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Mountain Standard

840 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 4:30pm - Close
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Phone number
(970) 476-0123
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Paul Anders
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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
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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.
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wine
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Lawnboy (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!

karenh (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!!

vipbedfordmom (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!

Partygirl (Denver)
Dined on October 15, 2017

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

Dined on October 14, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
Dined on October 14, 2017

5 star food in a casual mountain setting.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
Dined on October 13, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (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.

vipOpenTable Diner (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

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
Dined on October 9, 2017

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