Balata
Balata

Balata

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sonnenalpgolfclub.com/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=234350&ssid=86795&vnf=1
  • Phone: 9704775353x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Winter Operation (off season hours may vary)
    Pub: Thursday - Monday 3:00pm - Close; Sunday 1:00pm - close
    Dinner: Thursday - Monday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Summer Operation (off season hours may vary)
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Pub Menu: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Steve Topple
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Balata
Enjoy some of the finest foods along with some of the best views in the Vail Valley. The staff at Balata take Fine American Cuisine to another level. Whether you are looking for a casual dinner or a formal affair, Balata has something for everyone. Come experience what the Sonnenalp Golf Club members have known for years-- for atmosphere, great food and exceptional service, Balata is the place to visit.
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Balata reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (11)great for outdoor dining (9)neighborhood gem (9)great for lunch (4)romantic (3)special occasion (3)kid-friendly (3)good for groups (3)fit for foodies (2)vibrant bar scene (2)notable wine list (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Beautiful View
    OutstandingVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This was our first time to try this restaurant and we will definitely return. The food was wonderful and everything about the evening was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 40 reviews are from the Balata reviews archive.
  • Wonderful, delicious!
    Char
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Just make a reservation and enjoy! You will not be disappointed. Try the Trout!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely
    Helenhenn
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    A lovely meal with a small child who was well cared for by staff. Excellent food and drink and wonderful mountain view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dinner
    ColoradodinerVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Every time I visit Balata I try something new and have yet to be disappointed. Tried the beet and spinach salad..great. The mussels are so good you want to finish the broth with your spoon, strip steak and bass were also great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food, Good setting
    Shaunder
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    A very enjoyable dining experience. Not crowded as so many restaurants in the Vail Valley are.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the Drive
    BobC
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Just a mile across from Arrowhead Ski/Golf resort this is worth the trip. Short trip from Avon and Beaver Creek nearer than Edwards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Balata in December
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    I go to Balata often while in Edwards during summers and winters; the food has improved over last summer. The food, wine and service were all good. The setting speaks for itself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dependable
    ljcoloradoVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    We eat at Balata at least twice a month. We thoroughly enjoy the staff, food and view. The best trout in the area, a must try dish. No complaints, I would highly recommend this restaurant. It is a country club restaurant but the public is welcome in this dining room. We are not members and are treated like we are!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best view in the valley
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    Our favorite on a summer night. Could not have been more accommodating for toddler. Great drinks. Meal was perfect and the ambiance is amazing
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good fresh food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/7/2013
    Can't beat this for eating outside and viewing the while valley! Just a great setting! Pub menu or regular menu, can't go wrong!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bring the Kids
    MtnMrsVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    Balata is located in the Clubhouse at the Sonnenalp Golf Course in Singletree. The food is good, service is typically country-club slow. The outdoor patio is very nice and the view is terrific!!! If you're looking for a place to bring a larger group with the kids and grandparents, this is it! If you're looking for a quiet, romantic diner for two....think again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off night
    JanBug
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    Service was really poor. Brought one cocktail and the other was greatly delayed, maybe 15 minutes. I went to get a glass of wine from bar. That caused the drink to be delivered. Very distracting! I ordered a side of sweet potato casserole and after some delay the main order delivered and they sent fries, waiter said they did not have casserole on menu. I got a copy and showed him he was in error. Too late to correct, I never got the side. Had to ask 3 times for fork to begin my entrée. It took about 10 minutes while the food cooled. Salad plates not bussed from table even though we moved them aside. I finally moved them to a nearby empty table. Not our first time at Balata and this was not typical, but it was poor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    We had a group of dieters and a vegetarian... makes choosing food places difficult everyone loved what they got! Pricy but the food was flavorful and well prepared. The views were great and the service was ok had a few hiccups. .. but overall a good experience. .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service, plus
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Great food and service, plus its an outstanding value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great spot in Edwards
    KristenVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Great restaurant in Edwards- good specials on wine and entrees. Food excellent!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • had a terrific time and enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    had a terrific time and enjoyed the food very much.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Balata gets it right!
    ColoradodinerVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    We have had many great dinners at Balata this winter, and will definitely be going back. The Friday night Prime Rib was great, we have also taken advantage of the Half off all wine on Thursdays and the Saturday night $60 dinner for 2 that also includes wine! Glad to see that Balata is having a great come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food for reasonable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Great food for reasonable price in the valley. Country club feel
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our server was attentive and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Our server was attentive and friendly. Both our meals were very good. The food was a little slow between salad and entree however it was a pleasant dining experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed the ambiance of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We enjoyed the ambiance of Balata's and the personal touch my wife and I received. Our meals were excellent and so was the wait service. We would recommend this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food but poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Food for party of four was variable with 2 excellent and 2 so-so entrees. Server was friendly yet slow and unattentive. Service needs to be improved.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was horrible. Took
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    Service was horrible. Took 20 minutes for a waiter to approach the table. Food was barely mediocre. You can't trust these prior reviews.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seemed to be undder staffed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    Seemed to be undder staffed in that service was slow and a bit clumsy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good upper middle semi-casual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    Good upper middle semi-casual night out in the down valley Vail area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Secret gem, great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2012
    Food is great, amazing variety of appetizers and entrees..hard to choose from. Great service.. Best views..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Repeat for sure
    ljcoloradoVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    Great food fabulous waitress, view is fantastic, delightful atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • View with great value!
    JanBug
    Dined on 8/30/2012
    This place has one of the best views in the Vail Valley! The food and wine was very good and it was a GREAT value. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food is very good and nicely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    Food is very good and nicely presented. Reasonably price. Our waiter was invisible, however.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will return
    ljcoloradoVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    The restaurant was very busy but our table was ready when we arrived. We had a window seat with a georgeous view, everyones food was excellent and our waitress was attentive and friendly. This is a public restaurant in a private country club, but you are treated like a member.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were entertaining out-of-town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/2/2012
    We were entertaining out-of-town guests and had a very good experience. The dinner menu is relatively short, but offers variety. The food was well-prepared and the service was excellent. We don't eat here often, but have never had a bad experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Balata patio is the best
    Mtncat
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    The Balata patio is the best in the Valley. The food was very good and the service was good but not quite fabulous. We go there often and the experience is always good. Can't beat the views!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was delicious, especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/26/2012
    Food was delicious, especially the Ahi tuna appetizer and trout main dish. Only problem was the manager insisted we were at fault when we had a problem with the Travelzoo coupon. She was huffy and didn't seem to understand that if she and Travelzoo had a misunderstanding, then it was in her best interest to contact Travelzoo and correct it, instead of telling us to contact them!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were pretty dissappointed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    We were pretty dissappointed. We had to wait for drinks, quite a while, then got to the buffet table to find no plates. Several items were empty for a while. Dessert had nothing that even looked good.We have done this for Easter for several years....don't think we will do it again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have eaten at Balata several
    ljcoloradoVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    We have eaten at Balata several times and always find the food to be very good. You get a nice variety of food at several different price points. Something for every pocketbook. The staff is very friendly and they had live entertainment the evening we were there. We had not experienced their live entertainment before, but it was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was quite good if not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/30/2011
    Food was quite good if not the most creative. Three-course menu for $29 a steal in the Vail Valley. Waitstaff very eager to please, although the night we were there they seemed not to have enough people working and dinner was therefore at an overly "leisurely" pace. Apple-cinnamon bread pudding was the best dessert.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Balata is consistently good
    Vail
    Dined on 10/1/2011
    Balata is consistently good with great food and a spectacular view, esp during fall in the mountains. Servers are always very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the prettiest dining
    Mtncat
    Dined on 8/27/2011
    One of the prettiest dining decks in the Vail Valley. The food is good and reasonably priced. Service was much improved from the last two times we were there. Can't beat the view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • this restaurant used to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2011
    this restaurant used to be one of the tops in the Vail Valley for great food. Chef left, and the good food seems to have left, also. Still a great patio with fabulous view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Anniversary
    Hibiscus
    Dined on 8/6/2011
    Had a wonderful anniversary dinner here. The food, the view of the rockies, the service... our waiter actually took the time to walk outside on the patio with us to take our photo! Nothing could have been better. Balata is by far our favorite hidden gem of the Vail Valley!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Balata has the BEST view in
    2todineVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2011
    Balata has the BEST view in the valley! The service is very attentive......not sure what to say about the food. Average.........Everyone enjoyed their dinner but it is the lovely deck and spectacular views that made our evening! Not much on the wine list and we ended up ordering from the Pub Menu....good ribs and fish and chips. Too....Balata is part of a country club and has a fun view of the golf course.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate