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The Best Restaurants on Vail Mountain

By Carrie Dow

Thousands of thrill seekers descend on Vail Mountain every year to carve up the slopes on their skis and snowboards. But did you know that Vail offers 10 (that’s TEN!) options for on-mountain dining? Enjoy mountain dining for all tastes and budgets and some eateries you don’t even need skis to get to.

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Best Restaurants on Vail Mountain

Bistro Fourteen – The views don’t get any better than this American restaurant located at the Eagle’s Nest and features spectacular views of Mount of the Holy Cross. Open for both lunch and dinner, people can either sit down and take their time or just drop in for a quick bite between runs or before tubing down Adventure Ridge. Bistro Fourteen has both patio and indoor seating, a fire pit, house made desserts and is open year around. Pricing is $$$. 970-754-4530

Game Creek Restaurant – Open to the public for dinner only, this American-French fusion restaurant offers cuisine with a view of Mount Jackson.  Skiers can get there by using the Eagle Bahn Gondola and then a short ski or hike to Game Creek Bowl, but they also offer shuttles in the summer or snow cat rides in the winter for those without skis. Pricing is $$$$ and reservations are a must. 970-754-4275

The 10th –Vail Mountain’s newest sit down café is open for lunch and dinner. Featuring a deli, café and bakery, this ski-in/ski-out facility overlooks the Gore Mountain Range. You can hang out on sunny afternoons or just grab a quick bite between runs. With or without skis, just take a ride on Gondola One (ride tickets sold separately). The 10th is located at the base of Look Ma run and pricing is $$$. 970-754-1010

Two Elk Restaurant – This is Vail Mountain’s flagship restaurant and the gateway to China Bowl and Blue Sky Basin. Serving a variety of breakfast and lunch options, Two Elk is Vail’s largest restaurant offering a dining experience two miles high with giant windows for views of the Gore Range. 970-754-8245

Wildwood Restaurant – Enjoy hardy BBQ in the afternoons with amazing views all around. Divided into the Pavilion and the Smokehouse, Wildwood offers brisket, pork, chicken and hot soups. Pricing is $$ and it is located at the top of Chairs 3 and 7.

Other restaurants include Buffalo’s (lunch only) above Patrol Headquarters at the top of Chairs 11, 4 and 5. Find the Golden Peak Grill at the bottom of the Riva Bahn Express next to the freestyle Terrain Park. Gondoly’s Pizza sells pizza by the slice for skiers on the go. The Grand Press Coffee shop is where skiers get a hot drink and snack between runs and the Mid-Vail Restaurants offer a food court of four eateries in one location at the base of Chairs 3 and 4. Mid-Vail is only open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All these restaurants are fast, convenient and budget-minded.

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To enjoy all 10 locales, you’ll need a place to stay because you’ll be in Vail a while. Check out the ByOwner Vail vacation rentals here and find the ideal accommodation for your vacation.