Up The Creek
Up The Creek

Up The Creek

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vailupthecreek.com/
  • Phone: 9704768141
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Wild Game
  • Executive Chef: Douglas McAvity
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Our restaurant is available for private functions. We offer buy-outs for large parties and can handle smaller parties in our regular service. Our creek side location is the perfect setting for rehearsal dinners, weddings, and corporate events.
  • Private Party Contact: Mike Stadler 9704768141

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The only parking available is in the Vail Public Parking Structure. Handicap access and drop off at the International Bridge.
A word from Up The Creek
Up the Creek Bar and Grill has been family operated since 1988. In our effort to serve only great, healthy, sustainable food we source our ingredients locally as much as possible, and use additive free, grass fed and environmentally responsible products. Try some of our hand muddled specialty cocktails, local micro brews, or enjoy a bottle of wine from our extensive list.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Up The Creek reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (38)scenic view (35)fit for foodies (17)romantic (15)great for lunch (14)neighborhood gem (12)special occasion (10)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (6)great for brunch (4)good for groups (4)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Talk about perfect!
    FastidiousVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This restaurant is up the creek from the double bridges off the village. Sitting outside, you have the creek and the activity, and in the evening sunset. The wait staff were as friendly and interactive of any restaurant I have ever been to. They feed off each other, letting you know how good they feel about the food, and they help each other to provide excellent service. Of course the most important part is the food: varied, nice presentation and delicious. We visit Vail maybe once every couple of years. This is restaurant I want to go back to every time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Dinner and drinks were excellent. We had a table by the window which was lovely. The hostess was so sweet and Kenny, our waiter couldn't have been more accommodating!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mike
    rocket
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    had wonderful Ruby Trout. A LOCAL GEM , FOOD IS ALWAYS GOOD
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Love eating out on the deck. The Rubin sandwich was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joem
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Entries where better last year Short rib entre was a little plain
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Old Friend
    VailSkiBum
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We've been dining at Up The Creek off and on over 20 years, but had drifted away to other local spots lately. We took some out-of-town friends there the other night an had an absolutely wonderful time - we had forgotten just how good the food was, and the location is wonderful on a warm summer evening when all the doors are open. Highly Recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great!
    Colleen
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This was my second visit in two weeks and the food and service were great! Can't wait to go to Up the Creek again next summer!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Haley, You made our night!
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Our patio request got rained out but the staff was fun and accommodating! We had an excellent dinner! Would eat there every night! Thanks for such a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Was our favorite luncheon spot in Vail, but will NOT go back. Wait person was rude, and inattentive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We never miss
    DrJohnVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This place has really great food and wonderful food, but the ambience is a killer -- you almost sit in the creek as you dine!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I've been coming here for 25 years, seems the menu has change. I miss the pasta dishes. Like the fresh veggie side dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Mommajudy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Fish tacos were awesome and staff was so accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always charming
    Goodeggs123
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It continues to provide good food in a lovely setting. Patio tables the best place to be.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Relaxing night
    AubbieVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We have dined at Up the Creek before but not in the past few years. We were seated by a window which allowed us to have a view of Gpre Creek. Bailey was the most wonderful server. She was very attentive and polite, checking on our food and pouring wine but never bothering us too much. The salads are delicious and my husband and I ended up making dinner from the starters section of the menu and were not disappointed. Definitely will return on our next Vail visit.m
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love the view
    Nancyg
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    yummy food with a view! great wait staff. sit outside on the patio if you can
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Vail Restaurant
    DonHVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We have not been here often but they never disappoint. The patio was not open when we arrived but they moved us as soon as it did to the Creekside view. On a summer night, this place can't be beat. Food is good and the staff is very friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try the Trout
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I always get the same thing -- the trout, served with a side of chunky potatoes, spinach & crab in a wonderful mustard sauce. The Hanna Sauvignon Blanc (Russian river Valley 2013) was perfect with the trout. Their calamari appetizer is yummy & a different preparation than the usual deep fried rubber bands. Skip the mussels....they were small and shriveled up.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best outdoor ambiance in Vail
    texastraveller
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Dinner was great, but the outdoor view was especially memorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy Up the Creek
    Colleen
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We have been visiting Vail for over 20 years and have eaten at Up the Creek many times over those years. It has always been a pleasure to dine there. Situated along Gore Creek the views are great anytime of the year.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were hoping for more
    303Diner
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Calamari was rubbery, lobster risotto had a strong fishy smell, halibut was fair. The restaurant was well located on the creek near the bridge but that was the highlight of the meal. Prices do not commensurate with the quality.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Near the top of the 2nd tier
    abbitfdVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    There are 3 "finest" dining restaurants in my view in the Vail Valley plus many wannabes. Up the Creek is a small unpretentious "fine" dining restaurant. We did a late after concert dinner there. My wife had vegetable ceviche and a calamari. I had beef Carpaccio and a potato gnocchi. We selected a table that was not outside, but was just behind the rolling wall that overlooks gore creek. The food was well prepared and tasty. The wine list is medium sized but well constructed we had a wonderful bottle of a Tally, a bit uncommon. All in all every time we eat there (once per trip to the valley) and always find the food good. We treat it as not an everyday restaurant, but not a blow up your wallet once a year experience either.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing dinner!
    USCMD
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Everything about this restaurant was exceptional. We had a beautiful table right on the creek. All the food was delicious. The braised short rib was the best I have eaten anywhere. We will definitely return to Up the Creek the next time we are in Vail.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • datenights
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My husband and I are from N.C. Visiting Vail for a mix of business/pleasure. Your restaurant was highly recommended to us by a local. We found the food, wine, and service the very best of our outings in Vail. We loved the outdoor scenic dining. The service was impeccable. Definitely on our list to enjoy again on our next trip to Vail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Went for dinner to try their lobster risotto. It was bland and tasteless with the exception of the lobster which was fishy. We will dine elsewhere in the future.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 218 reviews are from the Up The Creek reviews archive.
  • Tasty Food and Excellent Service
    FrenchiefortheNightVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We had a great meal during the closing winter week at Vail. The short rib was very tasty and we had excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 100% enjoyable
    jruch
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    We were there as a group and had a perfect evening. We were able to visit, the staff were pleasant and gave us time to enjoy ourselves. Waiter made recommendations and never made us feel rushed. Setting was pleasant with view of creek. Everyone loved their dinners and ambiance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Consistently good!
    KemmcrothVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    We had another great meal at up the creek. The bison was tender and flavorful. The elk tenderloin with a coffee rub was yummy. Very nice wine selection. I recommend it to all
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!!
    Luvgoodeats
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We ate at many of the new hot spots in Vail and then on our last night, we dined at Up The Creek. We have dined here several times over the years, but it had been quite some time. By far, it was our favorite once again! All the food was fresh and delicious. The service was great and they were very friendly. We had fish and game entrees and all were amazing!! We will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long time great choice
    TBall
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Have been to Up the Creek on each visit to Vail since 1980's. Always can count on a quality experience. Great food, great location, great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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  • This has become our new favorite
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    This has become our new favorite dining spot in Vail. Food and service are excellent, and the view of the Creek is lovely.
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  • Twice in a Week
    jdantotherescue
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Had dinner there the first night of our Vail trip, then had lunch there in the middle of the week. Enjoyed the tasty trout for the dinner and their mixed salad for lunch with added grilled shrimp.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy doctors otherwise great
    GDMMDVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    It was our second time in 4 nights at our favorite Vail establishment and the food and service didn't lessen from previous experiences. The ribs and macaroni are unlike anywhere else! The specials this particular night (pumpkin gnochi) matched their signature dish. The only drawback this time was a table of two couples with at least two doctors (takes one to know one) regaling their dinner mates with stories of clinical prowess and financial success. That wouldn't have been so bad had it not been that no table in their vicinity could hear anything but their loud banter. Couldn't carry on a decent conversation at our table b/o the decibel level. Not the fault of the restaurant, but it is a small establishment so buyer beware.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every time we go, we have
    Cleo
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Every time we go, we have a great meal with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ribs & Mac...the best Anywhere!
    GDMMDVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    My family and I have gone to up the creek many times over the years. Each meal seems to get a little bit better. This time, we went boring. All four of us order the same braised ribs and Gouda macaroni. It is simply spectacular! If I had only one meal to eat while and they'll it would be at up the Creek. Keep getting better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would Definitely Return
    ekdiner
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The focus at Up The Creek is on the food and the service, and this shows. While the ambiance of the restaurant is not the greatest the quality of the food and the service made up for it. All courses we ordered were well-liked by our table, and the service was top-notch. This is a great restaurant for those looking for a good time with great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We normally have lunch, which
    Dave
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    We normally have lunch, which Is always good, on their outdoor patio overlooking Gore Creek. Last night we had dinner indoors and the food and service were as usual very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a lovely little restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    A lovely little restaurant, the food was great and they were also child friendly.... a rare combo!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with Kiwis
    subby
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We had a very delightful dinner with friends from New Zealand. Our menu items were varied and well prepared. Our visits to Vail are few, however we always eat at Up The Creek. Never disappointed. P.S. After eating, we never felt the pressure to leave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great drinks,
    SueFVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Great food, great drinks, great service. Extremely slow night - but very slow week in Vail. Might have been busier later in the evening.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in Vail
    vailocals
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We started with martinis which were very good and generous, and the mussels were terrific as were the scallops and fresh muffins. Reasonable prices on food and wine, excellent view of ice sculptures along Gore Creek.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.