One of the most unique qualities of Vail is its Bavarian inspired atmosphere, architecture and cuisine. Inspired by Italian, German, Swiss and Austrian influences, Vail’s design and genuine hospitality come from its roots that date back to World War II. Vail’s founder Pete Siebert was a 10th Mountain Division soldier during the war and sought to emulate the character and charm on the European locations he experienced.
In Vail, you’ll discover the authentic flavors and hospitality of Bavaria throughout the villages at restaurants featuring Bavarian cuisine and ambiance. We invite you to experience Bavaria in Vail at these incredible restaurants:
From the moment you enter Alpenrose, you’re whisked away to a visit at a German grandmother’s home. The Alpenrose’s décor of reclaimed wood, antique ski chairs and white paint, evoke rustic and traditional Bavarian charm inviting guests to become friends.
This family owned and operated restaurant features recipes from the family’s roots in the Black Forest of Germany. And, they love sharing their culture and home recipes with visitors. The menu showcases Austrian, German and Swiss dishes that will melt the chill in the air. The Raclette Grill & Fondue Combo is designed for a fun and delicious family dinner. A variety of foods can be cooked at one time, allowing for creativity and encouraging entertaining. You’ll also find simple tasty home-style cuisine including hearty goulash, dumpling specialties, Kässpätzle and a savory snack plate, as well as a sweet finish with a selection of traditional Alpine desserts. For families and get-togethers with friends try our Walliser tomato fondue at long, comfy family tables. We love children, and for our little one’s we offer a special kid’s menu.
For those who are looking for liquid warmth, Alpenrose brings the Austrian tradition of schnapps “before, during and after skiing” to Vail. The schnapps menu is extensive with flavors ranging from plum to zirbenschnaps, a traditional stone pine liquor.
The Alpenrose also offers a Private Gondola Experience dining experience with a pre-fixe 3-course menu. The gondola cabins were recruited in South Tyrol, shipped to Austria for interior design and improvements, to south Germany for the final touch on the outside and eventually found its way to Vail. The Gondola car can seat 4 adults comfortably and is outfitted with a private blue-tooth speaker, romantic diming lights and a small heater (we suggest you dress warm). Be sure to make reservations far in advance for this experience.
Warmth, hospitality and enjoying life – Welcome to Alpenrose!
Sister restaurant to the Alpenrose, Almresi brings the flavors of the Bavarian region alive directly from the family’s German heritage. As soon as you walk up the stairs, you’ll feel like you’ve just taken the train to the Alps. Most of the authentic “cabin” decor including rustic wood tables, red-checked napkins, and cozy candles were imported from Germany or Austria.
Dinners served in a festive atmosphere featuring German favorites, alongside Austrian and Swiss flavors, and the menu offers both hearty and lighter fare. Be prepared to discover some new favorites, like schweinshax’n, a pork shank with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes; schmorbraten, short ribs with shallots, red cabbage and spätzle and schweizer rösti, a Swiss rösti with homemade farmers cheese, fresh herbs and smoked salmon.
Winter cocktails range from traditional glühwein to handcrafted sippers, authentic Bavarian cold brews, and a diverse wine menu.
Visit Almresi for any occasion while in Vail. Want to take the kids for a nice dinner out? The staff welcomes all ages. Looking for a unique date restaurant? Candles and fondue – yes, please.
Almresi brings a touch of romantic charm and European culture to Vail Village.
The Sonnanalp, a family-owned hotel with a distinctly European vibe and international staff, is home to the Swiss Chalet. This classic Swiss-style setting offers the ultimate in alpine dining. The Swiss Chalet features traditional European cuisine including hearty favorites such as Schnitzel, Käse Spätzle (homemade Swiss dumpling topped with cheese and crispy onions) and delicious fondues. Not in the mood for fondue? The traditional European entrées and Raclette will satisfy everyone. Save room for freshly made desserts including Austrian apple strudel and chocolate fondue.
The award-winning Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence” list consists of over 1,000 selections and is designed with Gemütlichkeit, to elevate and enhance the experience.
The Swiss Chalet is a delectable dining experience rich in flavor and aroma.
Pepi’s Restaurant and Bar
Located in the Hotel Gastof Gramshammer, owned and managed by one of Vail’s original families, and established in 1964. The hotel and restaurant remain true to their Austrian heritage and charm. In the center of Vail Village, offering dining options in the main dining room, the Antlers Room (winter only), Pepi’s outside deck and Pepi’s bar. Each area is uniquely decorated with Austrian ambiance providing authentic European atmosphere. The Antler’s Room is internationally known for its table side service and wild game dinners. The Main Dining Room is known for Continental and American cuisine, specializing in Austrian dishes. Pepi’s outdoor deck (open summer and winter with heated covered option) is the place for outdoor dining and to be seen. And, Pepi’s bar is a more casual setting where you can enjoy live music while sipping on authentic Austrian beers and specialty cocktails, while grabbing a bite from the bar menu.
Visit Pepi’s for rich history and delicious, Austrian and traditional European specialty dishes.
We hope you enjoy exploring these Bavarian restaurants when you are in Vail – anytime of the year! Share your favorite experience with us!