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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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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
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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
Expect to wait

There are only 22 seats in this place so chances are you will have to wait. The great part - you check in with your phone number so they text you when your seat is ready. There isnt room for a waiting area so its nice to be able to walk around. The "kitchen" is in the middle of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
Dawn W
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Colorado Springs, United States
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  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Colorado Springs, United States
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

There are only 22 seats in this place so chances are you will have to wait. The great part - you check in with your phone number so they text you when your seat is ready. There isnt room for a waiting area so its nice to be able to walk around. The "kitchen" is in the middle of the... More 

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Austin, texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Traveled to Vail for first time, and I had read the reviews on the Little Diner, so we had to try it. We walked over from our condo, next door, and we were immediately greeted and asked to enter our name and cell phone number so they could contact us when space was ready for us, about 45 min. They... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We loved this place for breakfast when I traveled to Vail (as we do yearly) with my family. You can get all the regular diner items, plus some specialties that are to die for: especially the Taxi Driver Special, which feels like it's from Santa Fe. Everything from savory to sweet is excellent. I've not been there for lunch, however,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Old fashioned diner food, great quality, and a great deal, if you're looking for reasonably priced food in Vail. Don't go looking for health food though. This is a real diner experience. The food was excellent, higher quality than I was expecting, and the service was terrific. If you're looking for casual, simple and fast (which is not easy in... More 

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Vail, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Real maple syrup enough said! Alright maybe a little more...the counter style dining is such a fun open environment allowing you to chat to the staff as well as other patrons. Get there early its worth it!

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Dayton, Oh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Love this place. The food and people are so nice. It is small so you may have to wait, but worth it. We go everytime we come to town.

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Mandeville, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

My wife and kids went here for breakfast one morning. The food was all very good and the staff very nice. Go early if you can it does get crowded. The Breakfast Burrito was great and the portions large.

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I love to write reviews on Trip Advisor and thus far I have only given a rating of excellent once before. The little diner was excellent. Small and cosy, communal, clean, fast, tasty and transparent. You see your breakfast being cooked. Add this tom the fact that it is in the Village in Vail Colorado and you can't possibly go... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Awesome breakfast and everything tasted awesome and full of flavor. Cool environment- you get to see the chefs preparing your breakfast right in front of you.. Fast service. Waitresses are very nice. I belive I had the best pancake ever - very soft, french style.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Great breakfast place. Tiny place so be prepared for some waiting. Had the Dutch baby, crepes for the kids and an omelet. All were pretty good. Somewhat pricey for breakfast but on par for Vail I suppose.

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Additional Information about The Little Diner

Address: 616 West Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO 81657
Phone Number: +1 970-476-4279
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  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
Average Prices: USD 9 - 15
Cuisine: American, Cafe, Coffee Shop, Diner

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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, Cafe, Coffee Shop, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children

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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