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As one of the world’s largest ski resorts, Vail draws a committed roster of national and international visitors to the slopes from December until March. Visitors can also enjoy great après-ski dining here too. We list the best restaurants to get a taste of this Colorado town.
Vail’s premiere steakhouse Flame is located within the Four Seasons Resort. In addition to serving traditional steakhouse fare, such as dry-aged wyagu rib eye, they offer modern twists on classics, such as elk corndogs and roasted kimchi Brussel sprouts. Their recently appointed Executive Chef Kevin Erving, who specializes in farm-to-table cuisine by emphasizing seasonality and sustainability. Be sure to try one of their expertly crafted cocktails made with Flame’s exclusive bourbon, but save room for their epic maple bacon doughnut.
Flame, 1 Vail Rd, Vail, CO, USA, +1 970 477 8650
One of the oldest restaurants in Vail Village, Sweet Basil continues to draw accolades and happy diners. Their innovative, approachable menu even got a New York Times food critic to say their food was his ‘best meal in months’. Noted items include crispy veal sweetbreads with roasted Brussel sprouts, shaved pear, pear butter, and truffle vinaigrette and braised Colorado Lamb T-Bones with roasted mushroom puree, coffee and cocoa crumble, and pine nuts. Sweet Basil’s commitment to presentation, ambience, and service ensures another 40 years of unparalleled dining.
Sweet Basil, 193 Gore Creek Drive #201, Vail, CO, USA, +1 970-476-0125
Most bowling alleys are typically associated with pitchers of beer and greasy food. Bōl, Vail’s only bowling/dining experience, offers a contemporary take on this age-old pastime. The sleek, modern interior is punctuated by cheerful noise and banging pins as diners feast on delicious food and drink while bowling with friends and family. With a menu that serves fresh contemporary fare such as tuna tartare, honey glazed ribs and grilled cheese, Bōl is redefining bowling into an elegant experience. Be sure to reserve a lane or table in advance.
Bōl, 141 East Meadow Dr. #113, Vail, CO, USA, +1 970 476 5300
From Master Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, who brought refined Japanese cuisine to the coasts with his famed restaurant Nobu, comes Matsuhisa. His Vail outpost serves high-end Japanese fare with a contemporary twist at New York City prices. Shishito peppers, wyagu beef tacos, and sea bass tempura are crowd favorites while the omakase, or prix-fixe menu, is great for first time diners looking to sample Matsuhisa’s iconic dishes. Minimalist sleek interiors further add to the establishment’s relaxed ambience.