Summer Dining “Bests” in Vail

Apr. 30, 2016

Vail’s food and drink scene is a tour de force, and exploring it could be considered an Olympic event. There are certainly a plethora of options to choose from, but these are some of our standby “bests” that’ll leave you with a full stomach and a smile every time.

Best Patios

The best summer evenings in Vail are spent soaking up the setting sun on one of Vail’s many patios. Sample some of Tavern on the Square’s homemade Limoncello while taking in slope-side views, or sit on Pepi’s deck (the “sunniest deck in Vail”) and imbibe while enjoying their nightly live music.

Best Views

It’s hard to beat the incredible sunsets at Vail during the summer months. Take in the best views on the mountain with our Twilight Ride, which includes unlimited Gondola rides from 5pm-close and a $15 voucher for food at on-mountain restaurants. You can spend that voucher at Bistro Fourteen, which boasts breathtaking views of Mount of the Holy Cross.

Best Margaritas

Mmm, margaritas. There’s nothing like the stiff and refreshing tequila classic after hiking or biking your heart out during the day. Sit on El Sabor’s patio and sip on a jalapeno-cilantro margarita, or take in mountain views at Los Amigos while you choose from 30+ types of tequila for your drink.

Best Fine-Dining Spots

When it comes to fine dining, Vail has a seemingly limitless supply of delicious options. One of our favorites is the 10th, an on-mountain lunch spot with food as delightful as the views of the Gore Range. Sweet Basil has been serving some of Vail’s most delicious meals since 1977 and is great for both first-timers and front-range visitors. And if you’re in a sushi mood, you can’t beat Matsuhisa – the sushi is fresher than fresh, and almost too beautiful to eat…almost.

Best Budget-Friendly Spots

Vail has plenty of less expensive dining options for you to explore. Vendetta’s is right in the heart of Vail, serving some of the village’s favorite pizza for 32 years, while Garfinkel’s is an old standby for visitors and locals alike with options for the whole family.

Best Brunch

Sunday brunch at Game Creek Restaurant is legendary. The secluded alpine chalet will make you feel like you’re in a different world, while gorging on gourmet omelets, carved Colorado Lamb, and its signature cedar plank smoked salmon. If breakfast all day is your style, The Little Diner is the way to go. All your favorite breakfast classics are prepared right in front of you – a treat for your eyes and your stomach.

Best Happy Hour Deals

The George’s happy hour is more like a happy evening, with $5 drinks and $9 appetizers served until 9 p.m.! It’s called “appy hour” at Terra Bistro, where you’ll get half-priced appetizers and drink specials from 5-6 p.m., daily. And Loaded Joe’s one-ups their 3-7 p.m. happy hour with an additional late-night offer of $3 shots after 9 p.m.

Best Casual Lunch

Sometimes you just want a delicious, simple meal at a decent price. That’s what Moe’s Original BBQ and Westside Café & Market are here to give you. Moe’s serves up Alabama-style pulled pork, wings, chicken and sides to satisfy your stomach and southern soul. Westside Café specializes in authentic American classics, such as burgers, sandwiches and their signature mac-n-cheese.

Best Family-Friendly Spots

Bring the whole family to Swiss Chalet for a fun, interactive experience as you make your own fondue. Oh, and check out the massive cowbells (you can always use more cowbell)! Blue Moose is lively, casual and a great spot for families to feast on Italian specialties in the heart of Lionshead Village. If you’re looking for a more upscale spot, the Vail Chophouse is a classic steak and seafood restaurant that offers a kids menu in case the trout or filet doesn’t tickle their fancy.

Best Dessert

You can’t forget about dessert! Try a taste of Italy at Rimini Gelato, where you can sample their 24 flavors – 12 standards and 12 chosen daily by the chef. Crespelle serves delicious crepes with flavors ranging from Nutella to The Pillow Drop – basically S’mores inside of a crepe. And if it’s a classic, award-winning ice cream cone you’re craving, Joe’s Famous Deli is the place to go.