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The Little 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, 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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  • 19
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  • 12
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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
AMAZING LITTLE PLACE

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. :)

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
FipoLarrea
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Mexico City, Mexico
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Mexico City, Mexico
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

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
40 helpful votes 40 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

When visiting Vail, you may want a good home-cooked style breakfast such as pancakes, frenchtoast, hashbrowns, crepes ect... and this diner does the job and will satisfy those cravings + more! completely affordable and big serving size. The wait is worth it, try going later in the morning or for brunch.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Get the speciality...pannekoeken! The waitress recommend it and it was amazing. Small spot, but the wait isn't long. Everyone is friendly and the food comes out quick.

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Austin, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We stopped in here for a bite on the last day of our trip in Vail and were sad we hadn't been earlier. We were told it would be 20 minutes for a table, so we put our names in and walked to the general store around the corner. By the time we got inside, our table was ready and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Efficient service with a great breakfast menu to round up a super experience. Wait staff very attentive. Kids loved it! Make sure you get there early in the morning...

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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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