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Leonora

4.5
703 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

  • Bottomless Mimosas

    $21.68 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy Bottomless Mimosas while you feast on our exquisite breakfast menu. We are currently limiting all parties to two hours to allow everyone to enjoy our bottomless mimosas.
  • Summer Dinner Series Pig Roast and Wine Tasting

    $55.00 per person

    Jun 30, 2021 only

    Seafood Paella + Caja China Pig Roast Beverages sponsored by Coppola Winery with Curt Bougey at an additional cost Located on the Terrace at Leonora Restaurant, The Sebastian Vail Music by local legend BQ Mike Reception 4:00-5:00 PM Dinner 5:00-6:00 PM $55 plus tax and gratituity
  • Lobster Boil and Wine Tasting

    $95.00 per person

    Jul 14, 2021 only

    Seafood Paella + New England Lobster Boil Beverages sponsored by Jeff Tufford presenting the Elevage Collection of Wines for an additional cost Located on the Terrace at Leonora Restaurant, The Sebastian Vail Music by local legend BQ Mike Reception 4:00-5:00 PM Dinner 5:00-6:00 PM $95 plus tax and gratuity
  • Shrimp Boil and Wine Tasting

    $75.00 per person

    Jul 21, 2021 only

    Seafood Paella + Low Country Shrimp Boil Beverages sponsored by Canon Wine Imports for additional price Located on the Terrace at Leonora Restaurant, The Sebastian Vail Music by local legend BQ Mike Reception 4:00-5:00 PM Dinner 5:00-6:00 PM $75 plus tax and gratuity
  • Alaskan King Crab Boil

    $95.00 per person

    Jul 28, 2021 only

    Seafood Paella + Alaskan King Crab Boil Beverages sponsored by Jennifer Russo and the Hess Collection at special pricing Located on the Terrace at Leonora Restaurant, The Sebastian Vail Music by local legend BQ Mike Reception 4:00-5:00 PM Dinner 5:00-6:00 PM $95 plus tax and gratuity
  • Pig Roast and Wine Tasting

    $55.00 per personPrepaid

    Aug 4, 2021 only

    Seafood Paella + Caja China Pig Roast Beverages sponsored by Amy Dunn with the Treasury Vault Portfolio of Wines at an additional price Located on the Terrace at Leonora Restaurant, The Sebastian Vail Music by local legend BQ Mike Reception 4:00-5:00 PM Dinner 5:00-6:00 PM $55 plus tax and gratuity
  • Lobster Boil and Wine Tasting

    $95.00 per person

    Aug 11, 2021 only

    Seafood Paella + New England Lobster Boil Beverages for Reception and Dinner sponsored by Moet Hennessy with special pricing Located on the Terrace at Leonora Restaurant, The Sebastian Vail Music by local legend BQ Mike Reception 4:00-5:00 PM Dinner 5:00-6:00 PM $95 plus tax and gratuity

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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 703 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipfoodie82
Denver
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great tapas. Would love to go back and try some other things. Our server was awesome. Great overall experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service! Everything we ordered was delicious!! The crab skewers are amazing!!!

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vipAndyr
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I had brunch for my birthday and I requested Leonora as it is a favorite of mine!
The ambiance is exceptional on the patio and the food is delicious! Thank you for your consistency!
It is also wonderful to be able to have validated 2 hour valet parking at the Sebastian with dining.

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vipTammyW
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great patio, service and food. Allows dogs.

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vipRLA1840
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun breakfast, good food, Erika our server was awesome!

Leonora
Responded on May 22, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us! We are very happy that you enjoyed your breakfast and I will pass on the kind words for Erika! - Chris Faessen Food and Beverage Manager

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vipChristineG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t remember our server’s name, all I know is she’s from Puerto Rico. She was amazing, funny and very friendly. The food was excellent as well as the service. My husband said we will be flying back soon to Vail so he can have the pancakes for breakfast,not kidding.

Leonora
Responded on May 22, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us! We are very happy that you enjoyed your breakfast and look forward to seeing you again soon. I will pass on the kind words for Erika!

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vipMatt
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Terrible experience from before we even showed up. We made an outdoor reservation, which I then attempted calling to move indoors. The number listed on Yelp was disconnected. Then, when I went through the front desk, I left a voicemail for the restaurant 4 days before my reservation, and it was never answered. We had to stop by, in person, the day before our reservation to even get to talk to someone (who actually didn’t know that there were heaters on the patio; there were, I could see them through the windows). We had Mother’s Day brunch at the restaurant. The food was very tasty, but the service was really bad. They were out of coffee mugs at 10 AM and took almost 20 minutes to get us more. We actually had to remind the waitress that we needed mugs after about 15 minutes passed. They then forgot my sons breakfast and mine came out with an incorrect side. My son’s breakfast (eggs and toast) took about 10-15 minutes to come out after we reminded them that they forgot about it. I’d assume that a hotel that speaks so loftily of itself and is located in the main village could handle a mother’s day brunch, but was incorrect. I’d avoid this restaurant, especially for what they charge. No attempt at customer service was made by the wait staff, other than blaming their deficiencies on it being the offseason. It was a very subpar experience overall.

Leonora
Responded on May 22, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to give us this constructive criticism. We did encounter a large issue with our entire printing system going down which caused many tickets to not make it to the kitchen resulting in food not coming out on time or being missed all together. This technical issue does not justify the service you experienced and I sincerely apologize for that. If you would like to give us another chance please reach out to me! Chris Faessen - F&B Manager

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KenA
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was good, service was terrible. Our server was very friendly and tried to be helpful, or so it seemed, but he was clueless. Very well could have been his first day ever as a server. I think its reasonable to expect more from a restaurant at this price point.

Leonora
Responded on May 23, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to give us this constructive criticism. I apologize our server was not on point that morning. If you would like to give another shot during our peak seasons where we are fully staffed we won't disappoint. ' -Chris Faessen Food and Beverage Manager

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Eater78
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Mother's Day brunch was really unimpressive. The food was really good but the service was awful. The mimosas arrived without orange juice, which arrived 20 minutes later after tracking down a busboy. Our pastry basket--ordered as a starter--took nearly an hour to get to the table. Entrees took almost 90 minutes. The restaurant was 50% full (per Covid restrictions), so it wasn't overly busy. Neither the manager nor the server made any overture make amends for how long food took. Given the reputation of the Sebastian Hotel, I was pretty unimpressed with its restaurant.

Leonora
Responded on May 23, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to give us this constructive criticism. We did encounter a large issue with our entire printing system going down which caused many tickets to not make it to the kitchen resulting in food not coming out on time or being missed all together. This technical issue does not justify the service you experienced and I sincerely apologize for that. If you would like to give us another chance please reach out to me! Chris Faessen - F&B Manager

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JAMESG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother's Day breakfast was very good. Bottomless mimosa's for $20 and lots of choices on the regular menu pretty much all under $20. Had the Oscar Benedict full of delicious crab. Everyone enjoyed the food.

Leonora
Responded on May 23, 2021

Thank you for taking the leave us a review! We are very happy you had a great time on Mothers Day! We look forward to seeing you again soon. -Chris Faessen Food and Beverage Manager

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IreneA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Our server, Marilyn was very friendly. We went on Mother's Day and the only detail that was missing was something special for moms. A flower, drink, anything. Would definitely come back in spite of that.

Leonora
Responded on May 23, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We did have wild flowers and lily's that we were handing out to mothers and I apologize that your server did not let you know about this... I will pass on the kind words to our server Marilyn -Chris Faessen Food and Beverage Manager

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JaedeeW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Great brunch. Perfect service for bottomless
Mimosas. Amazing atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Vail and we have tried many

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Some of the dishes were amazing, others just mediocre for the price. No Mountain View. Service was quick and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The biscuits are a must have! Staff was lovely and the food was great!

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vipScottT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had made a reservation for “early” and then got caught up in some work. They actually were able to change our reservation on a Friday evening, and squeeze us in later. The food was excellent. We had 5 dishes between us and they were all excellent. The dining room was well spaced and made for a pleasantly quiet dinner. They had enough vegan choices for my wife, and some good meat for me. We’ll be back for sure.

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vipPilatesGal
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Leonora was FANTASTIC. We are a family of four - including an 8 and a 2 year old. The tall round booths created a semi-private feel and allowed our children to have fun without disturbing guests around us. Everything we ordered was outstanding. My favorite was the Guaca-Poke, Cheese Board, and Poblano Bacon biscuits. (I actually brought the left over biscuits and cheese home and had them for breakfast this morning!) We also ordered the Elk Chop, which was a very unique and fun entre to share. I was also very impressed with the extensive kids menu. My kids had the pasta and the salmon. Of the three highly rated restaurants we tried this week in Vail, Leonora was by far my favorite. It was the perfect place to spend our last night in Vail. We'll definitely be back next year.

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JamieJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love The Sebastian Vail! Great service, wonderful atmosphere, and delicious food! Would recommend to anyone!

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melissav
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The worst service and April Christmas decoration in the COVID tent was an eye sore .
Food was ok

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vipFrankiefresh
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent and food was good. Prices were very high but, welcome to Vail CO.

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JulieP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good and the portions were fair. Drinks for great too

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ErinS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences we've had in awhile. The food was great, we loved every thing we ordered, and our server was amazing (I wish I could remember her name). My date and I were being really silly and having a blast and she responded to our energy nicely. We will definitely go back next time we are in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Food was rushed out, server had a bit of an attitude.

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vipLawrenceG
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in a long time and introduced to friends of mine were busy fail and they loved it they recommended the restaurant to their daughter and stepson and they went the next night for dinner

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vipColoradoSkier
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We have had much better food here before- and I am a fan. The guaca- poke is different than past experiences.
Not good for gluten free folks- they don't have any gluten free bread/ buns or even crackers.
Service was very good, and the outdoor tent was charming.

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vipdenver399
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Key lime best desert. I thought the food overall one of the tastiest in Vail. And everyone from host to owner to servers had a wonderful friendly welcoming demeanor. Vail needs more of this welcoming spirit.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here with my folks and my 2 kids and were seated in a comfy large round booth. The restaurant is beautiful and the staff so friendly. We began ordering several items and with the help of our lovely waitress who shared her thoughts as we ordered to make sure we didn’t over order (even though we happily did). It was great to have so many different mini meals in one sitting. Our plates were cleared the minute we finished each item so the table was never cluttered. Some of our favorites were the crab skewers, lamb hummus, waygu beef, brussel sprouts, bacon biscuits, mushrooms, and the raspberry tart dessert which was incredible. Overall, a really great experience!

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AnnetteB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to dine with friends! All food was fantastic!

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COfoodie
London
16 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing. Our table was a little tippy, and we had a slightly confusing change of servers at the beginning, but otherwise it was excellent. We would definitely go back.

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Terry
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice tapas restaurant. It has a good mix of fusion dishes and some entree portions.

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AndreaB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Excellent food. Mediocre service. Disappointing ambiance.

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viprednag
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good except that they told OpenTable that we were no-shows.

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BobC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Paid a lot for just an OK dinner experience........

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Jimbo
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Stay away. Food was terrible. Had the caesar salad, meatloaf meatballs and the Duck and they were terrible. Way over priced. I would never go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We had a reservation booked through open table 2 weeks prior and was staying at the Sebastian. They tried to disregard our reservation and stick us in the bar area which is first come first serve. They eventually sat us 30 minutes past our reservation time as we watched two other tables get sat before us. Was not happy. Food and service were good though.

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vipLifeisfood
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great menu. Fantastic service. Only complaint is the tent was like a sweat box. Way too hot!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Casey was a great waiter!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Really loud bar. Moved us to the outdoor area. Food was OK. Nothing to brag about.

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vipVailDiner
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My experiences at Leonora in recent years have been very poor, as in VERY poor. This year it has been so difficult to find a table anywhere in Vail that I chose Leonora because they had openings.

To my happy surprise, the correct (and quite good) food was delivered, in a timely manner, by an attentive waiter. I didn't even have to wait 30 minutes for the bill to arrive, as I did last time.

I will certanly go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner - excellent service experience and food to match

FAQs

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

Leonora is rated 4.5 stars by 703 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.