Vail and Beaver Creek

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ShermansTravel experts know where to find the best meal in town at the best price. Our restaurant reviews sift through the mountains of menus to highlight neighborhood gastronomic institutions and up-and-coming foodie hotspots – not to mention where to go for affordable, dependable fare complemented by a charming atmosphere.

Top Restaurants in Vail and Beaver Creek

Beano’s Cabin

Beano's is worth the splurge for the sleigh ride (or horseback ride in summer) to the elegant mountain lodge where diners then feast on a splendid 5-course meal with meaty dishes like elk tenderloin and venison loin chop (vegetarian meals also available).

Larkspur Bowl, 20-minute sleigh ride from the Centennial Lift, CO, 970-949-9090
Tags: expensive | smart splurge

Beaver Creek Chophouse

Savor perfectly-seared fillets from a topnotch menu of burgers, Black Angus steaks, and fresh Maine lobsters, accompanied by stunning mountain views, and a fantastic wine list.

15 W. Thomas Place, CO, 970-845-0555, www.beavercreekchophouse.com
Tags: expensive | steakhouse

Foxnut Asian Fusion and Sushi

This fun fusion joint packs em' in with half-price happy hours (3-5pm) of sushi and sake. The fish is fresh and the funky-chic décor is even fresher (expect hot-pink walls and fashion prints).

45 W. Thomas Place, CO, 970-845-0700, www.bcfoxnut.com
Tags: moderate | asian | happy hour

La Bottega

This choice, bistro-style pizza joint and wine bar serves up Italian treats and creative pies. Blackboard lunch specials keep patrons coming back for slices and subs.

E. Meadow Dr., CO, 970-476-0280
Tags: budget | italian | pizza

Larkspur

Dazzling New American plates created by Wolfgang Puck-prodigy, Thomas Salamunovich, have made this mountainside mainstay, with its glassed-in, 7,500-bottle-wine cellar, one of Vail's most celebrated eateries.

458 Vail Valley Dr., CO, 970-479-8050, www.larkspurvail.com
Tags: expensive | notable chef | american | smart splurge

Sweet Basil

A mountain favorite with fancy versions of barbeque delights and comfort food - BBQ Angus short ribs are served alongside piquillos peppers stuffed with goat cheese and topped with ginger syrup and crushed fingerling potatoes. The wine list is similarly excellent.

193 E. Gore Creek Dr., CO, 970-476-0125, www.sweetbasil-vail.com
Tags: expensive | american | smart splurge

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