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The Left Bank

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183 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657-4582 (International Bridge)
+1 970-476-3696
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Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Recently remodeled after 44 years, Left Bank has been a place to wine and...
Recently remodeled after 44 years, Left Bank has been a place to wine and dine for discerning locals and visitors from around the world since 1970. Specializing in a very traditional French menu with a modern twist, Left Bank brings you a true fine dining experience in an exquisitely classic way. We have cultivated relationships in France and California over the past 44 years in order to bring you selections of the rarest wines available, impeccably stored and aged for your drinking pleasure. With Jean-Michel Chelain as your Chef and wife, Kimberly, as your hostess- it is our pleasure to consistently use only the freshest ingredients of the finest quality and prepare everything from scratch. Our menu features specials such as Gigolette d'Agneau and Bouillabaisse de Crustaces au Fenouil to offer a truly remarkable culinary dream giving your taste buds a treat. Come see what Left Bank has to offer where you don't just come to eat, you come to dine.
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Visitor rating
  • 51
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Been dining here for years and last nights meal was fine but far from special. Service, as always, was excellent but the food needs to get a lot better for us to return. Sad, we've always liked Left Bank. Maybe was our choices since we choose their $35 special menu. But if they are going to... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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English first
world citizen
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Been dining here for years and last nights meal was fine but far from special. Service, as always, was excellent but the food needs to get a lot better for us to return. Sad, we've always liked Left Bank. Maybe was our choices since we choose their $35 special menu. But if they are going to use this as a... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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300 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Remember haute cuisine? Steak au poivre, fois gras, sole meuniere, souffles of various flavors, etc. Enjoy them all, superbly prepared, at this upscale Vail destination. The dining room has recently been redone to match the elegance of the food. Yet there is nothing stuffy or pretentious about The Left Bank. Relax and enjoy absolutely first class cooking as you gaze... More 

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Kimberley C, owner at The Left Bank, responded to this review

This review is what's wonderful here, John. From the views to the food, it sounds like you really enjoyed your meal here, and we're beyond pleased to hear that. Thanks so much for this detail, thoughtful feedback -- we can't say how much we appreciate it. Can't wait until next time! Sincerely, Kimberly & Jean-Michel, Owners More 

Arvada, Colorado, United States
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We went for our wedding anniversary and the service, hospitality and food was amazing! Brian was very attentive and offered great recommendations. We will definitely return for our next anniversary!

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Kimberley C, owner at The Left Bank, responded to this review

Thanks for celebrating your anniversary with us! We certainly want you to enjoy your time here all around, so it's wonderful to see you were a fan of everything from the food to the service. Looking forward to welcoming you back again soon. All the best, Kimberly & Jean-Michel, Owners More 

Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The bar menu is so good! I had the escargot and I have to say it was the best I've ever had! My grandma has the tenderloin sandwiches which where also wonderful. The waiter was great and really knowledgeable and friendly.

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Kimberley C, owner at The Left Bank, responded to this review

Best you've ever had? Wow, thanks so much, Dawn! That's the kinda feedback we love to hear. It's wonderful to know that your waiter helped make your time here special! Come back soon -- we'd love to welcome you here again! Have a great day, Kimberly & Jean-Michel, Owners More 

Boulder, Colorado
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The title sums it up... Somewhat dated but elegant décor... a staff of very good to good people, and excellent food and wine... Sometimes short and sweet is sufficient. If you have been to Paris, and you want that in Vail, Jouir! (come and enjoy).

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Kimberley C, owner at The Left Bank, responded to this review

Wow -- this is the best compliment we could get here, so thank you so much for your kind words. We love hearing from happy guests like you, and we'd love to have you back soon! Cheers, Kimberly & Jean-Michel, Owners More 

California
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68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The food and staff are over the top fabulous! Nicest dinner we had in Vail during a recent vacation. Make sure to get a souffle! Very elegant and relaxing evening.

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Kimberley C, owner at The Left Bank, responded to this review

Thank you! It's so great to hear your visit with us was perfect -- you deserve the best, and we're happy that it was amazing all around. We hope you'll make it back soon for another souffle! All the best, Kimberly & Jean-Michel, Owners More 

Vail, Colorado
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110 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I gave this restaurant 2 stars but really one would have been just as fair. The food is OK but more for folks who don't like change. What is bad is the Owner lady who has been bringing her mood swings to work with her for years. The food is just not good enough to over look her bad attitude... More 

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Kimberley C, owner at The Left Bank, responded to this review

We can't tell you how disappointed we are to see this. We've been serving truly traditional French cuisine for 45 years, and we want you to receive the same fantastic service and delicious dishes every time you are here. Whether you visit twice a week or twice in 20 years, you will always receive the best meal, made with the... More 

Indianapolis
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145 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The look of this place and the menu were both impressive, but the experience was a disappointment. The service was anything but friendly, and the food was just okay. It's a pity, because the location and view are great. Maybe swing by for a drink, but there are better dining options in Vail.

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Kimberley C, owner at The Left Bank, responded to this review

Mary, it's very disappointing to hear that your expectations weren't met during your visit here. You should always expect warm, attentive service and exceptional food every time you visit us. We know that first impressions can be difficult to overcome, but we'd love another chance to impress you sometime -- we know we can do better. Best wishes, Kimberly &... More 

DC
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98 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Let me be clear at the outset, food was VERY well done. Its the rest of the evening that left some to be desired. Had not been to LB in a while. Started the evening with a 20 year old sauterne to go with foie gras two ways. Had to wait 15 minutes for the wine. First clue that it... More 

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Kimberley C, owner at The Left Bank, responded to this review

While we're pleased that you enjoyed the food, we're sorry to hear that the rest of your experience was something of a mixed bag. Your server should always be familiar with the wine list, and you should have been informed immediately if we were missing any bottles. We apologize for the miscommunication. It sounds as though you didn't catch us... More 

New York City, New York
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

we love this restaurant! The best foie gras, tomato soup, and escargot. we have gone for years and it is always fabulous.

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Kimberley C, owner at The Left Bank, responded to this review

We always love hearing from long-time customers, Brenda. Thank you so much for your continued support, and for leaving such wonderful feedback. We look forward to satisfying your next craving for escargot! Best wishes, Kimberly & Jean-Michel, Owners More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 183 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657-4582
    (International Bridge)
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Vail
  • Phone Number: +1 970-476-3696

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 80
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions

Description

Recently remodeled after 44 years, Left Bank has been a place to wine and dine for discerning locals and visitors from around the world since 1970. Specializing in a very traditional French menu with a modern twist, Left Bank brings you a true fine dining experience in an exquisitely classic way. We have cultivated relationships in France and California over the past 44 years in order to bring you selections of the rarest wines available, impeccably stored and aged for your drinking pleasure. With Jean-Michel Chelain as your Chef and wife, Kimberly, as your hostess- it is our pleasure to consistently use only the freshest ingredients of the finest quality and prepare everything from scratch. Our menu features specials such as Gigolette d'Agneau and Bouillabaisse de Crustaces au Fenouil to offer a truly remarkable culinary dream giving your taste buds a treat. Come see what Left Bank has to offer where you don't just come to eat, you come to dine.
Open Hours
Monday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?