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The Little Diner

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616 West Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO 81657-5226
+1 970-476-4279
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 1:45 pm
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Bloomington, Illinois
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fun place to come and eat a great breakfast. It has a cool layout that is u shaped around the cooks so you can watch them make you food. It is small so i recomend getting there early. The food was great and very resonably priced.

1 Thank pwilliam5093
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for breakfast to see what all the hype is about. I get it now. Great little unassuming place with phenomenal food. The Dutch baby is a must!

Thank Cara T
Toronto, Canada
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144 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is the greatest breakfast in Vail, and possibly in Colorado. There is only one drawback, and that is the fact that you will almost certainly have to wait if you arrive in the early morning. It opens at 7 and there is usually a lineup that exceeds the number of seats. But the food is great, prepared quickly, and... More 

1 Thank MickeyJay
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Went on the recommendation from Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed! Loved the small intimate feel of sitting at the counter and watching the team and cooks work together. The food was fast and fantastic, had a Rueben with fried onion strings, can't wait to go back. Location was a little hard to find the first time.

Thank Michael H
Reston, Virginia
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A delicious and filling breakfast in Vail! The Little Diner offers a great variety of breakfast items and it's a very budget friendly option compared to other dining places in the area. Definitely plan on arriving early in order to grab a seat since seating is limited.

1 Thank pazalejandra08
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For years we have heard about this place and that it is very hard to get a seat. It is worth the wait! The Little Diner is only open for breakfast and lunch from about 7 to 2. It is a tiny place with a counter shaped like the letter U. You can go in and register your name, and... More 

1 Thank tnemzo
Chicago, Illinois
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good breakfast. We had 2 eggs, hash browns, bacon (when you ask for limp bacon, they actually cook it that way. And, it's not raw. Just limp and juicy the way I like it!), toast, and fresh squeezed oj for 2 people. Bill with 20% tip was $31. Need I say more? One person at the Marriott buffet is $33!

Thank mtl18
New York City, New York
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231 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had to wait about 30 or 40 minutes for seats, but it was worth it, and the staff were very polite about it. The food was awesome.

1 Thank Elizabeth G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We tried the huevos rancheros and the Dutch pancakes. Both, very good. There are only 16 barstools and a breakfast wait of up to 2 hours so the so the automated reservation system works well. Send a scout early to register, and you will get an email when there are stools for you. All of the staff wore hats or... More 

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Piedmont, Alabama
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good way to start the day. Could be a wait but they take your name and send a text. You could shop around the village while waiting.

1 Thank Brian Y

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $15
American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
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
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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