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About Mountain Standard

From the creators of Sweet Basil in Vail Colorado comes a fresh, innovative new restaurant opening December 2012. Aptly named Mountain Standard, this rustic and relaxed tavern aims to set a new standard in the Vail valley by using an ancient form of cooking.

The majority of Mountain Standard’s menu will be prepared via the most primal cooking method: over an open and live wood fire. The only restaurant in the valley to devote themselves to this age-old way of cooking, the food at this exciting new restaurant will have rustic, bold and honest flavors, focusing on the purest ingredients in the Rocky Mountain region and beyond.

Service, like the cuisine, will have that perfect balance of providing a first class dining experience with a more casual vibe. There is no smoke and mirrors here - no fuss - just simple, honest, from the heart service and cooking. The beauty of the creek side location is mirrored by the high energy vibe of this dynamic restaurant.

193 Gore Creek Drive
Ste 201
Vail, CO 81657
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 4:30pm - Close

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(970) 476-0123

Website:
http://www.mtnstandard.com/

Parking Details:
Mtn Standard is located in the heart of the Vail Village, which is a pedestrian village. Take interstate 70 to the Vail exit #176. Proceed through rotary intersections so that you wind up heading East on the So. Frontage Road (ski mountain side of the highway). Go eastbound approx.¼ mile to the Vail Village parking structure. Exit the structure out the middle portal to the south. Go across the Covered Bridge another 75 yards, and go right on Gore Creek Dr. We are down the steps past the Fountain

Public Transit:
The Vail Village free in town bus shuttle is available year round throughout the village. Take the bus to the Covered Bridge stop and proceed as noted below. Free public transportation is also available from East to West Vail into the Transportation Center at the main parking structure.

Executive Chef:
Paul Anders

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wine

Mountain Standard Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (18)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Hot Spot (16)
Scenic View (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Fun (12)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
People Watching (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Casual (9)
Worth the Drive (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Romantic (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Seasonal (5)
Waterfront (5)
Authentic (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Tapas (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Cozy (4)
Business Meals (3)
Great Beer (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Vibrant atmosphere with wonderfully designed plated dishes. I highly recommend a stop here for a memorable meal. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Love the speckled dishes too!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Sweet Basil and Mountain Standard apparently share the same head Chef. If you need to choose between the two, I highly recommend Sweet Basil where we dined the night before we dined at Mountain Standard.

While Mountain Standard had a great wait staff and dining next to the kitchen was a very positive experience in terms of energy and access to fine aromas, I must admit I was rather disappointed with the cuisine. The Rotisserie Chicken was dry and the Chicken Salad was rather boring. The Crab was delicious but should not have been listed as a "main" but rather an appetizer.

Mountain Standard is a "happening place" during ski season and perhaps we just dined at a time when they were not at their best. I would recommend spending $18 and treating the kitchen crew to beer all around as this gesture allows you to extend appreciation to the individuals who worked hard in the kitchen. This may seem rather odd as I was disappointed with the food, but the passion and joy the kitchen spread throughout the venue deserves to be recognized. After all, during these difficult times when our nation is struggling we all need to feel a little joy and a whole lot of passion!!

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Scenic View
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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Wow, on a girls trip to Vail and love Sweet Basil, so gave this a try for dinner. Shared and loved every dish!! Butternut biscuits, peel and eat shrimp, ahi tuna crudo, the most amazing wedge salad, danish pork ribs, brussel sprouts, and warm apple tart. Will definitely eat again on any future visits. Friendly and attentive service; and fun and warm atmosphere!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great place, great food, great prices!!! We recommended this restaurant to anyone we saw over the weekend.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, People Watching, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had s wonderful experience. The food was fabulous. This was our five visit and all have been great.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 14, 2017

5 star food in a casual mountain setting.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food options are fabulous. The biscuit and country ham is phenomenal. Their cocktails never disappoint.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We keep trying Mountain Standard in the hopes that the chief would stop reinventing food. His so called creativity is questionable. We ordered the trout, and the trout was fantastic, that is, once we found it. The trout was hidden under an assortment of something, while an insipid turnip purée lined the bottom of the plate. We took the top “stuff” off to discover a perfectly cooked piece of trout. How amazing this would have been with a fresh vegetable and a hearty purée of potatoes. This is our second time in a few months. I’ve tried other dishes, but they all come with some “creative” topping. On a previous visit, I ordered the chicken, it had so many strange combination of spices. I’ll go there only for drinks and oysters.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Good overall, but I was expecting a lot more from what is rated one of the best restaurants in Vail. Mocqueca, a Brazilean dish, was not even close to the real thing... tasty, but was more of a paella goes brasilean. The duck breast was good, but the peach in it was feeen and tasteless. Desserts were really good and service was phenomenal... plus the location is really hrs to beat

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great food I think it is one of the top restaurants in Vail, Colorado.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We love Mountain Standard! Whenever we visit Vail it is our go-to restaurant. The menu is inventive and always delicious. The outside patio near the creek is wonderful when the weather is nice, but we still enjoy the ambiance indoors. This is a must visit when you have the good fortune to go to Vail.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 6, 2017

WE LOVE MOUNTAIN STANDARD! We came last year for a girls trip and ate here the last night and just fell in love it with it. So this year we ate there two out of three evenings in Vail and than Sunday lunch before we left. Everything is amazing on this menu. From the wedge salad to the trout to the shrimp and grits. Absolutely fabulous!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

So I made a reservation a week or so in advance because it was restaurant week and I had family coming into town from California. We make our yearly Vail trip every Fall during restaurant week so my family was really excited. When we got there we gave the hostess our name and she said she didn't see us on the list and that she found our reservation and it was for November 17th? I know for a fact I made it for Friday October 6th @5:15p.m. and clearly I'm now writing a review based on the email confirmation that OpenTable has sent me verifying my reservation.
I had no service in or near the restaurant so I couldn't pull up my confirmation email to verify, there was hardly anyone in the restaurant at the time and the hostess pretty much said there's a good chance we wouldn't be sat. She finally was able to get us a table but it was literally in the corner of the restaurant and it took almost 20 minutes to get it set up, meanwhile, my group is standing there with two small children not knowing whether to stay or leave.
We were finally sat, our server was a little strange and didn't check on us often. It took an extremely long time to receive our entrees (about 45 minutes) again we were there around 5:15p.m. so the restaurant was not packed by then. Two of the steak entrees came out incorrect so we had to send them back. Meanwhile the other two are picking at their food trying to wait and be polite, then when the steaks came back the other two entrees were cold.
By the time the server actually came back and cleared everything he had asked if we wanted to see a dessert menu, at that point we just wanted to pay and leave. We ended up just getting hot chocolate at the ice cream shop a little ways away. My wife and I had been there before and had a great experience which is why we brought our family there. Very different experience this time. As a Chef myself, who's worked in high end restaurants, I was very disappointed with this experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View
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food3
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service2
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I was in town to enjoy a belated birthday massage at a local spa! Luckily, we were in town for restaurant week and Mountain Standard was on the list. After a relatively disappointing meal at another restaurant the night before, we were so pleasantly surprised and happy about our meals at Mountain Standard.

I ordered the grits as my first course and. salmon for my main course. He ordered the biscuit as the first course and duck as main course.

My only slight disappointment was in the portion of the grits and that they were not evenly cooked - there were definitely some smooth bites, but not enough.

I would make the three hour drive to eat here again... It’s quite a haul, but I think it’s worth it.

I’ve lived in CO for a couple of years absolutely can count on one hand how many times I’ve actually had an excellent meal. So glad to add to the numbers!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Awesome! Very innovative and creative and satisfying menu.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 5, 2017

As always, we had a great time at Mountain Standard! It never disappoints with the level of service & quality of food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Truly terrific restaurant in Vail. We had the pimento spread which was fantastic, a couple glasses of wine, and king crab legs. We ordered the oyster shooters too but was hard pressed to find the "tomato water" described on menu in shot glass. This did not ruin our experience. We will be back!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food is very good and our server excellent. It was very busy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Innovative dishes. Had the duck breast in a southwestern sauce spin. Really unique.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Always a good meal. Service was a little slow for a sunday night.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was delicious! We love the pimento cheese and they had a phenomenal fresh special.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was creative, atmosphere lively, drinks yummy and great location. Service was a little spotty but think that was just one waitress and should not reflect the entire staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 20, 2017

One of the best restaurants in the mountains. Fun and inventive but unpretentious. Perfect for food aficionados.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Very nice dinner - but felt like the restaurant was understaffed for the evening. Will return, but will probably try to go during off hours.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

A wonderful dining experience. Our guests were blown away by the food and the service. Ariana was delightful! Your wine steward is a gem. He even got a bottle our guest wanted from Sweet Basil for us to enjoy.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Mountain Standard is one of the best restaurants in Vail. The cuisine is varied and always delicious and creative. It's one of my favorite restaurants along with Sweet Basil which has the same owner. The service is always awesome.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Cozy, Business Meals, Casual, Hot Spot, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Healthy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Delicious creative food but menu had lots of great choices if your not too adventurous !
Great ambiance!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We had a fabulous time at mountain standard! Love, love, love this place. Everything we had was so good, and beautiful presentation. Love the decor. Waitstaff is super friendly. New favorite place to eat in vail

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Fun, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Amazing food and service... highly recommend!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 8, 2017

While the food was interesting and well prepared, the wait staff behaved indifferently, not even bothering to mention the night's special. Check-in at hostess also conveyed an indifferent and haughty attitude.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Food and service were both horrible and prices were high, very dissatisfied.

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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Eaten there for a number of years, but thought the food was sub par this year. Pimento cheese appetizer as good as ever, but thought the Alaskan halibut and shrimp and grits were mediocre at best.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Good food and a great location. One of the best in Vail. On the service side: points added for proactively offering extra toast for one of our appetizers... points deducted for being inattentive and bringing the check without giving us a chance to place an entree order.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Modern mountain aesthetic, on Gore Creek. It doesn't get much better in Vail.

Have dined here on the coldest, snowiest winter's night and on a hot summer's afternoon. Cozy and snug in the winter and breezy and shaded (outdoor table) in the summer.

Tags: Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Disappointing experience!! The peel & eat shrimp were heavily over-seasoned & the main entrees were cold. Do not eat the monkfish curry - it was way too tough & overlooked. Would not recommend!!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Not as good as last year. The appetizers were phenomenal: scallops and bison tartare. My husband got talked into the trout by the waitress. It was a bit of a disappointment. Nothing special. I got the chicken salad which the waitress told me was excellent. It was a letdown. Not much chicken, couldn't even detect the goat cheese and really was something I would never order again. However, the overall service was excellent even though our waitress was not around much. The others filled in to the point where all our needs were met. Also, the margarita was phenomenal.

Tags: Scenic View, Tapas
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Don't miss the duck! Best margaritas in Vail. Olives were tasty but skimpy portion size. Love this restaurant--our favorite in Vail. But with this visit, the place seemed a bit dirty. Tables, chairs, floors all need a deep clean. Hopefully that'll get done before winter.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Thanks Great food and atmosphere

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·Dined on August 31, 2017

As always, our meal was original and tasty! The service was impeccable- we sat out on the patio with a view of Gore Creek. Our table was a little wobbly ( hate that!) Our waitress noticed as soon as we sat down and fixed it without us even having to ask for the little sugar packets to put underneath! This is our go-to place in Vail for great food, ambience, and service :-)

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Always have a great experience at MS. Can't wait for our next visit.

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