Best Restaurant in Vail |

Best Restaurant in Vail

EAT La Tour PU 12-14-07

La Tour

Sweet Basil

Terra Bistro

From the moment you espy La Tour’s cheerful yellow awning over the front door, life just feels better. Check your coat and your stress at the door and sink into an evening of fine food, warm service and friendly ambiance. Voted the best restaurant in Vail for several years, the kitchen consistently turns out fun food rooted in classic techniques. Including homemade pastas, exotic lamb, tender steaks and perhaps the best Dover sole in the state, La Tour’s menu is a long list of greatest hits. With more sommeliers on staff than any other restaurant in Colorado, Wine Spectator recently gave the cozy three-room restaurant a “Best Of” award for Paul DiMario’s wine list. What will diners find when they spend an evening at La Tour? “I’d expect them to have one of the best food and wine experiences in the valley,” said Paul Ferzacca, chef-owner. “The staff is constantly producing quality, and the atmosphere is relaxing and friendly.”

Sweet Basil as been serving delightful food to a full dining room for 30 years. The only reason chefs have left it over the years is to open their own places. Paul Anders’ New American cuisine seems to hone in on flavors and get the most out of them. From mustard-and-maple-glazed salmon to pan-roasted Guinea hen, the menu is never dull. Though busy, the restaurant runs smoothly in part because of the nearly constant presence of owners Kevin Clair and Matt Morgan. But where in Vail does Clair like to eat on his nights off? Terra Bistro, of course. The organic theme of chef Kevin Nelson’s menu enables everyone at the table to feel good ” really good ” about what they’re eating. From the salted Amish beef to the caldo del mar, the flavors are layered so subtly that they sink onto the tongue. A winning wine list and vibrant atmosphere make Terra Bistro a staple on the scene.

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