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 the other man in the party enjoyed a St Emillion.) I don't like to pay a lot for wine if I'm not enjoying it! The Elk chops were superb - I thoroughly recommend them.
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 steak with so much enthusiasm that we all decided to order it. Good choice. The steak is filet mignonette cooked with/in a white pepper sauce. It was superb and comes with a really fine salad. We also ordered a couple of appetizers - artichokes and a really fine raw salmon cured in herbs. Both were splendid. There was absolutely no pretense around these fine meals and the service was direct and genuine. The two wines we had were both Burgundies and were excellent recommendations. The wine list is impressive and weighted to some pricey French wines but there were plenty of good modestly priced wines as well. I found the decor comfortable and it was sufficiently quiet so it was easy to hear. Taken together this a great classic French restaurant with perfect ambience. Make sure to include it if you're in Vail.
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.
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 outstanding of Vail's numerous French restaurants. My duck a l'orange and my husband's fish entree were accompanied by perfectly prepared vegetables and crispy homemade rolls. Onion soup was luscious. And the superb service enhanced our evening. I don't know why this restaurant isn't more popular -- perhaps it's the old-fashioned sign and the slightly hidden entrance. The restaurant itself is decorated in a beautiful, understated way,and affords a significant amount of privacy for a couple dining at a prime Vail Village location. We can't comment on desserts, sorry -- we were too happily full to try them.
The foods were so good the service was great Will go back
Le site est magnifique au cœur de cette qui est un bijou Carte très riche et la cuisine est excellente. La carte des vins est exceptionnelle beaucoup de vins français introuvables en France et venant de producteurs renommés Bravo
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 T - who was from Asheville,NC was so very nice, friendly and helpful - not to mention efficient! They have quite a bit of selection for vegan/vegetarians which I was happy for. The French Onion Soup is vegetarian and so delicious! My husband had the tomato soup with a puff pastry topping and it was excellent as well. He ordered the lamb and thoroughly enjoyed it. The chef happily created a pasta dish for me that was not on the menu. It was amazing! Seasoned so well that I ate the whole thing and almost ordered one to take back to our condo for the next days meal! The dessert was a bit dissapointing - good but not great. We will definitely return next year!
The food was delicious. The service was excellent. The best meal in Vail in 4 nights! Lovely setting. The reach of lamb, snails, onion soup, and Pepper steak were all fantastic. It was a bit pricey but worth it. If that wasn't enough, and it was, they included a salad between courses and a small sweet plate after the meal!
We were on our way to another restaurant and actually stumbled across a small sign for the rear entrance and wondered what the menu was. We almost turned away due to lots of boxes on the stairs of the unremarkable backside. Aren't we glad we forged ahead. PHENOMENAL food, great service from "Beau." We started our meal with the most amazing lobster bisque, hands down best I have ever tested. The desert was a fresh citrus orange soufflé that one could only imagine, preceded by the most remarkable and tangy Elk dish we were privileged to experience. Just a really great experience overall, phenomenal food, phenomenal decorating, great service, our every need doted on, very authentic European French. HIGHLY recommend.
Had the french onion soup and the elk chops. The soup was more traditional than the usual american style of over use of cheese. Very nice it was. The elk chops were a little tough in places but overall it was nice.
This place has an elegant, yet comfy, ambiance. It's quiet and subdued. Our table was at the windows overlooking a creek. The cocktails were well made, the wine by the glass was quite good, the food excellent. The service excellent. I appreciated that the dinner entrees came with a salad before, and some little delicious cookies were served after dinner. I had a filet, my wife the duck. Both were excellent. She had a tasty pate for an appetizer, which she liked. I had onion soup, which was good, but not as good as everything else that we had. The portions were adequate, but I had to chuckle when the wines by the glass were described as 5 ounces, not 6 ounces, which is a usually a "full pour." I mean, really, 5 ounces instead of 6? One of the problems with Vail restaurants we found is that some of them are a bit "full of themselves," while this place lacks any feeling of haughtiness, arrogance or attitude. The background music was pleasing, some Edith Piaf, other music from the forties and fifties. I'd absolutely return here every time in Vail for a week. Maybe twice. I would absolutely go to this restaurant every time when in Vail.
Chef Jean-Michel Chelain is outstanding. We had a large group dinner at The Left Bank. The food, wine and service were all superb. The restaurant is located in the Sitzmark Lodge in Vail Village. I highly recommend.
At our group dinner for 40 people we had a choice of beef Wellington, lamb shank and chicken. All were very good. The portions were large. You might want to take some home. The fixed price of $60 included the entire, salad, tax and gratuity. Beverages were additional.
A superb dining experience. Dishes were perfectly presented and all were delicious. We started with the steak tartare and tomato soup and shared the Dover Sole. Finished with warmed pear tart. Service was excellent. Great ambience. Can't wait to visit again.
Good was wonderful but expensive even for Vail. Recommend by our concierge. Glad we came and will come back on next trip
I would give them an Excellent except for the fact that there was a family of 8-10 near us, and all during our dinner, the 2 young ladies talked very loud andCONTINUALLY about which one of them had traveled more places and done more things. I REALLY don't believe the entire restaurant needed all this information. I am very surprised that someone in charge might have mentioned something to them, since everyone in the place was not very happy.
Over the top service and food. A fabulous and romantic dining experience and a great way to dine on our last night in Vail. Dover Sole prepared table side, Lobster Bisque, Pear Tart, fabulous breads and wine...the Chef here obviously knows what he is doing. Truly a magical place...I was amazed at the artistry with the vegetable presentations....truly lovely.
I'm happy to report that Left Bank is back at the top of our list! After several rough visits and bad experiences with the front of the house we have had 3 or 4 excellent dining experiences! We have always loved the food and the quality does not fail or waiver! But the service has returned to its former impeccable level and the chef/ owner is very personable. We are glad we kept trying and we sincerely thank the restaurant for taking our complaints seriously. Highly recommend the trout and have always thought the salad was the best in town!
A great experience from beginning to end. The soufflé was amazing! The wine list is outstanding. The manager Alena was very nice. Love this place.
The Left Bank is absolutely amazing! Chef Jean-Michel has kept many of the former chef's dishes, and has added several of his own. He has also completely remodeled the interior, giving it a much more contemporary feel. For starters you can't go wrong with the foie gras (both the seared and terrine are to die for) or escargots (though can you ever go wrong with escargots?). The beef tartar is also amazing! For entrees the Bouillabaisse is off the charts, as is the veal T-bone (treat yourself and go Rossini!). The chocolate souffle is absolutely wonderful. Finally, the wine list boasts one of the largest (if not the largest) French selections in the Vail Valley. Don't miss a trip to The Left Bank!!!