Game Creek Restaurant
Game Creek Restaurant

Game Creek Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.gamecreekvail.com/
  • Phone: 9707544275x
  • Hours of Operation:
    OPENING DECEMBER 17TH FOR WINTER OPERATIONS

    Winter Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm,

    Summer Hours: Dinner, Thursday-Saturday: 5:30pm-8:30pm & Sunday Brunch: 11am-2pm (OPENING JUNE 20TH, 2014)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Private events and weddings are world-class at Game Creek! To inquire about large or private party bookings, please contact Vail Group Sales Department at: 970.754.4515

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E Lionshead Circle
  • Public Transit: Take Free Vail in-town bus to Lionshead bus stop. Walk through Lionshead to the gondola. Plan to check in at the gondola 30 minutes before your reservation time.

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available at the Lionshead parking structure. Please allot addtional time before your reservation for parking, accessing the gondola, and the snow cat or shuttle ride. Check in with the Game Creek greeter at the gondola 30 minutes before your reservation time.
A word from Game Creek Restaurant
Game Creek Restaurant is located at 10,300 feet, at the top of Vail Mountain. Enjoy a gondola ride and cozy snow cat ride or shuttle in the summer to an elegant European chalet, where the ambiance is charming and the memories are long-lasting. Renowned for the fabulous view, Game Creek Restaurant features modern American style cooking with regional and seasonal ingredients. The menu is comprised of contemporary dishes and Game Creek favorites. Game Creek Restaurant offers an award-winning and extensive wine list, and personalized service. More than simply a restaurant high above Vail, Game Creek Restaurant has emerged as a true culinary destination.

Adults choose from a 3, 4, or 5 course prix fixe menu, and a special 3-course children's menu is also offered.

Open for Dinner December through April, and for Dinner and Sunday Brunch June 20th through Labor Day.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Game Creek Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (25)special occasion (19)fit for foodies (16)romantic (15)great for brunch (14)great for outdoor dining (12)notable wine list (9)good for groups (5)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Stunning experience
    KatieKat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I can't say enough about this place. From the sunset gondola ride up the mountain, to the breathtaking views from the restaurant overlooking Game Creek Bowl, to the dinner service tasting menu, the entire experience was once in a lifetime (hopefully twice as we plan to go back in the winter!). Cozy and romantic, it is reminiscent of an Alpine hunting lodge. Loved the tasting menus and the accommodation of the chef in allowing all diners to choose different menus/ # of courses. The nighttime gondala ride down the mountain was the icing on the cake. This is a true dining experience not to be missed in Vail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch All Around
    Rinteln
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We came from out of town to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary at Game Creek. We came away hoping to visit again the next time we're back in town, no special occasion needed other than a desire for excellent food, friendly/expert service and an all-around fantastically enjoyable time. Game Creek hit it on all cylinders.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over the top
    saltandpepper
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The gondola ride to the top of the mountain, the beautiful vistas with a spectacular sunset, set the mood for an exceptional evening.Executive Chef Collin Meyer and staff put out the most excellent meal we've had since we were there last year. We did a tasting with wine pairing and were excited by each of the taste treats. Finesse, refinement, and creative flavors, are only a few of the words that come to mind when describing the cuisine. Beautiful presentations and over the top flavors made the evening quite successful for a couple with very critical standards. The wait and front of the house staff were so attentive(but not overly so), and really showed professionalism from a top notch restaurant. Five stars - a very accurate rating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special place
    Luvgrtfd
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My mom and sisters were here and the experience of a gondola ride, the impresive views and the great food is one of a kind! Recommend it to everyone
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jonandpaige
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Outstanding view & setting, with great food and excellent service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Four courses in three hours
    JamstressVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Although the overall experience at the Game Creek Lodge was alright, our servers did not coordinate with each other. We were asked repeatedly about our food and drink orders. It took a long time for our server to let me know the glass of wine I ordered for my pre-dinner drink was not available. And then he forgot to take the glass off the bill. They (both of them) brought the wrong bottle of wine -- twice. Other requests were forgotten, and the pacing of the dishes was extremely slow, even though the dining room was not full. The food was good but overly seasoned. Even the stunning view could not tempt us to go back to the Game Creek Lodge.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Hiked up Vail to Game Creek Club. Excellent hike followed by an amazing buffet meal. Perfect Sunday!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time brunch
    Snowboarder
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I brought my parents here for brunch for the first time. Our server was Scott and he was awesome, definitely a professional. We took advantage of te complimntary mimosas and the make your own Bloody Mary bar. Both were a great touch and the food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely location delicious dinner.
    RGST
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    What a fabulous find at the top of the mountain. Dining at Game Creek Restaurant was more than a meal, it was an unforgettable experience. The views are gorgeous and the food delicious. What a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Alien
    Localforeigner
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food quality is not as good as it was a few years ago. It is definitely worth the view, but don't expect a brunch like other places.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Busky
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    If you're looking for spectacular ambience this is certainly the place.....picturesque, beautiful lodge dining with outdoor decks overlooking the Game Creek Bowl & the sun setting into the mountains! Our dining experience was very disappointing. The salad was the best salad 2 of us had ever eaten. The corn chowder was delectable. The tomato salad was good but somewhat skimpy. Three of us ordered the filet - presentation, odd. It was tender & an adequate portion but it's was so salty we were unable to appreciate the flavor & it was basically the only thing on the plate except for a few skimpy tidbits of fava beans & morel mushrooms. The lamb was extremely fatty. We opted to have our dessert on the deck & they totally forgot about us.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Brunch in Town!
    BZappVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great experience all the way around...looking forward to coming back next weekend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mountaintop Brunch!
    AggiemomVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great experience going up in the Gondola to the top of the mountain!! Very nice Brunch and a great price for the experience. They included the price of the Gondola ride up the mountain for their brunch guests, so that was unexpected!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One memorable night....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    From the moment I walked into the restaurant the experience exceeded our expectations. Scott our server was exceptional and explained the food!!! The food was incredible-- each bite was delicious and the perfect portion size. Definately will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The great view is just the start!
    kjemd
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Had a wonderful meal last weekend. Beautiful summer evening with extraordinary views. The chef tasting menu was a treat. Wonderful preparations that are complimented by a young but very well trained staff who obviously enjoy their work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 151 reviews are from the Game Creek Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Amazing dinner w/ adventurous ride
    SkiBunnyVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    For our last night in Vail, we had dinner at the Game Creek restaurant, and the experience was beyond my expectations. Everything from the greeting at the base of the gondola to the cake pops at the end of dinner was outstanding. The prix fixe dinner was amazing, and they even had an wonderful menu for kids which I appreciate very much. The snow cat ride was an adventure indeed - driving through unskiable paths and down a black diamond slope. It was an unforgettable evening to cap off our trip to Vail. We definitely saved the best for last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great adventure, ok food.
    DeeB
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Enjoyed the gondola and snowcat ride, as well as the gorgeous sunset. Food was good, my lamb was delicious, but the rest of the meal was not outstanding. Definitely fun for something different, but I would not return. Read the reviews and suggestions, so came up early for a sunset drink, but the bar is not open for non-members and not at dinner time. Also, I had not realized (maybe I should have done more research) that the menu was prix fix. Not a favorite thing of mine! But, happy to have tried it once.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable experience
    JR1Velvet
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    The Game Creek is quiet a treat. From the gondola ride to the snowcat ride to the lodge. Matthew our server was spot on with his recommendations. The cuisine was superior. Awesome view of the mountains and sunset. We could see Avon and the snowcats in beaver creek. This place is special. A must, when in Vail. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Aaron
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Extraordinary dinner, service, landscapes... They take care of all the little details!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    We celebrated my husband's 50th birthday here recently and had an amazing time. It was a snowy evening and just a beautiful ride up the mountain and in the snowcat. Our waiter was very knowledgable and professional. We did the tasting menu and it was delicious!! The foie gras dish was excellent, the sea bass was incredible, and the elk was divine! The only tiny complaint I would have is that for a tasting menu, some of the portions were a little large. We hated to waste it because it was so good, but the two main course dishes could have been much smaller portions and still been excellent and filling. I would highly recommend this experience and food to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for out of town guests
    Nancyg
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    food was good, service was great, view was amazing!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was really good. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Food was really good. Service was outstanding. Had 2 great people,wait on us Matthew and Alex. Attentive, kind and funny.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion
    pirlaw
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We have eaten here one evening in March during each of our one or two weeks stays in Vail for the last three years. It is pricy but it is always treat for a special occasion or when we have a guest that hasn't been up on the mountain before. The snow cat ride is really a neat experience and they will often let one or two guests ride up front if asked, a real experience especially for kids. Try their early menu and watch the sunset. Spectacular view!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Night Ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    A rare and truly marvelous experience from the snow cat ride to the dessert. Incredible food (even for vegetarian), excellent and unusual wine pairings, relaxing ambiance with stunning and romantic sunset, attentive wait staff (without being invasive). All-in-all, a memorable dining experience we will long remember and plan to share with friends in the future. Don't miss this one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A restaurant and an experience
    RichVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    An outstanding experience, as well as an outstanding meal. A gondola and snow-cat ride to the lodge in a snowstorm really set the mood. The pork belly starter and lobster bisque were both excellent. Salad is very small. The entree was a good size, and absolutely delicious. Two parties had the duck, and the other had the lamb. Duck was excellent, lamb even better -- served with 5 different sides on the plate to combine the flavor with, and all were great. The dried, salted olives, and the slightly Indian-spiced pureed carrots were particularly good. The cheese plate was the best dessert, partly because it came with a small bit of truffle honey, which was a taste experience! A strong combination of umami and sweetness -- awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I'm Game!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Game Creek is top notch. Unbelievable Take the gondola and sno-cat to the restaurant at dusk. WOW Ambiance: Fantastic lodge decor with elegance Food: Fantastic prix fixe dinner. Pricey of course $100-$300 pp (but the experience is worth it. I had the pork belly starter (So good) and my main course lambchops- so meaty and uniquely delicious I dont know how to describe them. All suggested by my waiter Good call! My dinner partner was equally impressed with her fish/veg choices Service: Friendly and attentive. Our waiter a bit high strung but he calmed down and the manager was super nice and noticed every little thing that could be improved for us. Together, they took excellent care of us and, f all their guests. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd time eating at this restaurant
    buttercup
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    3rd time eating at this restaurant and still find the food exceptional. There is something on the menu for everyone. Though it is small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Game Creek never disappoints. The food is stellar. The knowledge of the staff is superior. The experience with the snowcat ride and gondola at night and being on Vail Mountain at night is unparalleled!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Dancingspirit9
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    A trifecta of perfect food, service and view! It was the best experience I have ever had in a restaurant. I recommend you reserve well in advance and early in the evening to witness a glorious sunset in the Rockies. The water steered us to one Chef’s tasting and one price fix set of choices so we could share seven plates. Every dish was wonderful, especially the elk and sea bass. The place is accessible only by the Lionshead Gondola, then a short but memorable ride on a snow cat with a luxurious heated cabin and first class seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    JaniceVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Too many kids and overpriced for what it was. We made a late reservation of 830 and there were families with infants and todlers. Restaurant should not allow kids after a certain time. The $$$ it cost to eat there people don't want to have kids around them and enjoy their meal. You could hear dishes clanking around all night even though it wasn't an open kitchen. Honestly there are way nicers restaurants in Vail. If you want to go to a restaurant on the mountain try the one in Beaver Creek called Beeno.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very special place
    Andynyc646VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    What a great experience! It was fun taking the gondola and then the snow cat up to the restaurant. Usually the food is mediocre and over priced at these kinds of places, but the food was fantastic! Some of the best food we had in Vail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice restaurant. You
    inmyeversohumbleopinionVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Very nice restaurant. You feel like you're sitting in the dining room of a beautiful home. It is worth the experience at least once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Game Creek is one of our favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We have been to Game Creek three times this winter and each time the food quality and service has been outstanding. The enclosed snow cat ride to the Restaraunt is really fun. Our kids (7 and 11) enjoy the experience and vthe staff treat them like valued guests. Our favorites are: On the Green cocktail, pork belly appetizer, scallop entree, and the duck entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Game Creek in Vail was a fun
    Ghostrider
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Game Creek in Vail was a fun experience. The service was excellent however the food was not up to par for such a neat place. The ambience was great! I'd probably go back but would like to see the food match the prices.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stellar!!!!
    Buddy25VIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    If in Vail, you just have to go. From beginning to end you'll be smiling ear to ear.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb All Around
    OzTorVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    This was a great experience from beginning to end. From the ski lift quad ride, to the snow cat ride to the door of the restaurant and to the fantastic food, presentation and service. Game Creek knows how to provide a first class experience. The lamb was prepared better than I have ever tasted--and I eat lamb out often. It was succulent, tasty and perfectly cooked. In fact, all items we tried were excellent. The staff is courteous and completely professional from start to finish. Highly recommend. Wonderful wine list and great sommelier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once In A Lifetime
    BonVivant
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Truly a special experience and not easily reproduced.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Very cool to ride the snowcat up the mountain. The club is beautiful inside and the tasting menu was inventive and all courses were delicious. They seems overwhelmed when we dined there, though, and it took almost 1/2 hour to get drinks and bread to the table. They do have a kids' "tasting menu", which was a nice option, considering how expensive their regular menu is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • game creek experience
    giggy
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    This is a great dining experience and an adventure.You first take a 15 minute ride up vail mountain in a gondola followed by a 10 minute snowcat ride to the restaurant.The food was outstanding 2 of us had a 3 service option and 2 choose the 4 service option.The restaurant is in a huge wonderfully decorated wooden cabin and the food was exquisite.My only complain was that our waiter was a little over the top in one upmanship.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food in an outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Excellent food in an outstanding setting on the mountain. The dining experience is wonderful as is the trip there via gondola and snow cat.
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