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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Updated 07/02/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/02/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
Since 1992, Garfinkel’s (or, "Garfs" as it is locally known) has been a cornerstone in Lionshead (VAIL) for both tourists and locals alike. Our sunny deck provides the best après ski, sun catching, and overall late spring and summer experience. Over the years some things have changed but the feeling of Garfinkel’s as a classic ski town sports bar/grill atmosphere remains the same. Seasons pass by, memories are created, good times are had, and lifelong friends are made. The walls inside tell the stories of the past with photos of patrons, athletes, and events gone by. You could one day be one of them. So come on down to pay us a visit, relax, eat, drink, enjoy our atmosphere and become part of
PRICE RANGE
$7 - $17
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Bar, Pub
FEATURES
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Wine and Beer, Sports bars, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed October 22, 2021 via mobile

There were not a lot of restaurants open in Lionshead Village, so we decided to dine at Garfinkel's Bar & Grill. There is a nice outdoor patio, but it was a little chilly so we stayed inside. I was a little leery of ordering a...Rib-Eye Steak in a Bar & Grill, but I decided to anyway! So glad that I did. The steak was cooked a perfect medium rare, and paired with a Green Salad & Green Beans, my meal was very satisfying. My husband ordered the Fish & Chips, but found it only so-so. Garfinkel's Bar & Grill has a nice atmosphere, and good food!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Mike D, General Manager at Garfinkel's, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2021

Thank you for the kind words regarding our service, seating options and steak! We're glad that you ordered the ribeye and got to enjoy a plateful of a perfectly cooked steak. We hope you come see us again when it's warm so you can enjoy...More

Reviewed September 5, 2021 via mobile

We dined here on our first night in Vail. The patio overlooks the gondola, which made for a nice view. We were greeted by our server fairly quickly and had drinks within just a few minutes. Our food came out after another 10 minutes or...so. I had a kids grilled cheese and fries, and my friend had a quesadilla. While our meals were good, they didn’t quite justify the price. I was charged for my soda, although it said the kids meal came with a drink. (Note: the kids meal was $12, so it’s not like it’s a $4 kids meal.) While we would eat here again, it probably wouldn’t be our first choice.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Avid T, Owner at Garfinkel's, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2021

Thank you for the 4- star review! The atmosphere on the deck is always a hit at our sports bar, and it's why we've won the award for Best Deck in Vail. We're sorry to hear that you found the food and service average. We...More

Reviewed August 27, 2021

Garfinkel's, we missed ya last year. No Summer trip due to COVID...but again it was the first place we headed to as soon as we rolled into Vail. They didn't disappoint!We love the Fish & Chips and always order Cheese Fries!! We made two visits...here during our trip this year. We had Burgers and Wings the second time around. So many changes in Vail this time, but Garfinkel's came thru again. Thanks guys and girls!! The service at Garfinkel's has always been friendly and we like to "engage" with our Servers. The deck is one of the best places to sit, eat drink., See ya next year!!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Mike D, General Manager at Garfinkel's, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2021

Thank you for the kind words, Nancy! We're happy to hear that Garf's is a go-to for your family when you visit Vail! We appreciate your compliments on our fish and chips, cheese fries, burgers, wings and friendly customer service. We're looking forward to seeing...More

Reviewed August 13, 2021

Typically, we make it to Garfinkel's once a year in the summer. It has a beautiful deck with nice views and is dog friendly, which are big plusses. Food prices are about half of the adjacent Chop House which also does a lot of business...in the summer. While we did not make it to Garfinkel's last year due to the pandemic, eating fish and chips is our usual fare. This year's fish tasted like something that would come from the frozen fish section of a supermarket. Whatever its origins, I would avoid it and try other items on the menu. Enjoy the deck and the atmosphere, bring your puppy, but don't expect much from the food.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Mike D, General Manager at Garfinkel's, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2021

It's awesome that we've been a summer staple for you for many years due to our great prices and amazing view! It's disheartening to see that this one unsatisfactory visit caused you to leave a negative review while we're doing our very best to keep...More

Reviewed August 6, 2021 via mobile

Nice location and enjoyable patio. Food is average bar food. Super annoying when food is served in metal baskets and you can’t cut anything. Service was less than enthusiastic as we’re starting to find throughout Vail. Wings were drowning in sauce. Nice spot for families...but if you’re looking for quality food, there are far better spots!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Mike D, General Manager at Garfinkel's, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2021

We do have one of the best decks in town with an amazing view of the mountain and gondola. Pub food is what we specialize in since we're a casual sports bar. We're sorry to hear that you had trouble with our metal baskets. If...More

Reviewed August 4, 2021 via mobile

Only restaurant which we sat down immediately. Very friendly staff. Food served within 15 minutes of ordering. Good size portions. Food tasted delicious. Plenty of menu choices. One of the few restaurants we enjoyed and were not price gauged.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Avid T, Owner at Garfinkel's, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2021

Thank you for the 5-star review! Customer service is very important to us, so we're glad to hear that our staff was friendly and attentive. It's also great to hear that you loved your food and our options. We go out of our way to...More

Reviewed July 17, 2021 via mobile

After reading reviews, we decided to try dinner here. If you want to sit outside, be prepared to sit on a picnic table. Ended up sitting inside. Hubby wanted a Roy Rogers but they were out of grenadine🤔. The food was average at best. Chicken...was dry and the prime rib overdone and bland.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Mike D, General Manager at Garfinkel's, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2021

The atmosphere on the deck is always a hit at our sports bar, and it's why we've won the award for Best Deck in Vail. We hope you still enjoyed the beautiful view of the mountain from inside. We're disappointed to hear that you didn't...More

Reviewed June 16, 2021 via mobile

We stumbled upon the GoPro games at Vail! Wow , what an awesome experience! We had lunch here and they were hopping. Solid food, wraps, burgers, fries. Service was great! Recommend for sure. The workers were moving and the get it!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Mike D, General Manager at Garfinkel's, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2021

Thank you for this 5-star review! And thanks for checking us out during the GoPro Mountain Games! We're proud of the way our staff hustles to both take care of you and make sure you're enjoying yourself. Come back soon for more affordable, and delicious,...More

Reviewed June 14, 2021 via mobile

The service was excellent. When most businesses are take out only in the community, this establishment offers full and efficient service. We enjoyed a Southwest salad, lettuce wraps and the fries basket. Everything was scrumptious. We ate out on the deck and it was very...quiet around 2:00 in the afternoon. It is right off the walking trails that skirt the local Gore creek in Lionshead Village.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Mike D, General Manager at Garfinkel's, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2021

Thank you for the kind words! Customer service is very important to us, so we're glad to hear that our staff was friendly and attentive. It's also great to hear that you loved your Southwest salad, lettuce wraps and crispy french fry basket! We go...More

Reviewed May 18, 2021 via mobile

We ate an early dinner outside on the deck facing the gondola. The wait staff and host were very friendly and attentive. The food was fantastic. Loved the guacamole! The salad was fresh and delicious! Highly recommend for a quick and easy dinner!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Mike D, General Manager at Garfinkel's, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2021

Thank you for such a wonderful 5-star review! It's a privilege to have one of the best views in Lionshead Village and it's our pleasure to provide friendly service, with delicious and affordable meals, to compliment the view. It's a perfect time to take advantage...More

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Response from Mike D | Property representative |
Cool dogs are definitely welcome on our deck!
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Don't know but you can call them.
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When we were there last summer people were smoking on the outside porch. I DO NOT KNOW if that was Allowed or if they just did it.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Garfinkel's

Yes, Garfinkel's offers takeout services.

Yes, Garfinkel's is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Garfinkel's is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4