Vail restaurants appeal to romantic couples with an appetite for good food and welcoming surroundings. Since few activities work up as much of an appetite and burn as many calories as skiing, chefs have leeway in creating substantial meals as well as rich desserts for couples to linger over. Savor this sampling of restaurants recommended for romantic travelers.
A recipient of Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, La Tour charms romantics with its contemporary French fare. Start with a drink from the trendy bar menu, then savor Dover Sole Meunière, chef/owner Paul Ferzacca’s signature dish. Phone: 970-476-4403.
Savor an all-natural Lark Burger (rated no. 1 in Vail) at Larkspur at the base of Vail Mountain. Its sophisticated fare can be complemented by a good American wine from its 4,000-bottle selection. Phone: 970-479-8050.
Voted most popular restaurant in Colorado in Zagat’s Top Restaurant National Survey, Sweet Basil celebrates 28 years of satisfying guests. Warm hospitality and creative American cuisine inspired by Mediterranean, Italian, and Asian influences keep romantics returning.
"The talk of the town," according to The New York Times
, Kelly Liken serves innovative seasonal fare. Potato-crusted trout filets — where every “scale” bears a potato sliver — is the signature dish in the eponymous chef's beautifully designed restaurant. Phone: 970-479-0175.
Located within the Vail Mountain Lodge, health-conscious Terra Bistro uses free-range meat, poultry, and organic products from local farmers in a creative menu influenced by Southwest, Mediterranean and Asian cultures. Phone: 970-476-6836.
Warm, woodsy, and casual, La Bottega is an upscale pizza parlor that serves Italian comfort food. It also boasts the best tiramisu in Vail. To avoid dueling forks, romantic couples are advised to each order their own portion. Phone: 970-476-0280.
If you believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Ludwig's award-winning Bavarian-style breakfast buffet makes getting up early worthwhile. In the Sonnenalp hotel, Ludwig's also serves dinner and provides the setting for holiday meals (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve) away from home. Phone: 970-479-5429.