Top Restaurants in Vail

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Of course we are going to put Terra Bistro first on the list of top restaurants in Vail, but we realize you don’t want to eat there every night, so here is a list – from an informal poll – of the restaurants we like best. Recently updated September 25th, 2017.  Once the winter season 2017 begins we may update this list!

Fine Dining

  1. Russell’s: fun place right across the Covered Bridge in Vail Village, that serves steaks, seafood and other options. Succinct wine selection, amazing appetizers like tuna sashimi, escargot and scallops wrapped in bacon served in butter. Au Gratin potatoes are a ridiculous delight. Dave the bartender and Jen E the server are fantastic!
  2. Sweet Basil: Extensive wine selections, interesting dinners – the reason you dine – that you won’t make at home. Fun bar to hang out in if you want a festive atmosphere. Located in Vail Village: take your first right after the covered bridge and Sweet Basil is on the right just past the Children’s Fountain.
  3. Bully Ranch: – Hearty food at it’s best! Located in Sonnenalp hotel, just down East Meadow drive where Vail Mountain Lodge is located. From Vail Mountain Lodge hop on the bus, it will take about 7 minutes to arrive. They have fantastic beer choices and are known for the mudslides- be careful they are dangerous!
  4. Montauk Seasfood Grill: located in Lionshead is one of the best seafood places even outside of Vail! We’ve traveled a lot and agree they do a fantastic job! The seafood is fresh and flown in daily.  Wine selection is perfect for those who want a good bottle and don’t want to spend a fortune.  We recommend the mussels because you get a gigantic bowl and for an average appetizer price. Very good value!
  5. Alpenrose: this lovely gem with Austrian flair is one of Vail’s oldest restaurants. They have a traditional Goulash that is not to be missed. Their pastries are ridiculous (meaning delicious). If you don’t want to eat you can have dessert and coffee or a tart and some Slivovitz-traditional Slovenia liquor. A top amenity is the band that plays traditional music for the dinners and once the evening rolls around and the Slovovitz is flowing so does the singing, dancing and laughing!
  6. Yama Sushi: Best choice for sushi in Vail. Located across from Sweet Basil in Vail Village. Tiny but elegant and we recommend reservations. Try the Blondie Roll and wash it down with a Yama-tini or excellent choices of saki, hot or cold.


Casual Dining in Vail

  1. The George: One of Vail’s best deals. Surf and Turf, Turf and an App special every night. $22 for a Filet (a good one) with mashed potatoes and veggies. Or $22 for a sirloin and crab legs. All apps are $9 and drinks are $4, you-call-it, until 9 pm. Located right before the Covered Bridge in Vail Village. They don’t have a website or a very good facebook page but good food.
  2. Vendetta’s: Located in heart of Vail Village. Grab a drink and a slice. Good pizza and festive atmosphere. Active après ski spot. Three sections: upstairs bar, the pizza bar, and the downstairs bar and restaurant. You can make reservations for downstairs and walk in for upstairs.
  3. Blue Cow: Starving? Have a Swiss Hot Dog and grab a cocktail! Blue Cow is a one of Vail’s newest establishments with a swanky clean interior and an entrance lined with cow bells. Fun, hip and delicious.
  4. Pazzo’s: Family friendly and fresh hot pizza and reasonable Italian type dishes, off the beaten path in Vail Village – right across from the Solaris ice rink.
  5. The Minturn Saloon:  “If John Wayne doesn’t drink it- we don’t serve it” That’s a quote from a t-shirt they sell and actually John Wayne did hang out there when he came through town.  However, they do have plenty of libations plus it’s like a museum in this place with images of many famous people from all over the world who happened to pass through Minturn. A rustic, Saloon and restaurant and great for kids- I think they still have crayons for kids to play with- you remember those- that kids had entertainment before iPads.

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