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Vail may be quaint and have a small town feel but it also has the high end dining options of a large metropolitan – to scale of course. Vail has a tight-knit local community but also entertains day trippers, ski and snowboard vacationers as well as the occasional celebrity. Vail Chefs and Restauranteurs have led the movement in using locally-sourced and organic ingredients. Here are just some examples below.

Mountain Standard

From the chefs and owners of Sweet Basil, Mountain Standard is a great choice when deciding on a Vail Restaurant. They serve lunch and dinner, with lunch consisting of a smaller, scaled-down version of their dinner menu as well as a nice selection of Soup, Salads and Sandwiches. Some of their standout dishes include Animal Crackers, Three Little Pigs and Root Vegetable Soup from their starter menu. They offer a Raw Bar where you can choose from Oysters, Alaskan King Crab or Yellowfin Tuna. Their entrees are a delicious assortment or fish, pork, chicken and beef dishes. Mountain Standard recently became the Taste of Vail Lamb Cook-off Winner.

 

Game Creek Club

For a truly unique experience, along with 5-star gourmet fare, try the Game Creek Club and Restaurant. You can only reach the restaurant by gondola and snowcat in the winter and hiking, horseback or 4-wheel in the warmer months. They offer an American and European fusion menu that features regional and seasonal ingredients as well as a Chef’s tasting menu for those more adventurous diners.

Sweet Basil

Long known as Vail’s most popular restaurants, Sweet Basil has made a name for itself by serving American Fare with a Flair. The diverse menu features a wide array of succulent appetizers, and some of the best meats, seafood and poultry from the Midwest, west coast and Colorado. These simple dishes are complex and imaginative.

Matsuhisa

This restaurant owned and inspired by Chef Nobu is located in the heart of Vail. The dishes and sushi are a fusion of Japanese, Peruvian and Chef Nobu’s own personal style. The menu has standard Asian offerings like sashimi, tempura and udon but with additional unique plates like Tiradito, Toban-Yaki and Nobu’s famous Broiled Black Cod with Miso. For the ultimate chef’s tasting menu, choose the Omakase, hand-picked to showcase the distinctive essence of Nobu Matsuhisa.

Flame

Though Flame serves breakfast, lunch, kids’ meals and burger bar, their dinner menu raises steakhouse dining to a new level. Flame believes in the farm-to-table philosophy and a sustainable approach to dining that they call Locavore. Their steaks are dry aged and they use in-house created dry rubs that are unique and fresh. You can choose from house-made sauces and your steak is carved table-side. The side dishes are hearty and compliment the main course beautifully.

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