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

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.vailmarriott.com/
  • Phone: 9704764444x5675
  • 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 970-479-6957x
  • Special Events: 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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First Chair - Vail Marriott reviews from OpenTable diners
4 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3
  • Food3
    Service4
  • Ambiance2.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
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  • I'm glad I had a change to
    TenneesseeJulieVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
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  • Noone else was there
    Wings
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    The 4 of us were the only guest. Not the best food. Many other places in the area that were much better.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chef Can't Get Daily Special Right
    AirportSkiierVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    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.
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  • First time there, went early
    SueFVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
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  • Pleasant Experience
    Steven
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Wonderful service (Steve) and food. Great menu choices and specials. Best Caprase ever!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Service
    WonderfullyWowed
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • Marriott's upscale in-house dining
    DouganandaVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    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
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seven at 7 One 5
    OneIron
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely worth finding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/1/2013
    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!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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  • Excellent!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2013
    Excellent food, excellent service! More than you'd expect for a hotel restaurant!
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  • Convenient to our condos
    LongtimeOTVIPVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    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.
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  • Quite, hotel restaurant.
    ArtnpenVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    Quite, hotel restaurant. Why eat here? Only cuz your to tired to go out!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The music they play in the
    BearVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2013
    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.
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  • They have a new menu that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/23/2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In a town notable for fine
    pinkyparayVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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  • The menu was different than
    AcepelliVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2012
    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.
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  • Christmas Day Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/25/2011
    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.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Very good food with an very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/9/2011
    Very good food with an very good executive chef. Service was average but we had the impression the waiter was new.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • The menu selection was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/25/2011
    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.
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  • Our difficult diet of gluten
    Bobicat
    Dined on 9/4/2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Excellent service and excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/15/2011
    Excellent service and excellent food. The restaurant needs an interior reflecting the quality of the food and service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For a hotel restaurant, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/12/2011
    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."
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The place was empty when we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/6/2011
    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.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convenient location inside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/27/2011
    Convenient location inside the Lionshead Marriott Hotel
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is excellent, nice taste
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/30/2010
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Basically a hotel restaurant,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/27/2010
    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.
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  • The food was very good as
    clickchickVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2010
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The overall atmosphere was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/8/2010
    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.
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  • The food was very good, though
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/26/2009
    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.
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  • The steaks were excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2009
    The steaks were excellent. I had the rib eye and my daughter had the filet mignon. The service was terrific.
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  • Comfortable quiet restaurant
    bonesVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2009
    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.
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  • If you are looking for a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/25/2009
    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
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The New York Strip was seasoned
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/24/2009
    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.
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  • We are local, and had never
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best Prime Steaks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/22/2009
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • We didn't care for this restaurant.
    GDubsVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2009
    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.
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  • I was staying at this hotel,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 1/5/2009
    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.
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  • somewhat disappointing experience.
    SharonsteveVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2008
    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.
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  • The Chef and is kitchen are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    The Chef and is kitchen are turning out some of the best food in Vail!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet