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The Little Diner

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American, Coffee Shop, Coffee Shop, Diner
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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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    Very good
  • 19
    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
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We really liked this place. First the customer service was very good. It's a small restaurant and nice to see them using technology (iPad sign yourself) in to keep organized. The staff is really friendly as well. We both had omelets, they were really good and you could tell all ingredients... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Rabin M
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Denver, Colorado
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Denver, Colorado
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We really liked this place. First the customer service was very good. It's a small restaurant and nice to see them using technology (iPad sign yourself) in to keep organized. The staff is really friendly as well. We both had omelets, they were really good and you could tell all ingredients were fresh.

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Roma
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I was visiting Vail for business, and looking for a nice place to have breakfast at. This was really a nice surprise. The staff is friendly, the place is very nice, and the food great. Prices are slightly below the average of Vail.

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Detroit
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60 reviews 60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This little diner is really little but so delightful. We arrived about 15 minutes before it opened and were lucky to be in the first group seated. The menu is quite large and everyone is seated around the center cooking area. It's fun to watch the cooks in action and see what everyone else is having. You can definitely get... More 

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Tenafly, New Jersey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

The little diner is really little but big in taste. DELICIOUS . I loved that I saw the chef (owner) work right in front of us. A culinary delight.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

One of the best breakfast I have had in years. Amazing how such a small place can manage this well. But be ready to wait at least 30 to 40 minutes. It's worth the wait. :)

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

My husband and I ate breakfast here while on vacation, before heading out for a day of skiing. The diner is very cozy and cute and we were lucky to get one of the few seats without waiting. We got there around 8am and I'm sure that helped. The food was delicious and the service was friendly and efficient. I... More 

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Vail, Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The Little Diner is a little treasure buried in Lionshead on the second level, next to Moe's BBQ. It's a great place, as evidenced by the preponderance of locals at the counter. The omelets are world class and the hash browns are addictive. It's not cheap-coffee is $2.75-but if you're staying in Vail, you need to treat yourself to breakfast... More 

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Gillette, Wyoming
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Yum! I love this diner! We were visiting family last year and my cousin introduced us to this diner. Delicious food and the atmosphere is very friendly. Service is quick and reasonably priced. Love the dining set up. We ate breakfast at this place both days we were in town. Can't wait to go back.

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Gold Coast Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

A really friendly and well run breakfast cafe which serves fresh tasty food quickly at a reasonable price. Just sit up at the counter and order if you are early or check in, sit down and wait for a seat if it is busy. The cooks do it all in front of you, the atmosphere is happy and buzzing and... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

2nd time here and absolutely loved the delicious comfort food and unique Dutch Pancakes! Service is super friendly and personable. Since I was last here, they installed an iPad check in station and text messaging service to text when your table is ready....super helpful as the wait is usually long (but more than worth it).

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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, Coffee Shop, Diner

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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