6 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining in Vail

March 19, 2021

There’s nothing like summertime in the mountains and the best way to enjoy it is dining al fresco at one of Vail’s restaurantsEnjoy the cool mountain air and gorgeous views of the slopes as you dineWith creekside patios, decks overlooking the mountains, and flowers in full bloom, Vail’s outdoor dining is top notch! 

Here are our favorite spots for dining al fresco in Vail, Colorado.

1. Up the Creek 

Dine creekside at Up the Creek. With a charming patio that offers views of a grassy area and the creek, you can enjoy ordering from a menu filled with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, craft cocktails, and an extensive wine list. Watch children and dogs play in the water as you enjoy lunch at this family-owned Vail staple!  

2. Bully Ranch Restaurant 

For a taste of southwestern flair, head to the Bully Ranch RestaurantOutdoors, you’ll find a spacious patio that is often decorated with flowers and serves as the perfect place to dine al fresco. Order one of their renowned burgers that can be either chicken, buffalo, beef, or an impossible burger! Pair your entrée with a specialty cocktail like a mudslide or a twisted mule!  

3. Vendetta’s Restaurant 

Head to Vendetta’s for Italian cuisine in the center of Vail Village! With a spacious back deck and delicious pizzas that you can share with the whole family, this is the perfect spot to dine al fresco after a hike or bike ride. Chow down on a slice of pizza or a plate of pasta with a glass of wine or a signature cocktail! Enjoy the mountain air as you dine at Vendetta’s! 

4. El Sabor 

For mountain views and Latin-American inspired cuisine, head to El Sabor. Enjoy a plate of tacos, fajitas, and enchiladas and pair it with a margarita or beer. Enjoy “street cart” fare for lunch or stop in for dinner entrees! You won’t want to miss this gem located at the base of Vail Mountain! 

5. Pepi’s Bar & Restaurant 

An iconic building with plenty of Austrian flare, Pepi’s Bar & Restaurant offers a covered patio that is available in any season. Dine on a selection of burgers, fish, and European-inspired dishes likschnitzel and bratwurst. This is the perfect place to people watch and enjoy the ambiance of Vail Village while you dine at this unique Austrian-style eatery.  

6. Mountain Standard 

A tavern-style restaurant that offers al fresco dining, Mountain Standard is a local favorite. A rustic-yet-modern eatery that features a menu with a passion for cooking over a live wood fire, Mountain Standard pairs an upscale atmosphere with a prime location near the creek. Start the meal off with a round of oysters from the raw bar and for your entrée choose from pork, salmon, or a NY Strip. Mountain Standard is ideal for both lunch or dinner while enjoying being outdoors!

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