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The Little Diner

616 West Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO 81657
+1 970-476-4279
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Ranked #1 of 101 restaurants in Vail
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $15
Cuisines: American, Coffee Shop, Diner, Café
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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!
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90% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Had a great breakfast there on a Tuesday morning. No wait. I ordered a Dutch pancake. YUM! Order this if you like pancakes/cream puff crust. I ordered it with HOMEMADE cinnamon apples (none of this canned pie, filling stuff). Warning this dish will easily serve four. So share it or hope you have a room fridge. This place was a... More

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We ate at the Little Diner for breakfast and were not disappointed. My husband and I both had omelets and they were prepared fresh and were delicious. The fruit is a bowl full of berries; blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Highly recommend for breakfast. Can't wait to try their lunch menu.

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new york
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Had brunch at The Little Diner. We signed in on an ipad and were told the wait was about 40 minutes. Received a text when our table was ready. My husband had the steak and egg sandwich and I had the avocado burger. Totally worth the wait. It was fun watching the chef prepare the orders. Can't wait to go... More

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Clayton, Missouri
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82 reviews 82 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Yes, you can spend a lot more and dine in more elegant surroundings. And we did. However, our brunch at The Little Diner was the favorite of our recent visit to Vail. The blueberry pancakes were the best I have ever eaten. Don't miss The Little Diner!

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Best grits above the Mason Dixie line. We will be back...............................................................

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Finally got to eat at The Little Diner in Vail (tried a couple times but it was closed). Great breakfast options and everything was delicious! My family of six had no complaints - pancakes were awesome, omelets were perfect, all their specialties if the house were well worth tasting and everyone very friendly! Try to go off hours if you... More

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Denver, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

You have got to try this restaurant, very small and everyone sits at the counter. Great food, and plenty of it. Best show in Vail is watching the chef cook your meal. Very friendly, closes at 2:00 PM.

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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Had takeout breakfast so can't tell you much about the atmosphere. The food was great though. A must if you are in Vail.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Tiny place with about 20 seats all at the counter. But boy do they have a System. You sign in when you arrive on an iPad. The servers are right on top of it in getting you seated. Hubby had a stack of pancakes with strawberries and mound of whipped cream which he devoured. I went the simple route with... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Cute place with great food and service. Very popular so you may have to wait, but they have a great system and will text you when your table is almost ready, so you can walk around while you wait.

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