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Leonora

4.4
577 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
When it comes to playful sophistication, restaurant Leonora is a staple. Named for Leonora Carrington, a famous Mexican surrealist painter and novelist, this hidden gem honors her legacy with edible works of art composed of fresh, organic and locally-sourced ingredients.

Leonora offers an inviting dining experience inspired by the French Alps, Spanish Pyrenees, and our own Colorado Rockies. The menu is designed as a tapas experience, one where diners embark with shareable small plates, pintxos and cheese & charcuterie before progressing to larger plates which revere alpine flavors including Colorado lamb pops, local steaks and more. For a traditional dish with a Vail flair, try Chef Tyson's fried chicken with barrel-aged Fresno hot sauce. Flavorful dishes are simply prepared and thoughtfully paired with wines from around the world.

Our outdoor patio has been enclosed and is now heated for the winter season. Come check out the future of dining out!

Experiences

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Special menus

  • 4-Course Christmas Dinner Menu

    Dec 24 - Dec 25, 2020
    Enjoy our special 4-course Christmas dinner menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will not be serving our normal Tapas menu on these nights.
  • 4-Course NYE Dinner Menu

    Dec 31, 2020 only
    Enjoy our 4-Course NYE Dinner Menu created by Chef Tyson Peterson. We will not be serving our normal Tapas menu this night.

Offers

Sunday Fried Chicken

Starting Jul 16, 2020 · Sun 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Enjoy 3 pieces of Chef Tyson's Fried Chicken, 1 Poblano Bacon Biscuit, and a side of Chef Tyson's House Made Fresno Pepper Hot Sauce, all for just $9.00.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 577 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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Robert
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Service was great, place looks nice, food blows goats.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Waited thirty minutes for our table, then waited in our seats for a long time before getting food. They were good about accommodating my son’s allergy though.

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OpenTable Diner
Poconos
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Overly priced-very expensive-extremely tiny portions of food. Plating of my entree was wrong-they had the fish upside down which was barely warm & quite dry. About the size of a piece of sushi. Great service & ambiance but not worth it. Left starving after spending over $100 bucks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
61 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience2

We arrived for celebratory dinner and it felt like the staff thought we were not worth their time. Our tapas (all hot) arrived all at the same time instead of spread out so we could enjoy them one by one. We spent one hundred dollars and left after 45 minutes.
Never again.

VM
VeronicaMeredith
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Leonora. The food and service was exceptional. We will certainly recommend and return. Veronica (Ireland and S.D.)

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KellyW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner at Leonora. We booked outside originally but the weather was chilly so we stopped by the night before and were able to switch it to a slightly earlier time. The menu is great, and we enjoyed so many different tapas - some with meat, some vegetarian, some salads and dessert. Waiter was excellent and service was really good. Highly recommend and look forward to going back next time we are in Vail.

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DavidA
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Dinner was much less than expected. The soup was delicious and the local artisan bread was above average. However, they were out of a menu item steak and replaced it with a Bison Ribeye. I am fairly sure that it was a buffalo killed by Wild Bill in the 1880's. It was as tough as anything I have attempted to eat in years. The taste was well below average. The menu does appear to have a lot of very chef centric offerings. But if you can't prepare a decent piece of meat for a meat lover, you may have a problem.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was great. Our octopus was extremely overcooked and it was very chewy as a result. Our biscuits were undercooked but still good. Soup and crab were great. The meatballs were OUTSTANDING. Great date night vibes. Would go back.

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TheExChef
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Disappointing birthday dinner.

We’ve had tapas all over the country (and overseas, including Spain), this ranked in the bottom 10% from a quality of food perspective. Also it may be COVID or the off season but the menu was cut down from what is posted on the website.

We ordered:-
Bread (really nice bread and butter was good too)
Biscuits (way over cooked, almost inedible)
Lamb (tiny, overcooked and over-spiced)
Octopus (chewy but the flavor was decent)
Paella fried rice (making this fried rice seems like a cop out and ended up making it very dry)
Risotto (a passable dish if you can get past how green it looks)
Pork Belly (ok dish, small portion)
Brussel Sprouts (good dish)

Drinks were decent if a little over-priced

There were a number of issues from dry food, over salted or over-spiced food but if you look at our order (all placed at once) it’s obvious you should send the bread first. The bread came 10 mins after everything else. 4 dishes came within minutes which made us question how it was cooked, there was no steady flow, the first 6 dishes came really quickly and then a long gap to the bread.

We did order Churros for dessert.

They were passable and if we’d been walking around a pumpkin patch I think they would have fit right in, less so in this scenario.

$250+ for food and drink for 2, pretty disappointed.

We’re all for giving places some slack during COVID but this would be a lot more than ‘slack’

The service was good and redeemed things a little

We’d like to try them during the winter or summer seasons because the menu looks good and we really want to like this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was a great outdoor comfortable experience

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Gus1928
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service, food was amazing and great flavor.

KM
vipKeriM
Birmingham
19 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t say enough about this restaurant. Best new restaurant in Vail.
We keep bringing new friends.
Best service- well priced wine menu and AMAZING food and chef!!!

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StefanM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Tasty Tapas!!! Some dishes are better than others by taste and quantity but an enjoyable experience. We would definitely recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location an quality from food to environment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service ! Geoffrey took the best care of us! Food And drink were on point as always!

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vipJeffrey
Atlanta
47 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. Service was impeccable. Food was excellent. The corn soup was amazing. Typically overpriced along with everything in Vail.

CO
vipCOJan
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dinner is shared, small plates. Very good, but limited quantities for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of our favorite meals we’ve had in Vail this year. The service was excellent and the food was absolutely delicious. Highly recommend.

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vipLovevail
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had breakfast during our stay & had breakfast 5 days in a row (we were not staying at the hotel). The food and service can’t be beat. The staff is very helpful & friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is just top notch! Every tapa we had was nuanced and beautifully plated. Highly recommend!!!

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vipNancyS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We booked outdoor seating but was only given indoor seating when we arrived and even when asked not accommodated.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great (L)

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vipPedro
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being a hotel restaurant we anticipated good but didn’t expect GREAT. Huge portions for tapas, so much to choose from and SO GOOD!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine, great service!

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great dinner at Leonora. We were lucky enough to dine there Sunday evening, when they run a special for the fried chicken and poblano bacon biscuit. It was fantastically tasty (as well as one of the best values in Vail). The whole meal was great, and the service and ambiance on the patio was good. We'll be back for sure.

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vipKanO
New England
22 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love this place -- great outdoor seating. Wonderful Service!

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vipfuninthesun500
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, we will definitely be back. Everything we ordered was amazing. Our favorites were the Chili Crab Toast, and the bread pudding and chocolate cake for dessert. I had the PIÑA DE CAÑA cocktail, very yummy.

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vipCOskier
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic tapas/small plates that are full of flavor and very inventive. The chef is Filipino and he adds a nice twist to many menu items. Get the Halo Halo (means mix-mix) for desert.

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vipbryguy
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to celebrate our anniversary. We had reservations on the patio but sat inside as it was raining. We felt very comfortable with tables spaced apart and staff wearing masks. The food was fantastic, especially the lobster skewers and quacapoke. Great bartender, too!

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vipKarynS
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place - as a couple our favorite thing to do is try out high class places to eat while traveling - this is a must eat place if you are in vail - we did not hold back in ordering a variety of different tapas dishes - the elk dish was one of the best plates of food I have ever eaten - Brussels sprouts - the trout - the skewered crab and lobster were all out of this world - I love octopus and the meat you are served was a nice hushed tentacle - I just didn’t love the way ours were cooked it seemed way to chewy and difficult to cut other than that - it was a memorable meal and cheers to our waiter for some great memories

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MEFoodie
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We made a patio reservation on the recommendation of a friend and were not disappointed. Very good experience. Service was friendly, but understaffed. The food is creative and nuanced with fun presentation. We enjoyed the watermelon tomato salad, kale caesar, mushroom bolognese, fried chicken (so good), octopus, NY strip, crab toast, paella (meh) and corn chowder (crowd fave). Finished with chocolate layered cake and the banana trifle was excellent with perfect cappuccinos. It was a feast! Will definitely visit next time in Vail.

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Mike80202
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance

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KirkD
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

WE had a table for 6 and sat on the patio. The food was outstanding. WE had a great time!!

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NiulB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

the tapas are great - variety, spice and quantity. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Horrible food. Clearly a lot of out of the box/ bag or frozen items. Service was great. Wine list is great. But sadly went and got takeaway elsewhere to complete our meal.

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vipKdhoff
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely evening tonight at Leonora. Our server, Geoff was the best we have had recently in all of Vail! We would highly recommend the Octopus, guava-poke, and the cheese and charcuterie board!

JG
vipJonG
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Leo Gin and Tonic is easily one of the best drinks I have had.

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ColeC
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had excellent service (despite what some reviewer said) and all of our dishes were amazing, Especially the tuna. The $9 Sunday fried boneless chicken was pretty hard to pass up!

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CarynC
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A DO NOT MISS in Vail!!! Ahi tuna, octopus, fried chicken, all was amazing! The Sebastian Spritzer was delicious.

FAQs

Leonora offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (970) 477-8050.

Leonora is rated 4.4 stars by 577 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.