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Vail Chophouse
Vail Chophouse

Vail Chophouse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://vailchophouse.com
  • Phone: (970) 477-0555
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Après: Monday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Vail Chophouse is the perfect location for any event, large or small. Now located slopeside, at the base of the Gondola in Lionshead, the Chophouse not only provides a fabulous menu, but a magnificent atmosphere as well. Whether you are holding a business meeting, a mixer, or a wedding reception, the Vail Chophouse is the ideal local for groups of all kinds and sizes. For more information on, and pictures of, our banquet facilities please visit our website or contact our group sales coordinator, Gina Sprague.
  • Private Party Contact: Marvin Melson (970) 477-0555
  • Entertainment: Don't miss the mind-blowing performance of our in-house magician, Danny Archer! You truly won't believe your eyes. Disappearing nightly at the Vail Chophouse, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Wednesday through Sunday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arrabelle
  • Public Transit: Buses make several stops throughout the Lionshead Village on a very regular basis. Transportation between Lionshead Village and the surrounding areas is very easy and accessible via the local public transit system.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking for our restaurant guests is available at the nearby Lionshead public parking structure.
A word from Vail Chophouse
Located slopeside, at the base of the Gondola in Lionshead, the Vail Chophouse sits amidst all of the action and all of the beauty of Vail Mountain. Serving a comprehensive lunch menu, featuring an assortment of soups, salads, sandwiches, and hot entrees, in addition to an incomparable dinner selection filled with fantastic steaks and fresh seafood; this restaurant melds delicious cuisine with stunning views, a welcoming staff and a luxurious atmosphere to create an unparalleled dining experience.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Except for the magician who entertained our teenage son a couple of times, our visit was disappointing. Even the view wasn't great despite being right at the bottom of the mountain - all you can see are the buildings for the gondola and chair lift, and our table was right next to the big picture windows. Food was not memorable, and service staff was mostly new and learning - nice, but not great. Will not return."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Four of us- Two ordered the special which was a trout and two ordered another fish on the menu. Started with caesar salad which was the first clue that things were not going to be good. The romaine lettuce was yellow to white color and had the flavor and smell of being from a package of greens which was old. All of the fish was fishy smelling and tasting and the sides (mashed potatoes and other potatoes seemed like they were made from old potatoes). Returned all four meals to the kitchen. Manager came over to see if there was something else they could get for us but we thought the food we had seen so far was so bad that we decided not to order anything else. They graciously took the meals off the bill. Ate cereal at home for dinner."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We were told by a former employee that the steaks were actually frozen and the seafood was a better option. Our seafood platter was excellent, but our son's trout was way too 'fishy' tasting. Others in our party had trout at other restaurants over the long weekend, none of which tasted 'fishy'. Also, the tables were iron lattice leaving gaping holes through which drippings from our seafood platter and beverages leaked through onto our clothes resulting in the need for dry cleaning. We had to ask for extra napkins to cover the table. We also had to ask for items such as silverware as our waiter took ours (as he should) after we finished our appetizer. Without the location and view, this restaurant would not make it. We won't be back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "great vail outdoor dining, great food. sat outside on a wonderful evening. friendly staff, great service. we always visit vail chophouse when we're in Vail!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We requested a reservation for two at 6:00PM. Open table said the only available times were 5:30 and 7:00 PM. We chose 5:30 but were almost inspired to seek out another restaurant. We were at the Chop House at 6:00 and observed that the place was empty. Why did Open Table try to steer us to another restaurant? Why did you give us false information about the Chop House?"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Not bad but not memorable. Salmon entree was very good. Crab cakes were average at best."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Great steak steaks and fabulous desserts after a day on the slopes."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I made reservations in the evening, thinking the crowd would be different in this "high end" restaurant, bringing my 17 year old grandson, who is very accustomed to fine dining. In a half empty restaurant, we were seated in the back room next to a pillar that blocked all view. We asked to be moved to a better table, and were accommodated, begrudgingly. (The restaurant never filled.) My grandson's MR strip steak was overcooked, and was sent back. The new steak arrived with a lecture that the previous steak was how they cooked MR. Being frequent fine diners, I was very surprised. We were not offered dessert. BTW I had a good bottle of wine, and tipped 30%--a waste. I have a home in Vail, and next time I'll go to Elway's."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The salmon was very good and my son loved the NY strip. Great place in the middle of Lionshead right by the Eagle Bahn Gondola. Would definitely recommend to anyone."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I have to say I was pretty disappointed with the chophouse! Had a reservation and seated ontime but never had a server or anyone come to our table for over 25 min! Finally the magician working that night noticed us just sitting there and came over and got us water and a person to take a drink order. We were never given a server really just a fly by when an available server had time! The magician was the only bright spot of the chophouse experience! Order was not delivered correctly and the supposed best steak recommended by the chef per the menu was over cooked and not that great of quality of steak for price. No Morton's, Ruth Chris, Silver Fox, etc."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "If you want an excellent meal with a great view of the Lionshead part of Vail Ski Resort, this is a great place to go. It's not very large but does have a lot of outdoor tables. Food and service was excellent and the prices were reasonable for an upscale resort like Vail."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Our second time there and the food was excellent. Each dish had a little something extra that made it above average. Prices were reasonable for a high quality meal and a good selection. And the best thing for us was they served a vegetable with the meal that is hard to find while on vacation."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal at the VCH. While the food was good, our waiter forgot our appetizer and we felt like they were rushing us through the dinner service."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "tasty local meats; the jalapeno and elk chorizo macs and cheese was good but not as spicy as we'd expected; the alpine buffalo meatballs were unique"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Good place to eat if you don't mind a lot of noise and crowds. There is a relatively long bar that you can sit at. Our filet and New York strip steaks were good, but pricey, considering they came a la carte. Salad was tasty. It was so loud, our server couldn't even hear us when we ordered and we and he had to shout at each other. Needless to say, we weren't able to have a conversation with each other. If you wish to eat here, make sure you have a reservation. We did, and were seated right away. Manager was dressed like he came from the farm. One waiter scraped food from all the plates (at a nearby table) on to another before taking them to the kitchen. Not a pretty sight! The hostess was dressed very nicely and was very professional."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "had great ribeye..food was great.drinks were average service was good. would definatly return"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "We were very excited to try Vail Chophouse after a long day of skiing and we had made a reservation a long time in advance for what we had hoped to be a special night. The food was not very good and way over priced (even for Vail). Considering we thought the highlight of the meal was the bread and that the signature mac and cheese dish was better than the steak we were served at a steak house, this meal was a complete disappointment. Overall the service was terrible, food was dropped off at our table, no one asked if everything was to our liking, we weren't asked if we wanted another round of drinks until we were done on our meal, the service was just lacking basic funadmentals. We will not patornize this establishment again."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Ambience nice but $32 piece of prime rib so tough you could barely cut it. Very expensive for what you got. Wait staff attentive and magician nice touch."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Had the ancho rubbed salmon and the Colorado bass.....both proportions were perfect and the seasoning awesome. With fish like this , who needs chops?"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "I was disappointed. The salad had too much dressing, the oysters (which were supposed to be charred) were coolish and my steak was fair."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "My two young adult daughters and husband and I enjoyed a special night out at Vail Chophouse on our ski vacation. We had to take a 5:15 reservation as it was Christmas week and very crowded at the resort but we were hungry after skiing. We were seated by a window with a nice view of the slopes. The food, atmosphere, and service were all great. It is pricey but what isn't in Vail? We were even entertained by a magician. We saw a large group with young children who seemed happy but I would more likely lean towards a pizza place with young kids. We ordered the least expensive bottle of Cabernet on the wine list for $45 and it was good; they had a long wine list with some bottles over $300 which I would hope are notable."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Good food and service. For the price, I expected more ambience - white table clothes.- especially because it was dinner. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful with the wine list."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "My daughter and I so enjoyed our dinner - mine the veal 'lolly-pops'; hers the grilled salmon. Her response was "this is one of the best meals I have ever had'!!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We went to the Chop House hoping for a nice atmosphere and great steak. Unfortunately even though we had a reservation the say us in the back in a make-shift table right by the server station. Our wait staff was too busy with large tables to give us hardly any attention. Food too forever and was under seasoned, I would not recommend this place for a romantic dinner as they seem to prioritize large parties."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "The slow service is what stands out. We went for dinner on a Friday night (during off season) and certainly expected much more attention than we ended up getting. The restaurant was not busy, many empty tables. It was my sister-in-laws 40th birthday and we wanted this to be a special occasion. It is a real shame the service was so slow because that is the lasting impression of Chophouse Vail. We were ready to order more wine/drinks after dinner and ended up waiting so long we decided to pay out and go elsewhere. The experience at Chophouse BC was totally different, in a good way."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "We went for Restaurant Week, and got the 1.5 lb lobster. It was excellent! The crab meat was different - more like a weird crab cake, which we don't usually care for (as opposed to plan crab meat). All in all, an excellent experience! Wonderful bread, too!"
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "My wife and I enjoyed our meal The bread was ht and fresh. The potatoes were very tasty and the Prime Rib was really good. It wasn't the best Prim Rib I've had but it was really good."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "Great kids' menu - mahi mahi, steak and baked potato, love all of the healthy choices! During the week in season, there is a tableside magician. Check the website for times but he was very entertaining."
    Dined on 3/28/2013
  • "If I could give Vail Chophouse no star, I would. 2 words: Horrible management. This was THE worst restaurant in all of Vail. The food was a disaster. The only edible food were the raw oysters - not made at the restaurant. We ordered 3 bottles of wine, 4 steaks, 2 prime ribs, 1 salmon & 7 sides. The prime ribs came out like shoe leather even though they were ordered medium. The steaks were so tough with tendons throughout the pieces. The salmon was OK at best. The MANAGER was the worst part. He brought out our first bottle of champagne with glasses. He broke a glass on our table and the pieces flew all over the lap of a man in our party. He didn't even apologize. He said my friend was a "troublemaker" and left the table. Just ridiculous."
    Dined on 3/16/2013
  • "Visited this restaurant twice and it was a Jekyll and Hyde situation. The first visit was good and the second was awful. The wait staff on our second visit just plain ignored us."
    Dined on 3/16/2013
  • "Kind of small place. We went early. Should have expected this, but three tables had children sitting at them. All three tables, children were noisy, crying, etc. I really don't understand taking children to a high end eating establishement, such as this. The The food was excellent. Service very good. Ambiance due to children was poor."
    Dined on 3/6/2013
  • "Food portions extreme. Paid for 12 oz prime rib, half of which was fat. No smaller portion of this item. Very pricey just because it sits at base of ski slope. Dessert selection limited. Front desk not real friendly. Perhaps they did not get out to ski that day. Scenic view is only good for lunch time."
    Dined on 3/1/2013
  • "Great wine, great steak, great oysters. Just what I expected"
    Dined on 2/18/2013
  • "I was really looking forward to eating at the Chop House. The location could not be better right at the bottom of the Gondola walking distance to my condo etc. The problem I had was the place was lit up like a Christmas tree. When I asked if they could lower the lighting they did but turned it back up 5 minutes later because the 19 year old hostess couldn't see the reservation book. Really? Get a lamp! The place has so much potential, however it was like eating in a cafeteria. Go here for the apres ski it is amazing. If you are looking for a romantic dinner this is not the Steak house to go to...."
    Dined on 2/1/2013
  • "Can't think of one good thing to say about this place. Food was fair at best, prices were outrageous, noises, cold breezes., no parking ($25 for valet)."
    Dined on 1/25/2013
  • "Server took several attempts at selling the seafood tower. Felt as though there was a contest for who could sell the most seafood towers. It "was" good and priced fair. We were half finished with it and our next course arrived. Made us feel like they just needed to turn the table. After mentioning that we weren't ready for our next course, they took back what hadn't been placed on the table and left what had been served. I ordered salmon cooked medium rare and it came well done. I ate a few bites and when we were done i mentioned it and showed the server, to which she agreed. She asked if i wanted it taken off the bill. The question shouldn't have been asked, it should have been deducted. It wasn't deducted. The steaks were good."
    Dined on 1/19/2013
  • "A great place for steacks! I had the porterhouse cooked perfectly; my daughter ordered from the kids menu and she got a great steak too. The service was fast and very attentive. The only negative part was the magician that did not come to our table; even though My daughter laugh and he even said " I will go to your table in just a second...he showed up like 1/2 an hour late just when We were leaving... Otherwise, it would had been an unforgettable family dinner"
    Dined on 1/4/2013
  • "We loves this restaurant! The steak is incredible. Try the Wedge Salad, it was great. The only complaint we have is the sides- they are marginal."
    Dined on 12/26/2012
  • "Good solid steakhouse fare. What set Vail Chophouse apart and totally made the evening for us was the house magician who stopped by our table between courses to amaze us with his tricks. The best one? He made my overtired 10 year old's crabbiness disappear!"
    Dined on 12/8/2012
  • "This was a very nice steakhouse, with great ambiance, lighting and music. The steaks are prepared to your cooking, and mine was perfect. The only drawback from my experience was a toddler, whose parent pretty much let him push his stroller all over the dinning area without a word. Not really a resteraunt for small children. Otherwise, a very very good experience."
    Dined on 10/20/2012