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Nestled in the Vail Village, this sophisticated sushi and Japenese restaurant offers an intimate and fun dining experience. With a menu that focuses on fresh fish and a variety of specialty cocktails, this surprisingly chic restaurant fulfills the needs of the health conscious and fun-seeking individuals, and fits right into Vail’s exceptional nightlife.
Yama's Japanese-born chef Ted Minami's traditional approach to the artistry of Japanese cuisine expertly compliments wild child, chef Chris Aycock's innovative techniques. This unique blend satisfies the most discriminating palate and is sure to delight, and is further expressed by the smart ambiance and crimson lit dining room. While patrons dine to the sounds of acid jazz, glances of the Rocky Mountains and conversations about the day's snow adventures can be a perfect reminder of the fact that they are dining in one of the most picturesque ski town's in the world.
Vail, CO 81657
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - Close
Closed for Fall Off Season until November 10, 2017.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Located in the the heart of Vail Village, it is a pedestrian only village. There are hotels all around in walking distance as well as a public parking structure.
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Yama Ratings and Reviews
The food is always outstanding. They have specialty items that we don’t get in Portland, Oregon that are very creative and WORK. Can’t say I’ve had a bad menu selection. The service is friendly, but getting a table can be a creative adventure. The restaurant is popular and TINY. I’ve read lots of complaints, but if you are a little flexible and understanding, I have found that they work hard to accommodate. I come for a week in Vail a year and have been doing so for 12 years. I will continue to schedule two dinners a week there.
Nice place- cozy table placement- NYC close. Food was really nice. Fresh fish- all enjoyed their meals. The seaweed salad was icy cold- new experience. Would pass on the spicy salmon rolls but all the rest we had was great. Service was outstanding. Note: they serve very quickly so if you want things at your pace, order accordingly.
Excellent food. We ordered nigiri: toro, uni and several other types of tuna as well as the Summer in Vail roll and wagyu strips. So good we ordered a second round of the nigiri and beef and bought our chef his favorite drink. The same week, we did Chef’s omakase at Matsuhisa and preferred our Yama dinner hands down (Matsuhisa was very good as well but didn’t hit it out of the park like Yama in our opinion).
We wanted to like Yama, went out of our way to book and have dinner on our stay in vail, unfortunately, this wasn’t to be... we arrived for our reservation and had to wait about 15 minutes, perfect, NO Problem at all however, on a 20 degree night in Vail their front waiting area was so small, they couldn’t accommodate us (4) and the 2-3 other families waiting at the same time while the previous guests cleared and it became VERY awkward when we had to get into arguments about the lack of space and poorly positioned coat closet (we had angry guests yelling at us because they couldn’t get to the coat closet for their jackets). We and other waiting patrons had to step back outside so exiting guests could get out...poorly planned! Ok forgetting the “traffic” outside, we have a few food allergies.....we’ve eaten sushi all over the world... by definition, it’s made to order... they had trouble accommodating the most simple requests, I mean simple, they couldn’t do one of their rolls without the sauce, they couldn’t separate our order by person, they couldn’t tell us what was in their food, INSANE! They were hand making our order (it’s a sushi bar!) and for ~$100 per person they couldn’t easily accommodate anything that wasn’t a checkbox on their low class cheap “chain”sushi restaurant “fill it in yourself” menu. Now during the tragic back and forth where we received and rejected many of our dishes, our waitress tried SO hard so, we can’t blame her. but, the TRAGIC lack of attention or consideration (mainly by the kitchen) at this overpriced, under done restaurant in vail takes it off our list for future visits. Steer clear unless you’re comfortable ordering off the fill it in yourself, no modifications accepted mediocre sushi menu. It’s a shame, it has potential but how upsetting they couldn’t be bothered to care about their guests at all.
Excellent food everything we ordered was amazing! We have lots of options in NYC, but this sushi was truly melt in your mouth out of this world. The staff were pleasant and we came with out 2 young kids who loved he food too! Thanks Yama we’ll see you again soon!
Enjoyed an excellent meal here, from start to finish. We had the short rib sticky buns to start and those were delicious. For our mains we did the blackened scallops, the poke, and the Hammerhead roll. Everything was great, but the poke and the Hammerhead were the stars. Apparently the poke can be quite spicy so we asked that ours be tamed down a bit and the spice level was perfect. We finished with the tempura brownie bites. They were very good, but be warned that it is a lot of dessert. I believe there were 6-7 bites and there was no way we could have eaten more than two each (my husband actually only had one). Obviously it was quite a rich dessert! Service was excellent as well. One of our favorite meals in Vail during our stay.
Too tight to navigate with crutches, but food is good and service is very friendly and helpful. Rolls were creative and offer great tasting combinations, especially the Randy Roll. Nigiri cuts were a bit disappointing. #2 sushi in Vail, after the world-renown Matsuhisa. Yama is owned by locals and is a nice option for those craving sushi.
We had a phenominal dinner, even though we made reservations for a table we chose to eat at the bar instead. The sushi chefs prepared incredible sushi rolls and each had their own individual specials that were to die for. The king crab claws along with the japanese tuna tacos on the kitchen menu were absolutely incredible. The staff was very welcoming and friendly, our waitress chelsea was also the bar tender so we expected that she'd be busy making drinks, but she took the time to help us understand the menu and make helpful suggestions that we needed. She also made some incredible cocktails for us the juan diablo and the hot for sensai. With the small dining room and limited bar seating Yama has an incredible ambiance and sense of closeness, we saw tables chatting with other tables, and making suggestions to one another. Overall it was an extremely enjoyable expierence and I can't wait to go back and try more.
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