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The Little Diner

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American, Coffee Shop, Diner, Café
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616 West Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO 81657
+1 970-476-4279
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7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Description: Vail's Legendary Breakfast Spot! Open daily from 7 'ish' a.M. To around 2...
Vail's Legendary Breakfast Spot! Open daily from 7 'ish' a.M. To around 2 p.M. The Diner specializes in traditional favorites and regional specialties using family recipes and the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Come by and try the house specialty German Pancake, a sweet crepe, homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, corned beef hash, or fall in love with the Eggs Benedict the owner's father "wooed" his mother with.. Serving up fast, fresh, scratch-made food to nourish your soul. Breakfast all day & Lunch after 11:30. Locally owned & operated. At the West Lionshead Plaza bus stop. The best breakfast in Vail!
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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 311
    Excellent
  • 77
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Breakfast with a Techy Spin

Four of us were in Vail for a guys trip and stopped in for breakfast. The Little Diner immediately became our go to breakfast spot. I'll get to the food but what struck me immediately is that you sign into a wait list app on an iPad. Then you can either wanter off and they'll call or just wait... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
upnatum
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Rhode Island
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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420 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Rhode Island
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Four of us were in Vail for a guys trip and stopped in for breakfast. The Little Diner immediately became our go to breakfast spot. I'll get to the food but what struck me immediately is that you sign into a wait list app on an iPad. Then you can either wanter off and they'll call or just wait. How... More 

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Bellaire, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Tiny breakfast establishment that provides a wide range of breakfast offerings. Nothing special and no better than a typical hotel breakfast. However, it is priced far above the level of creativeness or quality.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This hidden spot in Lionshead serves up delicious breakfast and lunch food from a large and varied menu. There's something for everyone before you hit the slopes or take a day off. The servers, Miriam and Jenna, brightened our day with their upbeat attitudes and efficient service. It was fun to watch the chefs in their fast-paced, clean clean kitchen!... More 

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Tupelo, Mississippi
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Very busy place. Rightly so, very fast service. Wait is never as long as they predict. Food is excellent!! Great southern style breakfast that you will not find anywhere else in Vail. Kids and adults loved it

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Newport, Kentucky
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67 reviews 67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Loved the Little Diner. We were in Vail during the off season, so making eating at the Little Diner was easy to cross off the bucket list. It is truly a "little" diner. Seating is at a three-sided diner counter. You are instructed where to sit when you arrive. I can only imagine it being extremely difficult to find seating... More 

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Sydney
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52 reviews 52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Worth the wait for this little gem. Arrive early, be prepared to wait a little. We were a party of 2 but if there 4 or more go later. All home style cooked breakfasts, burritos and burgers. I can see why its popular and will return.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We loved it and really enjoyed being able to watch the chefs at work. Big portions and fun ambience. Went there twice and will return when we come back next year.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was an easy walk from our hotel,so we tried it our first morning in Vail. Huge, delicious breakfast, and the service was excellent. Diner is named for the owners, however, it IS little. Seating for less than twenty people at a time. They open at 7ish, and if you want to be in that first seating, you should get... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Coffee, hashbrowns, biscuits and gravy, eggs benny all amazing! It's very small so there is sometimes a wait but it's worth it.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Just edges out the French deli on the opp side of lions head. 40 min wait ...30 mins to order....20 mins to eat and well worth it. Eggs bene had the perfect hint of cinammon. Great music selection too! Highly teco.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 616 West Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO 81657
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Vail
  • Phone Number: +1 970-476-4279

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Diner, Café

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

Description

Vail's Legendary Breakfast Spot! Open daily from 7 'ish' a.M. To around 2 p.M. The Diner specializes in traditional favorites and regional specialties using family recipes and the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Come by and try the house specialty German Pancake, a sweet crepe, homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, corned beef hash, or fall in love with the Eggs Benedict the owner's father "wooed" his mother with.. Serving up fast, fresh, scratch-made food to nourish your soul. Breakfast all day & Lunch after 11:30. Locally owned & operated. At the West Lionshead Plaza bus stop. The best breakfast in Vail!
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?