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Local cuisine, American, Gastropub, Bar, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly
From the creators of the legendary Sweet Basil in Vail Colorado, comes a fresh, innovative new restaurant. Aptly named Mountain Standard, this rustic and relaxed tavern aims to set a new standard in the Vail valley by using an ancient form of cooking.The majority of Mountain Standard’s menu is prepared via the most primal cooking method: over an open and live wood fire. The only restaurant in the valley to devote themselves to this age-old way of cooking, the food at this exciting new restaurant has rustic, bold and honest flavors, focusing on the purest ingredients in the Rocky Mountain region and beyond.Service, like the cuisine, has that perfect balance of providing a first class dining experience
US$15 - US$47
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
American, Gastropub, Bar, Grill
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This topped out list of all the places we ate for two reason, the prices were reasonable and the food was out of this world! Server was excellent as well.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Could only get a lunch reservation during our recent stay in Vail. Our food was excellent, and the portions were enough to get us through the rest of the day. My son (17) says The Diablo is the best chicken sandwich he has ever had,...and the reason he wants to return to Vail! Limited menu at lunchtime, but everything we ordered was fantastic!More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Culinary magic!!! You MUST try the ahi crudo....simply amazing! And have Chris (bartender) whip you up an old fashion...he won’t disappoint!

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible food, incredible service. Highly recommend the warm pimento cheese app. The beef is locally sourced which is a huge plus as well. This is a great date night spot, you won’t regret it.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 28 November 2020 via mobile

Meals in Vail tend to be on a higher standard.Lunch here was good not great. Burger ordered medium was burnt on one side but still good. Others in my group really liked their choices.

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 4 October 2020 via mobile

Gourmet Mountain Burgers. Wow. What a set up. Indoor and outdoor dining. Great cocktails. Excellent burgers and sandwiches. Large portions. Went for lunch. Excellent. And we highly recommend

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 4 October 2020 via mobile

This is the first negative review I’ve ever written but I think it’s important to warn others. Mountain Standard didn’t honor our reservation on a busy Saturday night and left us going from restaurant-to-restaurant to find dinner elsewhere. This was challenging and stressful as everyplace...else in town was full too. What made matters worse was just how unhelpful and uncaring they were about the whole experience. I’m sure this attitude starts at the top with management so beware of what you’re walking in to before entrusting Mountain Standard with your evening. Here’s the backstory. We stopped by the restaurant early on a Saturday afternoon and asked if there was any space available for two for dinner. I said we’d even take an early reservation at 6:30 or 6pm, if that worked better for them. The hostess said she had a 5:45pm available and asked if that would be ok with us. She also said they would likely be behind so I should expect to be seated closer to 6pm. I thought it was odd that I was already being told they’d be behind but could understand they’d likely be busy and thought maybe she’s just trying to appease me said ok. She asked for my cell number and said they’d text an update near my reservation time. After spending some more time walking around Vail Village we returned to our hotel. We were staying in Lionshead, about a 15 min walk away from the restaurant. We planned to head back over to Vail Village a bit before 5:30pm to be on time for our 5:45pm reservation. As we headed out the door, I saw a text that said our table was ready early and it would only be held for 10mins. I quickly responded back with, “we are on our way!” and we raced to get there. We arrived at 5:45pm and were told the text was sent at 5:20pm and it had been 25 mins and our table was given away. I asked “what happened to our 5;45pm reservation?” She said we were put on a waitlist and a table opened up earlier and they now had no room for us. I was shocked. Apparently, my 5:45pm reservation was no reservation at all. The person I spoke with earlier had simply put me on a waitlist but failed to explain this fact and merely gave me a time she estimated a table would be available that evening. I politely explained that we were told we had a set reservation time and asked when they could seat us next. She said it would be after 8:30pm, more than 2.5hrs after our original reservation and offered nothing else. When I asked if that was the best they could do she just said yes. Not sure what else to do or where else to go I said, “really? Are you sure there is nothing sooner?” This was her opportunity to apologize for the misunderstanding or say something like “let me check with the manager and see what we can do”. Instead, she said in a dismissing manner, “you could always check in the bar to see if anyone is leaving” and then just started talking to someone else. She was so very unhelpful, uncaring, and she took no responsibility for the poor communication on their end. I get that things happen but how they are resolved speaks volumes. I’m now glad we didn’t eat there as I suspect this attitude and culture permeates the restaurant and we would likely have been disappointed with the experience. Just sharing so others can know what they may encounter. There are many good restaurants in Vail. You may want to consider other choices before settling on this one.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 25 September 2020

I am giving this only two circles because this restaurant is so pricey. Pimento cheese app pretty good but $14 really? Wedge salad falls apart if you split it but is tasty. Pork shank $38 way over salted, pork ok but the mashies and sauce...made me cringe it was so salty. I notice there was no salt on the table so the must think they know best. Piri Piri chicken was over cooked. Slightly dirty Martini was landfill kind of dirty. Menu is very limited. For what they charge it should be perfect.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 16 September 2020 via mobile

One of the best restaurants in vail and you can’t go wrong visiting for lunch or dinner - the burger is to die for and the pork shank shown in the photo was flavorful and tasty!! They have a great drink menu and the staff...is extremely nice. We sat outside overlooking the Gore Creek which was very nice! They have outdoor heaters if you get cold.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 11 September 2020 via mobile

On a cold, rainy night in Vail, this was one of the only places that welcomed hungry travelers seeking outside dining with open arms and a masked smile during a pandemic. The spicy rotisserie chicken was absolutely delicious with plenty of flavors to delight the...senses. The banana pudding and mud pie were truly delightful. The server and hostess were very welcoming and accommodating. We were pleased to see that the staff all wore masks. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a great meal with excellent service.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Response from BluestarGuitar | Reviewed this property |
Don’t think so
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Response from TomWall60 | Reviewed this property |
I would doubt it if they could handle a large group. It is a very busy restaurant in a tight space.
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