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Up The Creek, Vail, CO

Up The Creek

4.7
4.7
936 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Up the Creek Bar and Grill has been family operated since 1988. In our effort to serve only great, healthy, sustainable food we source our ingredients locally as much as possible, and use additive free, grass fed and environmentally responsible products. Try some of our hand muddled specialty cocktails, local micro brews, or enjoy a bottle of wine from our extensive list.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Wild Game
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (970) 476-8141
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Luis Portillo
  • Private party facilities
    Our restaurant is available for private functions. We offer buy-outs for large parties and can handle smaller parties in our regular service. Our creek side location is the perfect setting for rehearsal dinners, weddings, and corporate events.
  • Private party contact
    Mike Stadler: (970) 476-8141
  • Neighborhood
    Vail
  • Parking details
    The only parking available is in the Vail Public Parking Structure. Handicap access and drop off at the International Bridge.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 936 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Mountains

    American

936 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was wonderful we loved it so much highly recommend and hope you will Try it

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  2. CLF1

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great ambiance. Family owned and operated.

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  3. CraigS

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great options especially if you are gluten free Food was very good

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excelente, muy bueno toda la comida, atencion muy buena

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  5. HarryY

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and great food. Ruby Red trout was excellent

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Family friendly atmosphere with nice kids menu. Excellent service and food!

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  7. PeterH

    Pinehurst

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Your survey is too long. I won’t complete another one.

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  8. GDMMD

    Pittsburgh

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dejana G was a terrific server! The braised short ribs and Mac n cheese with asparagus combo never fails. Number one choice in Vail for dining.

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  9. PeterS

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was phenomenal, really enjoyed the bacon smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese. Yessica, our server, was very helpful. The flourless chocolate cake was to die for!!

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  10. RichardB

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service are always amazing. Thanks as usual! The Buxbaums

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  11. ShaB

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had 8pm reservations and were grateful they were able to seat us early. Pork chop and short ribs were tasty. Highly recommend the peartini!

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  12. kitty

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious Dinner - we had the Salmon & Pork Chop Entrees , cesar salad and several other appetizers including the famous truffle fries - Excellent

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  13. TimW

    New York City

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and a wonderful setting. We have returned year after year.

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  14. Heffeln

    Denver

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Solid place right in the center of Vail, fun lively atmosphere with enjoyable staff and really good food.

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  15. LEONG

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Just try the truffle fench fries... something to remember.

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  16. Boomer

    E. Tennessee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A cozy environment with a beautiful view of Gore Creek. The food and service was exceptional ! A must while in Vail Village.

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  17. Bego

    Mexico City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Don’t miss the short rib with truffle fries!! The chicken wings also…

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you so much for fitting us in early 5:30 instead of our 7:00 reservations. It was a long day and didn’t want to wait that long. The food and service was excellent. Next time in Vail, will have dinner here.

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  19. madm

    Louisville

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We travel once a year to ski beaver creek and always return to Up The Creek in Vail for the magnificent view. Fantastic food. Excellent service. And everything else you can think of!!! Love the kefir lime in chicken tortilla soup! I love the relaxed atmosphere.

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  20. AngelaG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner. The food and service were excellent. Still at the top of our favorite restaurants in Vail. Highly recommended!

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  21. SteveS

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch stop. In a wonderful setting along Gore Creek.

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  22. VailDiner

    Denver

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was very very good. not terribly expensive, good priced wine. simply a very fine evening.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    very nice evening , good food, attentive server. ambience not too loud .

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  24. RichardB

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love it. Exceptional food and service every single time. Look forward to our next visit!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is fantastic. Sea salt caramel cheesecake!!!

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  26. TomR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, we had the shrimp and scallops and the ribs.

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  27. stenter

    New York City

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent we had the pork shop and the trout ,very good. They have a chicken tortilla soup which is perfect. The service has always been good .

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  28. Getoutalot

    New York City

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had been there two years ago and had a really good experience. Value was excellent. Last night did not replicate that experience. Chicken tenders for my granddaughter were actually burned. My trout was good. My son’s steak, OK. A +$50 steak should not be ok. My wife’s meal and my son’s wife’s meal they both felt was below average. The waiter was a very nice person. Maybe it was just one of those nights.

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  29. Tsl2143

    Northern MI

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    They charge a “river and mountain tax” that is just tacked on the bottom of the bill. They do have a card explaining that it supports charities like open space and environmental groups. You can have it taken off but we didn’t know that till we paid our bill and asked what the charge was. We are locals and already pay an open space preservation tax. And for visitors/tourists, we think it is just another charge on the people who bring money to our valley. I suspect most tourists don’t even notice it. Tourists bring business to our valley and the need for restaurants and wait staff. Why hit them with another cost?

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  30. AnneD

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very comfortable, casual ambiance; good food and good service! Highly recommend for a casual dinner!

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  31. KimberlyR

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an amazing dining experience, and WEN . I would thoroughly enjoy again.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dinning experience we definitely will come back again .

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  33. DarrenL

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Up the Creek - Always a nice meal with pleasant staff and very good food.

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  34. Woodmom

    New York City

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very good. Atmosphere is a bit bland. Good option in Vail Village without going overboard

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hard to find but worth it, first time eating bison there and it was so tender. Definelty will go back!

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  36. SOMethingtotalkabout

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic dinner. Service was spectacular! Don’t miss the Short rib or Trout entree. Will definitely be back.

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  37. UrsulaA

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, our dining experience was fantastic and the food was excellent. I had the best gnocchi dish ever, and my husband's salmon was very delicious as well. For dessert we shared the flourless chocolate cake, which was wonderful and the best espresso martini. We look forward to coming back in February.

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  38. Kathe

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great setting though hard to find. Lovely meal with good service. The dessert was a wonderful ending!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The truffle fries were delicious and the best things we are were probably the pork chop and the braised short rib.

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  40. ElizabethA

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such a great time- beautiful view, excellent service and delicious food. Great all around!

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FAQs

Up The Creek offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (970) 476-8141.

Up The Creek is rated 4.7 stars by 936 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Up The Creek

223 Gore Creek Dr., Suite 103, Vail, CO 81657

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Vail
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Wild Game
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    The only parking available is in the Vail Public Parking Structure. Handicap access and drop off at the International Bridge.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Luis Portillo
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (970) 476-8141
  • Private party facilities
    Our restaurant is available for private functions. We offer buy-outs for large parties and can handle smaller parties in our regular service. Our creek side location is the perfect setting for rehearsal dinners, weddings, and corporate events.
  • Private party contact
    Mike Stadler: (970) 476-8141
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