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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 2013
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
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English first
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Has been the place to go for breakfast for years going back to when it was DJ's. Just keeps getting better and better. In the concert hall plaza in lionshead. Never disappointed. Hash browns are to die for. Plus efficient service as well. Couldn't ask for a better breakfast even in a 5 star hotel!

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Pelham, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Eggs cooked to perfection, hashbrowns and bacon outstanding. Coffee best ever. Staff friendly and fast.

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Heard about this little diner and quite frankly, coming from the restaurant business myself, was excited by the prospect of a good breakfast place with no frills. We waited over 45 minutes (and the counter was never full) and ordered the Eggs Benedict---eggs were overdone, the hollandaise sauce was too runny and overall just not a good experience. We also... More

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Beaver Creek, Colorado
19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

Fun to watch the small kitchen in the middle of the counter space get the breakfasts out. Hashbrowns great, can ask to make them crunchier. I had am omelet with a pork chili sauce poured on that was yummy. My son enjoyed a very large crepe with melted Nutella. Portions are generous, cooked well, high quality and service is very... More

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Oro Valley, Arizona
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

What a great find. Decided to try this after reading other reviews. Sure glad we did. This place is very small and is a U shaped dinner. You sit around the counter and can watch your food being made. Very homey.....I had a burger with fries which were amazing! Went back another day and tried the BLT. Yum! You have... More

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South Riding
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66 reviews 66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Ok so there weren't locals but it truly felt like the bar CHEERS! It was small, quaint, and they did things their way. The whole place only seats about 20 people and there isn't much room to wait. Small parties are best. The food was SO GOOD and the quantities were huge! Definitely needed a to go box. Their blueberry... More

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Vancouver, BC Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Good food, good service.......the best breakfast in Vail. Everything is fresh and made from scratch. Even the coffee was really good. I had the basic bacon and eggs it was excellent. All the food coming out of the kitchen looked great so I can't wait to go back and try the eggs benny and the omelettes. Leave a little extra... More

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Bellevue, KY
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

I was here with my brother who works in Vail, and had never been there! We had an exceptional meal for not a lot of money by Vail standards! I know he'll be back, and I will too when I visit!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

Some items were simply unappetizing (avoid the bacon and apple crepe). Rude service is enabled by an automatic tip added on your bill. Don't even try to bring a coffee in. You must finish it outside and lose your seat, or throw it away. I fail to see how this place got #1.

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Denver, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Wow!!!!! What an amazing breakfast and menu selection. This diner is small and really packs them in. Expect to put your name on a list and then wait between 25 to 40 minutes for a seat at the counter. Despite the wait, it is definately worth the visit. The breakfast crepes, omelets, signature eggs benedict, and the dutch pancakes are... More

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