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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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Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

On our visit to Vail we ate here twice. Watching meals being made in such a tiny space was amazing. The staff were warm and welcoming. the omelets and pancakes are delicious. Wish we hadn't been charged an extra dollar for asking for less spinach in our omelet,though!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This is no ordinary diner. Great food and a fun time watching the exec chef & other staff. Best breakfast in Vail! Blintz with blueberries was great. Everything looked fantastic. Only regret is not going sooner.

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Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Wished we had breakfast here everyday of our visit. This wonderful diner only seats 20. Our first visit was on a Saturday morning, we arrived around 9am and had a 40 minute wait. Totally worth it! Arrived on Sunday by 8am and only had 20 minute wait. But their food is worth any wait. Make sure you try the Pannekoeken... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Great for breakfast and lunch. We love to support places that are local small businesses, handcrafting great food. Try the Dutch Baby!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Expect a bit of a wait, after all its the little diner for a reason. Well worth any wait. You put your name &# in as soon as you get there . They text you when your close. So you can enjoy lyons square while you wait. Best breakfeast ... Try there oven pancakes. Dutch babbies.. Everything is great.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A great little hideaway, a diner (with counter seating only) serving comfort food and good prices. I ordered the biscuits and gravy with eggs, the gravy was not as tasty as I expected, but everything else was good. I ordered Cincinnati Chili, 4 way, to go (who would have thought in Vail?) and it was delicious! Spending childhood years in... More

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Stuart, Florida, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Best Breakfast in Vail. It's one of those places that you could frequent every day. It's actually my favorite eating place in Vail, hands down--and there are some really good ones out there.

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harrisburg pa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I thought you could book ahead online don't quote me on that - I believe I recall them getting reservations online ahead of us (or maybe they called), but I just checked their website however & no info..it does say new website coming soon so maybe a work in progress? Anyway to the food: so yummy, seriously I got the... More

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Chicago
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90 reviews 90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

When we walked in we were stunned that every seat was at a counter - sushi style - no tables. I took one look at my kids and thought "this is a bad idea". It wasn't. What an amazing place. The chef, and I really use that term to describe the person making our food, was great. The staff was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If in Vail and looking for a hearty breakfast to fuel a day of hiking or biking in the summer or skiing in the winter - this is your place! Prices are not cheap by any means but reasonable for Resort Location standards. Be prepared to wait 45 minutes for a seat but with their new smart phone texting system... More

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