La Bottega - Vail

4.4
765 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
La Bottega has been a mainstay for both locals and tourists alike since 1997. Having started as a sandwich and deli operation, La Bottega has grown into one of the top destinations for dining in the Vail Valley. La Bottega offers authentic Italian cuisine with the Chef Stephen Virion having worked in Tuscany and the Veneto regions of Italy. His wife, Elisabetta, is from Asiago, Italy and has crafted the wine list to compliment the cuisine. La Bottega's Wine Bar is a great place for apres ski or to just have a glass of wine with friends from our award winning wine list. Of course our famous sandwiches and our stone oven pizzas are still a big draw. At La Bottega there is something for everyone so as to make your dining experience enjoyable.
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Denver
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had wonderful meal. Osso Bucco was outstanding as were the pastas. Pricey but worth it.

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LA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I actually really like this trattoria style place. Sat too near pizza oven, very hot. My pasta was stuck together at the ends and was undercooked but sauce was delicious. Noisy but fun atmosphere if you are in the main rooms. Upstairs very different quiet vibe.

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Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Italian with gluten free pasta option. Wood fired pizza, delicious bread, great wine list, bar level dining overlooking the kitchen. Downstairs has more ambiance than upstairs. Upstairs is more quiet. Have dined there three times over three years. Consistently great.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal, we ate here on a ski trip last year and wanted to again. Excellent choices, the server guided us toward the ideal choices for us. Couldn’t be better!

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We have been to La Bottega many times in the past and we have always enjoyed a nice meal. Our experience this time was average at best. We were seated near the pizza oven at a table that had to be completely turned so we could actually sit down (there was a brick wall partially blocking my side of the table). We ordered a salad that was okay, the truffle gnocchi which was good and my husband ordered the beef tenderloin. The beef did not come as it was described on the menu and the dish itself was under-seasoned and the potatoes were so hard that they were inedible. We will not be going back anytime soon. :(

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Acapulco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Muy rápido servicio , muy amable el personal , muy rica la comida

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PS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, great ingredientes, we were a party of 10 and it was great for all of us.

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LE
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

If I only have time for one meal in Vail it’s La Bottega. I love the gnocchi in white truffle cream sauce. The tiramisu is the best I’ve ever had. The family loved their meals as well.

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J
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The gentleman greeting and seating was curt and rude. Service was all about turning tables with no personal connection. Food was cold , pizza was soggy. Wine prices were ridiculously expensive. No one cared.

We are at 7 different fine dining places in Vail on this trip... La Bottega has the absolute highest wine prices in Vail! Compare to any other restaurant and you will confirm. A true disappointment and typical approach to taking advantage of customers at peak season.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Nos hicieron esperar mucho tiempo
45 minutos para q nos den la mesa con la reservación

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e
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The food was ok. The owner super rude!! Would not recommend!!

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for couples and families...pleasant ambiance, terrific food and very good service. All those in our party agreed that a great time was had by all. Will gladly return

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E
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Food is ok but the servers where really unfriendly, at the end they charged us 15% tip automatically (we where a party of 5) I guess they didn’t need to be kind since they knew their tip was included. Also very expensive for what you get.

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KE
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate here for New Year’s Eve. Delicious Italian and seafood! It feels like you’re in a cozy house. 6 in our group, gluten free spaghetti, crab and shrimp fettuccini, sea bass and appetizers were all wonderful! We will definitely go back!

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KH
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food..Great Service...perfect seats for fireworks on New Years Eve!

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DG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

very busy place with reasonably good italian dishes ( and a seasonal truffle menu for which they deserve a plus). suboptimal service, probably due to being so busy (with waiters trying their best). some faux pas ( "we ran out of bread, sorry", " don't have the rabbit tonight forgot to mention when you guys ordered"). Food was good not great, overall decent experience if you are not bothered by the high noise level

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JP
Charlotte
33 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner, nice pizza and salads, and great pasta too! Beautiful atmosphere. Excellent service!

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TM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Bottega is one of our consistant favorites in Vail! We wouldn’t miss it.
The staff and the service are top notch
Don’t miss the meatballs. Take some home for apre ski the next day
Make a reservation and don’t miss it!!!

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L
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very busy, noisy & crowded. Food was good. Service was adequate. Ladies room only had one stall available & there was a horrible smell too. Had to stand in a 10 min line to use the one smelly stall. Unacceptable!

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming atmosphere and top quality food. We had a reservation apres ski They handled our group of 9 on a Saturday night in Vail with zero service problems. The Gemelli with vodka cream sauce and sausage was my favorite. Strong wine list. Good desserts.

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M
Mexico City
58 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Agradable nada del otro mundo si quieres comer algo normal caro en una gran ubicación es el lugar al que hay que ir en Vail.

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KM
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it every time

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience but we were seated upstairs by a window and when the heat would come on it was extremely hot and uncomfortable.

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MG
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Amazing view and good food except the gnocchi

Good experience

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AH
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

This seems to be a very popular place in Vail. When a place is that successful sometimes they don't put much effort in service, this is the case. Our waiter was a young man who was lost. He did not served water, took drink order and took a long time to come take food order. We ordered Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli for my daughter and ask our waiter if they could change the marinara sauce for a Cream sauce (allergic to tomato), the answer was no because it was prepared in two different kitchens? Tomato in one cream in other? Ok he suggested just cheese no sauce. My son ordered a 12" pepperoni pizza he brought a 6". I ordered the mussels, well prepared. Had to ask twice for bread. Never offered soda refill. Had to ask twice for the check and to top all they charged 20% tip. My party was 4, why do they charge 20%? It is a shame that a place like that do not take care of supervising their service.

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JM
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, good food. Fun night

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Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for a great price!

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JA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointing Italian restaurant in Vail village. While website displays house-made pasta, when asked, the server advised no pasta is fresh made. Pizza was awful - really worse than Sbarro at the mall or airport. Surprised they have a nice pizza oven in the kitchen but certainly didn't taste like it.

I hate when a server starts by apologizing for delayed service - whether it be bread, refilling water, etc. Service was a lot to be desired.

There's another Italian restaurant in the village (not advertising the name) with all fresh pasta and good service.

Will not be back and told our hotel concierge to not recommend.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had a reservation for 3 and was put at a table for 2. An extra chair was pulled out and put on the side of the table. Every time a waiter/waitress walked by I had to move my body inward so I wouldn't brush up against him/her.

As for the food, I've had better dishes at the Olive Garden. This place was a huge mistake, but I had no idea... This restaurant doesn't belong in Vail, period!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Bottega is always amazing. Staff, service, food was perfect!

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E
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The room we were in was freezing!!! I ordered the tarragon chicken salad. It was very good, but there wasn’t a side with it, half empty plate. No chips ,lettuce. Was very strange. No one be had anything beside the dish they ordered. Never been anywhere where they didn’t offer something !

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C
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love La Botegga!!!!

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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just really good Italian food. Ambience is also super nice. Good service and drinks.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Es mi lugar favorito

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JC
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Not only the food is average but too many times the service by the Italian owners, who have always been arrogant and condescending, is truly bad. Clearly they do not care about their customers and are happy to insult you and discriminate by shouting at you. Good there are many other options

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Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to Vail every year and always dine at La Bottega at least once during our visit. We have never been disappointed. Food, atmosphere and service - all top notch.

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RS
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good

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G
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have eaten at LaBottega / Vail for years. It is one of our favorite restaurants. The prices have steadily increased over the years. I now consider it an expensive restaurant for special occasions, rather than a "I don't feel like cooking tonight" option. Like lamb chops used to be about $30 and are now $54. The wines that used to be $40 are now $60. However, the menu is consistently excellent. The avocado and crab soup was unbelievably delicious and could be a meal in itself. I had salmon that was perfectly prepared.
We are looking forward to the opening of the sister restaurant (Spanish tapas) in spring 2019.

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KA
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The mussels are the best, the rabbit a real treat. They have a fabulous Italian wine list.

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a
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was so nice and attentive. The food was delicious! The gnocchi was so good and my husband thought the pizza was the best he’d ever eaten. What a charming and cozy restaurant! I highly recommend La Bottega!

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