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Dining Guide

April 29, 2008 — The Vail Valley has long been known for its cuisine. The standards are higher here - from burritos to hot dogs to fine dining, nothing less than excellence is expected when it comes to food in Vail.

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Name: Alpenrose Restaurant
Location: 100 East Meadow Drive, #25
Phone: (970) 476-8899

Name: Allie's Mountain Steakhouse (Allie’s Cabin)
Style: American, Steak
Location: Beaver Creek Mountain
Phone: (970) 949-9090
Name: Bart and Yeti’s
Style: American
Location: 553 East Lionshead
Phone: (970) 476-2754

Name: Bagali’s Italian Kitchen
Style: Italian, Pizza
Location: West Vail, 2161 N. Frontage Rd. West, Suite 312
Phone: (979) 479-9242

Name: Beano’s Cabin
Style: Colorado cuisine, American
Location: Beaver Creek Mountain, among the ski slopes
Phone: (970) 949-9090.
Connoisseurs in search of Colorado cuisine may find the definitive example at Beano’s cabin. The impressive venue is set against views of Grouse Mountain and the Gore Range, and nightly hosts one of the country’s most memorable dining experiences. Getting to Beano’s can be half the fun. During the summer months, warm weather offers a scenic hour-long horseback ride or wagon ride ands shuttle vans are also available. A snow cat or sleigh ride whisks diners to the cabin in winter. Once seated, Executive Chef Steve Topple treats visitors to a 5-course meal which has earned the AAA Four Diamond Award, the DiRoNa Award, and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence - all within the last 5 years.

Name: Beaver Creek Chophouse
Style: American, steak
Location: Beaver Creek Lodge, Avon
Phone: (970) 845-0555

Name: Bighorn Bistro
Style: European, Deli
Location: East Vail, 4695 Vail Racquet Club Drive
Phone: (970) 479-7864

Name: Billy’s Island Grill
Style: American Steaks, Seafood, Chicken, Prime Rib
Location: Lionshead, 610 West Lionshead Circle, Suite C-200
Phone: 970-476-8811

Name: Blue Moose
Style: Pizza
Location: Beaver Creek, 122 The Plaza
Phone: (970) 845-8666

Name: Blue Tiger
Style: Tapas, Asian, Sushi
Location: Cascade Village, 1310 Westhaven Drive
Phone: (970) 476-1115

Name: Bully Ranch Restaurant
Style: American
Location: Vail, 20 Vail Road
Phone: (970) 479-5656

Name: Campo De Fiori Ristorante
Style: Italian
Location: Vail, 100 East Meadow Drive, Unit 24
Phone: (970) 476-8994

Name: Chap's Grill & Chophouse
Style: Steaks, American
Location: Vail, 1300 Westhaven Drive
Phone: (970) 479-7014

Name: Chili Willy's
Style: Mexican
Location: Minturn, 101 Main Street
Phone: (970) 827-5887

Name: Coyote Cafe
Style: American
Location: Beaver Creek, 210 The Plaza
Phone: (970) 845-9030

Name: Cucina Rustica
Style: Italian
Location: Vail, 174 East Gore Creek Drive
Phone: (970) 476-5011

Name: Domino's Pizza
Style: Pizza
Location: Vail: 2161 N. Frontage Rd. W or Avon: 51 Beaver Creek Place
Phone: Vail (970) 476-0330; Avon (970) 949-3230

Name: The Dusty Boot Saloon
Style: American, Mexican
Location: Beaver Creek, 210 Offerson Road, in St. James Place just east of the skating rink
Phone: (970) 748-1146
A diverse menu and comfortable atmosphere has made the Dusty Boot a local favorite. Some restaurants over-reach themselves by attempting a diverse menu, but Boot serves steaks, burgers, seafood and Mexican food with equal gusto. Its prime location at St. James place, near the ice rink in the center of Beaver Creek, keep the Boot lively for après ski and dinner, yet it never becomes overly crowded. Sit at the bar and watch sports on one of several TVs, or have a family dinner at one of the clean, white-pine tables well-spaced throughout.

Name: Fiesta's Cafe & Cantina
Style: Mexican
Location: Edwards, Edwards Plaza-57 Edwards Access Road
Phone: (970) 926-2121

Name: Fiesta Jalisco
Style: Mexican
Location: Avon, Chapel Square, 240 Chapel Place, #B-129
Phone: (970) 845-8088

Name: Garfinkel’s
Style: Bar food, American
Location: Lionshead, 536 East Lionshead Circle
Phone: (970) 476-3789

Name: Gashouse
Style: American, Steaks, Wild Game
Location: Edwards, 34185 Highway 6
Phone: (970) 926-3613

Name: Game Creek Restaurant
Style: American
Location: Vail Mountain
Phone: (970) 479-4275

Name: Golden Peak Grill
Style: Deli, Grill
Location: Vail, Golden Peak base
Phone: (970) 476-9090

Name: Grouse Mountain Grill
Style: Upscale American
Location: Beaver Creek, the Pines Lodge, 141 Scott Hill Road
Phone: (970) 949-0600
Name: Restaurant Kelly Liken
Style: American
Location: Vail, 12 Vail Road (Gateway Building)
Phone: (970) 479-0175

Name: Kirby Cosmos
Style: BBQ
Location: Minturn, 474 Main St., Minturn, next to First Bank
Phone: (970) 827-9027

Name: La Bottega
Style: Italian
Location: Vail, 100 East Meadow Drive
Phone: (970) 476-0280

Name: La Cantina
Style: Mexican
Location: Vail Transportation Center, 241 South Frontage Road, Suite 3
Phone: (970) 476-7661

Name: Lancelot Inn
Style: Steaks, Chicken, Lamb, Seafood, Pasta
Location: Vail, 201 East Gore Creek Drive
Phone: (970) 476-5828

Name:Larkspur Restaurant & Bar
Style: New American Cuisine
Location: Vail, Golden Peak, 458 Vail Valley Drive
Phone: (970) 479-8050

Name: La Tour Restaurant
Style: French
Location: Vail, 122 E. Meadow Drive, between the Austria Haus and Pazzo’s
Phone: (970) 476-4403
Contemporary French cuisine of this caliber is difficult to find anywhere else, and certainly nowhere else in the American West. Founded by the late Walter Moritz, LaTour was under close criticism when Chef Ferzacca endeavored to carry on the standards set by Vail’s top chef, yet he and his staff have succeeded without question. If there is an accolade which has been given to a French Restaurant in Vail, this one has received it – yet it’s the local praise heaped on Chef Ferzacca which has been the most impressive.

Name: Los Amigos
Style: Mexican
Location: Vail, 228 Bridge Street
Phone: (970) 476-5847

Name: Ludwig’s
Style: American
Location: Vail, Sonnenalp, 20 Vail Road
Phone: (970) 476-5656

Name: Masato's Restaurant
Style: Sushi, Asian
Location: 240 Chapel Place, Avon
Phone: (970) 949-0330

Name: May Palace Chinese Restaurant
Style: Chinese, Asian
Location: 2109 N. Frontage Rd. W. Suite A, Vail
Phone: (970) 476-1657

Name: Minturn Country Club
Style: Steaks, Seafood
Location: Minturn, 131 Main Street
Phone: (970) 827-4114
Perhaps the best steak in the Rocky Mountain West is delivered to the Minturn Country Club … which is not a country club at all, but instead a steakhouse where guests gather round the grill and prepare their own steak, then sit down to top-level service, top-shelf wines and an always-memorable meal. The Minturn Country Club has won over a loyal crowd in its more than 25 years of operation, so locals and visitors alike tend to return time and again for Coleman Natural USDA prime steaks, succulent bone-in ribeye, shrimp and more. Any good meal at the MCC should be finished with a Minturn Baked Potato – one of the most creative and tasty desserts around.

Name: Moe's Original BBQ
Style: BBQ
Location: Lionshead, 675 West Lionshead Circle
Phone: 970-479-7888

Name: Montauk Seafood Grill
Style: Seafood
Location: Lionshead, 549 East Lionshead Circle
Phone: (970) 476-2601

Name: Narayan’s Thai Restaurant
Style: Thai, Asian
Location: Avon, 48 E Beaver Creek Dr., Avon
Phone: (970) 748-0835

Name: Nozawa Sushi Bar
Style: Sushi, Asian
Location: West Vail, 2211 N Frontage Rd, Vail
Phone: (970) 476-9355

Name: Ore House
Style: Steak, American
Location: Vail, 232 Bridge Street
Phone: (970) 476-5100

Name: Osaki's Sushi & Japanese Restaurant
Style: Sushi, Asian
Location: Vail, 100 East Meadow Drive, Unit #14
Phone: (970) 476-0977

Name: Pazzo’s Pizzeria
Style: Pizza, Italian
Location: Vail, next to LaTour at 122 E. Meadow Dr; Avon in Benchmark shopping center; Eagle next to bowling alley at Eagle Crossing Shopping Center
Phone: Vail: (970) 476-9026 Avon: (970) 949-9900 Eagle: (970)337-9900
With three locations, Pazzo’s is a long-established favorite among locals for a slice of pie, a huge calzone, or a brew with the dancing-bones tiles which decorate these comfortable hot-spots. The prices are right and the service matches the friendly atmosphere. There’s plenty of room for big groups or space at one of two bars for grabbing a stool and catching up with old friends. The thin or thick pizza is a must, but on the second visit delve deeper into the menu and try Old World pasta or a sub sandwich.

Name: Pizza Hut Avon
Style: Pizza
Location: Avon, 0040 Nottingham Rd.
Phone: (970) 949-0158

Name: Ray’s Restaurant & Lounge
Style: American
Location: Edwards, 56 Edwards Village Blvd Ste 120, across the street from Riverwalk
Phone: (970) 926-7480
Ray's Restaurant & Lounge in downtown Edwards serves steaks which rank among the Vail Valley’s finest, as well as some quality cuisine from scratch and classic American comfort food. Well-loved specialties include chops, fresh fish, fried chicken, creamy mac and cheese and killer shrimp po’boys. Locals know Ray’s as the premier Edwards gathering place, with great drink specials and the Valley’s definitive lounge atmosphere. Located at 56 Edwards Village Blvd., Ray’s is open Monday through Friday for lunch and every night for dinner and specialty cocktails.

Name: Russell’s
Style: Steak, American
Location: Vail, 228 Bridge Street
Phone: (970) 476-6700

Name: Saddleridge Restaurant
Style: American, European
Location: Beaver Creek, 44 Meadow Lane
Phone: (970) 845-5450

Name: Saloon
Style: Mexican, Wild Game
Location: Minturn, 146 N. Main Street
Phone: (970) 827-5954

Name: Sandbar Sports Grill
Style: American, Mexican, Bar Food
Location: West Vail, 2161 North Frontage Road
Phone: (970) 476-4314

Name: Sapphire
Style: Oyster bar, seafood
Location: Vail, 223 Gore Creek Drive
Phone: (970) 476-2828

Name: Sato Sushi
Style: Japanese, sushi
Location: Edwards, 105 Edwards Village Blvd, catty-corner to Riverwalk
Phone: (970) 926-7684
Sato Sushi in downtown Edwards serves fresh sushi and pan-Asian cuisine in a stylish, contemporary setting. Bright, clean and inviting, Sato is known for its well-stocked, full-service bar and electrically festive atmosphere in which the chefs are showmen with true culinary skill. Noteworthy dishes include the dynamite shrimp, shred head rolls and spicy tuna sashimi salad.

Name: Sweet Basil Restaurant
Style: American
Location: Vail, 193 East Gore Creek Drive
Phone: (970) 476-0125

Name: Swiss Chalet Restaurant
Style: Fondue
Location: Vail, 20 Vail Road
Phone: (970) 479-5656

Name: Terra Bistro
Style: Southwest, Mediterranean, Asian
Location: Vail Village, Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa, 342 East Meadow Drive
Phone: (970) 476-6836
Terra Bistro serves healthy, flavorful cuisine that reflects the active Vail lifestyle and employs the very best available organic ingredients. Its lively atmosphere is complimented by views of Gore Creek, while its award-winning fare borrows from Southwest, Mediterranean and Asian cultures and introduces its own alpine influences, unique among Vail restaurants. Not to miss is the “Thousand Year Breakfast,” one of Vail’s only sit down breakfasts, which boasts a menu of options prepared strictly with natural and organic ingredients. If it wasn’t on the planet 1,000 years ago, it’s not in the breakfast.

Name: Toscanini
Style: Italian
Location: Beaver Creek, Market Square, Beaver Creek Village Plaza
Phone: (970) 845-5590

Name: Up the Creek
Style: American, Seafood
Location: Vail, 223 Gore Creek Drive, on the banks of Gore Creek just downstream from the Covered Bridge
Phone: (970) 476-8141
Quality food combined with fresh fish and ingredients make this beautiful restaurant on the banks of Gore Creek one of Vail’s most remarkable. The waitstaff, management, and overall service at Up the Creek is beyond criticism, and while the food and wine are gourmet, the prices are comparatively reasonable. The cuisine, like the restaurant itself, is subtle and apparently simple, yet complexity is there, just beneath the surface, in the little things which make Up the Creek such a pleasant place to be. In summertime, especially, when kayakers paddle through the nearby kayak park, Up the Creek is at its finest. Recommended by the New York Times and Travel and Leisure.

Name: Vendetta's
Style: Italian, Pizza
Location: Vail, 291 Bridge Street
Phone: (970) 476-5070

Name: Westside Café and Market
Style: American
Location: West Vail, 2211 N. Frontage Rd
Phone: (970) 476-7890

Name: Wildflower Restaurant
Style: American
Location: Vail, Lodge at Vail, 174 East Gore Creek Dr.
Phone: (970) 476-5011

Name: Zach's Cabin
Style: American
Location: Beaver Creek Mountain, Bachelor Gulch
Phone: (970) 845-9090



Comment on article  1 Comment on "Dining Guide"


victoria — December 6, 2008

I was very surprised to see that a local Vail restaurant that has been in business there for over 37 years is not listed in your RealDining section. To find their phone number for a reservation I resorted to looking up their website at . It was lucky that I did because they are having a wonderful celebration of Chef Chelain's newly granted American citizenship with Lottery scratch offs!



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