Vail Restaurants

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    Street view of patio
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    Entrance off Gore Creek Dr.
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Best Rated Restaurants in Vail

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    Pepe's: Pepe's

    by Wilson Written Aug 24, 2002

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    A trip to Vail is not complete without visiting Pepe's. An authentic Austrian wild game restaurant, Pepe's serves up the best dishes in the village. Warning: Vegetarians may want to pass on this place!!!! But for the meat eaters out there - strap on the feed bag and get ready to taste some of the finest bison, elk, duck, quail and vension around.
    Don't be afraid to wash down this hunter's delight with a nice warm apple strudel.

    Favorite Dish: Wild Game Platter

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  • Larkspur: Larkspur is overrated!

    by NM_Boarder Written Feb 21, 2009

    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.

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  • THE RED LION VAIL VILLAGE: RED LION VAIL VILLAGE DOESN'T LIKE CUSTOMERS

    by MoriahShaw Written Mar 13, 2009

    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

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    Pazzo's Pizzeria: Pizza

    by John195123 Written Mar 30, 2008
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    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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    Starbucks and Marble Slab: Sad Day

    by John195123 Written Mar 30, 2008
    Starbucks and Marble Slab

    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...

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    Pepi's: Good times... and food... and gear

    by John195123 Written Mar 30, 2008
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    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.

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  • Matthew's: Excellent Food and Service

    by morna1953 Written Jul 11, 2008

    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!

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    Pepi's Bar & Restaurant: Cozy Dining in Vail Village

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 3, 2014

    We stopped in for dinner at Pepi's while visiting Vail Village. Due to a light rain and cool afternoon temperatures we elected to sit inside which was very comfortable and cozy. Having had a large lunch I went with the Salad which was very good and nice portion. My husband had the ruby red trout special, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Our waiter, Danny, was most attentive and conscientious. They had a wide selection of Slavik/German menu items which all sounded terrific. Maybe we can try them next time. One area of their outside dining had a muscian playing and we enjoyed hearing it inside also.

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    Montauk Seafood Grill: The restaurant is located in the Lion Square area

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 3, 2014

    The restaurant is located in the Lion Square area of Vail. Our seafood meals were very good of Idaho Ruby Trout and Halibut. The best part of the meal was the appetizer of the Washington Hama Hama oysters. We chose to sit inside which was good as the temperature dropped during the meal and we watched many guests grabbing sweaters and jackets. Overall a very nice dining experience. Easy to recommend to anyone visiting the Vail area.

    Favorite Dish: Hama Hama Oysters!

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    Golden Eagle Inn -Restaurant: Good Food & Setting in Beaver Creek

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 3, 2014

    We had a wonderful lunch despite the gray skies on a Sunday afternoon in August. The service was very good and the lunch menu provided a good choice of options.

    Several years ago we stayed in Beaver Creek so we wanted to stop over on our visit to Vail decided to drive over and check it out. It was enjoyable to recall the fun vacation we had several years ago (when rains kept us from doing much).

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

    by RACCOON1 Updated Jun 25, 2006
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    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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    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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