Flame at The Four Seasons
Modern mountain steakhouse
NY strip steak
Yes, with a playful kids’ menu
One Vail Road | Vail | 970.477.8650 | fourseasons.com/vail/dining/restaurants/flame/
When you reach the bottom of the grand staircase inside Four Seasons Resort Vail and approach the entrance to Flame, a regal-looking Sir Loin will be waiting there to greet you. This life-sized cow statue sports a name tag hanging from his neck and serves as an apt introduction to a place that reveres one thing above all others: beef.
In this way, Sir Loin foreshadows the family-friendly fun and exquisite meat-centric menu you’ll enjoy once seated at your table inside Flame’s generously sized dining room that’s as appropriate for a group gathering as it is for a first date.
Sip on a Boulevardier from the bourbon-only special cocktail list while getting a sense of the menu’s offerings from Colorado suppliers and ranches — in addition to its ample selections for a carnivorous appetite. “Our claim to fame is our variety of over-the-top quality meats you won’t find elsewhere. Elk, bison, pork, lamb and beef are all staples at Flame,” says Chef Marcus Stewart. “They’re what we do best.”
For starters, choose from Flame’s more interactive appetizer options with finger pickings served on a big butcher block. The whole table can get involved in this experience while trying a sampling of must-haves including the mini elk corn dogs served with house-smoked tomato ketchup and grainy mustard aioli for dipping, tempura lobster bites and scallops.
Next, get ready for the true spectacle, mains from the pasture, including the dry-aged lamb chops and the Wagyu New York strip steak from Colorado’s 7X Ranch, which sizzles its way through the dining room on a Himalayan salt block that’s been heated to a temperature of 1,800 degrees. Carved tableside, this steak has unparalleled quality, texture, and melt-in-the-mouth flavor.
When ordering, choose from six house-created rubs that add more flavor explosion to your favorite piece of meat, and then enjoy dipping your selection in six different accompanying sauces that add even more flavor and fun, too, with names such as “Charleston Truffle” and “Black Pepper Love.” Plus, the sides — listed as “carboholics” on the menu — more than complete the meal. Of these, the decadent smoked Gouda and dill mac and cheese stands out as one you’ll want to return for as a standalone.
Don’t be afraid go over the top with dessert here: Outrageous is something that Flame does best. Even if you simply try one final bite, you’ll want to devote it either to the crème-anglaise-filled chocolate soufflé that arrives in a mini Staub — or to a trio of maple-glazed doughnuts topped with candied bacon. At least if you can’t eat all of the doughnuts for dessert, they’re a to-go that will pair perfectly with tomorrow morning’s coffee.