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About Swiss Chalet

Featuring traditional European cuisine by our Executive Chef in a classic Swiss-style setting, the Swiss Chalet offers the ultimate alpine dining experience. Käse Spätzle (homemade Swiss dumpling topped with cheese and crispy onions) and delicious fondues make the Swiss Chalet a delectable dining experience. Not in the mood for fondue? Our traditional European entrées and Raclette will satisfy your every need. Save room for freshly made desserts including Austrian apple strudel and chocolate fondue.

20 Vail Road
Vail, CO 81657
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
European, Swiss

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:Daily: 3:00pm - 5:00pm bar only during winter
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm during winter, 5:00pm - 9:00pm during the rest of the year

Cross Street:
Meadow Drive

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(970) 479-5429

Website:
http://www.sonnenalp.com/dining/swiss_chalet.html

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking at the hotel for dining guests up to 2 hours.

Public Transit:
Vail in town bus stop in front of restaurant entrance, and minutes away from the public parking structure and transportation center.

Executive Chef:
Andrew Diamond

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Swiss Chalet Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (19)
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Cozy (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Romantic (12)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Special Occasion (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Casual (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Great Beer (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Seasonal (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Business Meals (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Always beautifully presented with outstanding and knowledgeable servers. Proud to be=ring friends to the Swiss!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food. Waiter could have done much better at waiting on us. We had to remind him far too much for anything. Other staff were great.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had both a wonderful meal and excellent service for our birthday celebration.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 19, 2017

First time eating fondue—ever. Opted for veggies & bread in the cheese w a house salad, which was an off-season special. Salad was very tasty w Bibb lettuce & a sour cream-based dressing. Take my advise ‘ skip the bread & butter offers initially after ordering. Very heavy meal even w mostly veggies (new potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot). The cheese is super thick & goopy. But very tasty. The staff was very pleasant, even presenting me w some chocolate dipped strawberries for my BD. Jason (or Justin maybe) provided excellent service. The decor & ambiance were quite alpine & very Swissy.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Overall it was good - Now we focused on the Fondue - which was average at best - you get a better experience at Melting Pot if fondue is what you want. A great example - the Cheese Fondue - all they give you to dip is bread, at the Melting Pot you get bread plus a selection of vegetables. On the main meal fondue - same thing melting pot had more options for sauces and dips. The Desert was excellent - so maybe we just picked the wrong items to eat. If we ever made it back again - we might try some of the original non-fondue dishes.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Loved the authentic feel of an alpine restaurant - the decor was spot on. You absolutely get an overwhelming smell of cheese when you walk in - this could be a great place to eat on the patio. Unfortunately, we were there when it was too cold to eat outside. The Fondu experience was fun - be ready to eat a lot! A unique experience.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Wonderful, stared a bit slow with the staff a acting a bit dazed, off season is slow at all the restaurants. But after that the rest was great. Good Food and drink. Authentic atmosphere, and an enjoyable experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Authentic, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Good service. Good fondue.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 2, 2017

In Vail, the Swiss Chalet is a wonderful Tyrolean experience. The mountain ski flavor of the destination is complemented by delicious Swiss cuisine, including fondue. As an interactive dining experience it gets diners engaged through the self-cooking / dipping process. The food and service were both exceptional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Have been to Swiss Chalet in the past. Brought family here this weekend - fantastic service, food and ambience. Family loved the interaction with their food and ability to cook it to their preferences.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great meal and great off season deals. Loved it.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Swiss Chalet is the perfect venue for fondue on a fall evening. It is warm and delicious! We honestly felt as though in Europe from the moment we arrived! We were warmly greeted by authentically attired staff. The staff is the nicest group of folks, all always donning smiles. Our server, Cassondra, was attentive, which we appreciated. The food portions are large - no one walks away hungry! On a warmer night, we would have dined on the gorgeous patio. Parking is easy, as the hotel valet is comped by the restaurant.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Their wine list is truly "notable" to the point of being overwhelming; most selections are very expensive. I'm guessing the average price is $150/bottle. Most wines are $200 - $2,500. We found a few "good value" wines. We love great wines, and we don't believe in overpaying for them.

We enjoyed the three course fondue dinner. It was our anniversary; no mention of our celebration.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Had a great experience and would recommend this restaurant for a different dinning evening. Waitress WAS very helpful

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Always a fun dining experience! We can't get enough of the fondue A wine list to die for - so hard to choose!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Loved that you have such s different menu we will be.back

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 21, 2017

The service was very special from the bartender, Audrey, to the wait staff who took good care of my sisters and me. The cheese fondue was so good as was the appetizer spaetzel with crispy onions. It's a relaxing meal and the restaurant itself is so comfortable and warm feeling. It was not crowded at all do to the time of year. To top it all off with their special chocolate fondue made it an extra special experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fun, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

We come to the Swiss Chalet every year as part of our fall Oktoberfest/leaf trip. It has never disappointed us. The food is excellent and well-presented. We get the cheese fondue appetizer which is a generous portion. We alternate between the weiner snitzel and the beef fondue cooked in broth. Both are outstanding. The atmosphere is simple with European decorations like Swiss cowbells. The waitresses wear classy dirndls, and the waiters wear elegant Swiss looking attire also. Service is always very attentive, and the pace is perfect. I hope they never change a thing from the decor to the menu to the attire for the wait staff. We feel like we have been on a mini-trip to Switzerland or Austria each time we visit.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Overall great experience at a favorite vail restaurant. Will definitely be back for ski season. Restaurant was quieter than expected but service and food was outstanding as always.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Jason, our waiter was awesome! The chef outdid himself - food was amazing!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Been to Switzerland several times and this was completely authentic. If I hadn't known better, I swear I was in zermatt

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2017

LOVED the ambiance and service. The food is also great, just don't expect the EXACT same thing if you've ever tried raclette or fondue in Europe. Special mention for them offering good gluten-free bread. My husband normally has to use potatoes to dip in the fondue, and at this restaurant he was able to enjoy a more authentic experience thanks to the gluten-free bread... Props !

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Lovely dinner. We had Cheese Fondue - delicious. There were plenty of tempting options on the menu. The atmosphere is casual elegance, our waiter was superb, the rest of the wait staff was perfect, checking but not obtrusive. I would go again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Average. Was expecting much better dinner considering the location and price. Might as well eating at one of the less expensive places in Vail and had better cuisine.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Our waitress made the place even better. She was extremely nice and responsive.

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 3, 2017

So fun and delicious!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Our son recommended this restaurant as a "must visit", and we are grateful to him. The wait staff was attentive, not overbearing; the food and wine were excellent; and, our table on the patio surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers was perfect. We were touched that the hostess brought us 2 glasses of champagne in celebration of our 40 years of marriage!

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer
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 (Little Rock)·Dined on August 28, 2017

We are here for our 44th anniversary. The manager and her entire staff went out of their way to make our meal special. It was, and the food was terrific.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

We come here every summer and we always look forward to dining here. The fondue is one of our favorites, but this year we tried the Matterhorn Racclette based on one of the waiter's recommendations. It has some similarities to fondue, but we enjoyed trying something new and really glad we did. This is a great place to go for a delicious meal and a romantic atmosphere.

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The meat that we ordered was ordinary and not worth the price. Apple Strudel was even less than ordinary. We had better experience at Swiss Chalet in the past. Hopefully the quality of food will improve.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Food was excellent as always. This is one of our favorite restaurants in Vail. The staff is always really friendly and goes out of their way to make sure you enjoy your meal.

Tags: Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Romantic, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Ambiance and menu appeared promising, yet experience not commensurate. Wine price should be halved or volume doubled - way high even for Vail. Service very polite but sluggish. Poor job responding to raclette warmer not performing outside. Had to move inside. Significant lag time in making move. Had to make request to replace 'hot' potatoes (40 mins earlier) no longer so. And had to ask for bread, as 730 start time became 830p. Staff oblivious to any sense this may have been inconvenient. I could not in good faith recommend to anyone. Especially disappointing as we have German heritage and were looking forward to dining here on last evening. And had nice experience at Swiss Chalet in Breckinridge.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

The meal was fun and unique! Our children enjoyed the fondue experience.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 13, 2017

This is our second time here! Will come back. Waitress not as attentive as last visit was only complaint

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Not great...or even good

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 11, 2017

I am glad I tried this restaurant but would not necessarily go back. The night we were there there was a large family with crying children late into the evening which did not make for a very enjoyable experience. I realize that it is not the restaurants fault, but that is what our experience was.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 7, 2017

The food was good but too smelly inside the dining room. Also, their cooking plates don't work very well. So, if you go, order a real fondue (where they prepare the dip) instead of getting a heating plate and cooking it yourself.

I wouldn't go back because there are many other choices in town that are much better at this price.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Fondue doesn't really lend itself to groups larger than four. We were 8 and it was rather difficult. Also quite expensive for portion sizes even for Vail. Service was great.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Sat outside and enjoyed the delicious Alpler fondue - lovely!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 4, 2017

I love this place! I go here every time I'm in Vail. Love the cheese fondue and the chocolate fondue is to die for! Weiner Schnitzel was also excellent!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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