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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
Chicago, IL
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Yes, it only seats a few people, but the whole ability to watch your food being prepared, while chatting with others at the counter makes the experience all the better. I NEVER eat a big breakfast and have yet to NOT lick my plate clean at this place!! It IS THAT good!

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kANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Worth the wait! They will text you when your space at the counter is available. Their isn't anything they can't cook for breakfast and a wide variety of choices!!

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Livonia, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This is absolutely, hands-down the very best breakfast I have ever had in my entire life. The ranking here on Trip Advisor speaks for itself - let me add my two cents. Doubtless everything on the menu is awesome. My wife ordered the Taxi Driver breakfast, and loved it. But I saw on the menu something I had never heard... More

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Chicago
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Many folks talk about hidden gems. This place is not hidden in that it is #1 on Tripadvisor but if you are no familiar with Lionshead, you won't find it. We ran into a few people who couldn't find it and they gave up. It was unfortunate as I don't think they were thrilled with the ultimate selection. That being... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

There are numerous options for omlettes, very tasty, quick service, the place can get very busy and with limited seating options the wait can be frustrating but the food is very good.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is by far my family's favorite breakfast in Vail. Unfortunately, it is every other family's favorite as well. Always very busy, but they have implemented a new check-in system that allows you to leave the immediate area. When a spot of the counter is imminent, the restaurant sends you a text (a five to ten minute warning). Kids can... More

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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

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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Cary, North Carolina
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112 reviews 112 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Well run, great menu, and well prepared food in an intimate environment. You are literally in the kitchen and you are entertained while you eat. Worth the wait and a must do in Vail.

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Roeland Park, Kansas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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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