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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

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food

4.7

service

4.7

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4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (2)
Casual (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Dubai)·Dined 4 days ago

Very nice restaurant
Love the music

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 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

Really good food and service, however felt a bit rushed to start with. Would definitely go back!

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Very good service and food. Worth going again.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Amazing sushi!!! Great service. So good we went back two days later. A must stop while in Vail. We will be back!

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Very helpful waite staff. Food was delicious. We’ll be back!! 😊

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Very disappointing after good OT reviews. Tried 6 different dishes, all were bland except for the spicy edamame.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 9, 2018

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).

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great sashimi and rolls. We will be back!

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on January 7, 2018

One of Vail's best. In my top 3

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was great!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Love their selection of rolls and sashimi. The sashimi in particular has several options with various sauces (e.g, yuzu), cilantro, etc.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Best sushi in Vail

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Yama is the best sushi spot in Vail by a long shot. Quaint and friendly with excellent service and an overall awesome atmosphere, I can’t recommend it enough. Was perfect for a nice quiet dinner with my visiting parents.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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!

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 (Amarillo)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We’re sushi 🍣 lovers ). But when it comes to Yama they bit every other sucho Places especially in Vail Colorado. We would definitely recommend this place to our friends and family!

Tags: Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Bland from food to service. Nothing special and not worth the price. Service was mediocre.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 30, 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 23, 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 8, 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 3, 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 3, 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 2, 2017

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

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 27, 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 24, 2017

Good food, but place is too small.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 18, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 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 18, 2017

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

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Food was great and service was amazing!

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 12, 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 5, 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 2, 2017

Excellent sushi. Great quality and unique selections.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 28, 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 21, 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 19, 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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