I love a good dinner date. Of all life’s simple joys, it’s one of my all-time favorites. Picking the perfect restaurant is, of course, critical to the success of any date-night dining experience, so here are some of my Vail Valley favorites. You bring the someone special, and these four spots will bring the atmosphere, romance and culinary delights.
Photo: Romance on the balcony at Splendido
Splendido at the Chateau
17 Chateau Lane, Beaver Creek
Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, a promotion or just Friday, Splendido is my pick for a splurge. This classic Beaver Creek fine-dining restaurant comes with stunning alpine views, regular live music and a romantic atmosphere. The menu changes seasonally, and the chef uses incredibly fresh ingredients. This is the place to indulge and treat yourself. They have a sommelier on staff, and the service will make you feel like royalty.
Visit the Spledido at the Chateau website to learn more.
193 Gore Creek Drive, Vail
Mountain Standard is a true gem of the Vail dining scene and a slam-dunk for date night. This is one of my top picks for the atmosphere as much for the food. And its location – right along Gore Creek – sets you up perfectly for a romantic post-dinner stroll. The menu is simple and delicious, and everything is cooked over an open wood fire – expect lots of smoky flavor. This place gets busy, so reservations are a good idea, though I like to just show up and snag a spot at the bar, where they offer the full menu and the service is always stellar.
Visit the Mountain Standard website to learn more.
97 Main Street, Unit W102, Edwards
Oh, The Rose. This sweet little spot in the Edwards Riverwalk stole my heart the first time I visited it a few years ago. The Rose is cozy and charming, with twinkle lights hanging from the ceiling and funky prints and knick-knacks on the walls. It’s the perfect spot to sit close together and sip craft cocktails. It’s also a great spot if your date is vegetarian; while The Rose isn’t a strictly vegetarian restaurant, they always have several vegetarian options on the menu that are tasty enough to tantalize even the most loyal carnivore.
Visit The Rose website to learn more.
168 Gore Creek Drive, Vail
Yama might be one of the smallest restaurants in Vail Village, but I think that’s part of the appeal. I mean, just imagine how impressed your date will be that you snagged a prime-time reservation (and you should definitely make a reservation). Yama’s interior is intimate and downright sultry, with black and red decor and dim lighting. Of course, all of that would be irrelevant if the sushi wasn’t some of the best in the Vail Valley. The fish is fresh, and the chefs know what they’re doing.
Visit the Yama Sushi website to learn more.