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“2.5 don't go for the food.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Garfinkel's

Garfinkel's
536 E Lionshead Cir, Vail, CO 81657-5208
970-476-3789
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Ranked #39 of 101 Restaurants in Vail
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
North Plainfield, New Jersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“2.5 don't go for the food.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Food not very good. Wife's hamburger was poor quality meat. My chicken sandwich was drier then sawdust. There are a lot nicer places to go for dinner.

If you're a young couple or single in your mid 20's you'll probably like the bar scene here.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Gold Coast Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Good food, good value, great atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Vail can be expensive but not at Garfinkels. The place was packed and noisy in a fun way. There was a vocalist playing and he was pretty good, people were singing along and dancing. The food is basic but good, tasty and very good value. Service is attentive in a very busy bar/restaurant and we enjoyed meals there on 2 nights. The location is perfect, just off the slopes for after ski drinks and close to Lionshead Inn where we stayed for an easy walk to dinner and back.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Denver, Colorado
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Garfinkel’s”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Place is located in the Lionshead Village, at the foot of the mountain, steps away from Eagle Bahn gondola and Born Free lift. With casual atmosphere, great food and reasonable prices, this is a good alternative to on the mountain lunch. Large deck is facing the mountain. Garfinkel’s is also open for dinner. This is our regular stop in Vail.

Visited April 2013
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Denver
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“What is wrong w/ people...Garfinkel's is FUN & server Ryan is great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

So, through my 31 years I've realized there is just NO pleasing certain folks. I was a server at one time and bartender as well and those experiences truly allowed me to understand this concept completely. Working in the service industry for at least 3yrs should be a U.S. American encouragement. I voice this opinion of mine after reading some of the upset reviews that some folks posted for Garfinkel's which are a bit ridiculous.

Here's the Garfinkel's scoop from an avid Vail skier that grew up in Chicago, has lived in Denver for 13yrs and loves food, beer and a fun atmosphere after a day of skiing......

1) The service is great, but have a bit of patience if it’s busy. (News Flash for you) The servers are busy b/c Garfinkel’s is a fun place to be. Why else would there be so many people there. Also, why are you in a hurry anyways? You’re in beautiful Vail, CO!

2) The food at Garfinkel’s is tasty! I’ve always enjoyed the sandwiches and soups. At the end of the day, it’s good “bar food”. If you’re looking for a fancy dinning experience then why are you at a bar?

3) If you’re complaining about price/cost….then you are obviously lost. Welcome to Vail, CO. Chances are you budgeted for an expensive trip to Vail anyway. Why are you complaining about a $10 burger?

4) Finally, server Ryan is a funny dude and in my opinion a great server. I read a “negative” post; a complaint about not getting enough lemons for their kids??? Why are your kids wasting lemons? Did you order them for your kids so that they could eat them because they were misbehaving? If you want to teach your kids a lesson, tell them to try yellow snow. Tell them it tastes like lemons. That’ll teach them a lesson about misbehaving forsure hahaha!

Garfinkel's gets my vote and so does server Ryan! I've enjoyed spending my time and money at this establishment and you should to. The next time you decide to write a negative post about a certain place, think it through. Chances are you're upset about something else. Vail is a place to smile, breath, ski and make memories! Garfinkel's has always been on the front line of it all.

See you at Garfinkel's!
Peace - DT

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Fun Atmosphere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Had fun at this bar. Huge! Friendly staff, and fast. Great for Apres Ski as well as late night fun. Huge amazing Nachos! Yummy! Tasty hummus and veggies for the health conscious as well.

Visited February 2013
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