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First Chair - Vail Marriott
First Chair - Vail Marriott
  • Address:
    715 W. Lionshead Circle
    (Located inside the Vail Marriott
    Vail, CO 81657
    Neighborhood:
    Vail
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

First Chair - Vail Marriott Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.vailmarriott.com
  • Phone: (970) 476-4444 x5675
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 11:00am

    Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Roger King
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Tony Herrera (970) 479-6957
  • Special Events & Promotions: 2014 Valentine's Day
    Join us for dinner on February 14, February 15, or February 16 and enjoy Chef Roger King's special Valentine's Day menu.

    Dinner will include a starter course paired with a glass of champagne, choice of salad or soup, an intermezzo course, choice of entrée, and choice of dessert.

    Dinner served 5:30pm-9:30pm • Couple 130 • Single 70

    For reservations please visit www.opentable.com, or dial 970.476.4444 ∙

    To request a copy of the full Valentine's Day menu, please dial 970.476.4444 and ask for the hotel Concierge desk.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South Frontage Rd.
  • Public Transit: The Vail in-town bus is complimentary and stops just outside the front door of the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking is available while dining at First Chair Restaurant.
A word from First Chair - Vail Marriott
Breakfast is served from 6:30am-11:00am. We invite you to come experience our delicious brunch style breakfast buffet, offering all the breakfast favorites, fresh baked pastries and muffins, waffles made-to-order, locally smoked salmon, and chef attended stations. Also ask about our Bottomless Mimosa Buffet.
Join us for dinner from 5:30pm-9:30pm and enjoy Chef Roger King's seasonal menu. Some of our favorites include the Colorado Sausage and Cheese Plate and the USDA Prime New York Strip. Also try one of our mouthwatering desserts like the Vanilla Bean Pana Cotta or our Signature Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cake. Chef Roger King and his culinary team are committed to supporting local farmers and growers, and using seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I'm glad I had a change to try this place inside the Marriott. I had the Lamb Shank. It was good, tender, but dish was cool when placed in front of me."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I would avoid this restaurant until the chef can get the daily special right (Ribeye vs Filet). Also service was very slow coming out the kitchen over two hours to eat with only 4 tables in the restaurant occupied. The server was great and tried to make up for the kitchens error by bring out the correct stake, however, it was lacking the toppings that were on the first stake "because they already served it that way." no other options to make up for the error were offered by the management."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "First time there, went early so very light crowd. Great Staff. Food was good. really good bar downstairs... music over ran the music from the restaurant as it is an open type environment in the hotel. Hard to find the entrance as it is on the far side of the building and there are no real signs pointing to an entrance if you are coming from the Lionshead area."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Wonderful service (Steve) and food. Great menu choices and specials. Best Caprase ever!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The hostess was cheerful and friendly. Steve, our service, was energetic, gracious and very friendly. He was most gracious when a certain part of the meal was a surprise to me. Due to some dietary restrictions, I was not able to enjoy the item the way it was presented, but without hesitation, Steve swept up the delicacy, and in moments returned with the item adjusted so I could enjoy it's tasty flavors. Bravo!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The Sunday night we were there, the place was fairly empty but the staff was nonetheless gracious. The food generally was good to very good, with an exceptional specially prepared veggie platter made upon request. Just delicious and artfully arranged. The room is attractive and is a fine option"
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "We conducted a breakfast meeting of seven people in a corner booth area at the back of the restaurant. We had some serious financial issues to discuss over breakfast. It was a fantastic setting. We were there after the breakfast rush so that helped but the service was fantastic, attentive but not intrusive. Half our group grazed over the buffet while the other half ate off the menu. Everything we had was great and our mission was accomplished."
    Dined on 7/2/2013
  • "It's a quaint place with maybe only 10 tables in one room and a few 2 tops out in the hall by the window. Had the Filet Mignon (made in house steak sauce was amazing although the steak was so good it was unneccesary) it was delicious. Also try the Summer Berry Salad and the Smore Sandwich. Surprised me how good it was!"
    Dined on 7/1/2013
  • "The staff here is very accommodating and your wish is their command. I had the Berry salad, Ahi Tuna wraps which were delicious. The fresh peanuts sauce and fresh Ahi were delightful combination. I ordered a glass of the Sterling Cabernet glass the waiter opened a new bottle without hesitation.. I really enjoyed my visit."
    Dined on 6/10/2013
  • "We were staying at Vail Spa so this was a nice place to go for our first night in town, a short walk across the street. I was disappointed that the fish tacos were no longer on the menu. We all opted for something small like soups and salads and were pleased. The dining room was not too busy, like reports we got from friends (we were travelling with a ski club of 90 on this trip) that the restaurants in Lionshead for packed. We just wanted something simple without having to wait long and fight crowds after a long day of traveling."
    Dined on 2/23/2013
  • "Excellent food, excellent service! More than you'd expect for a hotel restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/25/2013
  • "Quite, hotel restaurant. Why eat here? Only cuz your to tired to go out!"
    Dined on 1/31/2013
  • "The music they play in the restaurant was unusual. The food was what we expected for the price. It was a basic menu and the food was fresh."
    Dined on 1/2/2013
  • "They have a new menu that hasn't been updated on the website yet, more choices! Had the center cut filet with potatoes gratin and very tasty spaghetti squash, nice! Clam chowder was exceptional too!"
    Dined on 12/23/2012
  • "In a town notable for fine dining, and located in an up-scale hotel, I was underwhelmed by plain decor. Our server, although enthusiastic and eager to please, could not make up for a lack of knowledge of the cuisine and wine list. At these prices, my expectations were higher. The food was well-prepared, but again the presentation was plain and uninspired. The competition here has a lot more to offer than a convenient location."
    Dined on 3/4/2012
  • "The menu was different than the one online. VERY different. The "special" fish was unevenly cooked. The chardonnay was room temperature. The waiters were inexperienced. The ambiance was like a glorified Denny's. Will NOT return."
    Dined on 2/12/2012
  • "We had been twice before for Christmas Dinner but were really disapointed this time. The food was a lot more limited than before,the prawns were tasteless, the waiter left 3 empty bottles of wine on the table & didn't ask us if we wanted more, we had to ask; there was no Turkey, stuffing, decorations etc (a necessity for British people on Christmas day), the deserts were disapointing, all frosting, no cheesecakes etc. Your lobby used to have ponsetia all the way up the stairs & decorations in the dinning area. It just didn't feel special or like Christmas. I appreciate you have more emphasis on Thanksgiving but surely as an international hotel you should cater to everyone."
    Dined on 12/25/2011
  • "Very good food with an very good executive chef. Service was average but we had the impression the waiter was new."
    Dined on 12/9/2011
  • "The menu selection was very limited and their "small plates" were the draw to going there but ended up being limited to four items. The online menu wasn't the same as the one they had."
    Dined on 11/25/2011
  • "Our difficult diet of gluten and dairy free was handled very well by the chef on both Sept 3rd and 4th. Our dinners were excellent, and the special attention to making them fully safe for us was much appreciated."
    Dined on 9/4/2011
  • "Excellent service and excellent food. The restaurant needs an interior reflecting the quality of the food and service."
    Dined on 3/15/2011
  • "For a hotel restaurant, the food was surprisingly good. Our waitress was fantastic - very caring, fun, but not intrusive. She clearly loves what she does and added to the enjoyment of the meal. The signature cornbread was the best we have ever eaten. The ribs were awesome, as was the roasted chicken. And the dessert with meringue, chocolate cake and ice cream was, as our waitress noted, "magic.""
    Dined on 3/12/2011
  • "The place was empty when we got there at 7 but by 7:30 it was packed and loud. Food was ok but the ravioli tasted like it came form a package and didn't get cooked quite enough."
    Dined on 3/6/2011
  • "Convenient location inside the Lionshead Marriott Hotel"
    Dined on 2/27/2011
  • "Food is excellent, nice taste variety. The sharing dishes are great for a group. Highly recommend the chicken pot pie and the lamb shank. Unfortunately the atmosphere could use a little enhancement."
    Dined on 12/30/2010
  • "Basically a hotel restaurant, the food was OK but not great. The main advantage -- it's usually not that crowded or busy which in Vail is a great thing."
    Dined on 12/27/2010
  • "The food was very good as was the service. The menu has small plates and large plates so one can sample many tastes or opt for a larger entree. I like that kind of flexibility. I chose to order two small plates. I had the cottage fries with truffle oil, blue cheese and bacon to start. It was really yummy but very rich. I could not finish it all! My husband had the hummus trio which was awesome! And very generous in size! Two people or more can easily share it! Unfortunately, the noise level was too high! The room is very small and does not absorb noise at all and there were a few very loud talkers at other tables. It was very distracting. The ambiance is also lacking."
    Dined on 12/26/2010
  • "The overall atmosphere was good, we were sat near what appeared to be a hallway where people were walking back and forth from thier rooms and to the pool. Would have perfered a more private sitting area since we were out a romantic quite evening. The food was good and service was fair."
    Dined on 10/8/2010
  • "The food was very good, though not as fantastic as our experience at last years Thanksgiving dinner. We were seated in the back room, which made for a very nice, quiet meal."
    Dined on 11/26/2009
  • "The steaks were excellent. I had the rib eye and my daughter had the filet mignon. The service was terrific."
    Dined on 3/23/2009
  • "Comfortable quiet restaurant located in the hotel. Prime steaks including the buffalo rib eye were flavorful and served at the right temperature. Service was attentive and professional. Very good value compared to other restaurants, steak and otherwise in Vail. The steak sauce was developed by the restaurant staff and was quite tasty."
    Dined on 2/26/2009
  • "If you are looking for a great steak, try the 14 oz. Buffalo Ribeye. The glazed Salmon was also a winner. Portions are appropriate and presented well. Sherry scented mushrooms and mascarpone smashed/whipped potatoes were very good. Steaks are topped with truffle butter and come with a small skillet of roasted garlic. We also tried the house steak sauce and it was surprisingly good. The braised short ribs would be hard to beat anywhere and the Oysters Rockefeller are better than wonderful. The Chef brought us a dessert sampler of of warm chocolate cookies, Bailey's Milk Shake, Pumpkin Creme Brulee and warm banana bread. Very nice surprise, apparently because we made reservations with OpenTable.com"
    Dined on 2/25/2009
  • "The New York Strip was seasoned to perfection, and just perfectly cooked. The potatoes were wonderful, fresh garlic delicious. The wait staff was slow, calamari a bit overcooked, the wine selection was good. Overall, it was a very good meal, but service could be improved."
    Dined on 2/24/2009
  • "We are local, and had never heard about the restaurant in the Vail Marriott. While skiing we met a couple that recommended we have breakfast at the Marriott. What a find; the best kept secret in Vail. Energetic, fast and wonderful, creative buffet. There was a Waffle-Cereal station with the best granola I had ever had. The Chef gave me the recipe and I can't wait to try it at home. We also enjoyed the "Carne Asada" breakfast tacos. The meat is carved to order and the corn tortillas are hand-made. The fresh squeezed juice station was over the top. I tried the carrot-apple with ginger and the fresh watermelon juice. After breakfast our car was waiting out front and there was no charge. We have not seen anything like this in Vail."
    Dined on 2/24/2009
  • "One of the best Prime Steaks I have ever had! Tender and seasoned well. The house-made Steak Sauce is exceptional. Sweetbreads & Mushrooms were my favorite. Sweet Potato Fries and Vermouth Scented Broccoli were hot and tasty The Baked Stuffed Oysters are a value and a “must have”. The Chef’s Cheese Selection and presentation …was incredible. This meal was an unexpected, well-presented, great steakhouse dinner. Free valet parking, I will be back."
    Dined on 2/22/2009
  • "We didn't care for this restaurant. It was way overpriced but that's probably because it's in a hotel (a Vail hotel at that.) The atmosphere leaves a lot to be desired since it's situated by open hallways where hotel guests (including skiiers coming in from the slopes and after ski drinks) walk by -- including past tables located in the hallway. The food was just "okay" although the servers and hostess were all pleasant enough."
    Dined on 2/3/2009
  • "somewhat disappointing experience. nothing mexican-oriented whatsoever on the menu, not sure where they get the description on the website. good meat place, high prices, expensive wine list, long waits when kitchen busy - overall not a very impressive effort give the full prices charged."
    Dined on 12/29/2008
  • "I was staying at this hotel, and went there once for dinner and on the last day for breakfast. I rate my dinner experience as poor. This place seems to be trying to feature itself as a fine steakhouse for dinner, with the high-end prices to match. It is a failure at the effort. I ordered a porterhouse steak ($44 a la carte!) medium rare and received a small T-bone, only 1/2 inch thick that was so thin toward the edges that it was almost well-done. The side dishes were boring and tasteless, the caesar salad was limp and didn't taste like a good caesar at all. The ambiance at dinner was inescapably still that of a standard hotel 3-meals-a-day restaurant, with irritating band music playing. Breakfast was run-of-the-mill."
    Dined on 1/5/2009
  • "The Chef and is kitchen are turning out some of the best food in Vail!"
    Dined on 4/12/2008