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About Left Bank Restaurant

The only classic French restaurant in Vail for 40 years. The Left Bank serves up the finest French cuisine prepared from scratch from the finest ingredients. Everything is fresh never frozen. Select an amazing wine at a fair price from our world renowned wine list! Bordeaux's, Burgundy's or selections from California are sure to please from $39 per bottle and up.

183 Gore Creek Dr.
Vail, CO 81657
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Vegetarian / Vegan

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Closed Sunday's

Cross Street:
International Bridge

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(970) 476-3696

Website:
http://www.leftbankvail.com/

Executive Chef:
Jean-Michel Chelain

Private Party Facilities:
The Left Bank welcomes private parties and small groups up to 95 people. Please contact us directly for details.

Private Party Contact:
Kimberly Chelain: (970) 476-3696

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wine

Left Bank Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Cozy (3)
Bar Seating (2)
People Watching (2)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 5, 2018

this was our first time here, food and ambiance was great, we will defiantly return

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Deliciously prepared food & very accommodating. The escargot and lobster bisque was outrageous! The Bouillabaisse de Crustacés au Fenouil was absolutely the best one ever. The special sea bass was too flat, I prefer a think cut bass but the pesto was great. We had a romantic table at the window with a lovely view of Gore Creek! Highly recommended!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The Left Bank is an old-timer by Vail standards located within The Sitzmark Lodge in the heart of the village. A few years back new owners took over the restaurant and literally brightened the interior replacing the old dark wood and heavy furnishings with contemporary open design and enhancing the view of Gore Creek.

My comment is the menu is still in the 1970's with contemporary prices. Yes there is a niche for old-world French i.e. Dover Sole de-boned table side and similar dishes. Yet as a contemporary diner I personally am looking for updated contemporary French. This is a restaurant where the menu can easily be used in Mad Men. Not a bad thing, just be prepared for a more Alain Ducasse experience versus Joel Robuchon.

Of note, chef will prepare based on dietary limitations i.e. gluten, vegan and so forth all coupled with an excellent wine selection. Service on par with urban counterparts yet some missteps i.e. table missing bread plate at one service, waiters and servers not necessarily coordinating and so forth however this is a resort town thus not to be unexpected.

Of note we did order just two cocktails, two soups, two salads and a dessert. Felt the waiter was a bit perturbed that we did not order entrees' yet post late lunch and an early-side reservation the appetite was not there for a late entree.

The restaurant is a great option in Vail where fine dining has truly given way to casual. The Left Bank and La Tour are truly unique options within Vail and perfect for a special occasion, event and so forth.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Servicio muy lento, la comida muy buena siempre es garantia

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent elk. Inventive side salad sauce. Nice desert.

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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Left bank was great as always. The escargot were divine as were the filet and the duck. The tomato soup had an odd flavor and the soufflés were a tad runny. But overall, great!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

have always wanted to try the Left Bank. It was a very satisfying experience. Dishes are just right to my family's palate with balanced seasoning! Very authentic! Friendly staff! We will definitely come back to the Left Bank the next time we are in Vail.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanks giving

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Outstanding! The chocolate souffle was to die for. Worth driving to Vail in snow.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 24, 2017

It has been 20 years since we have been to Vail & dined at Left Bank. We loved the new decor! The escargot was divine as was the seafood bouillabaisse. Yummy chocolate soufflé!!! Our #1 favorite of all the restaurants we dined for the week!

Chambers
Austin Tx

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Excellenct dinner with attentive service. This is a great spot for a romantic and relaxing dinner. The attention to detail is impeccable. We live in Denver and would say The Left Bank is worth the 2 hour drive for a special evening.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Little Rock)·Dined on September 1, 2017

This was an anniversary dinner. The restaurant is beautifully appointed, the wine list is excellent, and the location is convenient. The food and service were outstanding. We liked it so much we booked another reservation while we were eating.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Wonderful food and marvelous martini Our waiter was very friendly and one of the best meals

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Our first experience should be called Two Banks. We had really excellent food and terrible food. First the good. We ordered the escargot to start. They were very good but just slightly too salty. The Dover Sole was some of the best I have ever had. We also ordered. For the bad the French Onion soup was not very rich. The onions were not carmelized enough and the broth was "thin". For the bouillabaisse, the contents were excellent but the stock was thin and disappointing. The disaster was the duck. It tasted old and over done. It had to be sent back. The service was excellent and the noise level was comfortable.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

In Vail for our 35th anniversary & had dinner & Left Bank on a Sunday evening. Light crowd so everything was prompt & quiet. Exceptional food and service. Had the filet with peppercorn sauce and it was excellent. Chocolate soufflé for desert was also excellent. Will definitely return when we are back in Vail.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Out with friends

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Left Bank is a special place in Vail. You are almost transported to Paris for a fun meal.
The night we were in, I think they were short a waiter and so they were struggling a bit on a busy night. They did recover though and the food was excellent!

Tags: Notable Wine List, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Everything was amazing!!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 28, 2017

A very good dinner at Left Bank but a little expensive. My friend and I ordered the half duck special. No mention was made of the price and we assumed it would around the same price as the regular duck dish on the menu which I have ordered in the past and is delicious. However when the bill arrived we learned the special was almost $60 per person. You will not go wrong on ordering just about anyything on the menu here but ask the price of specials before ordering!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Extraordinaria comida Francesa

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We have been several times and the Left Bank never disappoints!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on July 1, 2017

OMG! Fois gras was Awesome! Lobster vol a vent to die for! Can't wait to go back!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 27, 2017

I admit that my expectations are high for Left Bank. I have had wonderful meals in past years. This time was a disappointment. Escargot was over cooked, foigras was tasteless & my Duck was also over done. For the price I was dissatisfied this time. - June 2017

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

as good as ever - food is exceptionally consistent as is the service.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Outstanding food. Lobster bisque soup was delicious, followed by seafood in puff pastry in saffron sauce. Wife had the steak au poivre blanc. Chocolate soufflé for desert. Ask for seat at the window if dining before sunset.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 22, 2017

First visit to Left Bank. Very traditional French. Expensive but everything was excellent. Not many customers at 8:30 on a Thursday evening, unlike most other good Vail restaurants. Tables by windows have excellent view of Gore Creek. Will probably visit again, but so many interesting restaurants in Vail that it is difficult to decide where to eat each night if one only has a few days.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Jean Michel and his talented team of professionals continue to rank among the very best traditional French restaurants anywhere! Superb wine list! Extraordinary vintages. We are so fortunate to have the Left Bank in the mountains of Colorado.

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Authentic
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Incredible eating experience. The best choice for special occasion. Very French, very rich but ohhh so good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Found this gem while walking in Vail Village. Impeccable, friendly service. Delicious food, with great wines. I had one of the appetizer specials - Dungeness crab salad. Light, refreshing, and the right start to the meal. My main was Steak au Poivre Blanc (Beef filet, rolled in crushed white peppercorns served with a cognac cream sauce). Recommend you try this restaurant. Thanks to Alena, Brian, and Taylor for a great dining experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Terrific restaurant. Great wine recommendations from excellent wine list. Pepper steak was superb and all four had it with slight variations in cooking which were executed perfectly. Excellent choice salads come with dinner and appetizers and dessert were equally great. This is a 'don't miss' restaurant.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Excellent service. Good wine and liquor selection. Lovely decor. Being French the food tends to be rich. The Grand Marnier soufflé is superb.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Lamb was amazing!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Great french cuisine

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 23, 2017

My seafood dish was very good but the steak my wife ordered was of poor quality and came out rare when it was ordered medium rare.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on February 20, 2017

Dinner was excellent. Very accommodating as we had guests not able to join at last minute.

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Newly redecorated room adds to the ambiance an enhances the entire delicious dining experience. Our favorite restaurant!!

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Excellent French cuisine. Highly recommend the veal chop with Fois gras.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Para reservar necesite la tarjeta de crédito... pero valió la pena. Un lugar discreto, elegante y moderno. La comida deliciosa. Los precios caros pero, insisto, vale la pena!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We thought it was a great experience. The service was excellent and the food was delicious.
This is not an every night kind of place but if you want a special experience with great food and service, this is a place to go.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Best restaurant in Vail

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