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“Terrific... great experience, great food.”
Review of Game Creek Club

Game Creek Club
Ranked #32 of 125 Restaurants in Vail
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American, French, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: E Lionshead Circle
Transit: Take Free Vail in-town bus to Lionshead bus stop. Walk through Lionshead to the gondola. Plan to check in at the gondola 30 minutes before your reservation time.
Description: Reopening June 20th for Summer dining! Game Creek Restaurant is located at 10,300 feet, at the top of Vail Mountain. Enjoy a gondola ride and cozy snow cat ride or shuttle in the summer to an elegant European chalet, where the ambiance is charming and the memories are long-lasting. Renowned for the fabulous view, Game Creek Restaurant features modern American style cooking with regional and seasonal ingredients. The menu is comprised of contemporary dishes and Game Creek favorites. Game Creek Restaurant offers an award-winning and extensive wine list, and personalized service. More than simply a restaurant high above Vail, Game Creek Restaurant has emerged as a true culinary destination. Adults choose from a 3, 4, or 5 course prix fixe menu, and a special 3-course children's menu is also offered. Open for Dinner December through April, and for Dinner and Sunday Brunch June 20th through Labor Day.
Reviewed May 1, 2013

Wow…

That’s a Wow for the price AND the service AND the food.

We had planned ahead to sink a few dollars into a nice meal… oh, boy, did we sink a few dollars. This was quite expensive. For Mrs. Gardiner, Kiddo and I, we dropped a bit over $200… We took the early seating, which gives you a more limited fixe prix menu (and Kiddo’s food was free!). So, we essentially paid for two dinners at $69 each, plus a bottle of wine, plus gratuity, etc. That said, we were really, really, quite pleased.

We took the Lionshead Gondola up to its’ top, and there was a Game Creek hostess there. She directed us outside to a Snowcat which had (as Kiddo called it) Business Class seats. Mike, our driver came in, briefed us on the ride, and off we went. We enjoyed a nice snowcat ride through the trees, above slopes, and finally a steep traverse down to the restaurant. He backed the snowcat in, and we stepped off of the snowcat and pretty much directly in to the restaurant foyer.

They have a coat check immediately on the right, which would probably see more use in the winter. This was first week of April, so not a lot of heavy coats being worn. The tip basket was a disappointment for a place of this caliber.

They did a great job here, as we were greeted by name when we entered the foyer. They explained that they were expecting us, and we could either enjoy a drink at the bar, or head to our table.

We headed off to our table, which was on the first row, by the windows… Just a spectacular view over the slopes heading down… A small cordial amuse bouche was brought out for Mrs. Gardiner and I, and our orders were collected.

We chose two different appetizers and two different entrees. We enjoyed the scallops (probably not indigenous to Colorado) and the beef entree.

For an entree, I had the steak, and Mrs. Gardiner had the salmon. Kiddo’s menu was suitably impressive (but $40 for a fixe prixe kids menu?!?!). Thank goodness for the early diners special! She had, and enjoyed, the tenderloin and mac/cheese.

All, all of our dishes were just delicious. The service was great… actually, I was impressed with the number of waiters/waitresses hovering around- not intrusive, but quickly available if you needed them.

They had a very knowledgeable Sommelier (Mr. Gomez), and he and I had a good discussion about the nuances of Chilean vs. New Zealand wines, and of the inconsistency issues in some Spanish wines. This guy knows his stuff. (Hint: The wine list has wine bottles that are hundreds of dollars. Flip to the back of the wine list, and you’ll see discounted bottles… things they are trying to move at surprisingly low prices.)

In between courses, Kiddo and I went outside… they have a lovely deck out back (should’ve started here with drinks) that is basked in the Vail sunset. Spectacular views… do NOT leave this restaurant without grabbing your vino and stepping outside on the deck for an “Ahhhhh…” moment. (Tell your waiter, and they’ll hold your course)

OK, so this place gets five stars. First, the people (which can make or break any hospitality business) are exceptional… every one we interacted in was solidly guest focused. Then, the food was exceptional. Well prepared, nicely seasoned, and beautifully plated. Finally, the location was very cool… the snowcat ride to get there and get back was great fun. Downloading the Lionshead Gondola in the dark was a magical experience, looking down on the Lionshead Village.

So:
>Expensive, yes. But, you don’t spend a week at Vail/Beaver Creek on a Krystal/White Castle budget.
>Worth it, yes, remember, we’re an experience economy now!
>Would we go back… most certainly!
BUT… next time, we might try Beano’s or Zach’s, just to do something different.

Most folks (the Gardiner’s included) don’t drop two bills plus on a dinner every night. However, when you choose to do so, you want it to be great. Game Creek certainly sucked down two bills, but we walked away very happy.

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

if you like small portions and a menu that has to be explained with excessive prices, this is the place for you. The sunset was beautiful as was the facility, but the food lacking. We ate at Zack's Cabin the night before which was superb and the Little Dinner the next day. Both far exceeded Game Creek in taste, portions, and value.

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

even arriving there is fun, you take the lionshead gondola, at least 20 min. before your reservation, going up at night gives you a very nice view of the lighted town, the recieve you and then you take a 7 min. ride in a type of bobcat truck (the inside is warm and comfortable)
the service is probably the best in Vail, since we always go on springbreak the service at the village is terrible, but not here, you have at least 3 waiters for your table, everyone very attentive, but the best is the food, the 3, 4 and 5 course menus are amazing. I would suggest specific dishes, but I can't since we practically had everything in the menu and everything was delicious!

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Fantastic experience for the family! Evening gondola up the mountain, then a ten minute snowcat to the restaurant. Phenonmenal service. Great 3-,4-, and 5-course tasting menus. Even the kids had a 3-course meal w/ Tomato soup (w/ grilled cheese sandwiches), filet, and three flavors of profiteroles. The adult wine menu and variety of selections for each course were also excellent. Then a trip down the gondola w/ Vail below and a full moon above. The best meal of the trip.

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Reviewed March 28, 2013

I love to find experiences unique to a place that I'm visiting, and dinner at Game Creek fit that bill. We rode the Eagle Bahn gondola up from Lionshead at Vail, and then boarded a Sno-Cat for a ride to the Game Creek Club. The enclosed Sno-Cat fit about 10 people in the back, though we had it to ourselves. Riding a Sno-Cat must be a bucket-list item for most skiers and it was a novel way to get to dinner. The food and the service at Game Creek were both excellent. One of us ordered the chef's 5-course tasting menu, 1 ordered the 5-course prix fixe, 1 ordered the 4-course prix-fixe and 1 ordered the 3 course prix fixe. All of the food except one item (the salmon entree) was excellent though the portions could have been half the size and we all would have felt better. Presentation was beautiful and creative, setting was gorgeous (overlooking the mountains) and service was attentive (maybe even a bit too attentive?) It's an expensive dinner - around $100 for the lowest priced prix-fixe dinner - but was a quintessential Vail experience and we definitely felt that we had gotten our money's worth.


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