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The Left Bank

183 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657-4544
+1 970-476-3696
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“souffle” (14 reviews)
“escargot” (14 reviews)
“tomato soup” (9 reviews)
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French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
183 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657-4544
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We enjoyed the food, service, and decor of The Left Bank. We both enjoyed our first course (French Onion soup for him and escargots for me). I wanted trout but can't stand capers so the chef fixed a lemon chive sauce that was delicious. My...More

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Jean-Michel C, Owner at The Left Bank, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks so much for your lovely review -- it was a pleasure welcoming you both to our restaurant. From the escargot to the souffle, I'm glad our cooking hit the spot. We're looking forward to your next visit! -Jean-Michel, Owner

Reviewed 1 week ago

After a perfect day of strolling in Vail Village my husband unexpectedly declared he wanted french food for dinner...what? That's a new one. So we passed by The Left Bank, read their menu and the decision was made after we saw the Dover Sole Meuniere...More

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Jean-Michel C, Owner at The Left Bank, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We're thrilled our fresh dover sole was the perfect vacation and birthday treat! You deserve it. I'm delighted to know each component of that dish was prepared perfectly, from the whipped potatoes to the vegetable. Every meal should end on a sweet note, too --...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Six of us. Lady who sat us took wine order. Expensive red wine came way too warm to enjoy. She argued that it came straight out of cooler. Very unfriendly and bad customer relations. Had her put in a bucket of ice water to get...More

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Jean-Michel C, Owner at The Left Bank, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ronald, your review is very disheartening and concerning as we don't hear about experiences like this often. Whenever we do misstep, we'll do everything we can to correct it. It's a shame we weren't able to meet your expectations. I'll be looking into what went...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This has to be the best restaurant in Vail. The decor is beautifully done, the service was exceptional, and the food was wonderful.

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Jean-Michel C, Owner at The Left Bank, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

That means a lot -- thank you very much for your review. Here's to many more wonderful meals with us! -Jean-Michel, Owner

Reviewed 9 August 2017

White tablecloth, candlelight, fine wine, and gourmet French food by the creek. Travel clothes, no reservation, and unfashionably early for French dining. The Left Bank was very accommodating when we showed up on their doorstep. Don't be fooled by the menu prices, the portions are...More

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Jean-Michel C, Owner at The Left Bank, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your kind review. It was an absolute pleasure welcoming you to our restaurant, and we're very glad you enjoyed everything. 'Til next time! -Jean-Michel, Owner

Reviewed 14 April 2017

A beautiful restaurant with great service. My only criticism would be the wine list. Although extensive, there should really have been a house wine, or something under $100! I enjoy a good wine, but most were way too heavy for my taste. (My husband and...More

Thank Angela W
Jean-Michel C, Owner at The Left Bank, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for writing us, Angela -- I'm so glad our cooking impressed you. We're always looking for ways to better serve our guests, so I appreciate your suggestion about house wine. The team and I are looking forward to your return! - Jean-Michel, Owner

Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Stellar meal. All four of us ordered the pepper steak - all done differently - and all four pepper steaks arrived with exactly the subtle variations we requested. One of our crew had been here a few years back and he raved about the pepper...More

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Jean-Michel C, Owner at The Left Bank, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for writing us, Larry -- I'm glad you all enjoyed yourselves over the pepper steak. Speaking of, it's great to hear we're doing right by our steak. From the texture to the flavor, it sounds like it hit the spot. The...More

Reviewed 6 April 2017

We walked in off the street and found, much to our surprise a truly world class restaurant. The bouillabaisse seafood dish was as good as one will find on any coast. The veal was equally exquisite. Highly recommend.

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Jean-Michel C, Owner at The Left Bank, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

I'm so glad you happened upon us. It's great the bouillabaisse and veal impressed you. The team is looking forward to your return! - Jean-Michel, Owner

Reviewed 30 March 2017

My husband and I hadn't eaten at The Left Bank for at least 10 years. We now know that we had made a mistake by skipping it during all those prior ski trips. This week, we had a fantastic fine dining experience at this most...More

Thank Ellen K
Jean-Michel C, Owner at The Left Bank, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Though it had been a while, Ellen, I'm so glad you and your husband finally returned. It's great the duck and fish, along with your service, impressed you both. The team and I are looking forward to next time! Best, Jean-Michel, Owner

Reviewed 4 March 2017

We enjoyed our meal so much last year, that we decided to come again during our usual ski week in Vail. Honestly, it was the best meal we had in Vail - and we ate at some really nice places this week. Our server, Ashley...More

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Jean-Michel C, Owner at The Left Bank, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It was a pleasure having you over for dinner once again, Cinda. From the soup to the lamb to Ashley's service, I'm glad everything impressed you -- it means a lot to be your favorite restaurant in Vail. The team and I are looking forward...More

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Chris W
2 August 2016|
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Response from Vail183 | Reviewed this property |
No, you do not need to wear jacket and tie but you may see a few guests with them. In winter you actually see guests in ski wear and even shorts in summer. It is not like it used to be. :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$80
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 183 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657-4544
    (International Bridge)
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Vail
  • Phone Number: +1 970-476-3696
Recently remodeled after 44 years, Left Bank has been a place to wine and dine for discerning locals and visitors from around the world since 1970. Specializing in a very traditional French menu with a modern twist, Left Bank brings you a true fine dining experience in an exquisitely classic way. We have cultivated relationships in France and California over the past 44 years in order to bring you selections of the rarest wines available, impeccably stored and aged for your drinking pleasure. With Jean-Michel Chelain as your Chef - it is my pleasure to consistently use only the freshest ingredients of the finest quality and prepare everything from scratch. Our menu features specials such as Gigolette d'Agneau and Bouillabaisse de Crustaces au Fenouil to offer a truly remarkable culinary dream giving your taste buds a treat. Come see what Left Bank has to offer where you don't just come to eat, you come to dine.
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