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57 reviews
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$30 and under
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Emphasizing harvest fresh food and healthier fare, Balata is a wonderful place for meals with friends or your family. A visit to Balata means savoring seasonal produce and high-quality ingredients, and you will see this reflected in even the most familiar dishes.

The fish and chips, for example, uses craft beer and the freshest cod, and is served up with a gourmet caper sauce with hand-cut fries. Everything has this attention to detail, and whether diving into a bowl of yellow tomato gazpacho topped with basil crème fraiche or enjoying your mahi mahi tacos with cider slaw and Szechwan aioli, you know you are eating original dishes at Balata.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
October opening hours
Pub: 7 days a week - 1pm to close
Dinner: 7 days a week - 1pm to close
Snack Bar Menu available at 1pm
Pub Menu available at 3pm
Dinner Menu available at 5pm
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Phone number
(970) 477-5353
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bradley Stieber
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.2  based on all time ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipdaphne (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Very reasonable, tasty food in a wonderful setting!! Also outstanding sure to ask for Eddie...he was our server and was wonderful as was Sven-manager!!!!

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
2.0  Dined on January 15, 2016

The food was okay but portions were very small and very over priced.

Ronnie (Denver)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 2015

We had dinner with friends and choose Balata. The service was wonderful, the food was excellent and the ambiance and view beautiful.

vipMadCactus (Dallas)
1.0  Dined on July 25, 2015

Had awful experience on Sat. night dinner 7/26/15. At first, had high hopes given initial warm greeting and fantastic outdoor view of the mountains. But that's where it all ends.

From initial sitting to drink order took 10 mins. Then two bar drinks took additional 15 mins. to come to table, at which point waiter, who admitted to "being spaced out tonight," finally took order. My wife and I both ordered from the dinner menu. I ordered their New York Strip medium-rare after appropriate inquiry from waiter. Approximately 40 mins. later, a steak arrived that was clearly well-done. Waiter summoned to table---he quickly agreed after seeing mid-section and me pressing on meat. Waiter took plate away promising quick correction, but then not 2 mins. later, brought plate back saying literally "in the light of the kitchen, it appears more rare." The waiter however seemed to continue to agree that the dish was well-done and not even close to being medium-rare, and took the plate back to the kitchen. Gentleman from IL who was seated in a bar-style table with his spouse commented after waiter left that he could see from where he was seated that it was CLEARLY well-done. In interim, spouse and children continue to eat. My wife's pork tenderloin, while edible, was mediocre at best. After 14 mins. (which should have been a sign), a fresh New York strip dish arrived...I had waiter wait as I cut mid-section--> it was CLEARLY well-done again! Waiter concurred and starting taking it which point I said that we were done. No offers were made to substitute, etc. I was not charged for my entree. THEN, the manager who hails from Munich, Germany came to table and said that in the light of the kitchen, the meat appears more well rare than outside. No apologies. I have NEVER heard such a ridiculous statement from even a Denny's, Outback...nay of course Morton's, Capital Grille, ...or in fact ANY restaurant I've visited. No apologies were given by manager. AVOID.

vipkerrie (Denver)
4.0  Dined on March 14, 2015

Best bargain in Vail area. Look for specials. Food is very good and usually not terribly crowded. More crowded in the summer, because it is part of the Golf Course clubhouse.

vipbeachlover (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on March 5, 2015

Dined here as a family, including our two young kiddos. We were here on ski holiday so too cold to dine outside, but the views were amazing from inside and the patio would be a great place to dine during the warmer months. Waiter was exceptionally attentive. Appetizer and all our entres were delicious. Very impressed with the service and ambiance; will be adding Balata to our regular rotation during our annual ski trips!

vipsocky (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 26, 2015

We have been twice over the past month. Trout and salad with salmon were both superb. Excellent service from maitre de and waiter. nice ambience in beautiful setting. Thursday evening 1/2 off ALL wine bottles is a great deal. also, check out happy hour.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

Location and service were great. Food was okay, certainly not the best but not bad either. The prices were good. Also, the menu was pretty standard, nothing special. The steak and duck were a bit overcooked and the lamb shank needed to be reheated. May be worth visiting in summer time. Their patio looks very nice (we were there in February).

MtHermit (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2015

This restaurant is part of the Sonnenalp Hotel property in Vail. It is at the golf course in Edwards and has a quiet, scenic location. The service was superb and the food wonderful. Flavorful meals, large portions and the choices were not the usual collection of meals - but there is something for everyone and everything is great. This is a definite repeat selection.

Janice (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2015

We had a very delicious meal at Balata. There were 6 of us - three adults and three teenagers. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the service was excellent. It was quiet on a Sunday evening in January and I'd expect it to be busier during golf season, although I doubt very much that would have negatively impacted either the food or the service. I would go back and would recommend it to a friend, but what else would you expect from a restaurant in a Sonnenalp venue?

Sandy (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2014

We enjoyed a prix fixe 4 course diner on New Year's Eve. Loved all the food. Service could have been better. Still very friendly staff. The views of the golf course and the Arrowhead ski area are really outstanding.

vipDoogie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2014

Food was excellent. Lovely restaurant. They have gluten free options and are very helpful with gluten free choices. They also brought out gluten free bread when they brought out the regular bread. All four of us enjoyed our meals. Great service. Nice ambiance. Will return.

vipINCREDIBLE (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on September 14, 2014

We went here because the last time we were in town we loved the restaurant and the food. This visit we had the same waiter that was very good and the atmosphere was excellent. Two of us ordered the Turkey Sliders and we decided that we ordered wrong. We were expecting sliced turkey meat and they are grilled turkey sausage patties. The other guest had a grilled chicken sandwich and it was as expected. Will know next time......

vipINCREDIBLE (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on July 3, 2014

This was our first time to try this restaurant and we will definitely return. The food was wonderful and everything about the evening was great.

vipChar (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 12, 2014

Just make a reservation and enjoy! You will not be disappointed. Try the Trout!!!!!

vipHelenhenn (London)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2014

A lovely meal with a small child who was well cared for by staff. Excellent food and drink and wonderful mountain view.

vipColoradodiner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2014

Every time I visit Balata I try something new and have yet to be disappointed.
Tried the beet and spinach salad..great. The mussels are so good you want to finish the broth with your spoon, strip steak and bass were also great.

Shaunder (Denver)
4.0  Dined on January 16, 2014

A very enjoyable dining experience. Not crowded as so many restaurants in the Vail Valley are.

BobC (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2014

Just a mile across from Arrowhead Ski/Golf resort this is worth the trip. Short trip from Avon and Beaver Creek nearer than Edwards.

vipJSSnyd (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2014

Great service, too! We will be back.