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) #14 of 94 Restaurants in Vail $$ - $$$ American, ,
536 E Lionshead Cir, Vail, CO 81657-5208
+1 970-476-3789
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good47%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“nachos” (53 reviews)
“french dip” (12 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:59All hours
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
536 E Lionshead Cir, Vail, CO 81657-5208
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great food and service. Awesome after a day of shopping or on the mountain. Whether it's Summer or Winter you can't go wrong. Awesome patio. The Prime Rib French Dip is to die for.

Thank Jzaret67
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Food made me sick. Couldn’t stop puking after I had the nachos here. 2nd time here not impressed but I like their drinks definitely good place to get drinks.More

Thank Maddie M
Colby L, General Manager at Garfinkel's, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We're terribly sorry to hear you fell ill. And, we'll do anything in our power to find if there is anything wrong with our food. We haven't had any other complaints, but we'd like more information to help us narrow this down, we'd be forever...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this place twice due to its location, deck looking out over the mountain gondola lift and friendly wait staff. Super nice wait staff with great drink selections (even off the menu drink suggestions, which were excellent by the way). Lunch was good...More

Thank karykemble
Colby L, Manager at Garfinkel's, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We have a great team that loves working on the mountain. Thank you for visiting (twice!) and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

One of my favorite spots to relax after hiking, biking or napping. Great terrace for the summer and winter.

Thank raulvc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent ribeye. Rivaling anything I've eaten in Texas! Nice location adjacent to the gondola, great place to idle away an evening.

Thank heretic73
Mike D, Manager at Garfinkel's, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Alex, glad to hear that you dug the ribeye and atmosphere! Thanks for the kind words, and come back and see us the anytime.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Large outdoor deck (dog friendly too) with dozens of large picnic tables with amazing views of the mountain. Located right at the base of the Eagle Bahn gondola. Great for families, but plenty of 20 somethings hanging out too. Large menu with good beer list...More

Thank KatTexas_8
Mike D, Manager at Garfinkel's, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for this review! We're so proud of our deck and that view, too. Glad you enjoyed your latest visit with us, and we look forward to seeing you the next time!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was good. Views are spectacular. Staff was good. I would not recommend the philly a cheese steak sandwich. It did not taste good. Almost like a dirty grill or something. But chicks nachos were good. They should layer the toppings so you customers don't...More

Thank Theron D
Mike D, Manager at Garfinkel's, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for this review, and thanks also for the heads up about the philly cheesesteak and the nachos--we'll look into both! We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Would I go here just for the food? No. But what they do have is exceptional views from their patio of the Eagle Bahn gondola and the mountain in Lionshead Village. It's a perfect place to hang with a group of friends for drinks, lunch...More

Thank Laura S
Colby L, General Manager at Garfinkel's, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Laura, Thanks for coming in for the views! We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located in lion's head part of vail at foot of gondola. Great views of ski slopes and lions head central area. Outside deck is great overlooking downtown lions head. Great service though very busy. Easily handled our party of 8. Food was very good with...More

Thank Dennis D
lionshead536, General Manager at Garfinkel's, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dennis, thank you for the glowing review. Come back again with your big group, we love the practice. All the best!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a group of about 15 people coming for apres ski drinks. We had a difficult time getting the seats all together. While we were gathering the tables I spoke to the host and then eventually the waiter who served us about a few...More

1  Thank franksal0t
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Response from garnett h | Reviewed this property |
Don't know but you can call them.
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Response from Jeff T | Reviewed this property |
When we were there last summer people were smoking on the outside porch. I DO NOT KNOW if that was Allowed or if they just did it.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$17
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:59
11:00 - 23:59
11:00 - 23:59
11:00 - 23:59
11:00 - 23:59
11:00 - 23:59
11:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 536 E Lionshead Cir, Vail, CO 81657-5208
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Vail
  • Phone Number: +1 970-476-3789
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Since 1992 Garfinkel’s (or, "Garfs" as it is locally known) has been a cornerstone in Lionshead (VAIL) for both tourists and locals alike. Our sunny deck provides the best après ski, sun catching, and overall late spring and summer experience.

Over the years some things have changed but the feeling of Garfinkel’s as a classic ski town sports bar/grill atmosphere remains the same. Seasons pass by, memories are created, good times are had, and lifelong friends are made. The walls inside tell the stories of the past with photos of patrons, athletes, and events gone by. You could one day be one of them.

So come on down to pay us a visit, relax, eat, drink, enjoy our atmosphere and become part of the Garfinkel’s story.
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