Photo Courtesy of The Arrabelle at Vail Square
Vail, Colorado is one of America’s favorite vacation spots, and with good reason — it’s nature’s very own playground!
There’s an ideal outdoor activity available for everyone, regardless of the season. In winter, skiing and snowboarding reign supreme, but if that’s not your thing, there’s always snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating, and tubing.
In the warmer months, there’s great hiking, biking, climbing, rafting, and fishing, as well as a mountaintop adventure course offering zip-lining and a ropes obstacle course to name a few.
Regardless of the activities you decide on during your visit, one thing is for certain: After a long day of playing you’ll be hungry! Fortunately, Vail’s exploding restaurant scene also has something for everyone, and The Daily Meal has the scoop. Read on for our top picks.
The Restaurant Worth The Splurge: Matsuhisa
One of celebrity Chef Nobu’s restaurants, you’ll have no regrets emptying your wallet for Matsushsa. As one would expect, any fish dish you order will delight. The sushi is excellent, there’s an extensive and varied wine list, and the service will impress.
For The Best Steak: Flame At The Four Seasons
When you need a great steak after a long day in the snow, Flame’s the place to be. From the petite filet to the 35-Day Dry-aged Bison Ribeye, you can count on perfectly seasoned and cooked meat.
For A Nice Sit Down Meal: Tavern On The Square At The Arrabelle
Located smack dab in the middle of Lionshead Village and about two minutes from the bottom of the ski lift, Tavern On The Square is a great choice for a casual sit down lunch or dinner The bill won’t set you back the way other choices might, but there’s still a solid wine list, excellent food, and good service. The tavern burger and the bison burger are both delicious.
The Best Kid Friendly Lunch: Blue Moose Pizza
Pizza always satisfies hungry kids, right? But these hand-tossed New York style pies won’t leave mom and dad disappointed either. The dough is fresh made daily (including a gluten-free option) with plenty of topping choices. Best of all, no one is going to bat an eyelash should your kiddo happen to spill their chocolate milk.
For The Best Breakfast: The Little Diner
The Little Diner is home to Vail’s most luscious morning meal. Almost everything on the menu is made from scratch, and there isn’t a dish that doesn’t deliver. But given its popularity among locals and visitors alike, waiting for a seat can take a while. Be sure to add yourself to the waiting list a good hour before you actually want to eat. You can wander the village and they’ll text you when your table is ready.