We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Little Diner

Certificate of Excellence
$$
American, Cafe, Diner
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
616 West Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO 81657
+1 970-476-4279
Website
Improve this listing
Today
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
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!
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 531 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 401
    Excellent
  • 96
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Reviews don't lie!

Cute little diner, little bit of a wait. Love the open cooking experience and the bar seating concept. Busy helpful and kind staff. French toast was amazing! Plenty of options to choose from in menu. Definitely will come by again next time for breakfast!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Elizabeth D
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
Add Photo Write a Review

531 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Cute little diner, little bit of a wait. Love the open cooking experience and the bar seating concept. Busy helpful and kind staff. French toast was amazing! Plenty of options to choose from in menu. Definitely will come by again next time for breakfast!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Level Contributor
11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

I have been to The Little Diner many times and I just love it. Food is delicious and it comes out super fast. Just what you need before a day of skiing or hiking up in the mountains.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
boca raton
Level Contributor
81 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

this little hole in the wall had delicious food and a great vibe. we luckily got seating right away and then the line formed! Be prepared to wait but well worth it. Only counter/stool seating. Eggs, grits, biscuit - all delicious. The hashbrowns looked amazing and you can see them cooking everything. The chefs have it down to a science... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

What a great way to treat yourself to a great made from scratch breakfast! This small little dinner punches a mighty Punch for a culinary delight.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Level Contributor
13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Everyone who eats here will tell you that "you have to eat there!" And, they are correct. The food is amazing, (and they have everything); the music was also amazing, (80s channel); the vibe was upbeat and cool. However, be ready. There are no tables. It is simply a bar stool wrap-around situation. My daughter thought it was hibachi! They... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We had a 45 minute wait and it was worth it. The husband got the eggs Benedict and loved it. I got the breakfast sandwich and it was a good portion. The biscuit was incredible. Small diner and unique to be able to watch them making the food.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Westminster, Colorado
Level Contributor
92 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This was our first time at The Little Diner and will definitely go back. We had breakfast and it was delicious. It's also just a fun place because you are sitting at the counter and get to watch the chefs and waitstaff. They fix a delicious meal, staff are always smiling and ready to serve. They also have diet Dr.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
new york
Level Contributor
64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

U shaped counter where you watch Brian Little the chef conduct his breakfast orchestra. Everything is good and when you ask for well done home fries you get well done home fries. Sandwiches looked awesome also. walk around Vail while you wait. lots of fun watching him and one other guy pump out the dishes and hand off to very... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Level Contributor
9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Believe what you read about this awesome place. Small is size but high on quality and a great system to make the wait go quickly. The eggs Benedict was spectacular (sub the corn beef hash) and the German pancake was like my grandma used to make. The service was also outstanding Enjoy!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Very busy but definitely worth the wait. Go early and put your name down; they text/call you when your spot is ready. It is a U-shaped bar that runs around the kitchen area. You can watch your meal being made right in front of you. We got there on a Saturday at 8:20 and were seated around 9. But by... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed The Little Diner also viewed

 

Been to The Little Diner? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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, 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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Little Diner and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Richland, Washington
2 months ago
Castle Rock, Colorado
4 months ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from The Little Diner staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?