Feast without the fuss: Restaurants offer traditional Thanksgiving spreads
November 22, 2016
don't feel like tackling the hours-long chore of preparing Thanksgiving dinner this year? Vail Valley restaurants have you covered, with traditional holiday meals with all the fixings, as well as a few surprises. We've also included lists of restaurants that will be closed Thanksgiving Day, so you can plan your destination.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. Call ahead to ensure any restaurant not listed here is open. Inclusion in this article is not a guarantee of availability, and pricing and menu items are subject to change.
The following Avon restaurants are closed on Thanksgiving Day: Agave, Boxcar Restaurant, Gondola Pizza, Loaded Joe's (closing at noon), Pazzo's Pizzeria, Pho 20, Ristorante Ti Amo and Route 6 Cafe (closing at 2 p.m.).
• Green Elephant Juicery (150 E. Beaver Creek Blvd., 970-470-4042) will have all locations open for Thanksgiving Day and will be serving a special pumpkin soup and home made, cold-brewed spiced cider, each $5.95. The stores also will be selling 100 percent organic holiday gift baskets, with choice of three juices and two snacks or fruit and five snacks for $50, delivery available, and a pre-order holiday catering menu, with family-size portions of a la carte vegan items to supplement your holiday meal, such as lentil salad, teriyaki tofu, ginger-miso salad or a quinoa bowl; prices vary, and bamboo serving containers are available for an additional charge.
• Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria in The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa (126 Riverfront Lane, 970-790-5500) will be serving a special Colorado Thanksgiving three-course dinner from 1 to 8 p.m., with soup, salad and entree capped with Maya's signature dessert table. Entrees include a traditional turkey dinner, with apple, cherry and sausage stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and cider gravy with sage and cranberry; coffee-braise short rib with Anson mills grits, braised rapini, figs and gremolata; Colorado bass with sweet potato fingerlings, spinach, bacon, shrimp and crispy leeks; or Colorado lamb sirloin with eggplant, miso, sesame and bok choy. Dinner is $42 for adults or $15 for kids; reservations highly recommended.
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• Montana's Smokehouse (82 E. Beaver Creek Blvd., 970-949-7019) will be open Thanksgiving Day, with breakfast from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and regular menu served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the addition of a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings for $17. Reservations recommended.
• Northside Cafe (20 Nottingham Road, 970-949-1423) will be serving a traditional, all-inclusive Thanksgiving meal, with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, cranberry sauce and gravy. Dinner is $24.95, with seatings starting at 5 p.m. Reservations recommended.
• The Blue Plate (48 E. Beaver Creek Blvd., 970-845-2252) is serving a three-course Thanksgiving meal, with butternut squash soup, traditional turkey dinner and pumpkin pie for $25. All of the items are also available a la carte, and Blue Plate's regular menu will be available, as well. Reservations recommended.
• Vin48 (48 E. Beaver Creek Blvd., 970-748-9463) will have a special Thanksgiving turkey plate for $27, with sweet potato mash, stuffing, cranberry sauce and turkey roulade, with breast meat wrapped around dark meat and brined. The restaurant also will serve its regular menu. Reservations recommended.
The following Beaver Creek restaurants are closed on Thanksgiving Day: Hooked (closed for dinner service),
• Beaver Creek Chophouse (15 W. Thomas Place, 970-845-0555) will be serving its regular menu, plus a special three-course Thanksgiving meal, with seatings starting at 3 p.m. The first course is roasted butternut squash soup, followed by oven-roasted turkey with giblet gravy, port-wine cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, chorizo-sage cornbread dressing, haricot vert almondine and fresh-baked dinner rolls, and the third course is house-made pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Price is $40 for adults and $20 for children; reservations recommended.
• Black Diamond Bistro in the Charter Hotel (120 Offerson Road, 970-845-3198) is serving its regular menu, plus a $29 three-course dinner, with salad course, a turkey plate with stuffing, mashed potatoes and vegetables and a pumpkin pie dessert. Reservations recommended. The restaurant also is offering a carryout meal, with all of the above items for six people, for $129.
• Buffalo's in The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch (130 Daybreak Ridge Road, 970-748-6200) will be serving its regular menu, as well as a roasted turkey plate, with garlic whipped potatoes, green bean casserole, corn bread stuffing and cranberry demi, served with a slice of pumpkin pie and cinnamon cream, for $40. Reservations recommended.
• Golden Eagle Inn (118 Beaver Creek Plaza, 970-949-1940) will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, with seatings from 3 to 9 p.m. The dinner includes choice of first course; a main course with roasted organic turkey with giblet gravy, green bean casserole with fried shallots, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, sage-sweet onion stuffing and cranberry-orange relish; and choice of three desserts. The meal is $40 for adults and $24 for children; the restaurant also will serve three or four a la carte entrees from its regular menu for those who choose not to get the turkey dinner. Reservations recommended.
• Grouse Mountain Grill in the Pines Lodge (141 Scott Hill Road, 970-949-0600) will forgo its regular menu on Thanksgiving, instead serving a prix fixe three-course menu, with choice of roasted Munson Farms butternut squash soup with chestnut mousse or green salad with pickled cranberries; choice of entree including roasted organic Colorado turkey with gravy and cranberry relish, braised lamb shank or rainbow trout; and choice of dessert, apple-crumb pie, Munson Farms pumpkin pie or chocolate cheesecake. All entrees are served with family-style sides, which include buttermilk mashed potatoes, sage and sausage stuffing, roasted Brussels sprouts, glazed local baby carrots with tarragon, green beans with cream of mushroom and crispy red onion and whipped sweet potatoes with salted pecans. Dinner is $58 for adults and $29 for children, with seatings from 4 to 10 p.m.; reservations highly recommended.
• Fireside Grill in The Osprey at Beaver Creek (10 Elk Track Road, 970-429-5042) will serve a three-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving meal, with seatings from 4 to 9 p.m. The first course is a choice of caramelized apple butternut bisque or smoked baby beet salad; followed by choice of entree, smoked turkey breast or oven-roasted maple-glazed ham with traditional sides or linguine bouillabaisse with halibut, shrimp and mussels. The meal concludes with a dessert duo of blueberry-white chocolate bread pudding or pumpkin pie. Price is $49 for adults or $24 for children. Reservations recommended.
• Revolution at the Beaver Creek Lodge (26 Avondale Lane, 970-845-1730) is serving a Thanksgiving buffet, with free-range, all-natural Colorado rotisserie-style turkey; house-cured maple-brown sugar-glazed ham from Meeker; and smoked pasilla and cranberry-glazed Skuna Bay salmon, plus all of the traditional seasonal accompaniments. Dinner is $55 for adults and $25 for children, with seatings from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Reservations recommended.
• Splendido at The Chateau (17 Chateau Lane, 970-845-8808) will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, starting with hors d'oeuvres — lemon spiced olives; rosemary cashews; ricotta, dates and prosciutto; deviled quail egg; shrimp, avocado and Belgian endive — followed by a choice of pumpkin soup or apple wedge salad. Entree is roasted turkey with sage stuffing, mashed potato, roasted garlic, mascarpone, balsamic-roasted Brussels sprouts, brown-butter hazelnut green beans and roasted winter vegetables; dessert is pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake, apple strudel with vanilla ice cream and hazelnut brownie. Price is $75 for adults and $40 for children; a turkey substitution of prime rib or salmon is available for an additional fee.
• Dusty Boot Roadhouse (210 Offerson Road, 970-748-1146) will be serving its regular menu, as well as a turkey special with all of the fixings, price to be determined.
• The Metropolitan (210 Offerson Road, No. 201C, 970-748-3123) will be serving its regular menu, with an all-day happy hour from 3 to 10 p.m.
The following Eagle restaurants are closed on Thanksgiving Day: Brush Creek Saloon (closing at 5 p.m.), Dusty Boot Roadhouse, Expert Burger, Grand Avenue Grill, Moe's Original BBQ, Pastatively, Pazzo's Pizzeria and Yeti's Grind.
The following Edwards restaurants are closed on Thanksgiving Day: Belmont Deli, Cafe 163, Cafe Milano, Delite & Bowl, Eat! Drink!, e|town, Fiestas Cafe & Cantina, Harvest by Kelly Liken, Juniper Restaurant, Larkburger, Main St. Grill, Marko's Pizzeria, Sato, Smiling Moose Deli, The Bookworm of Edwards Cafe, The Rose and Zino Ristorante.
• The Gashouse (34185 U.S. Highway 6, 970-926-3613) will be serving its regular menu, along with a special three-course Thanksgiving dinner, with choice of sweet potato and Granny Smith apple bisque or salad for the first course; traditional turkey plate with roasted turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, country-herb stuffing, roasted butternut squash, cranberry relish and roasted Brussels sprouts; and the meal concludes with choice of pumpkin or pecan pie. Price is $24.95 for adults or $12.95 for children 12 and younger; reservations recommended.
The following Minturn restaurants are closed on Thanksgiving Day: Kirby Cosmo's BBQ Bar, Magusto's, Minturn Country Club and The Minturn Saloon.
The following Vail restaurants are closed on Thanksgiving Day: Campo de Fiori, Casa Mexico (closing at 5 p.m.) La Bottega, Larkspur Restaurant, Matsuhisa Vail, Montauk Seafood Grill, Mountain Standard, Nudoru Ramen Bar, Root & Flower, Sweet Basil, The Little Diner, Vail Ale House and Yellowbelly.
• Bol at Solaris (141 E. Meadow Drive, No. 113, 970-476-5300) will be serving its regular menu, as well as a special turkey dinner with unlimited refills for $30 for adults and $15 for children. The dinner includes a mixed greens salad, Colorado free-range turkey with black truffle gravy, traditional haricot vert casserole, roasted root vegetables, sweet potato rosti, mashed potatoes and sausage-turkey stuffing, as well as turkey-day pies with ice cream. Seatings begin at 2 p.m.; reservations recommended.
• Elway's Vail in The Lodge at Vail (174 Gore Creek Drive, 970-754-7818) is serving its regular menu, as well as a traditional turkey dinner, with roasted turkey breast, braised leg and thigh, melted leek-sage stuffing, cranberry-orange relish, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy. The plate is $47 for adults and $19 for children, and the restaurant also will be featuring special a la carte sides, soups, salads and desserts for the holiday. Reservations recommended.
• Flame in the Four Seasons Vail (1 Vail Road, 970-477-8650) begins its feast with a welcome Prosecco, followed by a buffet featuring raw bar with shucked oysters and snow crab claws, salad bar and charcuterie. Other items include house-made elk sausage gumbo or butternut squash bisque, carving station with Maker's Mark flaked honey-smoked salmon, whole slow roasted strip loin and whole turkey breast and leg roulade. Granny's Casserole Station features baked oyster, duck noodle and green bean casseroles, plus there's bison ravioli, a selection of Colorado crostini, traditional Thanksgiving sides and a tartare station. The meal concludes with turtle cheesecake, pumpkin cake pops, butternut brulee, cream puff cornucopia and Nutella puddle trifle, among other options. Price is $110 for adults and $35 for children, with seatings from 2 to 9 p.m. Reservations highly recommended.
• La Tour Restaurant (122 E. Meadow Drive, 970-476-4403) will be serving its regular lunch and dinner menus, plus a three-course menu for Thanksgiving. The meal includes a first course of butternut squash soup with bruleed marshmallows, followed by roast turkey, fennel and sausage stuffing, potato puree, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and giblet gravy and finished with a pecan pie tartlet with pumpkin ice cream. Price is $49 per person, plus tax and gratuity, with a reduced price for children, and seatings begin at 11:30 a.m. Reservations recommended.
• Lancelot Restaurant (201 Gore Creek Drive, 970-476-5828) will serve its regular menu, plus a traditional three-course Thanksgiving dinner, with butternut squash soup or salad, turkey with stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and giblet gravy, concluding with coffee and pumpkin pie. The dinner is $38 for adults or $16 for children, with seatings starting at 5 p.m. Reservations recommended.
• The Left Bank Restaurant (183 Gore Creek Drive, No. 4, 970-476-3696) will serve its regular menu, plus a special four-course Thanksgiving dinner. The meal starts with soup made with roasted butternut squash, acorn squash, pumpkin and carnival pumpkin, with a dash of cream and roasted pumpkin seeds; bib lettuce salad with Dijon dressing; roasted free-range Colorado turkey served with bacon-chestnut stuffing, homemade gravy, mashed potatoes, baby carrots, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, corn bread and cranberry sauce; and choice of pumpkin pie or lemon meringue tart. The dinner is $54 for adults or $27 for children, with unlimited refills, and seatings start at 4 p.m. Reservations recommended.
• Ludwig's (20 Vail Road, 970-476-5656) and the Bully Ranch (970-476-5656) are partnering to present one of the largest Thanksgiving buffets ever done at the Sonnenalp Hotel. The spread includes pumpkin soup, four different salads, a cheese display, seafood display with oysters on the half shell, carving station with roasted turkey and honey-glazed ham, plus additional proteins and traditional Thanksgiving vegetables and other sides. Kid-friendly items such as chicken fingers and mac and cheese are also available, and the meal concludes with a variety of pies and desserts. The buffet is $48 for adults, $18 for children 12 and younger, and children 5 and younger are free, with availability from noon to 9 p.m. Reservations required; beverages, tax and gratuity not included.
• May Palace (2109 North Frontage Road W., Unit A, 970-476-1657) will continue to offer 30 percent off the entire bill through Thanksgiving Day.
• Pepi's Bar and Restaurant (231 Gore Creek Drive, 970-476-4671) will be serving its standard menu, plus a Thanksgiving dinner that includes Caesar salad, Colorado-raised turkey, giblet gravy, home made white bread stuffing and more, with a choice of apple or pumpkin pie for dessert.
• Russell's (228 Bridge St., 970-476-6700) will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving plate with turkey and all of the fixings: stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
• Sushi Oka (100 E. Meadow Drive, 970-476-1588) will continue to offer 30 percent off the entire bill through Thanksgiving Day.
• Tavern on the Square (675 Lionshead Place, 970-754-7704) will host a Thanksgiving buffet from 2 to 7 p.m., with soup, salad, cheeses and stone fruits, country-style pates with pickled vegetables, pan-seared salmon, roasted turkey with cornbread stuffing and traditional sides, pork rib roast with sage and bourbon jus, an assortment of rustic breads and other offerings, including kid-friendly options like chicken tenders and fries and grilled cheese. The meal concludes with an assortment of desserts. Price is $48 for adults and $24 for children; reservations recommended.
• Terra Bistro (352 E. Meadow Drive, 970-476-6836) will offer its annual Thanksgiving buffet, with a carving station, roasted salmon and organic turkey with all of the standard festive fixings. The buffet also includes soups, salads and vegetarian entrees. Price is $63 for adults and $22 for children younger than 12, with service from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Reservations recommended.
• The Red Lion (304 Bridge St., Unit 1, Vail Village, 970-476-7676) is offering a few a la carte Thanksgiving items, including gluehwein (spiced, mulled wine) for $4.95 a glass; thick-sliced fried turkey with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, brown gravy, dinner rolls and cranberry sauce for $15 for adults or $9 for children; and pumpkin pie with whipped cream for $1.99.
The Remedy Bar in the Four Seasons Resort Vail (1 Vail Road, 970-477-8600) will serve its regular menu, along with a four-course Thanksgiving dinner, with butternut squash bisque; baby red and gold beets with carrots, red onion, sweet potato, butternut squash, Brussels sprout leaves and walnut vinaigrette; turkey roulade with Merguez sausage stuffing, potatoes, Brussels sprouts and gravy; and turtle cheesecake for dessert. Price is $85 per person, and seatings are offered from 2 to 9 p.m. Note that The Remedy does not accept reservations.
• Up the Creek Bar & Grill (223 Gore Creek Drive, No. 103, 970-476-8141) will be serving two items from its regular menu — braised short rib and ruby trout — as well as a traditional three-course Thanksgiving dinner, with mixed green salad; roasted turkey plate with honey-glazed ham, turkey confit, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, Andouille-cornbread dressing, cranberry relish and gravy; finishing with a selection of pumpkin or pecan pie. Price is $32 for adults and $20 for children, with seatings starting at 3 p.m. Reservations recommended.
• Vail Chophouse (675 W. Lionshead Circle, 970-477-0555) will be serving its regular menu, plus a special three-course Thanksgiving meal, with seatings starting at 3 p.m. The first course is roasted butternut squash soup, followed by oven-roasted turkey with giblet gravy, port-wine cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, chorizo-sage cornbread dressing, haricot vert almondine and fresh-baked dinner rolls, and the third course is house-made pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Price is $40 for adults and $20 for children; reservations recommended.
• Vintage (12 Vail Road, 970-479-0175) will be serving a limited menu, plus a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner, with choice of butternut squash soup or house salad; roast turkey dinner with white and dark meat turkey, traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy and fresh cranberry sauce; choice of vegetable side to share; and choice of pumpkin or pecan pie for dessert. Price is $48 for adults or $26 for children, with seatings starting at 5:30 p.m. Reservations recommended.
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