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“Awesome breakfast , great location” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Little Diner

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
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!
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Awesome breakfast , great location”
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.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great gem in Lionshead Village”
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 play in the new play area in Lionshead Village while waiting for your text message!

The omelets are fantastic and the fruit is always fresh (berries). The Mexican inspired dishes are exceptional. Great chorizo. The pancakes and waffles are tasty as well. Great coffee.

Locally owned and operated by a very nice couple. It is small, so expect to wait. Once seated, your food comes quickly and is definitely worth it! You will feel the pressure to eat and run, so other patrons can partake as well. We don't mind, since we are looking to get on the mountain.

Visited August 2014
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Boise, Idaho
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63 reviews 63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Popular Breakfast Spot in Vail”
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 seats was that we got to watch the cooks in the kitchen actually preparing all the cooked menu items. They worked really well as a team without even really using words to communicate. It was impressive! Manage your expectation by expecting a wait. We visited on a Monday morning which should be one of the slower days. Sign yourself in on the iPad up front when you walk in if no one is right there to help you. Don’t let someone else beat you to it!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Westchester, NY
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“Little diner... big breakfasts”
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.

Visited August 2014
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Cary, North Carolina
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“An American Classic”
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.

Visited August 2014
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