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Dec 10, 2010 11:57 AM

Best restaurants in Vail, CO?

Short notice - we're leaving Sunday for five days of skiing in Vail...want one or two restaurant recommendations...Continental or typically Coloradan.

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  1. Grouse Mountain Grill - WONDERFUL! Its in Beaver Creek but worth the short trip. Colorado Steak is awesome as well as the Colorado Lamb.

    Grouse Mountain Grill
    141 Scotthill Road, Avon, CO 81620

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    1. re: yummyinmytummymommy

      Second Grouse Mountain Grill in Beaver Creek...David and Nancy used to own the famous and beloved Cyranno's at the base of the ski run/ Vail Village and moved to BC, which is incredible.
      Have fun and ski like its 1999!

    2. Liz, couple question; Are you staying in Vail Village? Will you have a car? What qualifies as Coloradan verse upscale Ski Resort food?

      1. Terra Bistro for fine dining for dinner. And Larkspur for fine dining also.

        Terra Bistro @ 352 E Meadow Drive, Vail, CO 970 - 476 - 6836.
        Larkspur Restaurant @ Suite A, 458 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, CO 970 - 754 - 8050.

        Terra Bistro
        352 E. Meadow Drive, Vail, CO 81657

        1. The casual place at the back of the Sonnenalp and the Austrian in it along the shuttle pass are good. You have to get mudslides there, too. Moe's BBQ is good and cheap and very lively. Garfinkel's is good apre ski. There are a ton of nice dining as well. Bagali's (family style Italian and pizza) - close to City Market is good. There are a lof of very good, fancy places. I live in Denver and have been going to Vail many times a year since 1994 and have never, ever had a bad meal.Or, at apres ski - just ask the folks around you or your bartender. Have fun!

          City Market
          1703 Fremont Dr, Canon City, CO 81212

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          1. re: blythe

            Sorry - I just mentioned all non-american places.

            1. re: blythe

              Bagali's is has been gone since last spring, its now Bearfish run by different folks. Think about West Vail as a separate place from Vail Village. Its very locals centric, some fun places and some places where you need to think about if you really want to go.

            2. Good recommendations so far. Just adding a couple. For a lovely, restrained atmosphere, excellent service and fine international cuisine, there's The Wildflower in the Lodge at Vail ( La Tour (, nearby in Vail Village, serves beauitful and excellent contemporary French cuisine. Both are pricy but very good.

              La Tour Restaurant
              122 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO