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About Leonora

Hip, energetic and upscale, yet delightfully unpretentious. The cuisine is inspired by the high alpine cultures of the Pyrenees and our own Colorado Mountains. Our culinary team utilizes the best, fresh local and organic ingredients to create amazing small-plates, crudo and Alpine bistro fare. Leonora respects the pure ingredients with simply prepared, ingredient-driven dishes thoughtfully paired with an extensive wine program central to the dining experience.

16 Vail Road
Vail, CO 81657
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Daily
Sunday Funday Brunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. every Sunday
Lunch 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Monday - Saturday
Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. (Opening Mid-November '17)

Cross Street:
Meadow Drive

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(970) 300-4603

Website:
http://www.thesebastianvail.com/experience/leonora

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking for all guests that are dining with us.

Public Transit:
We are on the Town of Vail's complimentary bus route.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please ask about special events including Vintner Dinners and holiday menus.

Leonora Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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4.1

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4.1

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3.7

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Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (268)
Special Occasion (195)
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Notable Wine List (158)
Good for Groups (102)
Hot Spot (69)
Neighborhood Gem (60)
Kid-friendly (27)
Vibrant Bar Scene (23)
Late-night Find (16)
Scenic View (14)
Tapas (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Good for a Date (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Cozy (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fun (5)
Casual (4)
Authentic (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Dallas)·Dined 7 days ago

Phenomenal food and service!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We went for breakfast - normally love the Belgian waffle with berry compote, but the side had been changed to Nutella. Not a fan. Tried the Eggs Benedict instead - would say that they were good, but have had better. Still, will return for breakfast in the future.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Burger was good, not great, fries were blan, could use a little taste. Salmon was ok, would not recommend it, little fish. The wine list by the glass was lacking. Quality of by the glass wines were well below what you would expect in Vail.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 14, 2017

Very attentive and pleasant staff. Fun "tapas" menu plus heartier fare. Nice wine list! Lovely evening!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Beautiful atmosphere, excellent wait staff and delicious food. A little tricky to find but worth the effort.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Our waiter gave us excellent suggestions - the octopus tapa and peanut butter dessert were fantastic

Tags: Cozy, Tapas, Local Ingredients
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 3, 2017

High prices for B+ food. The wait staff did everything they could to get our order right (received a well done steak when medium was ordered) but overall, we weren't impressed enough to want to come back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 2, 2017

The food is rather good. Personally, I think they could really provide better portions. We ordered 4 entrees, one large plate, and only 4 drinks, and had a bill of $240. OK, it's Vail, and yes, it's a nice place. But for entree priced items, they should provide a bigger portion. Sorry, but 3 scallops for $34 is a bit over the top - at least provide 4 or 5 scallops.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 1, 2017

Greasy burger. $35 for three scallops. Zero beer selection. But good service!

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 27, 2017

The service was excellent, we had a large group and showed up with two extra people. The restaurant easily accommodated us. The appetizers were good but expensive. I had the short rib for dinner that was very expensive. It was very bland and over cooked. It came highly recommended from the waiter. The wine and the cocktails were good. There are amazing restaurants in Vail and even though the service was good I will not be going back for the high priced and bland food

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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on February 27, 2017

Very disappointed from last years great food. They sent me all these updates all year round which was effective to get us to come back and we did with high expectations which were not even close. My bison was not cooked properly & was sent back to cook more. Their wine list was weak and overpriced. The Brussels sprouts were over cooked in too much oil & salt. Very noisy so we could hear each other.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 27, 2017

We made a reservation here for our first night in Vail after a very early morning flight and a long day of traveling. When we got to the restaurant, we were the only diners, but we were hungry so we went in. Upon being greeted by our waitress, she joked/insulted us for dining so early (it was 5:30 local time, 6:30 our home time) and actually called us grandparents (we are in our 30's). We ordered a salad to start and it was over dressed and bland. We ordered a pear and prosciutto pizza to split and that was good.

All in all, we had a better meal the following night at the four seasons which we were staying at and the staff was much more professional. We go to Vail every year and I doubt we will ever consider this restaurant again.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Had high hopes but was completely disappointed. The service was incredibly slow. And very unknowledgeable. The food was over cooked. My husband had the braised short ribs and it was as dry as it could be. It was noticeable the second the plate was set down. I had the scallops which were also well over cooked. I received 3 scallops and nothing else, all for $34. Not worth it all. We really wanted to like this restaurant but fell short. Oh and it's also classified as a Tapas restaurant. Not so much. The 7 options don't really classify it to be a tapas restaurant. Save your money and try something else.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 24, 2017

We both enjoyed our pear salad. My husband had lobster flat bread. He couldn't find anyone to bring him parm cheese, and it got cold by the time he did. My ceviche was exceptionable. The waitress was friendly, and had way too many tables and therefore the poor service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Awesome food - we had the short ribs which is awesome. I only tweak I would do is wine list. The more cabs for under 17

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 13, 2017

There were many problems with our evening, including extremely salty dishes and fishy fish.

We have had marvelous evenings at Leonora but this wasn't one of them.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Excellent service, great with my 4 grand children and the food was fantastic!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Food good, but not great, though Short Ribs and Octopus are excellent. Service was spotty, but the place was kid friendly, which we appreciated.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 8, 2017

We dined at many restaurants during our visit to Vail, and Leonora was the absolute best. Service was fantastic and the food was superb! We had a bottle of wine and a selection of tapas. If it wasn't our last evening in Vail we would have dined there again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Had a great experience, waiter Joe Callahan was amazing. Gave us great services, recommended wine that was out of this world!
Had short ribs, brussel sprouts.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Leonara was the highlight of our dining in Vail. The food was wonderful and the service was outstanding. They have an impressive wine list that we thoroughly enjoyed. We had a large group and they did a fantastic job taking care of our table. As some of the other reviews mentioned, it's located inside the Sebastian Hotel. The hotel offered free parking for 2 hours with our dinner reservation.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 28, 2017

We had a party of 11 for my husband's birthday and they seated us in a private room by ourselves. We shared tapas and ordered some main dishes. Everything was delicious!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (NRW (Nordosten))·Dined on January 27, 2017

Great restaurant with good food!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Chicken breast with gnocchi and mushrooms was fabulous. Desert un believable

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Notable Wine List
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Inside the Sebastian - simply beautiful decor. Very warm ambiance. The short rib with risotto was delicious. My sister has the salmon with white beans that she raved about. Our pear and beet salads were also excellent.
I'll be sure to stop back again on next years ski trip.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Beautiful restaurant in a magnificent hotel. We received over the top service, excellent food, space between tables that makes it a private dining experience. Just loved it. A gem .. hope more diners try this out. A very special dining experience centrally located in vail village.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2017

We ordered three of the Tapas dishes to share. The octopus, the brussel sprouts and the mussels. All were delicious. The mussels had the added flavor of chorizo. The octopus was served with mashed potatoes. It made a great combination. We then ordered the duck, the bass and the pear salad. All were excellent. The chef is from Chili and the South American flavors shine through!! Very enjoyable evening.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 1, 2017

Headline would be get the Short Rib. First off I'll say it's located in the Sebastian Hotel, this was not very evident in their listing on Open Table, and the map wasn't super precise. Decor is very upscale and modern. Service was only 3 stars because they mixed up the order of presentation. My main course was delivered about 5 minutes after everyone had already received theirs. The staff though was very nice and attentive. The food was fantastic. Tomato bisque was spot on. Flatbreads were "better than Epcot" per my 12 y/o and my wife agreed. My 16 y/o daughters chicken and gnocchi was perfect. Which leaves my Short Rib. Probably the best preparation I've had. The Sous Chef was nice enough to come out and talk to me about the preparation. Sous Vide followed by cast iron sear that gave perfect doneness with a beautiful crispy crust. I thought the price of the meal considering the decor, staff, and food was a very good deal for Vail.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2016

What a great way to finish our trip to Vail. Our service was exceptionally good. The server knew his wine and what amount of flat breads to order. Don't miss the short ribs !

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2016

exellent ambiance,dedicated waiters,I got a call before asking about any allergies or any special occasion.They got us for our anniversary occasion a free dessert (peanut butter tart with caramel and Penaut butter ice cream home made as well as Cheese with membrillo ,delicious). The meal was superb and we have dine at high end and michellin restaurants,but this one was really special. The tapas were even better than the jose andres famous small plates, the tender octopus,the tortilla de papas,the beat salad with pistaccios, were all cook and presented to perfection. The confite crispy duck with a side of the most amazzingly prepared greens with vegetables and thin cut transparent potatoes , as well as the bison prepare to perfection were all very special and served with an obvious care for themost minimal details . It was so amazingly and surprisingly exellent that we requested to talk to the chef. She did come.,her name is Rosa and she is from Chile and has travelled all over the world and work with the best cheffs. After talking to her and learning a feww free secrets of her cuisine,we left the place in absolute happiness and we want to pass this recommendation to any one that visits Vail,Colorado,and want to have a superb meal and a happy face after the meal.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Outstanding Value, Authentic, Cozy, Casual
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 26, 2016

We were in a rush and the server helped us out. A lot of Spanish dishes not my fav but found a few really well made items.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Food is awesome! Got a table for 5 people ordered 6 tapas 4 entres and 2 desserts, all of them-very unusual- excellent presentation and better taste. Will return

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Great food and service.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 2, 2016

Wishing for more fresh vegetable choices.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2016

Had a great night at Leonora. After big, heavy meals all week at some of the top restaurants in Vail we were looking for something different and we found it! Our server was extremely helpful and friendly. He helped us pick the best choices and amounts from the tapas menu. All the choices were fresh, light and melt in your mouth delicious. Although truly a high end experience all around, the prices were not outrageous like many other Vail spots. Try the octopus, croquettes, Serrano ham and the churros!

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 31, 2016

Justin, our server, was delightful and personable, and the manager was gracious and generous. The food and service was outstanding. We appreciated your attentiveness.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 27, 2016

We had a wonderful meal - perfectly prepared tapas - and excellent service. It was pretty quiet the night we were there - would have enjoyed a little more activity. But, overall very nice experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 26, 2016

The lighting was a bit bright for a Saturday night. I had been there before and thought the atmosphere was much better with low lighting. Felt more like a hotel restaurant with the lighting. Otherwise it was very good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2016

Delicioso . Muy rico menú y opciones. Excelente servicio y el lugar muy acogedor

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 23, 2016

Great for foodies. Undiscovered gem!

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