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The Little Diner

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616 W Lionshead Cir, 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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Morgantown, West Virginia
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206 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I really enjoyed our breakfast at The Little Dinner. It is small but they really make the best use of space for seating. The service was fast and friendly. Highly recommended when visiting in the Vail area.

1 Thank Psc2419xi
New York City, New York
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245 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the Little Diner for breakfast and lunch. The food's delicious, the portions hefty, and the service couldn't be more friendly. It's a popular place and there can be a line out the door.

Thank Wendell D
Saint Louis, Missouri
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This little gem in Vail is well worth the wait. We went recently for breakfast and after an hour wait we were seated at the counter. The Eggs Benedict was outstanding with just the right amount of hollandaise. The blueberry pancakes were light and very tasty. You'll be impressed with the open kitchen and how quickly food is delivered. We'll... More 

1 Thank Kathy P
Cincinnati, Ohio
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This a a rather small place but well organized and run. The best part, besides the friendly staff, is the food. We went 3 times in a week! Nice to be able to get regular food and speciality items also. Don't miss this gem but go early or you will have a long wait.

Thank Truckred1
Greeley, Colorado
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Basically your mouth will be singing your praise for making such a good decision! Go with the Ranch Hand meal. Hash browns come perfect (don't salt and pepper them). Worth the short 20 minute wait for us today.

Thank oklahomaok
Greeley, Colorado
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best breakfast I've had in ages. The pancakes are phenomenal. Perfect hash browns. Order the ranch hand...just trust me

Thank j a
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76 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love the little diner for breakfast! We have never had lunch there. We have been gong here for 20+ years. The fact that they have been there for so long speaks to there consistency and your dining enjoyment. The place is small so you typically have to wait. Bring a newspaper or something else to read. We were seated... More 

Thank Jerry O
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

GREAT breakfast spot in LionsHead. Delicious breakfast classics made to order with fresh ingredients. We had pancakes (light and fluffy) and smothered burrito (great flavor - pork green chili on top delicious). A true diner with seating around an open kitchen, there is nothing fancy or pretentious about this cozy, hole-in-wall spot -- just delicious food, served fast by a... More 

Thank Cody B
Tyler, Texas
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you trip advisor! With so many choices in the area and only one stomach it's hard to narrow down where to eat my favorite meal of the day, breakfast. We found this little gem by trip advisor's recommendation. All I can say is - Yum! We had the Eggs Benedict. Can I get a bucket of the hollandaise sauce... More 

1 Thank Jammie B
Vidalia, Georgia
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165 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved this place so much we ate here both morning while in Vail. One morning the owner was there and he told us he was from Memphis and his uses his Grandma's recipe for the grits. Scrambled eggs, bacon, grits and lovely toast both mornings. Coffee and fresh orange juice. I would highly recommend this place for breakfast..

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $15
American, Cafe, Diner, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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 W Lionshead Cir, 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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