Taste of Vail, Gourmet on the Gore, BBQ Bonanza, Vail Farmer's Market… There's no shortage of venues that showcase the level of quality and service produced by the restaurants in Vail. Fine dining options are as diverse as they are elegant and the culinary scene in this storied ski town reflects such an infusion. On a single street, visitors can find several award-winning chefs and/or restaurants side by side. The possibilities leave your mouth watering and your dining schedule full of delicious dates.
Fine Dining in Town
The Tavern on the Square
After an invigorating day on the mountain, its time to nourish your body with delicious, fresh fare. Join us at Tavern on the Square. Centrally located, steps from the Eagle Bahn Gondola, in the Arrabelle at Vail Square within Lionshead Village, the Tavern has an exciting array of breakfast, lunch, après and dinner menus with the perfect atmosphere for making new memories with friends and family. (970) 754-7704
Consistency is key to remaining at the top of Vail's fine dining elite. One of Vail's most celebrated restaurants, Larkspur is a longtime favorite of both travelers and locals alike. This elegant restaurant offers impeccable service and irresistible, sustainable, market-fresh fare. Located at the base of Vail Mountain at Golden Peak, Larkspur should be at the top of your list. (970-479-8050)
Possibly the best contemporary French restaurant in Colorado and it is right next door to Austria Haus. Chef Ferzacca continuously updates his menu with exciting, new French dishes to pair with an award-winning wine list. Refreshing cuisine made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, make La Tour one of the most talked-about restaurants in Vail. The wine list, featuring French and California wines, has won the Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator two years in a row. (970-476-4403)
Since 1977, this casual 47-seat restaurant has grown considerably in both size and reputation. Located in Vail Village, just down the way from Checkpoint Charlie, Sweet Basil has been a tried and true Vail favorite for more than three decades. (970-476-0125)
Winner of accolades such as the DIRoNA Award (Distinguished Restaurants of North America) and Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, Terra Bistro is an up-scale, urban-chic restaurant with a relaxed attitude. Leading the way in eco-conscious cuisine, the menu taps into Asian, Mediterranean, and Southwestern influences for a fusion of flavor and techniques. The wine list features an extensive selection of reasonably priced and high-end selections in addition to a variety of champagnes. (970-476-6836)
Dining on Vail Mountain
Game Creek Club
Game Creek Club takes fine dining to new heights. Located in Vail's scenic Game Creek Bowl, this mountaintop restaurant is an unparalleled location and an unforgettable adventure for parties or groups of any size. Take a short ride up the Eagle Bahn Gondola to Eagle's Nest. A Snowcat or 4x4 vehicle, depending on the season, will be waiting to take you the rest of the way to the Game Creek Club. This magnificent setting is the perfect complement to a gourmet, multi-course menu and superb wine list. For reservations please call 970-479-4275, or visit Game Creek on Open Table for online reservations.
This ski-in/ski-out restaurant located in Eagle's Nest on Vail Mountain, takes good taste to extremes. Bistro Fourteen offers a casual, family-friendly environment with some fine-dining flair on the menu. Ride the scenic Eagle Bahn Gondola to dinner for a spectacular evening with views to match. Call Bistro Fourteen at 970-754-4530 or visit Vail.com for more information. Reservations can also be made online, visit Bistro Fourteen on Open Table.
The 10th Situated at the heart of Vail Mountain, The 10th is Vail's newest sit down dining experience. The 10th is a ski-in and ski-out fine dining restaurant, overlooking the majestic Gore Range. Menu items range from small plates, soups and salads to sandwiches and entrees. A creative children's menu is also offered. The 10th Restaurant is a respectful 'nod' to the solidiers of The 10th Mountain Division, many of whom were the founders of the American skiing industry. Enjoy an upscale meal with exceptional table service, or a quick bit to eat from Express lunch options offered at the bar. The 10th is located at the base of Look Ma run at Mid-Vail. Reservations only available for lunch, from 11am-2:30pm. Visit The 10th on Open Table for online reservations or call 970-754-1010.
Campo De Fiori
One of the most well known Italian restaurants in Vail, Campo de Fiori serves fine Northern Italian cuisine and wines in a warm and festive setting in the heart of downtown Vail. (970-476-8994)
Located at the base of the Eagle Bahn gondola in Vail Square, Vail Chophouse offers incredible views of Vail Mountain. Serving soups, salads, sandwiches, great steaks, and fresh seafood, this restaurant melds a variety of delicious entrees with a welcoming staff and a luxurious atmosphere. (970-477-0555)
Vail Blue Moose
Located in the center of Vail Square, next to the ice rink, Vail Blue Moose serves hand-tossed, New York-style pizza, subs, salads, appetizers, hot Italian entrees, and more. "The Moose" offers a perfect locale for fun and casual dining. (970-476-8666)
Benvenuti alla Bottega! Summertime, lounge on the restaurant's deck in downtown Vail for some top quality people watching. And in winter, warm your bones with some of the best rib-sticking Italian food around. (970-476-0280)
Find out more about restaurants in Vail, or get the latest hotel rates and Vail ski packages, contact Austria Haus Hotel at 1-877-644-7625.