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Big Bear Bistro

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297 Hanson Ranch Rd, Top of Bridge Street, Vail, CO 81657-4524
+1 970-445-1007
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Fresno, California
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2016 via mobile

Delicious sandwiches at the base of Mid Vail Gondola. This business has the right recipe, providing lunches that are less expensive than those on the mountain. Service is quick. Casual atmosphere.

Thank Scott S
Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2016 via mobile

Big Bear has a great selection of GF options mainly due to it being a panini and breakfast joint with good GF bread. The Piglet is very good (ham, bacon, honey mustard...). Egg sandwiches work as well. Kids loved the homemade cinnamon rolls (not GF).

Thank GFstew
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2016

This little spot near Gondola One is a great break from the high priced restaurants in Vail. They make fresh sandwiches to order, perfect for taking up the mountain or for a short lunch break before a ride back up the gondola. We called ahead and the sandwiches were ready in 10 minutes!

Thank Jane R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2016 via mobile

Really cheerful girl at the counter. Fresh made hot sandwiches. I had the lumberjack and green salad for about $20. Sandwich was filling with a good amount of sliced roast beef. The green salad was a bit dismal but fresh leaves and the most green I've seen in town. Right amount of tasty dressing in a separate container which could... More 

Thank shannon334
Vail, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2016

I like to eat here. So do many locals I know. It's not expensive, the food is out in a timely manner, it's tasty and they make an obvious effort to be healthy as well. My favorite is the tree hugger (full of veggies) and the BLAT (Bacon Lettuce Avocado and Lettuce) doesn't skimp.

Thank Elizabeth S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

Received delightful and cheerful service from Allie and Sara! It was a local and home-made kind of experience. Also dug the bear painting in the bathroom

Thank Arthur E
Miami, Florida
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219 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

I visited for breakfast and had a great experience. The menu is wide enough for most. Very comfortable seating (cozy) and service is great. Would recommend!

Thank Lou B
Atlanta, Georgia
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2015

Recommended by a local city employee, we headed to Big Bear Bistro for breakfast. I had scrambled eggs, biscuit and ham. the eggs were overcooked, the ham was like sliced ham from a lunchmeat package, but the biscuit was OK.

Thank SippySIP
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed espresso, chai, plenty of water, French toast and a whole grain bagel! Lots of other guests! Cozy and comfortable. A place to come back to.

Thank Jerry O
Fort Worth, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2015

We had a great meal at the Big Bear Bistro. The portions were large and the tuna salad was the best I've ever eaten. The owner was very cordial and the staff was very friendly. I'll definitely eat there again!

Thank KJflies

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Cafe, Soups, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 297 Hanson Ranch Rd, Top of Bridge Street, Vail, CO 81657-4524
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Vail
  • Phone Number: +1 970-445-1007
Conveniently located at the top of Bridge Street, and featuring the BEST Gourmet Sandwiches in the Vail Valley, we offer Boar's Head meats, fresh veggies and organic bread baked fresh daily! We also offer Rudi's organic gluten-free bread, natural whole-wheat, or a variety of tortilla wraps. We also offer great quick breakfasts, as well as beer, wine, crepes and numerous apres selections.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?