Vail is certainly known for its world-class dining, but don’t let that intimidate you when looking for somewhere to eat out as a family. To help narrow things down when heading out for a meal in Vail, here are some of our top picks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to feed the whole family. Most of our restaurants offer pick-up / to-go options too, so order out and carry in to the comfort of your lodge!
LOCAL TIP: We recommend making dining reservations this winter in order to secure a table at your favorite spot! And, please be aware that some dining locations may be closed on select days. Plan ahead and call restaurants in advance to be sure they have a seat for you.
- West Side Café | West Vail at the Highline Lodge | Full-service classic breakfasts.
- Yeti’s Grind | Solaris Plaza | Coffee, tea, and easy grab-and-go breakfast choices.
- Loaded Joe’s | Vail Village | Load up with a variety of breakfast sandwiches and gourmet coffees.
- The Little Diner | Lionshead | Breakfast classics with locally sourced ingredients.
- The Tavern on the Square | Lionshead | Full-service breakfast with a view of Vail Mountain.
- Big Bear Bistro | Vail Village | This colorful café offers premium, natural meats, fresh-baked-daily breads, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free selections.
- Pazzo’s Pizzeria | Vail Village | Enjoy pizza, salads, and Italian sandwiches in a fun setting.
- Vendetta’s | Vail Village | Pizza, salads, and more served in a fantastic indoor or outdoor
- Garfinkel’s | Lionshead | You’ll find something for everyone with views of Vail Mountain from their huge deck.
- Moe’s BBQ | Lionshead | Award-winning Alabama BBQ, including a variety of side dishes you’ll wish you had the recipe for!
Dinner – Casual
- Bully Ranch | Vail Village | Burgers and Southwestern dishes in a cozy space or out on the seasonal patio.
- Deca+Bol | Vail Village | Sample world flavors with small plates to share.
- Los Amigos | Vail Village | The locals’ go-to spot for casual Mexican-American fare such as tacos & burgers plus margaritas, just steps from the Pirate Ship Park.
- Red Lion | Vail Village | This iconic establishment serves up fantastic food, tasty drinks, and live entertainment.
- Blue Moose Pizza | Lionshead | Hand-tossed NY-style pizza is the specialty, alongside other staples like sandwiches & salads.
Dinner – Fancier (still family-friendly)
- El Segundo | Vail Village | This high-energy and casual restaurant serves creative southwestern dishes and delights with an expansive kids’ menu.
- Sonnenalp Swiss Chalet | Vail Village | Complete your Bavarian experience with authentic, regional, hearty favorites such as Schnitzel and smooth fondue.
- Russell’s Steakhouse | Vail Village | This classic steakhouse pairs a casual vibe with mouth-watering steaks, and smaller portions for the kids.
- Lionshead Chophouse | Lionshead | Steak, seafood, and a classic kids’ menu, all to the tune of live entertainment.
- Almresi or AlpenRose | Vail Village | Feel like you’ve been whisked away to Europe in the authentic Bavarian setting of either of these two sister restaurants and their classic German-Austrian dishes.
- Chasing Rabbits is the next step forward in entertainment, where you will find your senses stimulated as you eat, drink, socialize, and play. How do you define Chasing Rabbits? A restaurant, a theater, a library lounge, an arcade, and a speakeasy make this venue the most dynamic entertainment experience. It’s a place where you can indulge in an intimate Mediterranean meal, savor craft cocktails, enjoy a movie screening, and immerse yourself in Vail’s most unique dining scene.