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Leonora

4.3
336 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tapas
  • Special Occasion
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, local and organic ingredients to create a versatile menu that includes a number of small plates and composed dishes. Combine this with a great selection of simply prepared prime beef, wagyu and local game and there is surely an option for everyone. Pair all of these fantastic plates with an extensive wine program central to the dining experience.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Breakfast 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Daily
Closed for lunch and dinner until Memorial Day

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Phone number
(970) 300-4603
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Tyson Peterson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Meadow Drive
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking at the Sebastian Hotel Front Drive.
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Public transit
We are on the Town of Vail's complimentary bus route.
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Special events & promotions
Please ask about special events including Vintner Dinners and holiday menus.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 336 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Good food, service was ok

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Andrew is excellent host
Nice quiet restaurant
Amazing tapas style
Huge wine list
Had a great time

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Las mejores coles de Bruselas q he comido, algunos platillos me parecieron muy pequeños, pero en general muy bueno

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Our food was all excellent, and our server, Geoff was also very attentive and friendly. Would recommend the manchego potato gratin and the steaks. It was very good.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

A great find with tapas and the ability to turn large plates into shareable items. Very tasty creative menu items and reasonably priced wines.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

This place is fantastic! The environment is open, comfortable, yet elegant. The service was excellent. But the pièce de résistance was definitely the food. Chef Tyson is brilliant! Everything we had was quite literally as good as it gets. From the brussel sprouts, to the beet and chevre salad, the short rib chili, to the cedar plank salmon, each item was the best we've ever had, and the presentations were perfect. Absolutely our new favorite restaurant. Don't go to Vail without at least one meal here!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Out of the 6 restaurants we visited on our recent stay in Vail this was the best out of the 6.
The Elk tartar just created by the chef as the appetizer was the best we ever ate. My husband's ribeye and my chicken were both excellent.
Not noted under the 10 best in Vail but should definitely replace some of them under the 10 best. Hidden Gem!

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3.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The service was outstanding but the food was overpriced and not that tasty.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

My first time visiting Leonora on a ski trip with my family. UNBELIEVABLE. The service was fantastic and the food was even better. The shrimp al ajillo and octopus a la plancha were amazing, the Snake River wagyu was the best steak I had in town. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

I would never have known about this place if I hadn't checked Fodor's for Vail restaurant recommendations. Leonora's is tucked away on the third floor of The Sebastian hotel/condo development so there's no way you'd just happen to pass by and wonder in. We were intrigued by the tapas menu and booked a reservation for a birthday celebration. We couldn't have been more pleased and surprised to find an amazing new (to us) restaurant in Vail!
We requested one of the big circular booths and immediately felt ensconced in our own world, all wrapped up in crushed velvet, and with a view of Leonora's glamorous setting. A floor to ceiling wine bar cylinder, mod chandeliers and cozy corners reminded us of Barcelona.
The chef treated us to Prosecco to begin our night of celebration and we followed with tapas plates of: crispy octopus 'a la planka' with chorizo and potatoes; shrimp 'al ajillo' with parsley, garlic and white wine; colorado lamb 'albondigas' with mint lime yogurt; and then shared the special of the night, local colorado elk spare ribs. Each selection was done to perfection, layered flavors, with each bite better than the last.
We were thoroughly happy campers but the chef had one more surprise for the evening when our waiter delivered a trio of chef's selected desserts - a brownie with handcrafted marshmallow reminiscent of smore's but in a grownup-way; a maple (wow who would have thought!) ice cream; and a take on an almond joy bar. We were delightfully stuffed with goodness. We'll be back and we won't wait a whole year for another birthday!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food is very good. Small plates (tapas) and you can order regular size meals. Ordered the duck as a meal and the portion was very small. Beautiful restaurant but I wouldn’t go back.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had a good meal here with two other couples. The service was accommodating and friendly. Drinks were great as well. Very pleased and will return.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Innovative tappas dinner end well served. The chef’s modifications for our meal made it very special.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We enjoyed Leonora during a weekend ski trip to Vail. What a find! We really enjoyed the small plates and opportunity to share several selections. The service was outstanding, the food was delicious and creative, and the wait staff was very helpful with their descriptions and suggestions. We will definitely be back next time!

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The chicken was like rubber and tasteless. Will not go back

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Excellent food. Attentive service. Surprised that it is t busier. Will be on the top of our list for Vail going forward.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

I took my partner to the Leonora for his birthday, and I was blown away. Our server, Jeff, was outstanding. He went above and beyond to make the occasion special for us. We are vegetarians, and were impressed by the fine dining quality of the vegetarian options - the edamame pestos was out of this world! I can't say enough positive things about the Leonora, and certainly give big props to Jeff - we will be coming back again for our next special occasion.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Excellent service, terrific food, elegant atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Small portions for main dishes. Average food. Incredibly slow service.

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1.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Service and quality of food need a lot of work. Timing of food and drink and ordering needs to be improved

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2.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Visiting Vail for a ski trip.

Wines were amazing and the appetizers we shared were awesome, Japanese Eggplant Croquets and Roasted Cauliflower with Edamame Pesto.

Dinner was a different story- I order the Roasted 1/2 Chicken were seems great at first bite. 3 bites in, I cut into my dish to find out it was raw!

Sent it back for a new once, cut into the 2nd chicken, raw again!

Ended up with the “Wild Mushroom” Farro Risotto, which just had average baby bella mushrooms on top, and was totally mediocre!

The server and the manager did apologize for the mishap, and only charged us for only 2 entrees.

All in all, the raw chicken freaked me out, twice!

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Very Pleased with service, great waiters!! Food was really good, was expecting a little bit more out of te Duck Leg.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

The Leonora was delish! Andrew our server was the best! Very attentive and professional!

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

My son and I stopped in for dinner after a day of skiing. The ambiance was awesome with a floor to ceiling glass cylinder wine display. Service, food and attention to detail was excellent. We'll be back...this time with my wife!

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3.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Excellent food in a beautiful restaurant , however worst service in town. They keep switching waiters dropping utensils plates etc. Disaster they did not know what they were doing

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

We had the small plate tapas, they were varied and fantastic. Great flavours and well prepared. The staff are as amazing as the food. Friendly and attentive. We will definitely eat here again when back in Vail.

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1.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Very slow service! The wait staff didn’t check on us and were slow to respond to requests. It was 1.5 hour for tapas and salad. The table next to us left before ordering because it took so long. A shame because the food was good but we didn’t make it to entrees.

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2.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Our waiter was excellent. We received very poor treatment when we arrived by the host at the front table.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

The best breakfast I had in a long time!!!!

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Very good steak

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Our server was the best and remembered us from last year. Great food service and will be back.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

It’s not a very large place so make your reservation early. Easy to vallet the car at the hotel (which is very upscale and friendly staff). Menu is very diverse and the food was wonderfully prepared. The service staff was very attentive to us in regards to refills and making sure we had everything we needed. The salmon and steak were superb and the sides are big enough to share for 2.

Save room for one of their great deserts too! We got 4 for 8 people and just sampled around the take!!

Lastly, the hotel and just outside gave some very good options for pictures. We were there just after Christmas but I would imagine that this is the case anytime. Enjoy!

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Waiter was excellent, very attentive and friendly. Food was very tasty, great to share or have your own main. Definitely recommend sharing so you can try various menu items, Brussels sprouts, shrimp al ajillo, manchego potato gratin and especially the shrimp ceviche all very good. The spinach salad had perfectly poached and flavored pears which was a nice balance to the blue cheese. It was pretty busy, but our waiter never missed a beat. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Such an amazing experience. My boyfriend and I had the greatest service and some of the best tapas to date!

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Bottomless drinks for $24 that you can mix and match! Aka you can have bloody Marys, mimosas, bellinis, plain champs, and rose all for that price. I’ve never come across a place that doesn’t make you choose one or the other! The food was good too, and make sure you save room for dessert!

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Phenomenal food and service!

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3.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on March 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2017

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

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