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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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'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...
Swiss Chalet ... near the Sononalp Hotel
Just a good restaurant that fits the mountain scene. It is expensive though ... about $25 per person for just the fondue.
Favorite Dish: Fondue -- especially the chocolate fondue deserts.
This is one of the finest Italien restaurants in town. Great atmosphere (lively, bright, fun.....almost too noisey for some), the food is terrific and they have quite a nice selection of Italien red wines.