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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
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 1:45 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome breakfast spot. Came on short vacation and The Little Dinner staff was friendly, courteous and the food was delicious.

Thank Edgar M
Ferndale, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ma lady and I went for a short trip out to Vail Thanksgiving weekend to get our "mountain fill" in for the year. We stayed on Lionshead Cirle, which is only a stone's throw from the Little Diner. We were on East Coast time, so we awoke early and planned to grab a quick bite before heading out on a... More 

1 Thank dwyertod
Northern New Jersey
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65 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't waste your time. Too many restrictions for people on vacation, making them feel uncomfortable. There are signs posted all over their windows, " Don't bring outside beverages into this establishment" and "don't this and don't that." Go jump in the lake! Nobody is going to tell me how to spend my so deserved vacation like a Nazi! Hey, Little... More 

Thank Higbees
Ventura, California
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked over from vail village to lions head village for this place alone- so cute and well run! You walk into the bar (only seating in the little diner) and they have an iPad you sign in on and they text you when there's open seats- the maximum occupancy is 40 people so this place is small! But it's... More 

1 Thank Steveelynn
Lakewood, Colorado
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89 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

Wonderful spot for breakfast right near our condo. When we were there it was counter service only, but it looked like they were expanding. Eggs Benedict were perfectly cooked and fruit bowl had wonderful blackberries and raspberries, not the usual melons. Service was quick and it was fun to watch the cooks working in such a small space. A very... More 

1 Thank LFS517
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

As a B&B Innkeeper, I cook a lot of breakfasts. This place is very good but short of the extraordinary level that is mentioned in so many reviews. What I liked about the Little Diner is that you could see your food being prepared while you waited and you knew it was fresh. As a place to find a good... More 

Thank RandyandSara
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

get the breakfast burrito- and maybe get it to share! it is so yummy but HUGE portions! highly recommended that you get there early :)

1 Thank AmeliaTravelsAround
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

You can't go to Vail and not eat here at least once! The portions are large and the food is outstanding. But the experience is what makes it!

1 Thank Troy H
Lincoln, Nebraska
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102 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

Such a cozy place and not a long wait at all considering we went on a Saturday morning. The atmosphere is great and our breakfasts were delicious. So cozy and fun!

1 Thank apeters1088
Morgantown, West Virginia
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209 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

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 JukeJointJimmy

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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, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, 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 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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