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$31 - $80
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French, European
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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0.0 miles from Vail Mountain Resort
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its been about 15 yrs since i was last at Left Bank. Food and atmosphere was as good as I remembered. Best french onion soup I have had. Vol au Vent was excellent and hubby had salmon which he said was best he had ever...had at a restaurant. Also we each got a souffle for dessert and they were prepared perfectly and were a great end to a great mealMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed March 24, 2022

I could not sleep last night of the disappointing and upsetting experience we had at this restaurant. What started off as a lovely dining experience ended up as a total scam. The joke was on us. To begin, the manager began discussing the wine list...with my husband and the wines in discussion ranged from 1,500 to about 2,000!!! I clearly told him the types of wines we enjoy and our price point - $300 to $400 dollars would be fine. He asked my husband if we would be drinking 1 or 2 bottles and he replied probably 2. With that being said, the manager made a comment at one point that I didn’t have to know the price of the bottle. Although we laughed and I assumed he was joking, I replied yes I do. He then said he had a nice bottle that wasn’t on the list that he thought would be perfect. He brought out the bottle and we drank the bottle along with another couple that joined us for dinner. About 45 minutes or an hour into our dinner, the bottle finished and he asked if we would like a second bottle. We said yes so he brought it out. At that point we asked how much the bottle was just to be sure it was in our price range. As we were asking he quickly began uncorking the bottle as we told him numerous times not to open at which time he said 4. At that point we asked $400 and he replied $4,000.00!!!!!!! As you can imagine, we were all in dismay by his response. I was so upset! I have never heard anything like this nor could even imagine him having opened a bottle and a second one, to boot, for that immense amount of money. Needless to say we did not even touch our food at that point. Our entrees were untouched and were even charged a soufflé that never even made it to the table. He even insisted on caviar to start so we ordered the smallest portion to share with our friends. We were charged $750.00 for the caviar!!!!!!!! I feel this was a total scam on the part of the manager. He took advantage of us and was not up front with us when I made our price point very clear to him. This experience has dampened my entire week here at Vail as we leave today having been charged nearly $5,000.00 for dinner for 4- and he was ready to begin pouring a second bottle. Very sneaky, misleading and unprofessional!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 3, 2022 via mobile

We had a fantastic meal. The staff was professional and friendly. It was by far the best meal we had in Vail. The Dover sole was exceptional. We will definitely go back!

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed September 17, 2021

We went to Left Bank twice while we were in Vail; it was that great. My husband and I agreed that it had been years since we had such a "stand out" dining experience! The menu is classic French with a chef who actually knows...what he is doing. Between the two of us and both nights, we enjoyed for appetizers the wonderful escargot and the delicious French onion soup. They serve a nice salad before an entree, and choosing the main course is rather difficult since there are so many enticing options. My husband loved his white peppercorn steak with a delicious Cognac cream sauce. I tried the venison (magnificent!!) one night and their special of duck a l'orange the next time. Hubby enjoyed their sorbet flavors, and I loved the chocolate souffle. I special ordered Ile Flottante for the second night which was amazing! I have not had this dessert since dining at L'Occatania Bateau in Toulouse, France, and it made me very happy to find a place where they served it. Overall, the service was great. The wine list is enviable. People who do not appreciate gourmet food should not bother to come here. Those who do----and who recognize fine dining when they experience it---will not want to miss this gem!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 16, 2021 via mobile

The Left Bank is the best fine dining in Vail. I drive up each fall to enjoy a quiet couple of days. This year I enjoyed the Beef Wellington and chocolate soufflé on my first evening. It was a beautiful evening in the bars area....Very private and efficient. The next evening a room service was enjoyed with they’re lovely Bibb lettuce salad and a wonderful dressing and a Grand Manier Soufflé. Perfect way to Celebrate! Thank you so much Chef John and your staff !More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed July 5, 2021 via mobile

They left Bank is easily the best restaurant in Vail. The combination of the outstanding food quality and the warm service make it unique in the valley. You can tell that the chef takes great pride in his preparation‘s which are remarkably consistent and elegant....Andy is the manager as well as the Sommelier and is always friendly and very helpful. We love the new decor as well, and the atmosphere is great. Highly recommendMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed April 15, 2021

I have been coming to Vail since last June and I must say I do not understand reviews that are less than 5 stars for this perfect place. I love the management, servers and the chef. It is the finest team of people I have...ever met and I have traveled the world. They are kind, exceptional people who always want your experience to be more than 5 stars. I have dined here almost 8 times and the other evening I overheard a table of 8 say they had not come to Left Bank for years and were so impressed they will be coming right back after they reopen after the season. Andy is the manager and he looks after every single one of his guests with pride he is also the SOM. The food is consistently exquisite and fresh. Maybe I am an old world soul but I have always had the finest dining experience here than any other establishment in and around Vail because they care about your dining experience. They are kind, warm and friendly people who serve the finest French food along with the largest wine list of any restaurant. Once again there are many choices in the Vail area and I will stand by my 5 star review every time. They have earned every star and people who give them less than 5 stars don't belong here. Plus the bartender MJ is fabulous and she is very creative. and Kea who greets you is so lovely. They are my family when I come to Vail as I trust them implicitly.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed March 30, 2021

I was looking forward to the Left Bank dinner at Vail, but was left with a not so memorable experience. The menu is back to traditional French cuisine, but to be competitive, I hope the management team looks at revamping what they offer. I would...agree with the other posters that the food lacks any in depth flavors. The tomato soup tasted like warmed V8 tomato juice. The duck was okay, and is something that I could get at any non high end restaurant. The chocolate soufflé was undercooked and watery; tasting like sugar granules and egg. I hope management tries their competitor's food, such as The Slope Room, otherwise, they'll be offering bland historic food that should be shelved in a museum. I am uncertain how other reviewers think this food is excellent or high end? The current product is uncompetitive.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed January 18, 2021

I love this restaurant. I had a hard time getting a reservation in the summer but this winter I have had the pleasure of dining there 4 times and will continue to support them as the service is brilliant, friendly, outstanding food and wine list....I love the peach smoked salmon billini with caviar, the Beef Wellington, The lobster bisque, the duck is one of my favorites it is the finest I have ever tasted. The Pepper filet is another one not to be missed. The cold fois gras with a glass of saturne from the SOM Andy is magnificent. I also know the hot fois gras is also suppose to be best in class. They also serve dover sole which I have not tried but they are famous for it and frankly everything on the menu. I could go on the desserts are amazing and I love the receptionist, my servers- Brendan and Iliad, even the woman in the coat check and all of the bartenders have shown such kindness I have frankly ever experienced in Vail. This is one in a million just be patient and stop in if you need to have a reservation they will make it easy for sure if you don't reach them on the phone for some reason. I will not go anywhere else as it will not live up to this special place.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Jean-Michel C, Owner at The Left Bank, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2021

We're thrilled you had a chance to come visit us! You can't go wrong with our peach smoked salmon Bellini with caviar. Looking forward to having you back our way again soon. Best, Jean-Michel, Owner

Reviewed September 29, 2020 via mobile

Fire the manager ! After having dinner at left bank for so many years, and big expensive dinners, I have to say that the personnel and specially the manager , has the worst terrible treat with the clients, he’s rude , abuses with the típs...and the most important part and thank to trip advisor I can express myself , it’s he’s a racist!!!!! I’m never coming back while you have that manager .!!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Jean-Michel C, Owner at The Left Bank, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2020

We never want a guest to feel unwelcome, Jaboumrad, so we're sorry to read you had a negative experience with our manager. We would be happy to discuss it with you if you have more details, and we hope you give us another chance to...More

Reviewed August 20, 2020

I’ve never had French food that was totally tasteless. I think they make the French onion soup with Campbell’s soup in a can. For the entree I had beef wellington that was probably cooked in a microwave. For dessert we had a chocolate soufflé which...tasted like chocolate scrambled eggs. No texture, no flavor. The good news is with all the terrible food you get terrible service from a burnt out snowboarder/ surfer. “Everything epic dudes?” Yeah, no it isn’t and please learn some manners. Stay far away from this place in Vail. There are far far better places. Truly mediocre and disappointing.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Jean-Michel C, Owner at The Left Bank, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2020

Every item on our menu is made from scratch, so we're sorry to read our authentic French cuisine left you wanting more. Our staff works hard to treat every guest with care, so we apologize for falling short during your visit. We hope you give...More

Reviewed August 5, 2020

Very rude manager. Absolutely unacceptable attitude We just set down for dinner and he came to remind us that we need to get out by 7:30. My teenage kids were shocked. We travel a lot and like to dine out , never had this kind...of treatment. Asked him to take our family photo (was my husband birthday) he refused it ,he said because of Covid he can not touch our phone , but on other hand , he was cleaning our plates, picking up our forks and knives after we used them. Also the wine glasses , which he was Ok by touching. No logic what so ever , actually pretty dump!!! Food was Ok , but nothing to Wow My duck was undercooked , too salty and no flavor. Steak was Ok They did give a complimentary desert to my husband for his birthday, but it felt so unwelcome , just throw it on the table. They cleaned our plates so fast , without even asking if we want something else , just brought the bill , we felt that we were so pushed out. Conclusion : you don’t want to spent 500$ and feel unwelcome, especially when you are there for special occasion. Will not recommend this place to any of my friends.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Jean-Michel C, Owner at The Left Bank, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2020

We work hard to provide the best service, so we're sorry to read you felt unwelcome while in our restaurant. We do have certain protocols in place for our staff's safety, and we hope that wasn't too much of an inconvenience. We hope you find...More

Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

You shoud fire andy,,, he dosent know how to treat customers. He is way to arrogant !,,, If you ask for something, he only answers what ever , with no relation with what you ask.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Jean-Michel C, Owner at The Left Bank, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2020

This is disheartening to see. We value and respect all our employees, but it seems like your time with him wasn't the best. We will address this with our entire staff so no one feels this way in the future. Thank you for raising your...More

Reviewed February 28, 2020

This was only our second or third time here, each time was great; and I'm not a fan of French food. Everything was terrific.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed October 19, 2019

Stopped in for a late dinner (8:30pm). Dining room largely deserted so sat at the bar which had only two other couples. Definitely not busy. Dined on escargots, onion soup, duck, trout, and fruit tart for dessert. All was very good except for the onion...soup which was just average. Tasted like it could have come out of a package. Was not rushed; service (Andy C) was just average …. felt a little ignored. Not sure we would return.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Jean-Michel C, Owner at The Left Bank, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2019

Thanks for stopping by, Wade. Usually our dinner rush is in and out by 6-8, so an 8:30 dinner is generally quiet. We hold a high standard of service, so it's disheartening to see we didn't quite meet your expectations. We hope you decide to...More

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No, you do not need to wear jacket and tie but you may see a few guests with them. In winter you actually see guests in ski wear and even shorts in summer. It is not like it used to be. :)
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  • Food: 4
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  • Value: 3.5
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