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About Yama

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.

168 E Gore Creek Dr.
Vail, CO 81657
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Sushi, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - Close

Closed for Fall Off Season until November 10, 2017.

Cross Street:
Vail Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(970) 476-7332

Website:
http://www.yamasushivail.com/

Parking Details:
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.

Executive Chef:
Ted Minami

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Yama Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Business Meals (1)
Casual (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great Sushi in Vail, arguably the best. Food is excellent with lots of variety, ambiance and setting cannot be beat.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Fun
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Good value and excellent service. Close quarters which made for a noisy experience when the folks at the next table were very loud. Difficult to enjoy good food when you cannot converse at your own table. Would hope that it was an infrequent occurrence.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 9, 2017

outstanding quality sushi and japanese food. . .Brenn is an exceptional server, and we've now gotten to the point where we just ask her to order for us, and have never been disappointed in what she's chosen.

A real "find" in the Vail Restaurant scene. . .

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 4, 2017

This was a cute place. its a little overpriced but it is Vail :) I would recomend for a date night. not a large group

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Delightful gem in the heart of Vail Village! Highly recommend and we plan to return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great Beer, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We really enjoyed the excellent sushi! Great ambiance in smaller place.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 28, 2017

The food was exceptionalThe food was exceptionalThe food was exceptionalThe food was exceptionalThe food was exceptionalThe food was exceptionalThe food was exceptionalThe food was exceptional

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Good food, but place is too small.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Try the Summer in Vail roll ... it is uniquely delicious and healthy

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great food and service. Would go again. Nice selection.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food was great and service was amazing!

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Yama had outstanding service and food, it felt like the whole restaurant was waiting on us! The sushi was very very good, we will be back!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Springfield)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Excellent in all respects. Best sushi this side of San Fran if not better. Amazing to find this in Colorado! JFF

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Healthy, Spicy, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Fun, Casual, Romantic, Good for Groups, Organic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

Excellent sushi. Great quality and unique selections.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 22, 2017

This wasn't the restaurant I thought I had reserved, and it was a very fortunate accident. Some of the best sushi I've had in a while. So fresh and inventive. Wonderful flavors. We loved everything that we tried.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Really fresh sushi - especially for land locked mountains. Had some unique rolls and specials but also had all the classics. Only critique is it's very dark for such a small space but will still go back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Good overall but very expensive. Not much seating so reserve in advance.

Tags: Healthy, People Watching, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Our meal was superb! Presentation, freshness, delicious and quality. Would definitely return.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Brenn is an extraordinary server. . .she picked out our selections and all were terrific. Very creative for a sushi restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Had dinner at Yama after a Bravo!Vail concert. First visit. Very impressed. Sat at Sushi Bar. Picked my dinner from dishes I saw that were prepared for other diners. Will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 21, 2017

The sushi was very good. Was quite disappointed with the cucumber sunomono. It was essentially just raw vegetables with no sauce or seasoning which was not worth $9 at all.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Love this place! It's by far one of my favorites restaurants to go in Vail.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 7, 2017

They were advertising 25% off but said that was from 9-10pm when we arrived. Felt deceived

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Had to wait 40 minutes past our reservation time to get seated

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Really enjoy this restaurant. This is where the locals go. Great value, amazing tuna, and two types of edamame! Specialty drinks and love the waitress.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

We love this place & visit whenever in Vail. BREN was our server & is fabulous.

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 4, 2017

Loved Yama ! Sashimi was fabulous and if I lived in Vail I would eat here once a week.
Thank you for a great evening!

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 3, 2017

Best sushi in Vail! I'm a local and I wouldn't go anywhere else to get sushi in Vail. It is amazing!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 1, 2017

I've reviewed it before and been here many times! It is always 5 star food , and last few times fabulous service without sitting at the sushi bar! We go here and mostly here for our sushi all our trips to Vail. Can't get enough. And it's FUN with great music and awesome ambience!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Great and authentic Japanese food. the restaurant is in a simple setting, with an excellent service. Although it was busy season, my friend and I sat for about two hours and we were never rushed. Priced reasonably compared to other Vail Japanese restaurants. Worth trying if you look for a 'casual' but authentic Japanese place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 28, 2017

We thought Yama was just okay... not a restaurant we'd hurry back to.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Small portions, decent quality, over priced, and not terribly friendly or attentive.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 22, 2017

We had a delightful evening. The sushi was outstanding. The service was perfect. Thanks Yama and staff . Keep up the good work.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 22, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was outstanding!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Great spot with excellent fish! Service was awesome. Highly recommend!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 13, 2017

Sushi was adequate. Nothing over the top incredible. If you're used to above average sushi I'd recommend passing.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Best sushi in Vail. We love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays
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