La Bottega - Vail
La Bottega - Vail

La Bottega - Vail

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://labottegavail.com/
  • Phone: 970-476-0280
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Stephen Virion
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: La Bottega offers catering from small personalized functions to buffets. From our famous East Coast style sandwich selections to Colorado Lamb or White Truffle Menus (in season) and authentic Italian Cuisine, La Bottega offers you a wide selection of options for your private affair. You may select off of our menus available on our website or have Chef Stephen Virion make a personalized menu to fit your event. Regardless, you will have a dining experience to remember. We will take care of all of your catering needs so that you can enjoy Vail and the mountains of Colorado.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private room on second floor is available for up to 28 people Our Wine Bar is available for receptions and small events. Restaurant buy outs are available for entire night or for a portion of the evening.
  • Private Party Contact: Stephen Virion 9704760280

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vail Rd.
  • Public Transit: Free in town public transportation is available on Meadow Drive which runs from 7:00 a.m until 2:00 a.m. La Bottega is just steps away from the Vail Plaza stop. La Bottega is on the corner of Meadow Drive and Vail Road.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Vail is a pedestrian village. Vail Transportation Center and Lionshead parking facilities are available. There is free parking in these public areas after 3:00 p.m. You may take a bus from either public parking structure or it is a 5 minute walk; West from the Vail Parking Structure and East from the Lionshead Parking Structure.
A word from La Bottega - Vail
La Bottega has been a mainstay for both locals and tourists alike since 1997. Having started as a sandwich and deli operation, La Bottega has grown into one of the top destinations for dining in the Vail Valley. La Bottega offers authentic Italian cuisine with the Chef Stephen Virion having worked in Tuscany and the Veneto regions of Italy. His wife, Elisabetta, is from Asiago, Italy and has crafted the wine list to compliment the cuisine. La Bottega's Wine Bar is a great place for apres ski or to just have a glass of wine with friends from our award winning wine list. Of course our famous sandwiches and our stone oven pizzas are still a big draw. At La Bottega there is something for everyone so as to make your dining experience enjoyable.
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La Bottega - Vail reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (20)fit for foodies (14)neighborhood gem (12)special occasion (10)notable wine list (10)hot spot (7)romantic (7)good for groups (6)scenic view (5)great for lunch (5)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • service w/ an attitude
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Mostly men and they have such a cavalier attitude, like they don't want to be there..took away from the decent food
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  • Delicious Italian in the mountains
    Neetsie
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    When in Vail, we always head back to La Bottega for consistently excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SarawdVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The dish I had (chicken with penne) was way below average.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food at La Bottega is consistently great, and the service is good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • must have been an off night
    JillnancyVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I've been eating at this restaurant for years but last week it was lousy. The pizza tasted like it came out of a box and the pasta was gooey. Not sure if there is a new chef but they most def need to get back to where they used to be.
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  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is one of our favorite places to eat in vail. Food is always good. The service this time could have been much better but we would still go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!!
    Mags1739
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My family goes to Vail every August and we always make a point to stop at La Bottega. The food is AMAZING. We crave it all year and it always meets expectations! Service was good, and atmosphere is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not so great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Been here several times in the past, and those visits have been much much better. We were there to celebrate a birthday and honestly so disappointed. The goat cheese appetizer that has been great in the past was awful, the sauce was like tomato soup! The lobster ravioli should have been called garlic ravioli, the mussels were so spicy, almost too spicy to eat. The service was very unattentive and almost rude. With all the other wonderful choices in Vail I wish we would have celebrated somewhere else!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoor patio dining
    BeardiesRuleVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Nice spot to have a quick meal with our grandkids. Greek salad with seared Ahi was delicious. Bowl of mussels also excellent, but Margarita pizza disappointing (no sliced tomatoes) just sauce, cheese & basil. TED sandwich (Thanksgiving Every Day) also disappointing since I never visit Vail without eating one. It just wasn't up to usual deliciousness. Sangria was great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Count on it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Always a first stop when visiting Vail. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    localvail
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The food was fabulous, the first table where we were seated was much too loud, especially for a group of 5 one hard of hearing, we were reseated and it was much better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good meal.
    martyVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    the staff went out of their way to accomodate us as we arrived about 2 hours before our reservation (we were tied and hungry and wanted to see if they could fit us in) and they did!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You are on your own
    seethedolphinsVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Service was poor from the moment we got there. Party of four, reservations, arrived early enough to sit on the patio. Servers seemed confused about what to do with us! We did our own seating. After waiting a while for our wine, we started to relax, then asked for bread. It eventually showed up -- three pieces for four people -- math is hard! We asked for additional pieces. And asked. Eventually decided to go ahead and start -- how surprising it was hard and stale. Lunch leftovers maybe? So around the fourth or fifth go-round we did get some warm soft fresh bread. Of course, by then entres were on the table. OK, so bread isn't the end of the world and the entres were OK. But server attitude really sets the tone.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 291 reviews are from the La Bottega - Vail reviews archive.
  • Nice dinner after the season.
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Season had just ended in Vail and there were not many restaurants open. We had a very nice meal at La Bottega, good food, great service, and very nice people. My veal Milanese was very good and well seasoned, but slightly over cooked. Regardless, we had a nice evening and would go back.
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  • Excellent food + great ambiance
    Prg311
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    This restaurant never ceases to be one of the most enjoyable restaurants to visit in Vail. Each season, we make it our unspoken requirement to dine here at least once. It's because of its delicious food and it's always amazing ambiance that this restaurant greatly distinguishes itself from all the others, both must-sees when in Vail.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy, yet refined Italian
    phllysweet
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I am Italian and from Philadelphia, where quality Italian food is easy to come by. However, since moving to Colorado, I have yet to find an authentic Italian restaurant. La Bottega not only had the perfect ambiance, but the food was also delicious. The baked goat cheese appetizer and the lobster ravioli are delicious! We finished off the night with tiramisu, which was perfectly light and creamy along with the Biscotti vin santo, a tuscan favorite of mine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cozy and the well thought out menu
    jillF
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    The decor and ambiance was great and the Italian menu was well thought out. The lobster ravioli was delicious and the beef carpaccio with a truffle cream sauce was delicious.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better go to Olive Garden
    Emilio
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Made a reservation at 6.45PM. Showed up at 6.20 and told the guy at the desk if he could sit us early. He grumbled something and then proceeded to sit us.... there were many empty tables.... should have taken that as a signal. We asked for two appetizers and 5 main courses. The appetizers were fine... especially the Burrata salad. The pastas were terrible. Everyone left at least half their plate. The reality is tha the place, although located in prime real estate (Vail) it could barely cook italian better than your average cheap chain. At the end they show up with an 18% "optional" service charge... Spent almost $300 on bad italian for the family.
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  • Last year I came to have dinner
    Gill
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Last year I came to have dinner at La Bottega and had a wonderful experience, when I looked at the reviews I was a little concerned that it was not the same. But the food and service was fantastic. Actually, better than last time.We will return again with no hesitations. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant surprise!
    TenneesseeJulieVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Food was great! Worth the money we paid. Drinks are slightly overpriced. We will return for dinner the next time we are in Vail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was not good- meals came
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Food was not good- meals came cold and not very tasteful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A staple for every Vail visit!
    McForkle
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We go to La Bottega every year when we visit Vail - great comfort food, good wine and consistently good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience!
    WonderfullyRomanticVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The night started out with a hitch as another group of five individuals "stole" our table by telling management that they were us! Well, they were NOT us--a little upsetting (for all involved). Without missing a beat, the manager told us (in no uncertain terms) that he would "handle the situation!" In a matter of seconds, we were given the best seat in the house! The appetizers were amazing. The salads (Josephine and Caesar) were fantastic! The main courses (wagyu ravioli with truffles and lobster ravioli and salmon) were all wonderful. However, possibly the best part of the night was the outstanding service from Zizi. He recommended the world-famous tiramisu! Loved this experience. We will be back next time in Vail!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Double thumbs down
    Vail
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Dont go to this restaurant. It was terrible! It may offer pizzas, but at Vail there are so many other options. You lived learn.
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  • old salad
    Lilly
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    I had the Greek salad with Salmon. The Greek salad was old except for a side of greens right out of a supermarket bag with no dressing, Salmon was overcooked and not the freshest tasting. The soup was not good either. Our waiter was playing the disappearing act a lot. So we ended up asking other waiters who were all helpful.
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  • Average
    Michael
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We made a reservation weeks in advance and when we arrived the stuck us in a back room in a cramped corner. And there were 2 other tables in the small rood with screaming children. The other section of the restaurant had a much better atmosphere and we felt we missed out on a major part of the attraction of the restaurant. So we sat in a cramped corner in the crummy part of the restaurant with screaming children. We will not go back.
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  • Nice and quiet upstairs
    rbps
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We ate in the upstairs dining room for the first time and highly recommend it as a quieter and less busy room. The food was excellent, as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not recommend
    Chuck
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    A $40 bowl of pasta w/ truffles should be good. WRONG! Pasta, not the truffles, was so dry I sent it back , 2nd time it was worst! DON'T go there. Other had a so-so meal
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  • Food was great, service was
    rbps
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Food was great, service was acceptable but we didn't get the impression that our server really was focused on ensuring our satisfaction and enjoyment. Seating at the café tables is awkward and the noise level in the bar was rather high, but the good food offsets those aspects of the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was good
    goodVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    despite the fact that it closes at a certain time and I've heard bad reviews from the locals about the owner the this was one of the better places we ate at in Vail. Much better than Campo and less expensive too. We stayed across the street and really enjoyed everything we ordered. Def will go again when we get back. Best part is it closes so early that you can still go to a bar afterward.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere and delicious food
    Delicious
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    A wonderful evening with delicious food! The decor and the cozy tables and bar seating give La Bottega a neighborhood bistro feel. The noise level is rather high, so this is not the place for a romantic evening out. We chose La Bottega based on the variety of its menu and its convenient location in the heart of Vail Village. We were not disappointed! The presentation of the all dishes we ordered was impressive, and the desserts were a special treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • most accommodating
    angie
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The service and the food quality was outstanding! The staff couldn't do enough for you, anything you asked for you received even if something was not on the menu they prepared for you and to your liking. !!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good enough food, mediocre service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Maybe it was the night we were here, but we had to choose our wine 3 times because they were out of whatever we asked for, then they were out of one of the diner's dinner choice. Did our server have no idea when the order was placed? Had to ask numerous times for requested things like drinks, wine bucket, more bread/ breadsticks. Food was fine but not outstanding and annoying dining experience, especially for the guy paying the bill!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delisioso
    Madiooch
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Ate here last here on our trip to Vail. Only problem was that it was our last night and could not return for a second night! We weren't going to let that happen this year....love the seat at the brick oven bar but it can be hot. They have a great wine list, huge salads, great pasta dishes and yummy entrees. My 16 year old son always gets the spaghetti and meatballs and my husband loves their Dover sole. Last year I had the spaghetti carbonara (very memorable) but this year had the immense bowl of mussels that I watched Caesar make right in front of me! Spectacular! If we can carve out the time we will most definitely return this week and,if blessed to make it back to Vail again, on our next visit! Also, their pizzas are not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in vail!!
    Debbers18VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Best food and a lot of fun , very energetic !!! Hot spot in town, not to be missed!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Started off with a "bang" when hostess threw down menus at a bar table because she did not like the that I asked for a regular table and not a high boy at the bar against a cold window. The bread was nothing remarkable and the linguine and clams was dry and was not memorable. My wife had overcooked cannelloni in that the pasta portion was down right hard. Eventually another hostess came over and apologized for the first hostess...I asked the waiter his opinion on the selected entrees and he said great to everything I asked...obviously they have not eaten their own food.
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  • Amazing italian in vail village
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Overall the food is amazing, the wine list is a bit limited and pricey and even with a reservation u always wait 15-30 mins. The sevice was very good and you cant find better italian in vail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is one of our all time
    Robb
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    This is one of our all time favorite place in Vail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Sabrina
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We had a good time and good food, a bit overpriced for the meal we had.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We dine in this restaurant
    stenterVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    We dine in this restaurant every year when we go to Vail . The food is tasty, I love the spaghetti a la carbonara and the veal chop milanesa .Everybody is friendly. It never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate