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Big Bear Bistro

#11 of 109 Restaurants in Vail
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American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Bistro
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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 - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
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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  • 48
    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
Great food and really nice staff.

Nice place. Lots of choice for a small Bistro. Friendly staff with good basics. We had a Lox and Bagel and Breakfast Burrito. Both were fresh tasting and well-prepared.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
Carlos L
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Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Nice place. Lots of choice for a small Bistro. Friendly staff with good basics. We had a Lox and Bagel and Breakfast Burrito. Both were fresh tasting and well-prepared.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We were looking for a place to meet up as a group for lunch during a day of skiing. We wanted somewhere good but quick, and not too expensive--and this place was exactly that. It was delicious, and much more affordable than the options on the mountain. Was a little concerned that a group of 6 wouldn't fit, but we... More 

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Gates Mills
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

If I lived in Vail I would be a regular. Nice coffee, good real food at a fair price. Even a small selection of adult beverages

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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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89 restaurant reviews
823 helpful votes 823 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
61 reviews 61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

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
7 helpful votes 7 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
40 helpful votes 40 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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5 restaurant reviews
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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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, Sandwiches, 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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