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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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  • English first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Boise, Idaho
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The Little Diner was the closest breakfast spot to our hotel and everyone we asked said it was the place to go. We had to wait for about 20 minutes. It’s a small space with only counter seating. Our group ordered huevos rancheros, French toast, a blintz, and the corned beef hash. Everything tasted good. One fun thing about our... More

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Westchester, NY
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Ample portions of delicious breakfast/brunch dishes in a very small space - counter seating only. The only downside is the wait - it was not unusual to have an hour's waiting time.

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Roeland Park, Kansas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Do yourself a favor and make this a must on your dining list for Vail. Don't be turned off if there happens to be a wait. It goes by pretty quickly and they will text you when your seat at the bar is almost ready. Quaint diner setting with an intimate setup with 20 barstool around the kitchen. Have yet... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The best hashbrowns ever. We love sitting & watching the chefs. We come here every time - friendly waitstaff.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The place is tiny with seating around the kitchen. It's lots of fun, high energy. The did is delicious. Omelettes are huge and the dutch baby was wonderful!!! Great place

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east greenwich, rhode island
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580 reviews 580 reviews
363 restaurant reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

What a great little restaurant. Everything is made to order and as an added benefit, you sit at the counter and watch your food made. The egg white omelette was large and delicious. The grits were delicious, albeit a bit salty. The fresh fruit cup was loaded with fresh berries. Come early... They open at "7:00 ish AM". Plan to... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

A must stop in Vail, it's fun to sit at the counter and watch the kitchen crew do their thing. Pancakes, eggs, hashbrowns all delicious. Go early before the line forms...7:15 AM.

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Edinburg, Texas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

First of all, this diner was a bit difficult to find in the Lionshead shops. It is up some escalators and up another flight of stairs next to Moe's BBQ. It was also quite a walk from where we parked, so take the free bus. We parked at the Village Parking garage on Meadow Drive and ended up walking all... More

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Dubai
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123 reviews 123 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My wife and I read (on Trip Advisor) that The Little Diner was the top restaurant in Vail - and specifically that it was not to be missed for breakfast, so we ventured over on a Friday morning in early August. We each had an omelet (which comes with either fruit or toast), with water to drink, and the total... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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118 reviews 118 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We had one of the best breakfasts EVER here. It's worth the wait (or worth arriving before 9:00 am when the wait will be much shorter or non-existent). My husband and I live in CO but are from the east coast originally, and we were delighted to see Taylor Ham on the menu. Our picky daughter loved the pancakes. You... More

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