Apr 282011

Top Pick

Kelly Liken

Winner of OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice Award for 2011, Kelly Liken is a one-of-a-kind dining experience in Vail that serves a simple, yet exciting Seasonal American Cuisine that relies heavily on locally produced and cultivated products.

The menu changes frequently to offer the highest quality ingredients of each season. And certainly worth noting are their sixty+ wines by the glass.  You’ll be blown away.


La Tour

La Tour Restaurant has been voted the best restaurant in Vail since 2006 by the Vail Daily Readers Poll and is conveniently located in the heart of Vail Village directly across from the west-end of the Vail Village Parking Structure.

Chef Paul Ferzacca’s modern French-American cuisine is famous in the Vail dining scene.  Utilizing the best organic, natural and sustainable products available, La Tour is known as the restaurant “Where the chefs eat.”  Sporting one of the best wine lists in Vail, La Tour is a winner of the Wine Spectator “Best of” Award Winning wine list.

The comfortable, inviting atmosphere of the dining rooms are adorned with world class sculptures, paintings, photographs and glass art.


Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil, which opened in 1977, is one fo the best restaurants in Vail according to Wine Spectator, Gourmet Magazine, Gayot, New York Times, Denver Post … (the list goes on and on).   In the heart of Vail Village, the space may have evolved over the last 4 decades, but their passion to provide each and every guest with the most memoriable experience possible has never wavered.

Offering the finest in contemporary American cuisine and service, Sweet Basil is a must.


The Left Bank

Serving French cuisine in a warm atmosphere since 1970, The Left Bank has been a place to wine and dine for discerning locals and visitors from around the world. The Left Bank has cultivated relationships in France and California over the past 40 years in order to bring selections of the rarest wines available, impeccably stored and aged for your drinking pleasure. Since 2006, Jean-Michel and Kimberly Chelain have continued the Left Bank traditions.

The Vol au Vent de Homard et Crevettes Sauce Homardine (Thin puff pastry shell, lined with spinach and filled with fresh lobster and shrimp, served with a creamy saffron sauce) is to die fore.  À votre santé…


Splendido at the Chateau (Beaver Creek)

Splendido at the Chateau offers fine Rocky Mountain dining featuring imaginative and refined American-European cuisine in the warmth and tranquility of a French chateau. Dinner is served nightly, with entertainment by Peter Vavra and Bob Finnie in the piano bar. 

 (details, cookbook)

Grouse Mountain Grill (Beaver Creek)

Considered the best kept secret in Vail Village, Grouse Mountain Grill is an award-winning restaurant located in The Pines Lodge, a chic European Ski Lodge nestled in the forest hillside of Beaver Creek Ski Resort. The dining room exudes a comfortable mountain ambiance with spectacular views. 

Grouse Mountain Grill is one of only 33 AAA Four Diamond award winners from Colorado.


Spago (Beaver Creek)

Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck has teamed with The Ritz-Carlton and esteemed hospitality designer Tony Chi to create Spago locaBeaver Creek.  The 120-seat, AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant captures the essence of the surrounding mountain landscape while weaving rustic and modern elements to produce an elegant restaurant with a touch of the pioneering spirit of the American West.

Spago offers an exhibition kitchen which provides a dynamic staging area for the culinary team while offering guests an up close and personal experience of the celebrity chef’s kitchen, creating culinary masterpieces right before their eyes. A hip and sophisticated 37-seat bar and lounge is the ideal place to see and be seen and to grab an après-ski cocktail. 



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