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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, 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.

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:
$31 to $50

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 at the Sebastian Hotel Front Drive.

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

Executive Chef:
Tyson Peterson

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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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.0

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4.3

value

3.7

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Quiet

71% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (5)
Good for a Date (3)
Hot Spot (3)
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Creative Cuisine (3)
Business Meals (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Authentic (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Romantic (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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 (Western NC)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 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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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (London)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Very good steak

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (Nashville)·Dined 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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 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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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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 (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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