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183 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657-4582 (International Bridge)
+1 970-476-3696
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6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
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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  • 46
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 11
    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
Surprisingly good given rating

Our first night in vail and we wanted something to eat but not somewhere we had already booked for later in the trip. We walked past here and thought why not. I had not been on earlier trips due to the TA rating being so low. What a mistake. My soup was pretty good, the escargots were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
thefrequenttraveller
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London
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Indianapolis
Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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 

Fort Lee, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This was my fourth visit to The Left Bank and I was pleased to see my favorite items still on the menu. I ventured into veal chop territory and was not disappointed. At $50 for this entrée, I will honestly say, it was worth it! Tender, grilled to perfection, sides that were decorative and just enough. I skipped the appetizer... More 

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

We're glad you've been consistently pleased, Mary! It's always a treat to get feedback from a repeat customer. That ice cream is certainly pretty delicious, and it sounds like a great follow-up after your veal chop. You ordered well! Looking forward to next year, Kimberly & Jean-Michel, Owners More 

taipei
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The food was mediocre, the price high. The service was horrible! Missing utensils through out the meal. When we thought the fish "Dover sole" tasted not fresh. The waiter just ignored us! And made No apologies, attempted to rectify or take it off the check! Instead gave a worse attitude and just tried to avoid us! Do not eat here!

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

It's incredibly disappointing to hear that we let you down. Not only should your food always be fresh and delicious, but your service should be prompt, attentive, and compassionate. It sounds like you caught us on an off night. Please know that we'll be addressing this with our staff. Next time you're in town, we'd love a second chance --... More 

London
Top Contributor
335 reviews 335 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Our first night in vail and we wanted something to eat but not somewhere we had already booked for later in the trip. We walked past here and thought why not. I had not been on earlier trips due to the TA rating being so low. What a mistake. My soup was pretty good, the escargots were excellent according to... More 

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

We're so glad you decided to drop by! It's great to hear that you enjoyed your steak and the salmon. While nobody's perfect, we strive for excellence every day, in everything we do. We're always looking for new ways to improve, and would be delighted to serve you again. Best, Kimberly & Jean-Michel, Owners More 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Nicely appointed dining room, beautiful view, perfectly prepared items, attentive but not intrusive service. Memorable evening! Highly recommend!!

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

It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the view, the food, and the service! We hope that you enjoyed your time in our beautiful city, and would love to see you again next time you're in town. Best, Kimberly & Jean-Michel, Owners More 

New York, NY
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We started with linguine with black truffle, followed by escargot and frog legs; as the main dish we had beef Wellington and slow cooked lamb shank. Everything was top notch, including service. This restaurant is a must in Vail. Highly recommended.

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

It's so gratifying to hear that you enjoyed both the food and the service! We're flattered that you consider us a Vail essential. Hope to see you again next time you're in town. Best, Kimberly & Jean-Michel, Owners More 

Baltimore, Maryland
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

Met friends for dinner at this quaint french restaurant and was pleasantly surprised by the fantastic food. The portions were huge and the flavours were superb. Definitely recommend it for an evening of fine dining.

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

It's wonderful to hear from fans around the country, Tleesn! It's so gratifying to read that you and your friends enjoyed your time with us. Next time you are in Vail, we would love to have you back! Best, Kimberly & Jean-Michel, Owners More 

Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Although the price is high, the food is quite good. I highly recommend the escargots and the lamb rack. Something negative about the food is that the portions are very small. If you are really hungry, you will have to order a lot.

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

We're sorry to see that our portions weren't what you were expecting, Andres, but it sounds like the flavors were spot on! Our menu is based on impeccable quality (over quantity), but we're always happy to suggest more filling dishes should you want to try something new the next time you're in. We'd be happy to go over options to... 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: Special occasions, Romantic

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?