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“Setting Dining Standard in Vail”
Review of Mountain Standard

Mountain Standard
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Ranked #4 of 123 Restaurants in Vail
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: American, International, Grill
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: The Vail Village free in town bus shuttle is available year round throughout the village. Take the bus to the Covered Bridge stop and proceed as noted below. Free public transportation is also available from East to West Vail into the Transportation Center at the main parking structure.
Description: From the creators of the legendary Sweet Basil in Vail Colorado, comes a fresh, innovative new restaurant. Aptly named Mountain Standard, this rustic and relaxed tavern aims to set a new standard in the Vail valley by using an ancient form of cooking.The majority of Mountain Standard’s menu is prepared via the most primal cooking method: over an open and live wood fire. The only restaurant in the valley to devote themselves to this age-old way of cooking, the food at this exciting new restaurant has rustic, bold and honest flavors, focusing on the purest ingredients in the Rocky Mountain region and beyond.Service, like the cuisine, has that perfect balance of providing a first class dining experience with a more casual vibe. There is no smoke and mirrors here – no fuss – just simple, honest, from the heart service and cooking. The beauty of the creek side location is mirrored by the high energy vibe of this dynamic restaurant.It is this energy, outstanding service, and hand crafted food that enables Mountain Standard to offer a truly unique dining experience, approachable and enjoyable to everyone.
New York City, New York
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Setting Dining Standard in Vail”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

We randomly stumbled upon the rstaurant while walking to our hotel from the slopes one day and based on the initial impression made a reservation for a dinner few nights later. We couldn't have been happier with our choice !

Ambiance - the place has a great buzz about it. It's just the right size to feel both cozy and buzzing at the same time. The noise level allows for a pleasant dinner conversation. The main dining area has a view of the open kitchen where chef and the cooks go about their business, allowing diners to take a peek.

Drinks - restaurant has a great selection of wines from around the world (by the bottle - which you can take with you if unfinished - and by the glass) as well as beer. Many beers come from artisanal microbreweries in Colorado, allowing the visitors to get a taste of and feel connected to the region

Food - EXCELLENT ! Menu relies on the staples of the modern American cuisine and allows the ingredients to shine. Daily, three types of oysters from East and West Coast are on the menu as well as number of other appetizers - we tasted bone marrow and charred octopus and both were delicious. Entrees vary between mountain trout, rottiserrie chicken, salmon and lamb among others. My husband ordered rottiserrie chicken (twice !) and I had a trout. Both were executed to perfection without being too "busy." On a separate occasion, I tasted lobster pot pie which hit the spot on a particularly cold December day.

Service - We couldn't have been happier with our server, John, who was attentive and knowledgeable without being too obtrusive. The menu also lets buy a "six-pack" for the cooks in the kitchen, which we gladly did.

Overall experience - After our first visit we loved the place so much we went back for long leisurly lunch few days later. Without the doubt Montain Standard stood up among its peers in Vail.

  • Visited December 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Good mountain food”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

We really enjoyed our meal at Mountain Standard. The service was very good and friendly to start out with. The food was very good. Hearty, meat centered food. For us is was great after a big day of skiing!

  • Visited December 2013
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denver, colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Cozy restaurant with Great food”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Snuck in here early in New Year's eve and had an amazing experience. The menu is eclectic but everything we had was amazing. Highly recommend the Tuna Crudo, the Mixed Baby Greens and the Salmon - ohhh and the roasted brussel sprouts. We sat in the bar for awhile and found the bartenders to be really fun and making some interesting drinks. I may go back and have the same meal again tomorrow. It is a don't miss spot in Vail

  • Visited December 2013
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Panama City Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Amazing! Like Nothing You Ever Have Eaten!”
Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

We ate here and at first when we looked at the selections thought they were very limited, especially for our children who are a bit finicky! We ordered and this was some of the best food and unique flavors that I have ever tasted! The combination of wood grill, seasonings, herbs, spices, is amazing to say the least! A must in Vail! Like nothing you have ever eaten in your life!

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Colorado
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“Consistently good food”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

Our party of 4 dined for lunch at Mountain Standard over the recent holidays. Three of us started with French Onion soup which I strongly recommend. I ordered a pork Reuben sandwich that was enormous and delicious. Other members of our party had very tasty hamburgers. Service was excellent from the hostess (and coat check) to the wait staff.

Visited December 2013
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