Game Creek Club and Restaurant
Address: 278 Hanson Ranch Rd., Vail (E. Lionshead Circle)
Hours: Open for dinner from December to April and for Dinner and Sunday Brunch June through Labor Day (5:30p-8:30p, varies)
If it’s a true culinary treat you’re looking for, look no further than the Game Creek Club. You arrive at your destination by a gondola ride and a cozy snow cat ride or shuttle to the restaurant, nestled at 10,300 feet at the top of the mountain. The view is astounding, the dining experience is top-notch. You’ll be able to enjoy an extensive, award-winning wine list along with your five-course meal plan, making for a full, first-class evening retreat after a day on the slopes.
What They’re Known for: If for no other reason, the location and fabulous view of Game Creek will memorize and amaze you. But that’s just the first thing you notice. This club is the perfect destination for a true fine-dining experience. Expect the food to be as delicious as the view is memorably. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself, and there’s rarely a better opportunity than this place.
What to Watch for: Be wary about your reservation time. You are instructed to arrive thirty minutes before the time of your reservation so that you have time to make it up the mountain. Showing up early or late does not fare well, and can be a large disruption to the restaurant’s protocol. Be sure you clarify your reservation time and arrival time with the service provider who first attends to you. And as a fine-dining restaurant on top of a mountain, the pricing is what you’d expect: hefty.