RATHER WATCH BASKETBALL THAN LISTEN TO HIM PLAY.
Favorite Dish: NONE
We were a group of three that stopped into the Larkspur after a day of snowboarding to have a drink. We were enjoying ourselves, and decided to have dinner. The wait staff was happy to seat us, but it was at this point that the their arrogance began to show. After our food was plopped before us, it became extremely difficult to get any level of service -- in spite of the fact that the restaurant was only moderately busy. I have never seen a wait staff that was so arrogant, particularly given the average food and wine list. They certainly have an unjustified elevated opinion of themselves. If you'd like to eat at a restaurant where you'll be treated like you're doing the waiters a favor to order, and the food itself is mediocre at best, then the Larkspur is your place.
Favorite Dish: The hamburger was average, but not nearly what it was hyped to be in other reviews.
Matthew's Restaurant in Edwards, Colorado is a place you shouldn't miss, whether you are there in ski season or enjoying the great Colorado summer. Convenient to Vail and Beaver Creek. The food is exceptional -- excellent lamb, seafood, and steaks. Great wine list and desserts, too. The service is excellent, and the ambience is very pleasant. Nice bar, and you can sit on the deck in warm weather. They serve barbecue brisket lunches (under $10) on the deck on summer weekdays, and you can bring your dog and give them a romp in the neighboring field. For dinner, though, it is a place for a relaxed meal of fantastic food in a casually elegant establishment. It is easy to see why they have a loyal following. Dinner entrees are mostly in the $20's and low $30's, and it is well worth the price.
Favorite Dish: spring lamb t-bone chops with creamed potatoes and spinach -- yum!
Pepi's is a long-time Vail native, comprising a German restaurant and bar- a nice place to hang out after skiing- and a ski rental/gear shop downstairs. All with the standard friendly service you find in Vail.
For a long time Vail Village was devoid of chain restaurants. Sadly, that's no longer the case. Starbucks and Marble Slab Creamery have moved into the first buildings you see (on the right) as you approach the covered bridge. I'm sure many people like them, and I'm sure it's good for their business, but Vail has always been about local business. Not any more, I guess. I hope the owners are from Vail, at least.
Starbucks I know very well, as a place I used to hang out on occasion in other cities, with its burned beans and all... Marble Slab has pretty good ice cream, admittedly, but it's about the principle of the thing...
This is a great pizza joint on the "frontage" road just before you get to the covered bridge area, and just after you descend from the parking structure. Head west and Pazzo's will be on your left. They have a pizzeria atmosphere, good pizza, and they deliver.
I'd hate to pick a favorite restaurant, so I won't. What I will do is mention just a few of the restaurants in Vail Village. One of the finest restaurants is called Sweet Basil. Chef Bruce Yim is amazing. A two-person meal, with two entrees, one appetizer and two desserts cost me about $130, and I am but a impoverished college student.
But it's worth it.
Favorite Dish: Seared Ahi...
A casual place, but very authentic, la Bottega offers a great selection of Italian wines accompanied by pizza, or other small Italian plates, or a full Italian menu. The front of the restaurant is a nice lounge and bar, while dining tables occupy the other side. Definitely worth a meal or two in Vail.