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About Up The Creek

For holiday reservations, please call us! 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.

223 Gore Creek Dr., Suite 103
Vail, CO 81657
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Wild Game

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(970) 476-8141

Website:
http://www.vailupthecreek.com/

Parking Details:
The only parking available is in the Vail Public Parking Structure. Handicap access and drop off at the International Bridge.

Executive Chef:
Taylor Martin

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

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Up The Creek Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.6

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4.5

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4.3

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100% would recommend it to a friend

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Waterfront (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Service and location were excellent, food was fine

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 (Panama)·Dined on December 5, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 27, 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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Went to Up The Creek for Thanksgiving dinner. The traditional thanksgiving meal was incredible, and the pecan pie was delicious. Getting to sit at the window overlooking a snow lined creek was just an added bonus.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We go here every time we are in Vail. It is always fabulous in every way!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 27, 2017

food quality is excellent..not fancy but outdoor seating on the Gore Creek can't be beat. Service is friendly. this is a great mountain experience with a very good lunch menu.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had an amazing celebration of our anniversary! The food, wine and atmosphere was excellent!

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 22, 2017

As usual, terrific food, spot-on service and a lovely setting!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

LAS PAPAS CON TRUFA Y EL SANDWICH DE PAVO CON PEROA Y QUESO BRIE SON ESPECTACULARES.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Family favorite.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We've been going to UTC for years and it will always be a special place for my family. Couldn't recommend it more! I'd give it 10 stars if I could!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Healthy, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Have been eating there for several years and always find the food to be very consistently good.
The chef knows how to cook steak & fish to your liking. Definitely a must when in Vail.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Food was excellent! Loved sitting outside by the creek!

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Tapas, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 31, 2017

The trout and salmon were delicious. Service was very good.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Loved sitting streamside and having a delicious dinner. Great food and ambience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Great ambience by the creek.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I understand putting sauce, mayo etc on the side, but would be better on the sandwich. Otherwise good.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Fantastic lunch! The view was outstanding. Got the turkey and Brie sandwich which was incredible. Definitely recommend the truffle fries as well. Ask for a table with a view of the creek for sure! Great lunch will definitely go back!

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 (Austin)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Overall very good experience. Beautiful setting and diverse menu choices. Good wine selection as well. Our party of 4 had halibut and elk and both were very good, huckleberry sauce on elk was outstanding --although the elk ordered medium rare was served extremely rare.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 21, 2017

My wife and I had a reservation for a Sunday night dinner. When we arrived the restaurant was pretty empty and we requested an outside table which we also got. The hostess was not really friendly and did not seem to enjoy her job.
My wife had a Moscow Mule which was good, but nothing special. I had a glass of white wine which was good.
We had the Calamari appetizer which was very tasty. My wife enjoyed the trout and I liked the salmon. So the food overall was very good.
The service was fine, but not outstanding.
A large group came when we were almost done. They put together some tables together to accommodate them. At that time the quiet enjoyment of the dinner was over.
Also the table immediately next to ours was given to a group of five. That table was extremely close to ours and the conversation between these people was annoying.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Everything was awesome. The table on the deck was perfect. Right by Gore Creek

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Stumbled upon this lovely restaurant. It had great food and an enchanting view.

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We celebrated my husband's birthday at Up the Creek and it was great

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Romantic, People Watching, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Server was very rude and they brought the food out in less than 2 minutes - which was way too fast.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Absolutely fabulous! Get the braised spare rib, I could have licked my plate! The beet salad was killer, very fresh. Our waitress was friendly and very attentive . And the setting, tanquil.

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Went here for Dinner on Friday night with a reservation at 7:45 pm. We were promptly seated and the wait staff was very attentive. Members of our party had the Beet Salad, Elk Tenderloin, Halibut, and Trout, all of which were delicious. Portion sizes were perfect with creative side pairings. The restaurant sits right on Gore Creek running through the heart of Vail, offering a very nice view. Overall, I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Fun scene by the river. Fantastic staff that went out of their way to make us comfortable.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Grumpy waitress.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 31, 2017

We had lunch here last year & retuned this year for dinner. A great location & excellent food!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Waterfront, Healthy, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We sat outside where we could fully enjoy the creek flowing by as well as the many kids, dogs, and adults playing in the adjacent park. Inside seemed a bit dark and a bit stale, so outdoors was a good move. The service was friendly, helpful, and hit the right balance of attentive but not overly attentive. We enjoyed their spin on calamari (which was heavy on the chorizo). The beet salad was more salad than beets but well balanced, not too heavy on the dressing, and good flavor. We probably should have skipped their version of tortilla soup and new england clam chowder -- both were pretty conventional, not that that's bad, just not very imaginative. Ruby trout was an excellent presentation, cooked nicely, with the flavor of the fish leading the way.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 28, 2017

I loved the beet salad! My husband had the organic greens. We split the halibut which was perfect. Love the setting!

Tags: Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Love this place. It has a beautiful lawn with a view of the river.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2017

It was a pleasant surprise that the food was top notch. Often in destination towns such as Vail, the food can be expensive but not as imaginative. Not so at Up the Creek. The dishes were innovative, the flavors were well thought out, and the execution of the cooking and plating were excellent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to other chefs.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Great place to eat a casual dinner overlooking Gore Creek. We always start with the truffle fries w/ blue cheese. The cocktails are mixed just right and you cannot go wrong on any of the menu choices. This time we ordered salads and crab cakes and they were delicious. Jules our server was friendly and helpful. Always dine here on our annual Vail July visit.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual
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 (Omaha)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Delightful Creek side patio enhanced the twilight dining experience. Trout beside a trout stream? Of course! Ruby trout on a bed of potato hash with spinach and blue crab was very good, but the carpaccio appetizer stole the show, with a mouth-watering aioli complementing the beef, arugula, and Parmesan.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 14, 2017

A staple when we visit Vail. Lunch outside by the creek is so relaxing

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 13, 2017

A great place for an informal lunch by Gore creek . Very good food. We had the turkey and brie and the BLT. Both were tastey and generous. We watched the kids and dogs play along the creek bank while we sipped our wine.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Never been disappointed and tonight no exception _ Peach cobbler to finish OMG!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 11, 2017

$2 substitution fee is ridiculous, wine prices are a bit over the top. Food & Service was good. Just hate to be "nickeled and dimed".

Thanks

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We both had the trout, served with some crab, spinach and potatoes, and a wonderful mustard sauce. A bottle of Infamous Goose sauvignon blanc was perfect. We had a table by the window and enjoyed the views of the creek and the people enjoying it. Our server was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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