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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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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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  • 47
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 8
    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
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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California
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

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
Level Contributor
110 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 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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144 reviews
69 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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78 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 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 134 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
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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
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75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 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
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338 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 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
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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98 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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 

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Additional Information about The Left Bank

Address: 183 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657-4582
Phone Number: +1 970-476-3696
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Vail
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 80
Cuisine: French

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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?