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The Little Diner

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$$ - $$$
American, Cafe, Diner
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616 West Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO 81657-5226
+1 970-476-4279
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7:00 am - 1:45 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 1:45 pm
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Short Hills, New Jersey
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80 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Tiny but mighty...the choices for breakfast are amazing as are the portions, the staff is fun and engaging as well.

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Thank Robin B
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a treat this place turned out to be. Quaint, efficient, intimate, buzzy & great value. WARNING: Don't go here if you're expecting a quick bite but do plan your timing if you like a good feed at a good price. We were initially a little put off by the greeting that was almost designed to turn you away, "There's... More 

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Houston
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sure the food is great and for those staying in Lionshead it is convenient but for those driving getting the the Little Diner (their last name is Little) can be a PITA. Here's how to mitigate the fact that they have no parking. First of all you should call and make a reservation and then drop off your friends on... More 

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2 Thank ccweems
Beaumont, Texas
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70 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I know they serve all kinds of wonderful food but the breakfast is phenomenal. We have the eggs Florentine and the blueberry pancakes. Awesome!!!!

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1 Thank mkh0826
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food, great service but can be an hour wait for a table so plan your visit! 3 little pigs omelette is a treat, no espresso tho.

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Thank Fred W
Lake Zurich, IL
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very popular diner and it does not disappoint...as long as you are willing to wait for a seat. We picked a day we didn't ski and planned to put our names in for a seat, then walked to the nearby shops and cafe as we waited for a table...which worked out perfectly. After an approximate 40-minute wait... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Breakfast in the show! Great pancakes omelets etc. It is very worth the wait. The only thing missing is a nice spicy Bloody Mary

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1 Thank lntyrrell
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed my breakfast here... great quality and about 1/3 the cost of my hotel's breakfast! Definitely worth the short walk (3min) from my hotel. I had the Roma omelette. Delicious. Fun to sit at the counter and watch the kitchen/grill action 3 feet away! Will go again! Closes by 2pm, so just have to skip dinner! Lol!

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Laguna Niguel, California
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best meals we had in Vail! Cute old fashion diner with an excellent breakfast selection. We enjoyed the ranch hand breakfast, biscuits & gravy and the breakfast sandwich, all were very tasty and more than enough food. Get the pancake if you have it as a choice, maybe the best pancake I have ever tasted and I... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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316 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had read the TA reviews and just had to stop here. We arrived at 8:30am and I think between the early birds and the later crowd and were seated at the counter near the kitchen. The breakfast plates were huge, hot and delicious. Our coffee cups were never empty and we never wanted for anything. From the server, the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $15
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Diner
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 616 West Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO 81657-5226
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Vail
  • Phone Number: +1 970-476-4279
Description
Vail's Legendary Breakfast Spot! Open daily from 7:00 'ish' PM To around 2:00 PM. 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?