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 WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Mountain Standard reviews from OpenTable diners
122 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (85)great for outdoor dining (83)scenic view (57)neighborhood gem (42)hot spot (42)special occasion (36)great for lunch (35)vibrant bar scene (28)romantic (23)good for groups (17)late-night find (10)notable wine list (10)kid-friendly (9)great for brunch (7)Show More
  • Specialize in Rotisserie.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Specialize in Rotisserie. We sat at the 4 person booth next to the kitchen, it was neat to watch the kitchen but you couldn't see all that much. All of the meats at my table were very moist and well seasoned. The bone marrow appetizer was very good, and I was pleased with my half chicken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The voice level was unbearable……we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    The voice level was unbearable……we were unable to have a conversation with the couple we were with. Would not go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ski and Lunch Bunch
    LuvGoodFood
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    Really enjoyed the new, more casual addition to Sweet Basil. Limited menu, but everything was really good. Very good burgers, outstanding onion rings, accompanied by a wonderful milk stout beer. Nice upscale lunch option to top off a great ski day.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little too noveau for me
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    I was told this Sweet Basil sister was Sweet Basil at half the price. Not correct on either count. This is one of those places where every menu listing just must have an ingredient or two to prove they're hip and cool, but that makes every dish an adventure. You might like that but I do not. Food was OK but nothing special to me. As the new upscale restaurant in town leveraging off Sweet Basil's name, the place will be packed this season so reserve early.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    Big disappointment. I have gone twice. They do not have their act together yet.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just what Vail needs---way
    themoat
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    Just what Vail needs---way to go! The decor, food and service were right on. We will be back and look forward to sharing this with our guests.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New and interesting presentations
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    New and interesting presentations of some American classics. A rather limited menu, but certainly worth visiting. Everything was tasty and well presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This restaurant needs to look
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    This restaurant needs to look into the whole "less is more" concept. Seems like every dish we tried what just completely over worked. The chicken especially, just had way too much going on. The food wasn't bad, but if it had been simpler, this place would have been so much better. Service was pretty good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nearly perfect by mountain
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    Nearly perfect by mountain standards (no pun intended). I find that I have to lower the bar a bit when I'm in the mountains. Great food, great service. Very cool aesthetic. A perfect option for a casual yet upscale mountain dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Strange
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/15/2013
    Strange waiter who was overbearing in the beginning (prior to ordering) and commented on how my friend was eating her food. Very strange. Then once we got our food he was nowhere to be found the rest of the meal. No refills, no nothing. All the employees were leaned against the bar in the kitchen drinking coffee and socializing - very strange. The food was odd, WAY too much going on for such a simple dish. I was extremely unimpressed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The menu has plenty of great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    The menu has plenty of great sounding options so we will be back again. Outstanding onion rings and lemon tart!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would have given a better
    GourmandVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2013
    I would have given a better review on the food, however, I ordered the marrow bones and one was not cooked...the marrow was still white and congealed. I had to send it back to be re-cooked. I understand that this restaurant is new and is ironing out kinks. But come on, it's pretty obvious when marrow bones aren't cooked. There was what they called an oxtail marmalade on top, but they should have seen the bones weren't cooked when they topped them. It was delicious. (the one still wasn't thoroughly cooked when I got it back, but I still ate most of it.) I would have expected something done for the inconvenience, but they did nothing. I will still give it another shot, cause there were so many things on the menu that I'd like to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food good. Service so-so.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    I went with friends & we sat at the bar to wait for our table. The bartender was fabulous! He & the hostess were the best service we had. Ambiance is lovely in terms of decor, but only gets 3-stars because we had a window table & it was really cold. Sampled several tasty small plates. Wouldn't recommend the artichoke, but shrimp & grits were delicious. Re: service, we were either missed (no water) or inundated. The latter when we were asked at least 4x by the server or busser if they could take our plates which obviously had food. We kept saying "no", but finally were tag-teamed & everything cleared out. Didn't seem busy enough to need to move us out. Server's attitude also changed when we weren't ordering full dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great in vail
    wineguyVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    Vail's new kid on the block but no growing pains here. They reallly have it together will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • needs time
    BestRestrauntinVailVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Maybe i was expecting more from a new restaurant and I hope everything comes together for mtn standard but this past weekend it was terrible. I do like the looks of the new place and the menu was interesting but the food was poor and way way way overpriced. When I pay close to $40 for a steak (ribeye) I want it to be a meal I remember and not one that I eat half of and dont want to see it in front of me.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food especially the
    HungryLuis
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Great food especially the new york strip. The appetizers are amazing and the service as well. Can't wait for my next visit.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great potential, but not there yet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Just opened restaurant so still working out the details. They have great potential as they are the sister restaurant to Sweet Basil, which is fantastic. Our server was very friendly but not very forthcoming about the dishes or specials. We did overhear another server who was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and offerings. I ordered the lamb which was overdone. Should have been medium-rare but came out grey and had lost its flavor. My partner ordered the porchetta which was tepid. They did remake it completely and it came out better. The shrimp appetizer was delicious. The food is creative and they are trying very hard but I will give them a little more time before going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • After reading about the goals
    ARHolter
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    After reading about the goals for the Mountain Standard, I was disappointed. Definitely a step down from Sweet Basil. In an attempt not to be upscale, the decor is minimal,table settings more like a roadside diner than a Vail restaurant and the service spotty. It was also quite noisy. Suggest you just go upstairs to Sweet Basil.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Generally a solid B+ food-wise
    GigchuggerVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    Generally a solid B+ food-wise for lunch. Good oysters and sandwiches, and well done fries and rings. Fine service and nice ambiance looking out at the creek.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unstable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    Very had service and a hamburger had to be returned because it was overcoked
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great appetizers
    DwpLjpVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2013
    Unique and delicious quail, roasted artichoke and pork belly appetizers. Leg of lamb entree nothing special, too chewy. Porchetta very tender but way too much rosemary. Nice wine choices and decent service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food if you can wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    Food was good when it finally arrived. Kitchen got backed up. Start up issues? Waiter apologized, which was appreciated.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just opened, this is a wonderful
    MontaukVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    Just opened, this is a wonderful addition to the Vail restaurant scene. Located on the Gore Creek, it offers super food and wine in a beautifully designed mountain atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More gourmet than I wanted.
    DitnerDinesOut
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Service was excellent. Some would love the food, but for me the menu was too limited for the main entrees. I had the pork chop and it was covered in a pile of spices that I am not find of. Although it looked pretty, the food tried way too hard. Over the top seasonings and expensive. This is not a place I would walk into with ski boots on but it is supposed to be more casual than Sweet Basil. Again, if you like gourmet preparations, you might like it but it wasn't for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we had wonderful food, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    we had wonderful food, service was exceptional, and we had a fun time...can't do better than that. nice to see many locals enjoying their meal also.....thanks !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic