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All 105 Vail Restaurants

The Little Diner

616 West Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO 81657
+1 970-476-4279
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Ranked #1 of 105 Restaurants in Vail
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $15
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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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  • English first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Not sure why this place is the best in Vail. There are so many great restaurants here and this one made the bottom of my list. Food was average. Wait is really long and not worth it.

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Beaumont, Texas
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Since Spago in the Ritz Carlton stopped serving breakfast this is the best breakfast in town. Prior to that and if you did not want to spend $75 per person on breakfast then this was the best place in town for breakfast. The hash browns are amazing along with the eggs Florentine. Well everything I have tried has been amazing.... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This is a Great Place to grab Breakfast~ There are no tables,, You sit in a "U" Shape bar, where you can watch the Cooks & Staff prepare your meal in a well organized, clean, efficient small area ~ The meal portions are Huge & If you share, You are charged 2.00 for sharing,, Most place's I've been when you... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Extensive menu, very efficient staff, friendly, fast, portion sizes are too big, we split our meal, but they will add gratuity to the bill if you do. Food was very good. Get there by 8 or you will not have a seat.

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San Antonio, Texas
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is a tiny little diner and offers some good food options. Priced reasonably as well. The hash browns were great but the coffee was just okay.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Saw this restaurant highly rated and wanted to give it a try on our trip to Vail. On the first try, this place was packed after only being opened 30 minutes for breakfast. Came back the next morning for breakfast but got there 15 minutes before they opened. To our surprise, a crowd of 15 people were standing outside in... More 

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Greenwood Village, Colorado
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

True to previous TA reviews, this small un-Vail like eatery is unpretentious, serving solid meals, and showing that they know what they are doing. Ingredients are fresh, food beautifully seasoned, and the staff really try to make the experience for you so very special. No salt and pepper extras are needed. Brian and his wife are the real deal in... More 

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Oro Valley, Arizona
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Stopped in for lunch last week. It's been a year since my last visit. It did NOT disappoint. Place is just a good as ever. Ordered the Burgers and fries and they were cooked to perfection, nicely seasoned and the fries were hot and crisp. Yum! Carb overload but well worth it. Tiny place so you may have to wait... More 

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Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This tiny diner is really fun, you sit around the open kitchen and watch your food being cooked - not showy or pretentious, just like a normal commercial kitchen. Food was very tasty - the portions are rather large, but it is hard to stop eating.

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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

Coming from New Jersey, this diner offered me the best breakfast I've ever eaten. The ham egg and cheese sandwich was excellent.

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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, Coffee Shop, Diner, Café

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