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La Bottega - Vail
La Bottega - Vail

La Bottega - Vail Details

  • 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 (970) 476-0280

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Food was great! Worth the money we paid. Drinks are slightly overpriced. We will return for dinner the next time we are in Vail."
    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!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Food was not good- meals came cold and not very tasteful."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Dont go to this restaurant. It was terrible! It may offer pizzas, but at Vail there are so many other options. You lived learn."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We go to La Bottega every year when we visit Vail - great comfort food, good wine and consistently good."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "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."
    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. !!!!!!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Best food and a lot of fun , very energetic !!! Hot spot in town, not to be missed!!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "This is one of our all time favorite place in Vail."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "We had a good time and good food, a bit overpriced for the meal we had."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "I don't write a lot of reviews but, I felt this place warranted one. We had been to the restaurant in the past. It was lively and the food was good. The service the first time was very good. The waiters were constantly coming by to ask how things were and if anything was needed at the table. This time was the complete opposite! We waited 1/2 after being seated before anyone came to take our drink order. We actually had to flag someone down to send our actual waiter over to the table. We decided to order everything at once, just in case... My husband spoke to the head waiter but the sad thing is, although he said he was sorry it didn't really seem genuine. For the price, the staff needs to step it up! La Bottega is off our list in Vail."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Great organization, punctuality. Everyone was eager /looking forward to serve and for the guest to have a great time! Superb menu and great service."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Based on positive reviews and also because it was described as it "offers authentic Italian cuisine" at Opentable, we had dinner. The atmosphere and the service by Latino waiters was very good. However, the food was not "authentic" Italian. We had 3 pastas, none of which was al dente. It was all boiled too long. Tasted OK. Carpaccio had strange sauce. Chicken was tasteless and dry. We always eat at Italian restaurants where chefs are from Italy or trained in Italy. Also we like to travel to Italy and eat all the meals except breakfast a restaurants there while travelling. So I think my comments are fair. As long as you do not expect "authentic" Italian, the food was OK. Just don't keep your expectation too high."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Very large wine list, but some of my favorites were missing, for example "il Borro""
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We have been dining at La Bottega For 10 years and have never had a better more consistent restaurant in which we love the food, wine and the staff . They are all fabuloso !!! The profiteroles are the best ever! The Wittich Family"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "we made our reservation in november, thru open table... when we arrived, they said the only had room in the bar. somehow they had not seen that we reserved almost 2 months earlier.. so i suggest double checking, which defeats the purpose of an open table table reservation. they found a spot "upstairs", which seemed not like the premier area. the service, food, and drinks were fine."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "За 10 дней пребывания в Vail самое ужасное место, если вы придете вдвоем вас посадят за высокий стол на барные стулья, не очень для романтического вечера, не так ли. Если все-таки соберетесь, возьмите ID, без него не нальют. Все официанты мексиканцы, хамоватые и забывчивые. Хуже пасты, чем в этом месте давно не ел. Соотношение цена/качество ненормальное. Идите в Four Seasons - там лучший шеф! Или в Hayatt - там вкусно накормят..."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Great food and service keeps us coming back...thank you for providing a great evening of food and fun."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "nice meal - Burrata was great. Pretty decent wine list."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "We've been to La Bottega spanning the past 12 years and it is always excellent. It started as a cozy dinner spot after skiing for my wife and I, and we now bring our 8 and 10 year old kids, whom the restaurant accomodates with a variety of upscale pasta and other side dishes. It is hard to beat the atmosphere and the location. Great wine list and wines by the glass. We typically stay away from pasta and there is plenty for the non-pasta eater, with some fabulous meat, fish and game dishes. Highly, highly recommended!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "My husband and I ate here on our first night in Vail. It was the perfect place to begin our vacation. The service was outstanding! They have an extensive menu with options for whatever you are in the mood for! From brick oven pizzas to lamb. Since we were eating fairly late we opted for the calzone, pizza, and a salad. It was wonderful and we plan to go again before we leave!"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "A nice cozy restaurant with very attentive and friendly service. Food is more of a home-cooked style, easy to eat, in a warm atmosphere. It's simply a nice place to go to enjoy a meal."
    Dined on 12/7/2013