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“Authentic European in Vail”

Ludwig's Restaurant
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Ranked #29 of 123 Restaurants in Vail
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: W. Meadow Drive
Transit: Complimentary Vail bus route, Village Inn bus stop.
Description: Ludwig's is pleased to offer European cuisine, featuring a menu of entirely gluten-free dishes artfully crafted by our Executive Chef Florian Schwarz. Every item on the menu, including fresh made pastas, bread and desserts, is gluten free. Fresh ingredients, light and healthy, carefully prepared - this is what you can expect with every visit. Ludwig's boasts an award-winning selection of wine, refined European service and attention to detail. Treat yourself to a Vail tradition.
Draper, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Authentic European in Vail”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

Ludwig's is a place we did not know much about and neither did many of our friends but based upon some reviews we decided to take a chance and we are so glad we did. It's truly a beautiful restaurant reminiscent of being in the Alps. Interestingly seafood is featured here and we had some of the finest cured Salmon ever. We enjoyed Oysters, Lobster, Sea Bass and a beautiful Dover Sole filleted table-side. An extensive wine list is offered as are beautiful desserts and a nice selection of after-dinner drinks. As the check is presented they bring to each table home-made cotton candy which is an interesting treat and a step above what you get at carnivals! They have a nice lounge for relaxing before or after dinner with live piano music. Well worth a visit while in Vail.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Jack M
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English first
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634 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
“Old World Charm”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014

My husband and I braved a trip over Vail Pass in a snowstorm to go to Ludwig's. We loved the interior, comforting and charming. The service was top notch, and the food presented with such appeal. We loved every minute of it. I had the Alaskan Halibut which was excellent; my husband had the Sea Bass which he found a bit "fishy" in taste, more so than to his liking. Salads were delightful big leaves of greens, nicely presented. Our desserts were artful swirls of sugar highlighting our choices: mine the chocolate dessert served warm and not too sweet and my husband's a pear. Afterwards we joined a group listening to a really sparkly singer at the piano bar who sang Broadway hits and other songs fit for a Valentine's celebration.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Feenixwest
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jfaessler, Owner at Ludwig's Restaurant, responded to this review, 15 February 2014
Thank you so much for your kind words about Ludwig's Restaurant! I am delighted you enjoyed your experience and especially the desserts from our Pastry Chef Bernie. We pride ourselves on quality ingredients and perfect preparation to ensure you feel quite at home. Again, thank your for your visit and I am glad that we were able to make your Valentine's Day a special one. I hope you will dine with us again soon...
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Orange County, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Traditional Alpine Dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

The customer service at Ludwigs is top notch. The food is delicious. The breakfast buffet has everything you could possibly imagine. Nice wine list too.

Visited February 2014
Thank gabrielleflawless
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jfaessler, Owner at Ludwig's Restaurant, responded to this review, 15 February 2014
We are delighted to hear that you had a wonderful dining experience at Ludwig's. It is our goal for our guests to experience a delectable and unforgettable experience. We appreciate your review and I was especially excited to learn that you did stay with us here at the Sonnenalp. We hope to have you back at your "home from home" in Vail soon.
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Denver, Colorado
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“A trip around the world at Ludwig's”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014

Many establishments in Vail Valley claim to be "European style," but truth be told, very few deserve such a description. The grand Sonnenalp hotel is one that does. The moniker applies not just to its appearance, but to its accommodations, ambiance, food and, most of all, service.

The hotel's signature restaurant, Ludwig's, is not only a venue for heavenly à la carte dining experiences, but also for memorable group events such as weddings and special dinners.

My review is not about Ludwig’s à la carte dining, but a group experience.

Recently, we hosted a "Round the World" themed dinner for 39 at Ludwig's. It was a culinary extravaganza Executive Chef Florian Schwarz crafted from his own experiences working across the globe. The setting for the dinner was the glass wintergarten known as "Ludwig's Terrace" off the restaurant. In summer, it is a beautiful way to feel as though you are dining al fresco next to Gore Creek despite the chilly evening mountain air. In winter, with green lights strung on bushes shining beneath a blanket of fresh snow, it is an enchanting experience hard to match anywhere in the valley.

Long rectangular tables were set with stemware for six courses and wine pairings. Given Valentine's Day is coming, the hotel placed centerpieces of beautiful red roses on the tables. Roses also adorned the rest of Ludwig's dining room.

Food & Beverage Director Christoph Kuch and dining room manager Ibrahim Ozerkan deserve huge shoutouts! Christoph helped us organize the dinner and, with Ibrahim, oversaw the impeccable service that proceeded at a pleasant, unhurried pace while plates unobtrusively appeared and disappeared. Sommelier Jarrett Quint perfectly paired each course. Christoph even found a wonderful jazz group that braved horrible winter weather to come up from Denver to perform during dinner.

Since it was such a special menu, I can't help but share it. Anyone considering Sonnenalp for a special event (banquet, wedding, party) should know that the combination of Chef Schwartz and Jarrett Quint can yield imaginative, unique menus. There was no "so so" course. All were over the top in taste, presentation and creativity.

Amuse (Japan): Sushi rolls with tuna, pickled ginger, wasabi and soy sauce paied with Junmai Sake, Hakutsuru, Kobe, JP.

First course (Portugal): Lobster Salpicon - Lobster salad with egg, tomato and onion in the most featherlight, delicate puff pastry I've ever had. It was paired with chardonnay (Sorry, I can't find my notes on the exact one we had).

Second course (Sweden): Mille Feuille from Foie gras. This was an extraordinary combination of three disparate flavors and textures: foie gras, eel and apples that were perfectly layered to create an exquisite taste sensation.

Third course (Spain): Salmorejo of Cordoba. Cold tomato and red bell pepper soup with garlic, sherry vinegar, chorizo and almonds paired with garnacha, Abruzo, Carinena, SP 2012. Who knew such simple ingredients could be blended to create such a delicious soup to pair with this lovely wine? I make romesco sauce often and it contains all these ingredients, except the Chorizo. This soup definitely transcended the sauce.

Fourth course (Colorado/Japan): Akaushi Beef Tenderloin with braised bok choy, celery puree and ginger sake sauce paired with Cabernet Sauvignon, Ladera, "Stile Blocks", Howell Mountain, Napa, CA, 2010. There was a steak knife on the table, but it really was superfluous. My fork cut through the rare beef bathed in the ginger sake sauce as though the fork was hot and the meat was butter. Usually, rare beef is a bit stringy and it's a hard sell to some. Not the case with this meat. Fabulous.

Dessert (Austria): Apple Strudel paired with Moscati d'Asti, Ca' del Re, Piemonte, 2012. This was the second appearance of apples in this meal. Not your granny's apple pie. Way beyond that. Austrian Pastry Chef Bernie Oswald would have made his own granny proud with his incarnation of classic apple streusel. Each plate had a moist slice of streusel carefully placed on the bottom side of a circle of golden spun sugar that resembled a halo for this heavenly dessert. A swirl of creme anglaise with a stream of chocolate through it and a white and dark chocolate cup with whipped cream (I think) and a strawberry finished the confectionary work of art. The moscato was the perfect, light fresh pairing for this last dish.

Sorry for the long review, but I thought both people considering where to part with large chunk of change on a special event as well as diners looking for a great experience, would enjoy reading the details.

Also, I included two pix I shot in the summer on Ludwig's Terrace to show how it looks with the roof open.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank VillaArneis
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Vail, Colorado
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“5 star all the way.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

We ate at Ludwigs with a couple of friends on Sunday evening. What a relaxing and joyful time. The menu was nicely created with great seafood dishes as well as meat lovers choices. My potato soup was out of this world, as was my John Dory dish, tasty and great with the gnocchi. My husband had the lamb - he told me it was just perfectly done. Our friends really liked the filet and the Sea bass they ordered. The desserts are works of art! The icing on the cake was the mound of homemade cotton candy that was brought to the table at the end of the meal. What a fun ending to the evening, Service was just the right pace and the wine recommendation was perfect. Great atmosphere. Quiet and elegant. This will be the place to spoil ourselves again when we get back to Vail. We will definitely be back!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank fabi22
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