The jury is out on whether breakfast is the most important meal of the day; however, there’s no question that it can be one of the most memorable meals of the day in Vail, Colorado. Whether you’re looking for something quick and easy, hearty portion sizes, or unique interiors to enjoy a bite or beverage, read on for the Town of Vail’s five favorite places for brunch and breakfast.
Address: 12 Vail Rd #100, Vail, Colorado 81657
Phone: (970) 479-0175
Brunch Hours: Friday-Monday 8:00am-2:00pm
As the saying goes, “Brunch without a drink is just late breakfast.” Vintage is a local brunch restaurant that embraces this by offering a wide variety of beverages for its guests, including the Walk of Shame, one of four champagne-inspired cocktails on the Brunch-specific menu.
Owner Brodie Broderick explained that he initially decided to offer brunch because no other location in Vail was doing it at the time of the restaurant’s opening, which was back in 2015. Though the competition for restaurants with brunch food may have increased since then, Vintage boasts a vibrant and bustling scene and is considered one of the best brunch restaurants to visit.
For those looking for a boozy brunch spot, the menu also includes several types of Bloody Marys, specialty cocktails, and wines by the glass. Sustenance is available in both sweet and savory: Avocado toast, and the galettes—there are three versions to choose from—are popular choices, as are the various “benedicts.” If you’re on the hunt for a classic breakfast dish, this brunch place’s pancakes and Vintage American Breakfast “Mains” will hit the spot.
Alpine Burrito Company
Address: 2111 N Frontage Rd W, Vail, Colorado 81657
Phone: (970) 401-0864
Breakfast Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:00am-12:30pm
If you’re looking for breakfast or brunch to take on the go for your day on the mountain, there are several options that over both taste and convenience. For a heartier option, head to Alpine Burrito Company in West Vail, Colorado. Located in what was once a deposit drive-thru for Millennium Bank (the cash slot is still there!), owner Morgan Browning said that he started Alpine Burrito Company to address the lack of quick-service options in town.
This breakfast place’s menu consists of burritos or bowls, additional breakfast items like biscuits and gravy or avocado toast, complementary sauces, and beverages. Everything is made from scratch, and the ingredients are always fresh at this favorite place for breakfast on-the=go in Vail. Alpine Burrito’s menu recently expanded to include items like breakfast tacos, cinnamon rolls and smoothies for those looking for other sweet or savory alternatives. Before a day of adventures in Vail, we highly recommend this quick, convenient and delicious breakfast stop.
Address: 20 Vail Rd, Vail, Colorado 81657
Breakfast Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:00am-11:00am & Sunday 7:00am-12:00pm
When visiting Vail, there may be days that require breakfast on the go. But, there are others that allow you to savor the morning, soak up the sun and bask under its bluebird skies. For these mornings, we highly recommend the breakfast restaurant at the Sonnenalp hotel.
Ludwig’s bright, spacious, and glass-encased terrace makes it feel like you’re dining al fresco. The expansive breakfast buffet makes for numerous (and delicious!) plate combinations and choices. A harmonious blend between European and American cuisines, this breakfast restaurant’s buffet boasts a wide variety of options from homemade blintzes, crepes, pancakes, French toast and homemade pastries. If you’re an egg lover, this place for breakfast will make them to your liking, whether that’s scrambled, hard-boiled, folded into a quiche, poached, or as an omelet. The sausage and bacon are hearty choices to help fill up before a day in the Vail Village, and those looking for a lighter option can enjoy yogurt, muesli and cereals. Toppings for your breakfast choices range from fresh and dried fruit, various cheese, meats and sliced veggies.
The buffet is the cornerstone of Ludwig’s, but they also have an a la carte menu that boasts breakfast restaurant classics like versions of Eggs Benedict and huevos rancheros.
Address: 2211 N. Frontage Rd. West Vail, Colorado 81657
Hours of Operation: 7:00am-9:00pm
Fueling up for a day of activities in Vail often takes more than a piece of toast or banana. When you’re ready to go all-in on a day of fun or adventure, head to Westside Café for a fill-the-table breakfast. This West Vail institution is famous for not skimping on portions and has been satisfying patrons for nearly 20 years. From meat-forward dishes like chicken fried steak and corn beef hash to the self-proclaimed “world’s best benedicts,” this local brunch spot has the cure for your cravings. If you’re looking to spice up your morning meal, Chilaquiles or the Rio Grande skillet would be right up your alley. Or, if you’re looking for something sweet, try this brunch restaurant’s famous Cap-n-Crunch French toast. Top it off with a big-as-your-head Bloody Mary or mimosa, and you’ll be prepared for anything the day may bring!
Address: 616 W Lionshead Cir, Vail, Colorado 81657
Phone: (970) 476-4279
Breakfast & Brunch Hours: 7:00am-2:00pm
Breakfast isn’t just made for the morning! No matter the time of day you’re looking for it, The Little Diner in Vail has what you’re looking for. Located at the West Lionshead Plaza Bus Stop, The Little Diner is Vail’s only diner that serves breakfast all day.
But, don’t let the “little” in their name fool you. Owners Brian and Peggy Little serve up classic diner fare that’s big on flavor and made from scratch. This breakfast place’s menu isn’t little, either. Choose from comforting favorites like omelets and breakfast platters – try the creamed chipped beef on rye – or go further afield with regional specialties like crepes, blintzes, Dutch babies or cheese grits. Whether you’re heading up the hill or looking for a place to refuel after a long day or night on the town, The Little Diner is the perfect breakfast place for it all.
Whether it’s breakfast or brunch you’re looking for, Vail’s incredible restaurants are here to satisfy whatever your morning (or afternoon) craving is!