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The Little Diner

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American, Café, 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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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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  • 324
    Excellent
  • 83
    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
Large portions. Berry fruit side is good. Kids loved but only have counter seating.

Everything was great. We went w our 3 kids. My kids don't like hash browns so The berry fruit side is really good and fresh. However they only have counter seating which can be challenging if you have a restless 5 year old like me.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Miami, Florida
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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Miami, Florida
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100 reviews 100 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Everything was great. We went w our 3 kids. My kids don't like hash browns so The berry fruit side is really good and fresh. However they only have counter seating which can be challenging if you have a restless 5 year old like me.

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Vail, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Little diner has the best breakfast in Vail and all the locals know it! Big portions, delicious hashbrowns, everything always cooked to perfection.

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Weston, Florida
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88 reviews 88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I love the Little Diner and boy is it tiny. The seating wraps around the oven and prep area and everything is orchestrated by just a few people. One person takes care of the seating which is organized by signing into an Ipad.typical wait time ranged from 30 minutes to an hour. It's worth it. Another served the food and... More 

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Cumming, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We have eaten Breakfast at the Little Dinner every morning for our weekly trip to Vail for the past 4 years. Excellent food, friendly service, and at reasonable prices. Expect a wait of 20-40 minutes depending on when you get there. Worth the wait. This is NOT fast food. Thanks Chef Little for starting our day skiing on the right... More 

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St. Petersburg
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Will be back next time in Vail! Great food. Try the Eggs Benedict or Apple Crepe. Service was good and fast. Seem to have a decent system to seat everyone but no where to really wait.

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Marietta, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

What an incredible meal we had at The Little Diner! We were a party of 5 in a 20 seat restaurant and yet we were able to be seated within 20 minutes. The sign-in process is both unique as well as efficient. Not only was the food the best I've had in a very long time, but the intimate feel... More 

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Krungthep Mahanakorn
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271 reviews 271 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
694 helpful votes 694 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

It’s rare that we give a five-star rating but this legendary little dinner (7.00-14.00 daily) really impresses us. We went around 12.45 and it took 45 minutes to get a table yet its corned beef with hash was definitely worth the wait (and smell – don’t wear your 600-dollar ski jacket unless you want to smell like grease on the... More 

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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I always stay factual with my reviews but this review has to touch on the personal. Why? The diner is built for a personal dining experience. If you're looking for something impersonal and pretentious than stick to all the other dining options in Vail. The Diner is open and everyone at the counter was excited to talk among others about... More 

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Bomoseen, Vermont
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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My friends that work for the mtn recommended this place. Fantastic omelette. The only negative is that you sit at the counter (there are no little tables), which worked for us, but may not work if you want a private conversation. Known for great breakfasts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

I usually do not comment about any restaurant at all. Either bad or good I keep it to myself. Today I am sharing my three visits to the little diner while in Vail. It is worth it every single minute you wait for a seat. Everyone was very nice and polite. The food is delicious and the coffee is very... More 

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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, Café, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?