Vail Restaurants

  • Street view of patio
    Street view of patio
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  • Entrance off Gore Creek Dr.
    Entrance off Gore Creek Dr.
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  • The dining room at Campo de Fiori
    The dining room at Campo de Fiori
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    Pazzo's Pizzeria: Pizza

    by John195123 Written Mar 30, 2008
    Pazzo's Pizzeria Outside

    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.

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    Sweet Basil: I'd hate to pick a favorite...

    by John195123 Updated Mar 30, 2008

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    Sweet Basil's Bar

    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...

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    La Bottega: Great Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

    by MM212 Written Feb 23, 2008

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    Snowing outside la Bottega

    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.

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    Campo de Fiori: Favourite Italian Restaurant in Vail

    by MM212 Updated Feb 23, 2008

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    The dining room at Campo de Fiori

    Very authentic and quite delicious, Campo de Fiori is a favourite Italian restaurant in Vail. The dining room is decorated with Roman frescoes on the walls and the food is tasty, accompanied by excellent Italian wines. I eat at this restaurant every time I'm in Vail.

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    La Tour: Five star dining no expense spared

    by johnste Written Dec 20, 2007

    Nice, warm and glowing type of ambiance. Young but personable and skilled staff. One of my pet peeves is waitstaff who interrupt the conversation at meals for THEIR needs - "Do you need anything else?" is really: "Can I go away now?"

    The staff timed their necessary interruptions to pauses in the conversation. The food was all brought at the same time by several indivduals. There were six of us.

    Favorite Dish: I had the veal sweetbreads appetizer. Divine!!! My husband had the escargot, which was served in an unusual cream-based sauce in the customary dish with one dip for each snail.

    I had the duck entree, which was superbly done, not greasy at all, and flavorful with a barley side dish made with the juices.

    My husband had the panko crusted chicken paillard with capers, baby tomatoes, asparagus, lemon zest, crème fraîche mashed potatoes, sauce beurre blanc. Every mouthful divine. Our son had the beef tenderloin, which was so soft and flavorful he could have cut it with his fork.

    One of our tablemates had the hot granny smith apple tart with cinnamon ice cream, caramel sauce. Sounds nice but sort of ordinary you say? Fie! It had crushed hazelnuts and was so superb...!

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    Ti Amo just outside Vail in Avon: Authentic, fabulous Italiam at reasonable prices

    by johnste Written Dec 18, 2007

    Hubby & I have been to Italy twice and best Italian rests in Chicago, Detroit, NY, etc. This place is five star. Fresh tasting, nice wine list and unlike most Vail area restaurants prices are reasonable. Nice decor, too with Italian sayings about love in old fashioned script along tops of walls.

    Favorite Dish: Anything. Salmon. Gnocchi like puffy clouds. All pasts taste like they were made that day. The tomato sauces are rich and fragrant. The parmesan is Parmegiano Reggiano, the mozzarell is buffala, salads fresh. Wine list a trifle short but broad and nice by the glass selection. Attentive, non-intrusive service.

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    Sweet Basil - Overrated

    by Conspirator Written Jan 8, 2007

    Sweet Basil is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Vail. Unfortunately, the walk does not match the talk. A ravioli appetiser is usually a delight in a top restaurant, but mine was very bland. My $41 steak was fine, but for $41 in the US you should be getting something pretty succulent. Dessert was the most disappointing, an apple tart that was boring and amateurish. Other people at our table had a somewhat better experience, but we all agreed it did not measure up to our expectations and the reviews we had read.

    On the plus side, some of their cocktails are superb. Drop in and try a Cablecar cocktail at the bar rather than dining. Service was also excellent.

    By New York standards, prices are not ridiculous for a highly rate restaurant - our 3 course meal with wine and cocktails came to about $120 per head. However, the quality of the food did not justify anywhere near the price.

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    Pazzo's Pizzeria: Overrated

    by eschroeder12 Updated Jul 24, 2006

    On arrival to Vail we asked about good places to eat with the family. One that came up more than once was Pazzo's Pizzeria. The pizzeria, while different from your chain pizza joint, offers a bar and some fun decorations. Overpriced mediocre pizza is the main attraction to this place. One WARNING: they charge an automatic 20% tip right into the bill, so your $50 bill suddenly becomes $70 with tip and tax (because it's Vail) as ours did despite the sub-standard waitressing.

    Favorite Dish: The pizza's are a good size and they provide a lot of toppings but again nothing truly stands out.

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    TWO ELK LODGE: DON'T MISS THE SCENERY ON A SUNNY DAY

    by RACCOON1 Updated Jun 25, 2006
    TWO  ELK  LODGE

    Lots of seats inside but the treat is eating outside on a warm sunny day. . The best view at Vail. Great soups and water is free . Their hamburgers are a bit dry but everything else is satisfactory. They do have a small ski shop where you can buy sun screen and lip balm.

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    The Mezzaluna: "Great Food, Great View!"

    by tetonski1 Updated Feb 7, 2006
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    The Mezzaluna is located in the Lions Square Lodge which is located right next to the Lionshead Gondola. It was very different décor-wise from the Mezzaluna we visited in Aspen. The furniture and surroundings were not that impressive, (about a step down from Olive Garden type décor); but it was comfortable. It also was a little expensive for the mostly noodle entrees we ordered, but we felt it was worth it. Our total bill was $107.00, (see what we ate below).

    There were large windows with a view of the mountain and Lionshead runs in the daylight; in the nighttime you see the lodge's pool and 2 Jacuzzis in a green misty glow below. Also, our water was refilled before empty and we never had to wait for anything, including the fresh, warm and crusty bread served as soon as we were seated.

    The wait staff we encountered were very friendly and attentive, we could not have asked for better. As an example, Fettuccine Alfredo was not on the menu but one of the people in our party asked if the chef could prepare it and add chicken as well as broccoli, to which our wonderful server replied “No Problem!” I therefore ordered plain Fettuccine Alfredo and was very impressed!

    There was a bar area seperated from the eating area which looked like it had some good apres ski specials, but all in all even though the whole place was a little small it had a cozy type of ambiance. They also have complimentary parking.

    Favorite Dish: Instead of describing 1 dish, I will describe our whole meal:

    Appetizer:

    Bruschetta Caprese $9.00

    Consisted of Basil and Mozzarella on 3 small toasted breads, (1 ½ by 2 ½ inches wide). Very tasty, yet expensive for what was received. The three of us had to share with the fourth person in our party. We wouldn’t order it again.

    Entrees

    1. Fettuccine Alfredo

    Delicious! Noodles prepared Al Dente, tossed in a creamy, flavorful Alfredo sauce.

    2. Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken and Broccoli

    Delicious! Was the best she had ever eaten, (she brought a doggy bag home and re-heated it that night because she couldn’t wait until morning).

    3. Chicken Parmigiana

    Delicious! A wonderful red sauce covered a moist chicken breast, hinting the slightest taste of basil. All this was draped with a wonderful sprinkling of mozzarella cheese.

    4. Noodles with butter

    Basic, not much to say.

    Drinks:

    Two bottles of San Pellegrino Water
    Tap Water
    1 glass of Chardonnay $7.00

    Dessert:

    Tiramisu

    We all split this order which arrived in a tall ice cream like cup from the old soda fountains. It was large and delicious and the white chocolate liqueur from Godiva put it over the top! Delicious cookies surrounded the tiramisu in the tall cup with whipped cream on top, we all dug deep down with our spoons and loved it. It was a creative and original twist on the usual way we have enjoyed Tiramisu in the past.

    Our total bill without tip $107.00

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    Cucina: Breakfast buffet spread

    by Gypsystravels Written Mar 6, 2005

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    Ready for our morning run after breakfast

    Cucina is an upscale Italian restaurant serving some of the finest Italian dishes. We only had breakfast here every morning, but it was a feast. The spread was huge, all sorts of breads, spreads, eggs, cold cuts, fruits, cereals, and flavored coffe, you were ready for a championship run.

    Favorite Dish: Loved their hash brown and eggs, their cold cut spread, freshly squeezed juices and of course their flavored coffees.

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    Larkspur Restaurant and Market: Juicy Larkspur Burger

    by Gypsystravels Written Mar 6, 2005

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    We're ready to hit the slopes again

    After our first morning run at Vail we all decided we needed a good meal, so we ventured over to Larkspur. The ambience is fantastic and with views of the Vista Bahn lift, this is a centally located restaurant where everyone manages to make it here for lunch.

    Favorite Dish: I had a wonderful medium rare Larkspur Burger. It was so juicy and so delicious. Don't forget to drink something warm, I had a fantastic Irish Coffee.

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    Eagle's Nest: Fantastic sandwiches and salads

    by Gypsystravels Written Mar 6, 2005

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    Time for a needed lunch break

    After a morning of much skiing, we decided to have lunch at the restaurant at Eagle's Nest. Come early as this place gets very crowded with large groups. Nice decor with fantastic views of the slopes. Look out for their expensive beer can collection decorating the walls.

    Favorite Dish: I had a scrumptous Cobb Salad

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    Garfinkel's restaurant: Garfinkel's restaurant

    by goingsolo Written Jan 16, 2005
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    Garfinkel's is located at the base of the mountain in Lyonshead village. The place gets crowded with apres skiers, snowboarders and those who are just checking things out. Its a great laid back place to grab a burger, a beer or both after a day on the mountain.

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    Larkspur: Extraordinary wine cellar

    by Pawtuxet Updated Aug 21, 2004

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    Larkspur's is an epicurian delight. We had a special tour of the wine cellar...couldn't believe the selection! The food was superb as was the service. It's a nice size restaurant with neuvo decor...imaginative creations by the chef. Don't miss it. You won't be sorry.

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