We so enjoyed a special evening at The Left Bank. My husband has been to France 25+times and thought our food was suburb. He was especially excited about the Vol au Vent de Homard which was a pastry shell dish filled with fresh seafood including lobster and spinach and asparagus with a saffron sauce. Everything was excellent including the service.
We arrived with a group of six. We were greeted enthusiastically and taken to our table. From the moment we sat Brian (sp?) took exceptional care of our table with the assistance of other members of the staff. Everyone raved about their food. I had beef Wellington that was perfectly cooked and the pastry still crispy. All of us enjoyed desert as well. The wine selection was perfect. Not in Vail often, but I would absolutely dine here again. Highly recommended.
We have been to many of the top restaurants in the country. All are worthy of high praise for a variety of reasons. The Left Bank is among the top in our list. First the food. It's excellent! My wife had the Vol au Vent de Homard which I had on a previous visit. It's a unique combination you won't find anywhere else. And is it ever good! I had the Steak au Poivre Blanc. Filets are available just about everywhere. But, the cognac cream sauce makes this selection very special. Second the service. Brian did a very fine job. LIke other staff members we encountered here he was friendly, informative, and conscientious performing his duties. Third the settings and ambiance. The furnishings are very rich, comfortable, and beautiful to see. Nothing artificial. Nothing is overdone. You can tell it was designed by someone who has very refined taste. And yet the feel of the room is one of comfort and fit without the stuffiness you might find sometimes in a fine dining location. Putting it altogether our meal there was an experience we look forward to repeating again. Our rating is based on fine dining to be a multi faceted special experience. If you do the same you won't be disappointed at the Left Bank.
I have eaten at the Left Bank many times over the years. I recently returned after a four year absence. Food and service were great. I had the rack of lamb for two. It was as good as I’ve ever had...if not better. I certainly would recommend this restaurant for a fine dining experience and wonderful food.
I have never been here but from what I have heard I can't wait to eat here!! Jean Michel I have heard such wonderful things about you and your restaurant from Jeremiah Mintener. I guess he used to work for you and learned so much from you!
Excellent French cuisine! Quality of food and staff are high, meals are generally without gluten and any dietary needs can be readily answered. Lighthearted but professional staff, excellent wine list, knowledgeable sommelier. Will go again next visit!
Lugar muy romántico, excelente calidad de comidad y excelente atención! Altamente recomendable.
Consistently great dining with a French flair. The steak tartar is perfect; the onion soup a little too thin for my taste, but with plenty of cheese on top. Main courses are beautifully presented but quite pricy. The Iles Flottant for dessert is delicous, but with an unusual presentation. The "islands" are NOT floating in the cream sauce, but instead sit next to it--perfect for dipping.
Our family has been coming to the Left Bank for decades. The current owners who took over a few years ago have made some huge changes in decor and some of the menu, but thankfully they have left some of the classics intact....in particular the souffle! You must order either the chocolate or grand mariner souffle for dessert. Great wines, delicious food and usually attentive service. A perfect place for a special occasion, a family meal or a romantic dinner for a couple.
Elegante restaurante con excelente servicio y su menú perfectamente preparado. El filete a la pimienta es un descubrimiento... lo mismo que el paté de foi...
Has a serious wine list at seriously reasonable prices; and I know my wines and their cost. Really very very good. And even great wines by the half bottle. Seriously good (also because of the prices) compared to the best restaurants around the world who double, triple and sometimes quadruple the prices. Food is one of the best in the Vail Valley. For sure to repeat. Chocolate Soufle was great. Halibut great.
We have dined here many times and the food and atmosphere are superb. This time we had reservations but could not eat in the dining room as my spouse had a ski injury. Alina arranged ‘carry out’ dinner for us, it was over the top. Thank you!!
We went for drinks and apps. Old fashion was perfect. Escargot was super with lots of fresh garlic, beef tartar was so tasty with perfect seasoning, shrimp was great and chocolate soufflé to die for..... linen tablecloths and silver make this restaurant classy. The service was superb!
There is no better in Vail!! We always have dinner there when we visit Vail. Excellent menu and service. Beautiful restaurant. Alina was fantastic! Loved our Soufflés!
Escargot was phenomenal! And the chocolate soufflé was a great way to end our meal.
Just excellent , delicious!!!
Visiting usually annually, we choose the restaurant that we feel was the best during our stay. Our first visit was around 1985 and it was a different deal...quintessential French décor, excellent food, and a husband-wife team in charge. Having passed through two subsequent owners, things have changed dramatically with décor but food remains in the excellent category. Service was efficient and professional. Congratulations!
My family and I decided to go here as our goodbye to Vail. We has been there a week and wanted to go somewhere nice. We searched online and decided on The Left Bank because we love French cuisine. We reserved online VIA open table and were quickly seated once we got in. We decided on lobster bisque, salmon, elk chops, and of course creme brûlée as well as pear tart. They even accommodated my nephew with some plain spaghetti and marinara sauce on the side. All of our food was delicious. The lobster bisque was so well seasoned and had chunks of lobster in it. It also had a great consistency: not to thick or thin. The salmon was cooked to perfection. I went with the chefs recommendation and had it slightly on the raw side. It melted in my mouth and was paired perfectly with some mashed potatoes and asparagus and baby carrots. My boyfriend had the elk chops also cooked to the chefs recommendation which was on the rare side. It was perfectly cooked, and seasoned perfectly and tasted delicious. Our dessert of creme brûlée and pear tart was the best ending to an awesome meal. We will definitely visit again and dine here. The staff was very attentive and the service was quick.
The Left Bank is an old-timer by Vail standards located within The Sitzmark Lodge in the heart of the village. A few years back new owners took over the restaurant and literally brightened the interior replacing the old dark wood and heavy furnishings with contemporary open design and enhancing the view of Gore Creek. My comment is the menu is still in the 1970's with contemporary prices. Yes there is a niche for old-world French i.e. Dover Sole de-boned table side and similar dishes. Yet as a contemporary diner I personally am looking for updated contemporary French. This is a restaurant where the menu can easily be used in Mad Men. Not a bad thing, just be prepared for a more Alain Ducasse experience versus Joel Robuchon. Of note, chef will prepare based on dietary limitations i.e. gluten, vegan and so forth all coupled with an excellent wine selection. Service on par with urban counterparts yet some missteps i.e. table missing bread plate at one service, waiters and servers not necessarily coordinating and so forth however this is a resort town thus not to be unexpected. Of note we did order just two cocktails, two soups, two salads and a dessert. Felt the waiter was a bit perturbed that we did not order entrees' yet post late lunch and an early-side reservation the appetite was not there for a late entree. The restaurant is a great option in Vail where fine dining has truly given way to casual. The Left Bank and La Tour are truly unique options within Vail and perfect for a special occasion, event and so forth.
Don't tell anybody about this place...it's too darn good for the world to know! Salmon cru. Martinis. Everything you love about the French (coughFOODcough). (Local Tip: Stop in for a drink at the bar if you're looking for something in between - salmon cru with extra toast points and the salad with the heart of palm...worth every second spent in the comfortable lounge)