Vail, Colorado, has something for everyone, from skiing and hiking adventures to breathtaking snowcapped mountain views. Whether your plans involve golfing, hiking, fly-fishing, or snowboarding, there’s one activity everyone in your travel party can agree on: a great dining experience. Here are four of the best places in Vail to enjoy a unique fine-dining eatery.

Sweet Basil

Voted by Zagat as Colorado’s Most Popular Restaurant, Sweet Basil is one of the most highly praised dining experiences in Colorado. The menu features dishes with an array of diverse influences, including unique, savory entrees such as hazelnut and quinoa risotto, saffron linguine, and Maine lobster, as well as delectable desserts such as passion fruit pavlova, citrus tres leches cake, and chocolate cherry cordial. With options like these, Sweet Basil has something mouthwatering for everyone.

White Bison

Located in the heart of Vail Village overlooking Gore Creek, White Bison is not only known for its mountain cuisine and uniquely crafted cocktail beverages but also its rustic views. On the menu you will find delicious options such as the sweet and savory honey-glazed maple leaf duck breast, the premium bison strip steak, and the classic bison burger. Top off your evening in this cozy environment with a stunning view with a serving of strawberry rhubarb semifreddo or creme brûlée for dessert.


According to Eater Denver, “Dining at Matsuhisa in Vail is a high point of any trip to Vail. Chef Nobu’s Japanese cuisine is served in an extraordinary, elegant setting with truly top-notch sushi, sashimi, and seafood.” Matsuhisa is famous for its signature gourmet dishes such as yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, black cod miso, and whitefish tiradito. In addition to being one of the most highly praised eateries in Vail, Matsuhisa features a stone fireplace, outdoor fire pits, and floor-length windows showcasing the serenity of Vail Mountain.


Vin48 not only features an exciting mix of classic and modern cuisine but also more than 40 different wines stored and served using a state-of-the-art enomatic wine system. Guests can choose from large or small plates of seasonal menu items such as wood-fired steak, seafood, poultry, and vegetables. In addition, Vin48 is known for its vast yet intimate dining room that transforms during the warmer months into an open-air patio, providing diners with fresh mountain air and mesmerizing views of Beaver Creek.

Looking for a Place to Stay?

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You can find many luxury and value lodging options in Vail just a skip and a hop away from these dining options. The Sebastian-Vail is located in Vail Village and features both a full-service spa and a craft cocktail bar. The rustic resort Tivoli Lodge Vail is another excellent option that offers soaking tubs to relax in after a long day of exploring as well as fireplaces in many of the rooms. Westwind at Vail offers an in-room kitchen, fireplace access, outdoor hot tubs, and a pool.

Check out one of these amazing dining experiences before returning to the perfect hotel in Vail, Colorado.