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Kelly Liken
Kelly Liken

Kelly Liken Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.kellyliken.com
  • Phone: (970) 479-0175
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner Nightly: 6:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Kelly Liken
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Kelly Liken offers a wonderful option for your next special event. Our beautifully redone interior hosts a perfect and intimate setting for 72 guests in a unique fine dining, metropolitan like atmosphere. From weddings to corporate parties, let Kelly Liken take care of your group's needs during your time in Vail. At Kelly Liken we are passionate about creating a tailor-made dining experience for each of our guests. Meredith will work with you to ensure a memorable experience for you and your guests by customizing a menu for the group, arranging seating in the restaurant, discussing payment options and meeting special requests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: S. Frontage Road
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking for all dinner guests.
A word from Kelly Liken
At restaurant Kelly Liken, we are passionate about providing you with a one-of-a-kind dining experience in Vail, CO. We serve a simple, yet exciting Seasonal American Cuisine that relies heavily on locally produced and cultivated products. The menu changes frequently to offer the highest quality ingredients of each season. In addition to offering the freshest seasonal fare, we will be offering over thirty wines by the glass, a full bar featuring hand-crafted cocktails and a wine list containing over 100 selections.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "We had to ask more than once for bread, and it was mediocre at best. Have been there many times - one of the first I felt we were not treated well overall."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "One goes to KL to experience a unique preparation of food presented in a beautiful way. We started with cocktails and I must say, that was part of the highlight of the night. Great care is taken with the prep and they were delicious. It is a priced fixe menu, three courses for $74 not including dessert. We have been dining at KL since it opened ten years ago whenever we visit Vail. Although our meal was delicious and service was fine, I must say we enjoyed the experience much more when the restaurant first opened. We were pleased with our meal and will return but just think it has moved down a notch or two since they opened ten years ago. The sticky bun sundae was absolutely heavenly."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "They do a prix fixe farmers market driven dinner on Sundays. Beginning at 830 a local jazz group (frequently augmented by additional folks sitting in). The food is great (as always) 3 courses (choice of 2 starters, 3 mains plus dessert) and the music is just about the right loudness for the combined space. If you are into music come late. If you want a quiet romantic dinner plan on getting done by 830. (We planned for the music and stayed to the end)."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Kelly Liken has been the best spot in Vail in my opinion for quite some time, most of the places you can stumble into are mediocre, Kelly Liken would never been seen if not for its/her reputation. The plates are small but delicious, creative but not weird, the service is great, the valet parked my car with my dog in the back seat, I will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This was our second year to visit Kelly Liken while in Vail. The food and cocktails continued to impress and were beautiful, creative, and tasty. From the elk carpaccio to the seasonal profiteroles with sorrel mousse, it was a completely memorable and spectacular meal! Definitely the best food in Vail / BC Valley!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This is the place for that special dinner. Service is exceptional, ambiance is unique, and the food is second to none."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Kelly Liken was a "must" visit for our week in Vail, recommended by everyone. All of the dishes on our fixed price meals were presented beautifully and offered wonderful combinations of flavors that one hopes for from an accomplished chef. Our only disappointment was in the wine list. The wines were no doubt of very high quality, but prices so high that matching courses with their best wine became prohibitively expensive. Possibly to address this issue, most wines-by-the-glass are offered by the half glass, but I cannot believe that a broader selection of quality wines cannot be offered by this knowledgeable restaurant."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "They offer a 3-course meal for $49 on Sunday night which is a great value for this top class restaurant. Valet parking is another plus."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Outstanding food and service. Loved the small sweet treats at end of meal complements of pastry chef - perfect amount. Only negative - atmosphere was very flat, no energy in the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "A visit to Kelly Liken is a must for those visiting Vail and looking for a truly excellent meal. We had the asparagus salad, beet salad, buckwheat farfalle, octopus, halibut and lamb. The kitchen was firing on all cylinders and didn't miss a beat. The courses were well paced and paired with excellent wines from a smartly constructed by the glass list. While not cheap, the quality of the food and level of service we received more than justified the expense."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Unusual food, all delicious. Very solicitous and knowledgeable staff. This was a big splurge for us, and it was definitely worth it -- we enjoyed the meal enormously."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Some very unusual and unique dishes. Cold pea soup and the sticky bun dessert were the best. My sirloin steak came out as 4 slices of which one was all fat and grissel that I could not even cut. The replacement came quickly and was tender but had no flavor. 1/2 glass of wine was priced ike a full one."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The highlights; the Sommelier was very helpful and great to talk too, the perfectly cooked New York Strip w/ bone marrow pasta and soubise sauce was out of this world delicious!! Kelly's signature trout dish with beurre blanc was equally prepared without a flaw and just plain delicious. The profiterole dessert was a fantastic way to end the meal. The bottom line is the current 3-course meal is an incredible way to experience the wonderful food that is skillfully prepared and so thoughtfully plated."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Very unique and tasty dishes. The service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "It was our 38th Wedding Anniversary and we were in Vail for a special weekend. The staff and food at Kelly Liken was exceptional. They treated us like we were royalty and had a "Happy Anniversary" on the menu. We would go back in a second and plan on visiting them anytime we are in Vail."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "My wife and had enjoyed dinner last week celebrating our 39th anniversary. We try to dine at the restaurant at least once a year. Their food is always good. But this time it was one of the best meals we eaten anywhere. Along with the food the service was great. It was a quiet Thursday night during shoulder season"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We drove from Denver to have dinner. When we arrived at the restaurant we were told that we did not have a reservation because they had sold the night out to one party. The "hostess" told us that she had left three messages on my cell. A lie, she had left one which I obviously didn't get. Then some guy comes out and says that the restaurant wasn't open to the public yet after mud season. Well Open Table thought it open and made a reservation and Kelly Liken's website said it was open. We received a reminder from Open Table the day before. I have no intention of ever eating at Kelly Liken. A professional business person would never leave one message and not follow up to make certain that it was receive. I have never been treated so rudely"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Nothing really good,small portions,very expensive. This place is only for " to see and be seen" ,nothing more. Even the names and description of the dishes are made in a way a you don't undersand what it really is and what are you going to get."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Ive been here twice and both times has the food and service blown me away here. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We completely enjoyed both our meal and the service. The three-course menu offerings were innovative, complimentary to one another, and proportioned beautifully. Staff was knowledgeable about the food and wine, providing good input on both. No 2-pound steaks (thank goodness). Highly satisfying in all regards."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We like good food, we've traveled all over the world and appreciate the finer things chefs have to offer. I was a professional cook in my first profession. This food at Kelly Liken was quite good, had creative, interesting ingredients - some of it was difficult to identify but just too expensive! Some people like to be able to ID their food. We had limited amounts of wine - the bottles were too expensive for the normal person. (However, it was a nice option to be able to order ½ glass of wine) I had 1.5 glasses of wine, my husband had 2.5 glasses of wine - our bill, including the tip, was $279 for two people and we didn't even have dessert! Just so you know, we could afford it - but we won't return based on the inflated prices. Thank you."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Kelly Liken was recommended to us as the "best restaurant in Vail". Everything about Kelly Liken was over the top, in a good way. The staff were helpful and friendly and went out of their way to make sure we had a special romantic dinner. Further, even though we dined with them off peak season the experience was not diminished at all, unlike some other restaurants which were understaffed. Of all the fine dining restaurants we visited during our Honeymoon, this one was the most memorable."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The food was perfect...each course was impeccably prepared and had a combination of unusual and interesting flavors of whatever was fresh at the market that day. Our dining experience was wonderful , fun and exceeded our expectations...even though I had dined there before and knew what to expect. We all tried different entrees...the duck and lamb and trout all outstanding... Our out of town guest from Boston was pleasantly surprised and commented that there were no flaws in any course. The desserts ( carmel pudding cake and mint mousse)which we "didn't have room for" were devoured and a perfect ending for a perfect evening.."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My wife and I frequent the Vail Valley often, and Kelly Liken is one of our favorites. Once again, our meals were excellent, very fresh tasting and flavorful.. Service was top notch---- on the money and not obtrusive, from reservation desk to the waitstaff to the valet. Another wonderful evening for both of us."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Restaurant was mostly empty on a Saturday night in peak ski season - we should have taken this as a bad omen. Lamb was tough, main courses served luke warm and vegetables stone cold."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We loved the food at this place and the service was outstanding. We all had the beet salad to start and really enjoyed it. For the second course had homemade garganelli pasta with mushrooms and scallops with pork belly, both were terrific. The entrees we had were the lamb, strip steak & trout. All were fabulous! For dessert we enjoyed the chocolate mousse with mint & found it refreshing. We can't wait to return, that's how good the food is."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We have visited Vail each March for many years and have wanted to dine at Kelly Liken since it first opened to rave reviews a few years ago. Planning our trip for this year, we made reservations to do so several weeks in advance. Checking Trip Advisor prior to our departure revealed a few negative comments that almost caused us to change our plans. Had this restaurant gone sour? Well, nothing could be further from the truth. From the moment we arrived we received the highest caliber service that we have experienced in some time. The wait staff advice, service and explanation of the menu that evening was superb. The food was wonderful, perhaps the best overall experience we have ever had in Colorado."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I booked the reservation after reading everyones reviews, and we knew the meal would be great. Actually it was AMAZING!! My husband and I eat paleo. We received a call 1 day before and was asked if there were any food allergies, they were very accommodating! The chef created the most impressive array of delicious foods including a wonder dessert. The scallop and pork belly should not be missed! You can't make a bad choice on their menu."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Small and quaint with outstanding food and wine! What more could one want? Guaranteed to have a very special dining experience!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I always feel like I should enjoy this restaurant more than I do, given its reputation. It is necessary to eat a prix fixe meal here, and the night I was there the only second course I wanted to eat was no longer available. Overall, the food was good, but that was the only thing I really liked about the restaurant. It was so hot I had to start taking off clothes as soon as I sat down. The wine list lacks interest, if you are not a billionaire, and I had a hard time finding a white I wanted to drink for $80. The restaurant was very loud from the outset, which I don't expect at this price level, and the four party animals who were seated next to us were so loud we had to go to the bar for our coffee. A disappointment."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The food is fabulous and all of the servers are a true joy. Amazing and fun place to dine! Can't say enough good thins about everything from our cocktails, multi course dinner and wine!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Wonderful presentation of outstanding food. Always a treat when at Vail"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Loved loved loved this dining experience, from the minute we walked in the door until we left after our meal. Everything and everyone top notch. Well worth the big bucks!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Although this restaurant is pricey, it absolutely has the best service of any restaurant I have ever been to. Food is delicious and beautiful. Portions are small, but we were still full after the three courses."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food was delicious with beautiful presentation, the service was impeccable, the wine was excellent. If you're going to be in, or near, Vail, and want a fine dining experience, this is the place to go!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Our meals and experience at Kelly Liken just get better and better. One of the very best restaurants in the Vail Valley!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We felt rushed though the restaurant wasn't even half full and we had arrived at 6:00 as this was the only available slot on Opentable or 8pm. The courses came fast and furiously. Which is how I can see the food wasn't cooked correctly. The starter I had was actually very well executed, it was a sashimi dish. However, I was promised a jalapeño flavour which I felt was missing. The other dishes, my pork belly was dry and the lamb undercooked. My husband had the quail and trout for his subsequent courses and they too were over cooked. I wondered if the chef, Kelly, was in the kitchen as this was not was one would have expected of such a well respected cook. The one redeeming aspect of the evening was the manager who apologised profusely."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We make a point of coming to Kelly Liken each year. The food is unfailingly delicious with new combinations of flavors. This is truly a restaurant for the discriminating palate. The service is always wonderful, relaxed but attentive. Despite the price, there is no snobbishness here. As I said, we keep coming back. It is worth it to note, that this is one of, if not the, most expensive restaurant in Vail. I think it is worth it for a special night out, but you need to be prepared for its $75 price fixe menu."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The food was interesting but way over priced. I live in NYC and have paid less for better food. Wine by the glass averaged $25."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "I don't quite get how they assign tables...the restaurant was never quite full, still they place parties of two like us who had made reservations way in advance on tiny little tables next to the kitchen door while leaving the bigger ones for walk-ins that never showed up. We also did not like the way the menu was set up. I like the idea of prix-fixe menus. But I don't want to be forced to have 2 starters and a main course, and then be offered a desert...I don't eat that much. I'd much rather have the choice of how to configure my 3 course meal between starters, main course and desert. All in all there was a lot of pretense there. Fortunately, there is a quite a choice of excellent restaurants in Vail these days, so we don't have to go back."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
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