Mountain Standard
Mountain Standard

Mountain Standard

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mtnstandard.com/
  • Phone: 9704760123
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Paul Anders
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: The Vail Village free in town bus shuttle is available year round throughout the village. Take the bus to the Covered Bridge stop and proceed as noted below. Free public transportation is also available from East to West Vail into the Transportation Center at the main parking structure.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Mtn Standard is located in the heart of the Vail Village, which is a pedestrian village. Take interstate 70 to the Vail exit #176. Proceed through rotary intersections so that you wind up heading East on the So. Frontage Road (ski mountain side of the highway). Go eastbound approx.¼ mile to the Vail Village parking structure. Exit the structure out the middle portal to the south. Go across the Covered Bridge another 75 yards, and go right on Gore Creek Dr. We are down the steps past the Fountain
A word from Mountain Standard
From the creators of Sweet Basil in Vail Colorado comes a fresh, innovative new restaurant opening December 2012. Aptly named Mountain Standard, this rustic and relaxed tavern aims to set a new standard in the Vail valley by using an ancient form of cooking.

The majority of Mountain Standard’s menu will be prepared via the most primal cooking method: over an open and live wood fire. The only restaurant in the valley to devote themselves to this age-old way of cooking, the food at this exciting new restaurant will have rustic, bold and honest flavors, focusing on the purest ingredients in the Rocky Mountain region and beyond.

Service, like the cuisine, will have that perfect balance of providing a first class dining experience with a more casual vibe. There is no smoke and mirrors here - no fuss - just simple, honest, from the heart service and cooking. The beauty of the creek side location is mirrored by the high energy vibe of this dynamic restaurant.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Mountain Standard reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (84)great for outdoor dining (75)scenic view (57)special occasion (38)neighborhood gem (38)hot spot (37)great for lunch (34)vibrant bar scene (27)romantic (21)good for groups (16)kid-friendly (10)late-night find (8)great for brunch (7)notable wine list (6)Show More
  • Great Spot
    brody
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Delicious food and great service. A nice vibe. We would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • YNOTVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Third time we dined at Mountain standard. Don't be misled by the logo of the restaurant. Excellent fish dishes are a winner- Bass, Trout are tops, along with Tuna Tartare.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    pineyrivermoose
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The restaurant was pretty good. I don't mind paying for a good meal, but I did feel the food was a little overpriced here. We had serious issues with service, and by the end the waitress was nowhere to be seen. It was odd. But the food was definitely good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely the Best
    BMWChefVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I just spent a week in NYC dining at all the HOT new restaurants and now vacationing in beautiful Vail, CO. I expected very good but not world class food. Well, Mountain Standard delivered world class food and served it in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Our server, Lisa, was top notch... not stuffy or formal, but knew every ingredient by heart. She was a delight. Try the coal roasted olives and the pimento cheese as starters. The stone fruits were amazing! Everything we tried was so exceptional that we returned for lunch the next day and dined on more exceptional cuisine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • newer option if Vail
    rocco
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    sitting cross from Gore Creek, this is an excellent relaxed location. Watch the water, and people and dogs. this is in the old Blu's location. I believe i read it is owned by Sweet Basil's. Food is excellent. we had a very good waitor as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lucky find - thanks OT!
    JohnnyT
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We stopped by Vail en route from Aspen to Boulder. This is steps from parking garages. In great location behind main street shops overlooking a small park and steam. Open air but under roof. Great, tasty, and creative presentation of good food e.g. warm olive, raisin, and pine nut appetizer and great salads and sandwiches. Good-for-you food doesn't have to be dull, or over-spiced, or boring.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MOUNTAIN STANDARD
    Trent
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great fun place, crowded but that is what gave it the atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Lunch Spot
    ALDiner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    If you are a fan of Sweet Basil (located above Mountain Standard), you will definitely love this restaurant. The menu is much different than Sweet Basil, but the same thoughtfulness and care is put into their food--resulting in a delicious meal. If you're a serious wine-o that needs diversity in the wine list, then this might not be the best place for you. Even though the wine by the bottle list was short, there are bottle options that are top notch. We are going back to Vail in two months, and Mountain Standard is now on the short list of our favorite restaurants. Rotisserie chicken, beef tartar, and the pimento cheese app are amazing. Shrimp and grits should be missed. I can't wait to come back and try more things on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting Menu But Average Fair
    DutchDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This restaurant came highly recommended so we were excited to fine here on our recent stay in Vail. We had a reservation and upon checking in were lead to the table right next to the restrooms. We asked if there was anything else available (there were several empty tables near the front of the restaurant) and the hostess begrudgingly sat us at another table. We wanted to try as many things as possible so we ordered a plate from each course. We found that all three courses were fairly bland and lacked much flavor, including the kids meals. Overall we were disappointed as we had looked forward to a goody type of dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem
    Indyhop
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The restaurant is along the river in Vail in an area we didn't even realize existed. The setting is beautiful and serene; and the restaurant ended up being our favorite. The food, service and ambiance were all great!! We especially enjoyed that the manager spent quite a bit of time chatting with us and was extremely cordial. Cannot wait to go there again next time we're in Vail!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    eatright
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My husband and I had an appetizer and wine one afternoon at Mountain Standard and our experience was so good we returned for dinner. The sweet pea bruschetta brought us back and we enjoyed it again for dinner along with the trout. Everything was so delicious. The manager came by and made sure all was going well. A wonderful dining experience and would recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I dine here often and the food and service are always consistently high. Creative menu offering something for kids and adults alike.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ctltribecaVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Well preparer dishes. Attentive staff. Unique ingredients find themselves well matched on the plates.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Typical Vail--OVERPRICED!
    VicPickVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This place is typical for Vail--it's ridiculously overpriced! I ordered the lamb salad. For $19, the salad had about 3 oz of lamb and some curried chickpeas. My husband had a BLT that was very greasy.
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  • Don't miss Mountain Standard
    eleeg78VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My second visit was as great as my first. High expectations being that this is the sister restaurant of Sweet Basil, Mountain Standard does not disappoint. It's got a littler younger, fresh vibe and the food is still excellent. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top 5 meal for me.
    Dinalewallen
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Eaten at a lot of similar restaurants and thought the menu, service and food quality was superb. Reasonably priced for area. Meat and fish options wonderful. B. Great atmosphere and staff. Highly recommend for memorable Vail meal. They are not just going through the motions. Manager was passionate and engaged with our meal. Fabulous find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    RLBTX3
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Everything was wonderful at Mountain Standard. The food was delicious and they make a great margarita!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service except wine
    JimC
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The food was outstanding and the server very attentive. Unfortunately the white wine we ordered was sold out (in these days of in house printers or wine lists on pads come on!). They offered a substitute but not at the same price. The red wine we ordered with dinner was also out but their sister restaurant had it so they ran and got it. It arrived just about as we finished our entrees. Wine service put a bit of a damper on another wise great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3 Little Pigs - OMG!
    jemerdeuse
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    You want meat in your life? Head to Mountain Standard. The usual suspects are here, but the finer things - chicharrones, bones, and ears - all are here too. And even the lowly salad with chicken is made to fly high with charred cippolines and torn toasty sourdough. Not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RobertCVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    apps were great but the two steaks ordered medium were very rare and because of the lavish presentation (with various things all over steaks - a good thing) it made it hard to send the steaks back for more cooking. We are big fans of this place and have eaten here several times with all previous times being great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    ck2014VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband and I were in Vail for one night and, after much internet research, settled on dinner at Mountain Standard. It was fabulous. From the food and drinks to the service to the atmosphere, everything was perfect. Our dishes (I had the chicken and biscuits and he had the hanger steak) were seasoned perfectly. We ordered a side of creamed corn - delicious! I could go on and on. Check it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Evening with friends
    TWINKIDEB
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We were greeted by the host when we arrived for our 6:15 pm reservation. Our party of four was then directed to a booth in the back of the restaurant near the restrooms. As having been there several times. I knew this to be too busy of an area for conservation and asked and was moved to a better location. After being seated, it took a while before we were greeted by the server and provided with water. The restaurant was busy at the outside seating area, but not inside at this time. We were then asked for our drink order and while thinking, we ordered two appetizers. One came on time, the other arrived with our dinner order. We took our time in reviewing the menus, food and wine, and felt at times that this was a problem. Felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NEW FAVORITE in VAIL
    Penelope
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Can't say enough about this GEM. Great menu, great service and outstanding food. The management and staff are extremely professional. We sat where we could see the kitchen. WOW! Talk about well run - this place is amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kid friendly and delicious
    Mamawantstakeout
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This place was kid-friendly for our one year old and all the food was delicious. Go here- you will not regret it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience .. but
    GeeksEat
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Good creative menu and food. Every food item prepared was very good, including the coctails. The atmosphere, I would call, upbeat, modern, rustic casual was inviting and appropriate for what they are trying to do. Staff is friendly and efficient. Our only complaint was the turn and burn pace of the experience. We had anticipated this from other reviews so only gave eack course order when we were ready to receive, and then before we could sit back and relax the food arrived. For this price point and the atmosphere they are trying for, a little slow food experience would welcome.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise Level
    carl
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The noise level was unbearable. Diners were noisy. Staff was noisy. One could barely hear fellow diners opposite side of the booth. Too bad, because loved the food and will recommend with noise caveat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal in Vail
    Mouche
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Get the shrimp & grits, asparagus and egg, anything recommended by your server. All top-notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food, Service & Ambiance
    StLouisLoveToDine
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We had a perfect meal/evening at Mountain Standard! Sat at a patio table overlooking the river. Started with a smooth D.A.C. to drink. The wood grilled bruschetta with sweet pea hummus and the pimento cheese with bacon jam were excellent starters. The Rotisserie pork loin over the creamed corn and with mustard greens was juicy and very flavorful. My friends cleaned their plates of the striped bass and shrimp and grits. Service was excellent and all staff were enthusiastic about their menu. We'll return again during this visit to Colorado. A must got to restaurant when near Vail!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific and attractive
    AnitaVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Food was remarkably tasty. Well served and would definitely recommend it
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    4 of us had lunch at Mountain Standard and we were all impressed with the quality of the food. Everything was delicious and enjoyable
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, great service
    BetinaVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were in Vail for the 4th of July weekend, so the fact that the place was crowded was no surprise - glad we had a reservation. This was our first visit into Vail so we were using Google map to find our way around. After meandering around the plaza we gave up trying to find this place and walked into a pet boutique to ask for directions. Past the fountain, down the stairs, turn left . . . finally found it. We were seated a little past our reserved time, but the service was so good that the late seating was quickly forgotten. I ordered the trout and my husband ordered the chicken - both cooked to perfection. This isn't the place for nice quiet conversation with the bar situated right next to the dining area, but it was a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cgianel1VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Nice energy inside and great appetizers. The pimento cheese is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mountain Standard Rocks!
    Rick
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was amazing. We shared trout and the chicken with a biscuit. Crazy good! The shrimp and grits had us liking the bowl. Fries were the best. Matt and team took great care if us. Definitely on our list to return...and rave about.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where is Seinfield?
    Diningoutnow
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Placed a reservation on Open Table and placed in special request section the desire to sit near the window. The greeting we got was that we knew you wanted a window view but we just seated someone at one of those tables but we hope another will become available in the next 20 minutes. The next one was not available for another hour. It was obvious that the restaurant couldn't manage their seating or special requests. We were seated in a corner of the bar where it was hard to hear and dark . This steak place had two steaks with limited flavor. Shrimp and grit appetizer was good. Hostess came around a few times because she knew they didn't deliver and offered a dessert. But, anyone can take requests, but the deal is in managing them.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • AndiVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great place with a unique menu of options. Only one dish wasn't what we had hoped but the rest was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for lunch
    BZappVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We had a great lunch on the patio, but the only negative was that the music was extremely loud and the music kept cutting on and off like they had bad reception, so it was a little distracting and unpleasant. Other than that the food and service were great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    rixrevsVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    When we arrived we were greeted by a cheery receptionist and promptly seated. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu, friendly and engaging. We ordered the Pork Navarin and the Rotisserie chicken. The flavors of the meat were savory and smoky, exploding deliciously in our mouths. The burnt honey was a great contrast to the crispy roasted chicken.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So much better than Sweet Basil
    hypernot
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We almost cancelled our reservation when we learned this is the sister restaurant of Sweet Basil. Even though Sweet Basil is supposed to be the best restaurant in Colorado, it's creative, artful food completely lacked flavor. It seemed to be more about the chef than the food. In contrast, Mountain Standard's fare was flavorful and delicious. To start, "Three Little Pigs," was an educational, fun, and delicious tasting of ham from Virginia (our home state), Italy and Spain. We appreciated the choice of Atlantic vs. Pacific raw oysters. I loved my mountain trout and my husband's flat iron steak. In the casual and welcoming atmosphere, it was fun to watch the chefs in action, but it was more than show as evidenced by the delectable dishes!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top spot in Vail!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Dinner with the family last weekend. Read all of the hype on the internet and pleased that that our experience from start to finish was extraordinary. Our only regret was that we hadn't tried the restaurant sooner. I'll try to keep it short: don't miss the Bruschetta for starters, although the animal crackers were a treat as well. Loved the pork shank along with nibbles of the steak and chicken from the kids' plates. Returning soon to try more. Hope you are us lucky as we were to be greeted and looked after throughout our meal by Mountain Standard's gracious Manager, Dave. Cheers!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal in years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    One of the best meals we have had in a long time. The food was just spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.