Game Creek Restaurant

4.7
398 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Game Creek Restaurant is located at 10,300 feet, at the top of Vail Mountain. Enjoy a gondola ride and cozy snow cat ride or shuttle in the summer to an elegant European chalet, where the ambiance is charming and the memories are long-lasting. Renowned for the fabulous view, Game Creek Restaurant features modern American style cooking with regional and seasonal ingredients. The menu is comprised of contemporary dishes and Game Creek favorites. Game Creek Restaurant offers an award-winning and extensive wine list, and personalized service. More than simply a restaurant high above Vail, Game Creek Restaurant has emerged as a true culinary destination.

Adults choose from a 3 or 4 course prix fixe menu, or may dine on our featured Chef's Table menu. We also offer a special 3-course children's menu.

Open for Dinner December through April, and for Dinner and Sunday Brunch mid-June through Labor Day Weekend.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Winter Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm (December 12 - March 30)
Open Mon, Dec 24
Open Sun, Dec 30 and Mon, Dec 31 for New Year's Eve
Open Sunday, Feb 17

Summer Hours: Dinner, Thursday-Saturday: 5:30pm-8:30pm
Sunday Brunch: 11am-2pm (Open mid-June - Labor Day Weekend)
Summer Apres on the Deck: 5:30-7pm with featured appetizers and drink specials.
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Phone number
(970) 754-4275
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Steven Topple
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E Lionshead Circle
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Parking details
Parking is available at the Lionshead parking structure. Please allot addtional time before your reservation for parking, accessing the gondola, and the snow cat or shuttle ride. Check in with the Game Creek greeter at the gondola 30 minutes before your reservation time.
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Public transit
Take Free Vail in-town bus to Lionshead bus stop. Walk through Lionshead to the gondola. Plan to check in at the gondola 30 minutes before your reservation time.
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Special events & promotions
Private events and weddings are world-class at Game Creek! To inquire about parties of 16 or larger, or for private party bookings, please contact Vail Group Sales Department at: 970.754.4515
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us at Game Creek Restaurant for Christmas Eve dinner! We will offer our regular prix fixe menu, plus a holiday-inspired Chef's Menu with 5 courses for $170. Advance reservations required.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Join us at Game Creek Restaurant for Christmas dinner! We will offer our regular prix fixe menu, plus a holiday-inspired Chef's Menu with 5 courses for $170. Advance reservations required.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate New Year's Eve at the top of the mountain! Game Creek Restaurant will be open for reservations 5:30-9:30pm, and we are offering a 5-course menu priced at $170/person. Children's Menu will only be offered 5:30-6pm.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 398 People Are Saying
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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Definitely over priced food. Drinks higher than usual. Food was good, service excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unforgettable!

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VS
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The staff and ambience of the restaurant were great. The food was disappointing. It started out great with the complimentary amuse-bouche and the soup. My crab starter was unappetizing, and the flavor was so strong that I couldn't get rid of the taste. My tenderloin was also overcooked. The views were beautiful, but the food fell flat. I have been here for brunch and enjoyed that experience much more. You have a beautiful restaurant with knowledgeable staff and sommelier, but the dinner needs to be improved. Overall, my husband and I just didn't feel it was worth the price.

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AH
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such A great setting, view, and experience. Remember that your gondola ride is covered by the cost of the brunch.

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RS
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service!
Delicious food!
Magnificent ambience!

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JR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 20th Anniversary and the absolute perfect restaurant to celebrate. I enjoyed the Chef's 5 course meal with wine pairing and my wife had the 4 course selection. Our visit can be described as an exciting culinary experience, as we finished each course our enthusiasm grew as we waited to taste what was next. Each course was so unique and delicious we thought it impossible to be match, but were proven wrong as each course arrived. By far my favorite course was the ELK! Ryan, our waiter, did an excellent job with explaining each dish in detail and timing of the delivery. Cheers to the Chef and Somalia with the wine pairing choices! The entire meal could only be outdone by mother nature and the spectacular sunset but it was close!

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CW
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner and service. The Prix Fixe menu had four or so options for each course and, between the four of us, we covered much of the offering. Everything extremely well prepared and the service was outstanding - great staff. The hit of the evening was the sunset - you will not find a better vantage point in the Vail valley! Its expensive and worth it. NOTE: Get to the bottom of the gondola at least 30 minutes before your reservation. A short shuttle takes you from the top of the gondola to the restaurant.

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RL
Denver
39 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

INCREDIBLE!!!! 5 year anniversary dinner and we loved every moment! The gondola ride is fun

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NC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

impeccable service. Amazing food. You just don’t see that level of attention to detail anymore. You all really got it right. Thank you!

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BV
New England
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 4

Game Creek is a tradition in the Vail Valley. We celebrated our 51st anniversary there with Sunday Brunch. We have previously been to Game Creek sking, and for dinner with family and guests.
Arriving at the tailend of a Brunch we were delighted to have privacy and quiet and a magnificent view. The staff had time to chat and were very gracious and friendly. Although the fare was only “fair,” - to be fair, we arrived after the fare had been sitting a while. Best to try earlier if you are a foodie.
We enjoyed our day and wandered all over Adventure Ridge following Brunch.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a GREAT restaurant! The views are unbelievable, our meal was outstanding and the whole vibe was perfect for a date night! Get a reservation and go here! The gondola ride up was a plus!

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KW
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location-- excellent service-- great food!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience, wonderful view. The food was great and the ambience better. Nice wine list

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CS
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this gem last year during happy hour and had a great sunset view. This year we returned for an anniversary dinner and had an amazing meal. The views are unequaled and the staff is excellent. We will definitely return when we are back in Vail.

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best meals we have ever had! Beautiful evening started on the deck with cocktails and apps and continued into a truly delicious meal. My only complaint was there was a large private group at the same time and the service was very slow even though the main dining room was almost empty.

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PM
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The restaurant is located on the top of Vail mountain and ithe views were spectatcular, as was the gondola trip to and from the base of the mountain and the restaurant. But the food was pretty mundane, not nearlly as good in terms of quality and choice one would expect for a venue as nice as this and the pre fixe of $100 was way over priced

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L
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable and the food was Michelin worthy. Time your reservation to see the sunset - the view is amazing. Will definitely return!

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far our favorite place when we are skiing in Vail. You need to take the gondola in Lionshead and then a snow cat that takes you to this gem. It's normally a private club that opens for dinner during winter. It's definitely worth the little hassle to get there, it's a very romantic chalet, spectacular sunsets, excellent food and service

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grear place. Food and service is amazing and the views of the sunset were incredible.

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JS
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best dinner we have ever had. Great job Dan the Exec Chef.

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Miami
11 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lamb I have tried

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CW
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found Game Creek to be very nice, with great views and fantastic food. Service was perfect. Highly recommend this take and good value given pre fixe price included 4 course meal, gondola ride and snowcat ride to the restaurant! Carlton and Leslie, Plymouth, MA

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m
New England
29 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Game Creek has been a long time favorite for us. Saturday evening's experience was no exception. The staff was attentive as always The atmosphere and food are always outstanding. The difference this time was that we made the trip up the mountain in daylight and had the wonderful experience of watching the sunset from the dining room. The view is magical. The food was wonderful from appetizer to dessert. We were introducing good friends to Vail and this was the capstone of their visit. Completely worth the trip up the gondola!

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DM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Food was amazing. Experience of the gondola and sno-cat was pretty awesome. Two issues: the mass amount of children with a couple of melt-downs did not go well with my beautifully crusted cod. The other issue was I had called ahead concerning a special request and I was assured no problem. But it in fact was an issue. If there was an apology without the shaming and that it was my fault even after I called their restaurant all would have been forgiven. Sad because the food was fabulous!

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BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s a one of a kind experience the short trip in a sno cat ( luxury version ) from the top of the Lions Head gondola to the resturant. The restaurant is excellent the service was attentive but not obtrusive The casual elegence and overall experience make this a must do. This was my second visit ( last 2015 ) l’ll brings back the next time I’m in Vail

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Only option is set menu/ up charges for ice

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LG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience. From the snow cat ride to the delicious food.

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MS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything done to perfection.

Truly remarkable experience!

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WT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

For a Prix Fixe price of $115 per person I expected much better food than this. My steak was not edible - very dry and tough. I literally only took 3 bites and had to set is aside. The server didn't even take notice that it had barely been touched. As a couple we spent over $400 on this meal (food, wine and gratuity) and would not do it again.

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G
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite the weather being somewhat inclimate, dining at Game Creek was well worth braving the cold. Service was exceptional, our waiter was very attentive to our needs. My husband and I got different items of the preFix menu and everything was done perfectly. I highly recommend Game Creek!

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AM
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service from Brandon throughout. Sadly the kitchen served cold dishes to some of us and that let him down a bit!
He handled it brilliantly and the cold food was rightly deducted from the bill. The Appetizers were the best part of the meal.
The trip in the cat was spectacular.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Dinner!!! Food was incredible. Wow!!! Thinking about going again tonight.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Ambiance and experience were great. Food should have been much better. Flame and Terra Bistro were much better restaurants.

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Denver
19 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very much enjoyed our experience. Great service and wine list. Food was very good and the ambiance is excellent.

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l
Sydney / NSW
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and high quality food. Good service and very nice ambience. The ride to and from the restaurant in a snow-cat adds to the experience. Very extensive and astonishing wine list, but difficult to find any reasonable priced bottles.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive staff and SnoCat ride was great.

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c
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable experience as a whole. When you tie in the Gondola and snowcat rides it is a great adventure for the kids too.
They do well catering for food issues.
Attentive in a nice way. Knowledgable Sommelier. Varied menu choices. Something to suit most everyone.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Valentine s day

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GB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Cool experience and something to impress a significant other. This was our second time, but the novelty was gone.

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