Ludwig's

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Discover your perfect dinner with all the warmth and comfort of home, paired with European hospitality! Step into our Stüberl, or ‘cozy room" and experience Chef Julian Becker’s creative cuisine in a truly unique setting. Ludwig's also boasts an award-winning selection of wine, refined European service and attention to detail.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing dining experience. Would def recommend!

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KennethK
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service overall - helped with a guest that has a dairy free diet and made three courses work. Wine selection was excellent.
The tartare was one of the best apps ever - great flavor with great textures

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Celsus
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful and the ambience second to none in Vail. The food was fantastic but a little pricey. The cost of a glass of wine was ridiculous.
While I would absolutely recommend Ludwigs fine dining for any special occasion, the only apprehension would be the overall value. For three people, it was almost $500 ( including 2 glasses of wine and a mascot). My husband and I frequent fine restaurants all over the world, and Ludwigs definitely missed the mark on fair pricing.

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vipCTFoodie311
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It happened to be our anniversary, but we would have gone for a regular date night. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. My husband had a soup appetizer and I had tuna tartare. We both had Chilean sea bass for the main. Amazing. Beautifully served and delicious sauce and vegetables on the plate. Our best meal in Vail by far.

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BRIANV
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Totally disappointed on Valentines Day. The waiter was so frustrated he actually slammed his fist in the door to the kitchen. Worst experience ever!

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vipOrlando1
Orlando
33 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable. Sommelier was fabulous! Food was delicious!!!

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vipSkiandScubaFan
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ludwig's never disappoints. Great selection of meals and attentive service in an upscale Alpine environment.

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vipJJWhitbread
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding dinner at Ludwig's a few nights ago. All the food was delicious, and the service was impeccable without being oppressive or obsequious. The restaurant is comfortably spacious, and it's also quiet enough so that conversation is easy. We're looking forward to our next visit in a few weeks.

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vipFelixI
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, ambiance and service

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vipKenB
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Well proportioned meals. The Monkfish Saltimbocca was delicious.

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vipKpvb
Jacksonville
35 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner and service. They were able to kindly accommodate our large group at the last minute and as first timers to Ludwig, we were pleasantly surprised by the excellent service and food. Wonderful wine selection, tasty entrees. The winter salad was a surprise as the appearance did not do the delicious flavor justice. The special treat at the end of the meal was a lovely surprise.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful everything!

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vipJimS
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding dinner and the service was excellent.

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vipMuratT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome!🦄

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vipPhpf
New York Area
149 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time toLudwig and I chose the tasting menu with pairing. The presentation was sophisticated, the food very good and with a very prompt and friendly service.

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DrASB
Western NC
15 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at Ludwig’s on our last night in Vail. What a treat! Everything was delicious including the elk carpaccio and salmon starters as well as the lamb rack and beef tenderloin entree’s. They were exceptionally accommodating to our party’s member with celiac disease and the need for a truly gluten free experience. Our waiter, Anton, from Austria, was excellent and made us feel like we were truly in Austria.
I’d definitely plan to return the next time I’m in Vail.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous as well as the service. I had the chef's menu and I hope that they add that tenderloin to the regular menu, it was delicious

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vipmkcavs
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The service was not good. The food was great though

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and attention to detail. The chef sent out delicious samplers to our table, what an upscale place with upscale dining at a can do, will do price!!

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vipEric
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was expensive, but the food was great and the service was impeccable.

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vipWWp3
Denver
57 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Wonderful quiet ambiance. Food presentation was fabulous. Food was okay but nothing to write home about. Service was excellent.

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vipIrishLass
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated two milestone birthdays here at Ludwigs this week while skiing at Vail. The food was delicious...the presentation outstanding. The service was impeccable and our waiter was outstanding. Not a cheap meal for sure,but we had a TravelZoo voucher thank goodness. A very special occasion place.

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AndreaS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always a special treat to come here! The service is outstanding and so in the ambiance!
The dishes are beautiful and very eclectic! We all eat gluten, but enjoy the gluten free menu at Ludwig's. A very special place!

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vipRobertG
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Sonnenalp is one of Vail's very best lodges and truly captures the ambiance of an Austrian Alpine hotel. Reminds me of my favorite Austrian ski lodge, the Sporthotel Lorunser in Zurs. Ludwig's is the Sonnenalp's premium restaurant.

A few years ago the restaurant decided to go completely gluten free. This seems to be a big dietary fad these days but in fact, it is just that - a fad because only a small percentage of people are actually gluten sensitive, such as those with celiac disease. For the rest of us, it is meaningless (I am an MD). This does, however, have significant effects on how food may taste. Often it makes no difference, but it can be disastrous.

I had the tasting menu. The first course was a lovely fresh salad with shaved tenderloin similar to carpaccio. The second course was the killer dish of the evening, an absolutely fabulous butternut squash soup. It was worth dining at Ludwig's just for this. Magnificent in every way- texture, flavor and artistic presentation. The extra kick was the added exquisite large scallop. They should keep this soup permanently on the menu. A larger bowl with a few scallops would make a great lunch all by itself.

The main entry was a very tender, tasty beef filet with an excellent sauce. No problems with that.

So what didn't work? The gluten free bread is simply terrible. Tastes like stale leftover bread with bad texture and no flavor. Yet the gluten free crackers were really good. The Crepe Suzette dessert really suffered. The crepe had a very odd texture and bland taste and the filling wasn't any better. This is nothing like classic Crepe Suzette. The deconstructed (= crumbs) carrot cake was also disappointing.

Atmosphere and service were impeccable.

Do I recommend Ludwig's? Absolutely! It is charming and there are many things on the menu that are excellent. Just be aware of the limitations of gluten free dining and order appropriately.

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JohanL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Lovely Austrian atmosphere and great staff. Unfortunately food is nowhere near the atmosphere and staff.

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vipSobeNick
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Just ok. Tried too hard in my opinion to create dishes that should have been simpler.

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vipBrendaP
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere was authentic alpine decor and very cozy. Our server was exceptional. I would consider the menu very gourmet. The whole restaurant is gluten free, which didn't matter to any of our group, but unfortunately the gluten free bread was noticeably less decadent than we prefer. The portions are small but each meal is artistically placed on the plate. The butternut squash soup with a scallop in the center was divine. I ordered three first courses instead of an entree. The tuna tartare was very small but tasty. My other choice was the deep fried shrimp, which was way over cooked with way too much coating and too crispy. There were only two of them and lots of little bits of things sitting on the plate that were not described to me. Something that looked like torn pieces of navy blue bread. No idea. So I couldn't eat that. My husband had the filet and loved it. So I just ordered the wrong thing. Overall the place was lovely. The chef came out and introduced himself to us which was nice. Also, diners are treated to two courses of complimentary amuse bouche.(sp?) The first one was duck and the other one was pate. For 4 people with no drinks and no desserts, it was $225.00.

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vipVailresident
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We loved the chef's attention to visual detail and his creativity. The amuse buche and the "cotton" candy were such lovely gifts which communicate to the diner that our patronage is appreciated.
Thank you, we will be back.

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vipMichaelM
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best gourmet dining with n vail

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chalopochola1054
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Buena experiencia de comida molecular. Excelente cava y asesoría del sommelier. Lo máximo el cotton candy.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great meal at Ludwigs. Lovely atmosphere, great staff and delicious food. The dover sole is a must!

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SandraB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu was perfectly proportioned, creative, refreshing - and the wait staff was impeccably prompt, cheery and knowledgeable. Everything was gluten free - a rare treat!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic, the food, the service, the space. They go over the top with everything. My favorite thing is the cotton candy tree they bring at the end of your meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Thanksgiving meal I've ever had . . . don't tell my mom or grandmother :)

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vipCRBLI
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went on Good Friday so we did not eat meat --the fish selection was a bit limited but we did enjoy what we ate. We would really like to go back and try some of the meat selections as they sounded delicious. One thing that was not to our liking was the gluten free bread they served--the waiter did tell us that they had "regular" bread --which was very tasty.

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vipreallydolovethisplace
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience4

My husband and I have visited Ludwig's for years now, but I have to say the service was really bad this time. I know the restaurant was busy...but the staff really seemed to focus on the three or four tables of 6 people rather than on the tables for 2 people. Had to ask for what should have been a given several times.

On the other hand, the elegant, rustic decor has not changed and I am so thankful. And the food was delightful.

If we do return, we will visit on an evening that is less busy and at an earlier time in the evening.

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vipPhilipY
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary, even after two experiences in one week! Best restaurant in Vail without doubt for foodies, both a la carte and tasting menu. Interesting in every course, surprising even, for the mixture of flavors and textures. Excellent pairing of wines, whether individually for each course in the tasting menu, or with the choice of a complementary bottle for the a la carte menu.

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vipPhilipY
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular tasting menu! High interest and exciting marriages of flavors and textures. Unexpected wine pairings complemented every plate. Best dinner ever in Vail over many years.

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