With an emphasis on sourcing quality products for both its menu and wine list, this restaurant cares for the entire experience of its diners. Plush banquets and cozy lighting makes Block 16 an ideal dinner spot after a day on the slopes.
Touted as the best spot in town, this restaurant produces a part-Asian, pat-South American cuisine in a breathtaking setting with mountain views. Matsuhisa only takes reservations 30 days in advance, and they are crucial.
Opened by the owners of Sweet Basil, Mountain Standard has quickly become one of the most popular restaurants in Vail. The decor is Rocky Mountain Moderne where rough-hewn beams meet steel beams; there are cozy wooden booths with spot lighting and sleek banquettes. The menu focuses on the freshest ingredients and most dishes are prepared over an open fire. Appetizers include Wood Grilled Artichokes, Three Little Pigs: A Tasting of Three Great Hams, Shrimp and Grits and possibly the best flat bread I have ever tasted with Fresh Mission Figs, La Quercia Ham, Gorgonzola Dolce and Balsamic. So, yes it is the perfect blend of casual fun with serious foodie know-how. There’s a raw bar, a great selection of grilled meats and “Sides for Sharin’” but even the salads are so innovative (the green salad is served with citrus, fennel, avocado, spiced pumpkin seeds and key lime dressing, that you will want to return here for just about every meal that you have for the rest of your stay.
Vail’s plushest on-mountain restaurant for lunch (or dinner) is located at Mid-Vail just below Look Ma run and with great views of the Gore Range. Tables are set under soaring beamed ceilings and diners are invited into a spacious boot room to peel off layers and trade ski boots for slippers during their meal. Stone fireplaces add a cozy atmosphere to the bustling dining room, where reservations are strongly recommended. The lunch menu consists of hearty choices like tuna or kobe burgers, chicken and pheasant pot pie, brick oven pizzas as well as salads. At dinner, the short ribs and rack of lamb are favorites; and both gluten free options are always available.
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