- The Best Dining In The Vail Valley
- Terra Bistro
- Restaurant Kelly Liken
- The Little Diner
- Beaver Crepes
- Wolcott Yacht Club
You could spend an entire ski season dining in Vail, Beaver Creek, and the surrounding towns in Eagle County and just scratch the surface.
From award-winning, epicurean destinations to beloved, hole-in-the-wall diners, this culinary scene is hard to beat.
Terra Bistro’s flavorful dishes are made exclusively with natural and organic ingredients.
Don’t miss the Colorado lamb ravioli with feta: a hand-made pasta that yields to the fork but melts on the tongue, complimented by an earthy, savory flavor that’s brightened with dried cherries.
“We’re very selective about which ingredients we use,” says Terra Bistro’s executive chef Shawn Miller.
“It’s the only way we work.”
Dine here: Appetizers start at $12; entrees start at $29
Restaurant Kelly Liken
The menu here changes frequently depending on owner and executive chef Kelly Liken’s estimation of the available ingredients.
No matter. You can trust that this farm-to-table destination will provide bite after bite of pure bliss.
Recently, a pan-roasted Berkshire pork tenderloin served with grilled beets, poppy seed slaw, and sweet and sour beets with crispy black-eyed peas was a pleasing mélange of flavors and textures.
The meat was so tender it could be cut with a fork, and the surprising pea and beets salad offered a refreshing pop to the meal.
Dine here: Prices vary.
The Little Diner
When she’s not training for her World Cup races, Lindsey Vonn’s been known to tuck into a plate of crispy hash browns and eggs at this inconspicuous icon, beloved by customers who have been coming here for decades.
Located on the top level of a group of shops on the northeastern flanks of Lionshead, the Little Diner consists of a bank of seats surrounding the central kitchen.
Expect a long line, but the patrons come for more than the atmosphere.
This diner uses farm-fresh eggs and thick-cut bacon, along with other fresh veggies and fruits.
Dine here: Dishes start at $7.99.
It’s no secret that luxury is the standard at Beaver Creek.
Perhaps that’s why it’s so fun—deviant, almost—to score a filling, hearty meal for just $8.
The crepes at Beaver Crepes are served hot and fresh, and come with a wide range of fillings, from Nutella and banana to Swiss cheese and ham, and more.
The little restaurant sits just before the covered bridge at Beaver Creek’s entrance.
Service is swift, the food is good, and it won’t put a hole in your wallet.
Dine here: Crepes start around $8.
Perched on the edge of the Sonnenalp Golf Club’s greens, Balata is a casual bistro that doesn’t mind dressing up—the food or the guests.
Visit the Edwards River Walk for an enjoyable meander close to Beaver Creek Village, with shops, restaurants, and more.
Open only for dinner in the winter, Balata’s familiar entrees come with distinctive preparation.
Try the Atlantic salmon, a rich filet served with local arugula, oven-dried grape tomatoes, edamame, and salsa verde for a unique southwestern twist.
Dine here: Appetizers start at $4, entrees start at $18.
Wolcott Yacht Club
That’s how manager Ryan Souto describes this 23-year-old gathering spot in Wolcott that’s long been a favorite for residents of the Vail Valley.
“We are casual but on the higher end,” says Souto.
“Our presentation and the menu items are eclectic and on the upper end.”
By that he means delicious.
Treat yourself to the bourbon mustard-crusted Colorado rack of lamb or the crispy rotisserie farm duck.
Looking for something lighter?
The fish tacos and crispy Brussels sprouts are in high demand.
Nearly everything is made from scratch, and there’s live music every Friday.
Come in the summer for Friday Afternoon Club, an outdoors romp of music, play, and good food.
Dine here: Appetizers start at $11; entrees start at $21.