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Big Bear Bistro

#11 of 108 Restaurants in Vail
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297 Hanson Ranch Rd, Top of Bridge Street, Vail, CO 81657
+1 970-445-1007
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Description: Conveniently located at the top of Bridge Street, and featuring the BEST...
Conveniently located at the top of Bridge Street, and featuring the BEST Gourmet Sandwiches in the Vail Valley, we offer Boar's Head meats, fresh veggies and organic bread baked fresh daily! We also offer Rudi's organic gluten-free bread, natural whole-wheat, or a variety of tortilla wraps. We also offer great quick breakfasts, as well as beer, wine, crepes and numerous apres selections.
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Visitor rating
  • 45
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Amazing hole in the wall!

You want a great sandwich to take up on the mountain with you? The Masterpiece was my absolute favorite. Also they serve breakfast ALL DAY! Their breakfast sandwich on a croissant was AMAZING. So light and flakey, but still hearty enough to not leave you hungry.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Craig P
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Dallas, Texas
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

You want a great sandwich to take up on the mountain with you? The Masterpiece was my absolute favorite. Also they serve breakfast ALL DAY! Their breakfast sandwich on a croissant was AMAZING. So light and flakey, but still hearty enough to not leave you hungry.

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Krungthep Mahanakorn
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274 reviews 274 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
700 helpful votes 700 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

After reading rave reviews, we decided to lunch at Big Bear and were somewhat disappointed by its sandwiches. The quality of the meat, for example roast beef and prosciutto, is good yet the final products (in this case Lumberjack and Masterpiece) are below expectation. I don’t know if they’re stingy or just amateur, but everything turns out dry and tasteless,... More 

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BBBowner, Owner at Big Bear Bistro, responded to this review

Our apologies on the toppings - another customer had ordered the same sandwiches with the toppings deletions, and we delivered them to the wrong party. Please bring this to our attention next time - we'll correct it immediately! We pride ourselves on offering both the best ingredients - fresh-baked breads and Boar's Head meats and cheeses - served warm along... More 

Arlington, Texas
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

Had a quick lunch here. Great selection of sandwiches and salads. Food is fresh and the serving sizes good. Also serve nice selection of bottled and canned beer but can only drink inside due to regulations but this is supposed to change per owners in future. Friendly service and prices are fair by Vail standards. Highly recommend. They're open for... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Absolute gem of a place, 2 minutes from Gondola One in Vail. Excellent menu, fantastic prices and the happiest, friendliest staff in town. Breakfast burritos are legendary, the crepes are amazing and the Chef's Salad - my personal favourite - was a taste sensation.If you're in Vail and you don't go here, you're doing it wrong!

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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87 reviews 87 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

Didn't expect it to be difficult to find b'fast in Vail...kinda was. That being said, stopped here and they had exactly what I wanted. Coffee, chai, burritos, omelettes, etc...what I loved even more is that they were happy to accommodate my special order of 1 egg over easy, bacon & a skinny chai.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

Small but the sandwiches were big on taste. the soup was great and so was the atmosphere. I think I will eat there again tomorrow.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This little restaurant with a big menu is in Vail Village. We stumbled upon it on our way to ski. Fresh breakfast items served quickly. Kind, busy staff willing to get you what you need. Will definitely return.

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Columbus, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I happened to stop by here for lunch during a December visit, and then made sure to stop by multiple times when I was back in February. Its such a short walk from the base of Vail, that I'd take this any day over the high priced cafeteria grub that you can find on the mountain. For the proximity to... More 

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London
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332 reviews 332 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Had breakfast here three times and various combinations of food. Overall - ok - but not great. There is a real opportunity for someone to do a decent breakfast in Vail Village. Coffee is pretty good. Lunch is much better here. I really like the sandwiches.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Dirty dishes and forks and lip stick on glasses. Hope things improve. Not too friendly today. Salad was tasty though. I would try once again.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 297 Hanson Ranch Rd, Top of Bridge Street, Vail, CO 81657
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Vail
  • Phone Number: +1 970-445-1007

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: American, Delicatessen, Bistro

Description

Conveniently located at the top of Bridge Street, and featuring the BEST Gourmet Sandwiches in the Vail Valley, we offer Boar's Head meats, fresh veggies and organic bread baked fresh daily! We also offer Rudi's organic gluten-free bread, natural whole-wheat, or a variety of tortilla wraps. We also offer great quick breakfasts, as well as beer, wine, crepes and numerous apres selections.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm

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