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Beaver Creek/Vail Chophouse – The Beaver Creek Chophouse is located slopeside, next to the Centennial Lift in Beaver Creek and at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead Village in Vail. It is s traditional steakhouse, offering a wide variety of cuts in addition to seafood and a raw bar. A strolling magician entertains on certain evenings tableside, to the delight of their guests, and live entertainment can be found on their patio in the summertime and for aprés when the weather is sunny!
Elway’s – Located in the heart of Vail Village in The Lodge at Vail and named after the beloved Denver Broncos quarterback, John Elway. Elway’s is known for their variety of hand cut steaks, aged meats, and delicious additions with a focus on letting flavors shine with fresh, local ingredients and an approachable wine list.
Russell’s – This creek side classic steakhouse, with its friendly and relaxing atmosphere, is a cornerstone of Vail’s dining scene as Vail’s original steakhouse, open since 1989. Families have been enjoying Russell’s unpretentious and elegant cuisine for over 30 years. While they are known for their crowd favorites, their culinary team is always eager to play with flavors and branching out by putting their unique spins on classic dishes.
SaddleRidge – In a gorgeous setting with stunning views of Beaver Creek Mountain with a wall of windows and sky high ceilings, SaddleRidge is a meal for all of your senses. Under new management, they have truly found their niche, serving Colorado focused cuisine and cuts of steak not limited to the traditional beef—think Elk Carpaccio, Buffalo Prime Rib, and Venison Bone-In Rib Chop, all cooked to perfection. It’s also friendly for vegetarian and pescatarian guests too, with their other dishes receiving just as much attention to detail and their stars. Make sure to arrive early to visit the largest collection of western artifacts in the United States outside of a museum (including Buffalo Bill’s desk and portraits by Roland Reed) and to save room for dessert!
The Vail Valley has amazing restaurants and fantastic cuisine, and you don’t even have to dress up! When you are travelling with your family, please keep in mind prime dining hours for dinner are 5:30 – 8:00PM and reservations are highly recommended, especially if you are travelling over the winter season or during the height of the summer season. It’s difficult to “wing it” for these preferred hours, and cancellations are rare. Restaurants also very often require a credit card to hold the reservation and have a 24 hour cancellation policy—this is to help protect themselves against last minute cancellations and to be able to staff accordingly. Remember, many of the restaurants in the Vail Valley are very small, especially in comparison to larger cities.
If you are travelling during the winter, I would recommend booking your reservations for Christmastime in October/November (depending on when the restaurant opens), and for the rest of the winter you can begin in December. For summertime, you can begin making your reservations approximately 1 month prior to arrival, unless you are coming for 4th of July weekend—if so, I’d start calling when the restaurants open in May! It’s always better to have a reservation and cancel it than it is to risk not being able to get into your favorites because you waited too long. It’s counterintuitive, especially in this day and age of instant-everything, however our valley is small and popular restaurants fill up quickly. Unless noted in the descriptions above, restaurants accept reservations. Some have unique booking policies, and I’ll let you know of them so you can book your family properly!
Remember—if you can’t find the restaurant on OpenTable, just call them! Not every restaurant out here utilizes OpenTable, and if they do, not every restaurant puts every table on the platform so it’s always worth a call.