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Big Bear Bistro

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297 Hanson Ranch Rd, Top of Bridge Street, Vail, CO 81657-4524
+1 970-445-1007
09:00 - 16:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Had lunch here a couple of times - amazing sandwiches. Coffee is pretty decent too. One thing I done;'t like though is when you use a credit card at the counter, they turn the device around and ask you to sign and a great big tip sign there. I decline and feel guilty for a minute and then think -... More 

Thank thefrequenttraveller
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Here's a great place for lunch with good soups and sandwiches, a local vibe and reasonable prices. It's definitely worth coming off the mountain to avoid madness of the on-mountain lodges, if you have the time. And perfect for your rest day, late day, or short day.

Thank Mark V
Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Big Bear Bistro has a fantastic location right by Gondola One, making it very easy to grab breakfast on the way to ski or a quick sandwich once you get off of the mountain. They have very hearty portions for the price, so it's a great deal. The menu can be a little overwhelming because there is so many options... More 

Thank dmac862017
Laguna Niguel, California
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Stopped on for a quick breakfast before hitting the slopes. Found a good breakfast burrito (nothing special) but the croissant French toast was out of this world. Staff was friendly and helpful. Highly recommend dropping in before a day on the slopes.

1 Thank Chris C
Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

This was a perfect spot in Vail Village to get eggs, pancakes, and bagel sandwiches on days we didn't want our hotel's buffet breakfast. We got it as takeout, and they did a great job packing everything up so it was easy for us to eat in our room. Everyone was happy with their order and the coffee was good... More 

1 Thank Mark G
Atlanta, GA
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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

A quaint little restaurant with excellent food at reasonable prices. The croissant French toast is the best! Their presentation is surprisingly lovely. The staff is friendly and orders are received quickly. You won't be disappointed.

1 Thank Yokelso
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Took a break from skiing and stoped by for lunch for some epic sandwiches. The BLAT was awesome, and the chef salad was equally as good. Beats the prices and better food than you get on the mountain.

1 Thank John S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were visiting Vail and came across Big Bear Bistro. We stopped in for breakfast and both had breakfast burritos. He got his smothered in pork green chile. After tasting his- I had to order a side of it. Absolutely delicious !!

3 Thank Jamie A
George Town, Grand Cayman
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67 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Working in Vail, Big Bear Bistro is a great lunch spot especially when your friends come to visit. The service was excellent (from the kitchen staff-not so much the lady at the register) and the food was yummy. Great little cozy spot and they serve beer, wine and lattes so something for everyone! I'll def be going back.

1 Thank Yachtlife54
Loveland, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We stopped in for a quick bite to eat before walking to the Betty Ford Alpine Garden. The tuna salad sandwich was very tasty and filled me up. My husband had the breakfast burrito and loved it. The coffee was very good as well. We ate inside because it was only 45 degrees outside (October weather), but if it was... More 

1 Thank 15marigold

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Cafe, Soups, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 297 Hanson Ranch Rd, Top of Bridge Street, Vail, CO 81657-4524
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Vail
  • Phone Number: +1 970-445-1007
Conveniently located at the top of Bridge Street, and featuring the BEST Gourmet Sandwiches in the Vail Valley, we offer Boar's Head meats, fresh veggies and organic bread baked fresh daily! We also offer Rudi's organic gluten-free bread, natural whole-wheat, or a variety of tortilla wraps. We also offer great quick breakfasts, as well as beer, wine, crepes and numerous apres selections.

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