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The Perfect Restaurant List for 5 Nights in Vail Valley????

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Trying to decide where to eat while on vacation in Vail - we are true foodies who love farm to table, humanely raised meats etc and will gladly pay for excellent service and restaurants that go the extra mile. We are late 20's so anything too stuffy would be out because that's just not fun.
Anywho, I have to narrow it down 5 nights here is the list so far - which are the best and am I missing anything?

Kelly Liken
La Tour
Sweet Basil
Spendido in Beaver Creek
Larkspur

Thoughts?

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La Tour Restaurant
122 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO

Kelly Liken
12 Frontage Rd E, Vail, CO 81657

Sweet Basil
193 Gore Creek Dr., Vail, CO 81657

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  1. Good list of higher end places, La Tour is now owned by the chef (I think), its probably even better. At Larkspur I'm partial to sitting in the Bar, I like the energy level better, plus if Josh is there, he's the best barman in the Valley. Think about adding Zino's and Dish in Edwards to the list, as well as the Golden Eagle at the Beav.

    I saw your post about Block 16, but I don't have any first hand knowledge of that and the Flame which may be very good, but not sure how much fun. If you are here over Christmas, make reservations.

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    1. re: BlueOx

      Hi BlueOx, thanks for your reply - I'm excited about La Tour, I booked that one on the night of our anniversary because I thought they'd help make it a special celebration. I read some reviews saying Sweet Basil has fallen off (I was there in 2005 and it was good then but that was a long time ago!).

      We probably will only spend one night at Beaver Creek - do you think the Golden Eagle would be a better choice than Splendido?

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      La Tour Restaurant
      122 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO

      Sweet Basil
      193 E Gore Creek Dr Ste 201, Vail, CO 81657

      1. re: BlueOx

        Also, I would love your thoughts on the order of the restaurants - we are staying in Vail so I thought the night of our arrival we'd eat near the hotel. The second night is our anniversary (La Tour?), I thought the third night we'd head over to Beaver Creek to check that out, and the last night we'd eat in Vail again.

        Do you think one restaurant of the group would be best to "open" the trip and other to "close" on the last day?

        1. re: BlueOx

          Reporting back on the Vail meals -

          Sweet Basil - really great - fun, loud, great food and drinks. I had lamb that was delish. would go back

          La Tour - the tuna poke app and the chicken pallard were the best things we ordered. I started with a blah soup that needed salt. Service was good.

          Block 16 - BEST meal of our trip. Everything was amazing. Ruby shrimp app with coconut was delish, kampachi app was also delish, rissoto with alba truffles - YUM! the beef was incredible - grass fed wagu beef from Aspen. I've never had anything like it. Can't wait to go back.

          Splendido - it was uncomfortably waspy and I'm a wasp. The desserts were the best thing about the whole experience - I would go back for dessert (chocolate souffle, goat cheese- cheesecake)

          Kelly Liken - the charcuterie plate was really good. my potato crusted fish was bland. I would go back and sit at the bar and get the charcuterie plate and drinks.

          We didn't make it to Larkspur, next time! But I'm so glad we tried Block 16!

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          La Tour Restaurant
          122 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO

          Sweet Basil
          193 E Gore Creek Dr Ste 201, Vail, CO 81657

          Splendido At the Chateau
          17 Chateau Ln, Avon, CO 81620

          Kelly Liken
          12 Frontage Rd E, Vail, CO 81657

          Sweet Basil
          193 Gore Creek Dr., Vail, CO 81657

          Block 16
          16 Vail Rd, Vail, CO 81657

          1. re: theamusedbouche

            Thanks for reminding me. I have been wanting to try Block 16. Now it's on my go to list for February!!

        2. Those are pretty much the highest rated restaurants in Vail. If you don't mind going to Beaver Creek, you can also visit Wolfgang Puck's Spago at the Ritz, The Mirabelle, Grouse Mountain Grille. John Elway is also opening a steakhouse location in Vail that should be ready by ski season.

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          1. re: Warnaldo

            oooh I haven't heard anything about the Spago restaurant but Wolfgang Puck has a restaurant here in DC that is very nice. I'll have to look into that.
            We were planning on spending one night in Beaver Creek because my husband has never been there and I wanted to show him the cute town and ice skating etc. We were thinking Splendido for the Beaver Creek night but I'll look into the other ones you mention :)

          2. We also really enjoyed Matsuhisa this summer. We sat at the bar and ordered a bunch of food. Excellent! I'm certainly Not sure when you're planning to visit, but if it's over holiday season, I suspect it'll be crazy busy here (being that it's new and all).

            Cool thing about the bar is that it's made from a single cut from a tree - it's gorgeous. Apparently it was the longest such bar until Bono (I think) installed one in his house!!

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            1. re: jbsiegel

              that Bono showing everyone up all the time (reminiscent of South Park Bono sketch).
              we will have to stop by there for drinks - it looks beautiful!

            2. Love Grouse Mountain Grill in Beaver Creek..same owners of the beloved and very much missed Cyrano's in Vail.

              www.grousemountaingrill.com

              1. I know it's old school but I loved Beano's Cabin. The snow cat ride up to the restaurant was so pretty and I had a great meal. It has been a couple years but maybe someone has gone more recently. Have a great trip.