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Up The Creek

4.6
492 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Wild Game
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(970) 476-8141
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Taylor Martin
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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.
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Private party contact
Mike Stadler: (970) 476-8141
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
The only parking available is in the Vail Public Parking Structure. Handicap access and drop off at the International Bridge.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Up the Creek will re-open from spring off-season closure on May 11th, just in time for Mother's Day! Hope to see you then!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 492 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

They were out of several entrees we ordered .amd then we’re out of 2 wines we chose .

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Es un restaurante casual, con menú corto pero platillos ricos

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Fun dinner spot right in the heart of The Village. The Elk and the New England Clam Chowder were out of this world!

Great wine list too.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

absolutely fabulous restaurant with friendly and professional staff

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Up the Creek is a hidden gem in the heart of Vail! The food, service and view of the river are all wonderful.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

One of our favorite Vail spots. Had the most amazing strip steak. Everything was tasty. Up the Creek is a famiy oriented place with upscale food and service. Also a nice spot for lunch looking out on the river.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Wonderful restaurant with great staff and great food. Don’t forget to order the Gouda mac & cheese Which will change your life. The restaurant is kid friendly and the setting is beautiful.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This was not our first time at UTC, and, as always, we were delighted with our meal. The salads were outstanding, as were the entrees (scallops and salmon). The aroma of truffle tries from the adjacent table was incredible, but we resisted the temptation this time. We’ll be back!

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Elk was the best - needed / wanted more

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Almost airways reliable with excellent friendly service. Food was a little off this last visit (I guess due to the large birthday party group). Salad had no dressing in it. Salmon was over cooked (supposed to be medium) and fishy. We’ll still go back.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Great location. Super popular and busy. They close early. A little tricky to find. Food was their winter menu. Elk was very good.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Excellent dinner in a beautiful environment!

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Consistent restaurant with notable salmon dish, lovely puréed pear martini (another, please) and rich, gooey chocolate cake. Every year we enjoy this restaurant without disappointment.
A foyer for waiting diners would nice, rather than standing over eating patrons while waiting for your table would be our main dislike.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Up the Creek is a favorite for our family when ever we visit Vail. Never disappointed!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I have been coming to their restaurant for at least 10 years, I Liv coming back here. The food is always wonderful and the service is great.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent food. Our server was great. We had a great experience. Will definitely return next time we visit Vail!!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food , great service and a very nice location looking out on the ice sculptures

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Have been several times and eill go back.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

It was a busy Saturday night so there was a bit of a wait but the staff handled it well. Our server, Jesse, was excellent, and, despite the busy restaurant, remembered the birthday at our table without being reminded. Very nice! Try to get a table away from the front door to avoid cold drafts.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Outstanding clam chowder, truffle fries and Reuben.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

We go to Vail every year and Up the Creek is our most frequented restaurant. We went twice this visit. The scallops are to die for and the last time we went I had the short rib. Delicious! I don't think you could go wrong with anything on the menu. My favorite salad is the Arugula with pears. Definitely add this restaurant to your list of musts.

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

One of the really good Vail restaurants, with creative entrees, friendly service, and good atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Excellent food. Everything was perfect. Don’t think that you can just drop in here - you will need a reservation

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Great cocktails! The entire meal was remarkable. We tried the arugula, beet and organic salads - all on point. We followed up with the braised short rib, trout and salmon; again all winners. Year after year we have up the creek on our list of places to dine during our annual trip to Vail - never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Fantastic food! The trout was delicious!

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2018

My wife and I had a very nice dinner at Up The Creek this week. The food was excellent and the service was great. Two thumbs up!

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The decor and presentation was lacking. The food would’ve gotten a higher review had the presentation been improved. We were excited to try a new place in Vail, and were sadly disappointed. We heard the lunch is better....

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

A delicious menu with a gorgeous setting on Gore Creek. We had the soup of the day, an arugula salad, and mains of lamb chops and elk - both cooked to perfection and with creative complements. I had the elk, which was on a bed of risotto and brussel sprouts. Oh, did I mention their cocktails and wine?!? I had the ginger beet martini which is to die for, not too sweet. They also have a fantastic and well rounded wine list. Their dessert choices were mouth watering, but we behaved ourselves and shared three delicious scoops of lemon sorbet, vanilla ice cream and salted caramel ice cream (OK, almost behaved ourselves)

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2018

A good value unpretentious restaurant that we enjoy returning to every year. I've always wanted to come back in the summer and sit on the patio at lunch as you're right got on Gore Creek

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Service was excellent. Chef cooked lamb chops perfectly. Will definitely be back on next trip to Vail

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Short rib and Mac and cheese was amazing. Calamari appetizer is a skip. Trout was very good

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2.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Absolutely the worst $300 meal in my life. Overpriced, average food, with very average service.

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4.0Dined on January 8, 2018

Amazing food

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent service, delicious food and great ambience with views of Gore Creek. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Best restaurant in Vail village. Service is great. The food is excellent. Good selection of wine list. Everything in the menú is delicious The owner are full time in the business, everything is alway excellent.

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4.0Dined on December 19, 2017

Food and service were excellent. The ambiance was nice, but very loud on the night we dined there due to multiple large parties with kids.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

we had an awesome dining experience. my wife and I had a delicious meal on our first trip to vail co. resevation was easy food was really good and they have kids menu which always helps for us since we have a 3 y.o daughter.

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3.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Service and location were excellent, food was fine

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2017

It was the best meal ever. We so enjoyed the the food, ambience and the great service. We will be back when in Vail. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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4.0Dined on November 26, 2017

Longtime favorite. Perfect for an intimate dinner for two or a larger gathering with friends. The entees can be a bit on the heavy side - but a bowl of chicken tortilla soup and a crisp salad are perfect for a lighter meal. We always get the peach cobbler for dessert. Enjoy!

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