White Bison

4.4
335 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Nestled in the heart of bustling Vail Village, White Bison offers modern Colorado cuisine and craft cocktails overlooking Vail’s scenic Gore Creek.

White Bison welcomes large groups and private events.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
WINTER HOURS
LUNCH 11:30 - 3:30pm
APRES 3:30 - 5:00pm
DINNER 5:00 - Close
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Phone number
(970) 763-5470
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Jeremy Chernock
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Private party facilities
Our private dining room with sliding doors provides the most intimate experience for smaller parties of up to 24 people. The panoramic windows to give you the most scenic view of the Colorado Rocky Mountains and Vail's famous Gore Creek.

The restaurant, bar and scenic deck overlooking Gore Creek are available for full buy-outs.
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Private party contact
Marnie Cullen: (215) 421-7789
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Catering
Our creative chef and staff can customize any type of catering event you are hosting.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bridge St.
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Parking details
The Vail Village parking lot offers free parking after 3:00pm during ski season and free parking during the summer months.
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Public transit
Jump on the free Vail transit bus and get off at the Vail Transportation stop. Head down Bridge Street, turn right at Gore Creek Dr. and you will find White Bison overlooking Gore Creek.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 335 People Are Saying
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EL
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Lighting too low
Veggies all a la cart
Much Better last year

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food preparation was poor, overdone pasta and fish. Should be much better from price and ratings.

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Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The server was excellent. Beautiful place.

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WS
Houston
64 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

White Bison is one of our favorite restaurants in Vail. The food and service are top notch.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We all had a really nice dinner. We had several vegetarians in our party and their wasn’t much options for them. We had heard that they do a great grilled cheese but it wasn’t possible to get this for dinner. Options for meat eaters were good.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food!! Great dining

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CA
Central Texas
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was exceptionally friendly and efficient.

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Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted a special dinner with our son, early evening, on New Years Eve after fun day on the slopes. Our evening was wonderful! Exquisite shared: roasted bison bone marrow and side: roasted brussel sprouts; delicious entrees: game tasting: lamb chops/bison strips/quail/sausages, elk ragu parpadelle, Rocky Mountain trout. Each of us was very happy with our dishes. Service was outstanding. We were seated promptly and our waiter was knowledgeable about each dish. Our food served crackling hot, perfectly seasoned and cooked. Frequent attention just right without being intrusive. No room for dessert; walked out just in time to see the fireworks on New Years Eve from just outside the restaurant!

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MU
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We have eaten here twice in one week, the food was completely different this time? Even at the table two people ordered the same thing at the table and it looked like it was prepared two different ways. Very disappointed compared to the first time we dined here.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hospitality was great. Service the best in Vail

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the Bison Burger!!!

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Pinehurst
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

We were celebrating Christmas at the White Bison. Our waiter was not as attentive as you would expect for such a restaurant. Our meals were slow to cone out and once we were finished our empty plates remained on the table for an inordinate amount of time. We ordered dessert and were informed after 30 minutes that there was a mix up in the kitchen. When we finally got our desserts two of the bowls of ice cream were half melted so we asked the waiter to take them back. We asked the. To be removed from the bill. I was upset that the manager never came to apologize about the major delay. There was no offer to compensate for the 30 minute wait for desserts and no attempt to rectify the melted ice cream. Overall I would not recommend this restaurant as it ended on a very sour note for such a special occasion.

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PC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Order game sampling plate. Very good. Excellent desserts and service.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Christmas Eve.

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Comida creativa y novedosa. Servicio amigable ybatento

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J
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We had dinner at White Bison for the first time this season!
We had a great table and attentive service, but the menu and food were only mediocre at best.
My Friend had inedible bison and the rest of our food was just ok. Dessert was pretty good. We like the ambience but would
Hope for a different menu. My husband and I had a hard time finding anything we wanted to eat. They were also out of the artichoke appetizer. Overall - fair.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and wine!

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AB
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Incredible food and service and you have the ability to actually get a reservation!

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

very kid unfriendly menu. Fine for adults. We also got stuck next to a family of 4 kids and a mom - all kids screaming.

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MT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked not knowing anything about the place and it was outstanding. Serving was fabulous.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience at the White Bison. The service was great, every item on the menu seemed to be carefully curated, and all the food was delicious!

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Orlando
38 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect dinner all around. It's a beautiful restaurant with a great bar; both booths and tables. Outdoor dining in the summer must be fabulous, but cozy atmosphere on a cold night. Buttermilk batter fried quail and bone marrow as appetizers (4 pp sharing ) - excellent. My husband and I shared the game plate (2 kinds of game sausage, quail, 2 lamb chops and small bison steak) with a side of brussel sprouts. Every bite was delicious. Have never had such flavorful and tender lamb, and bison steak. You've not lived until you've tried these brussel sprouts! Service was attentive; not pushy. Pricey - but not as high as some other restaurants, and remember, it's Vail. Special shout out to Jeremy, the Executive Chef.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Horrible odor in entire restaurant. Lost appetite before food arrived.

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SM
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a group of 4 adults eating at White Bison in mid-dec (don’t know if menu changes). My husband and I had a drink at the bar while waiting on our friends. He had an old fashion that he loved and i had a margarita (was just ok). The bartender seemed very overwhelmed as we didn’t see him again until we asked for the bill.
We started our meal with the goat cheese (amazing!!!!) and the grilled artichoke (just OK). For my dinner entree I had the Elk Ragu; it was delicious and perfect for a cold dec night! I don’t recall what everyone else ordered but everyone seemed to love their dish.
The restaurant was half empty so we had all our servers attention which was great!

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1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Overpriced and steak was overdone. The crab cake appetizer was minuscule. Overall not a good value for your money especially when your steak is not cooked to your liking. However, it was a great atmosphere and I would go back for drinks.

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l
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing wine recommended by the sommelier and a delicious dinner!

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1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were great. Both bartenders Adam and Michael make fantastic drinks!! From many appetizers to the pork chop...all was fantastic. See you again in December for my birthday!! Thanks staff!!

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GL
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place checked all the boxes! Friendly greeting, friendly and fast service, delicious food, fantastic presentation, comfortable, modern and classy atmosphere, great wine selection. This is now my new favorite in Vail, CO

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!!

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NI
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great. I had a burger and it was very good.

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DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing location and excellent food and staff. Took the in-laws to dinner and we ended up staying staying till late night we had so much fun. (Normally in-law dinner night is an hour tops). The Som was great and we had awesome wine

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CB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Poor service and food was mediocre - the waiter disappeared halfway through dinner and the brick chicken was terrible.
The bison was good though. I would not return.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Slow service, but the pork chop and bison strip made up for it. I’d say that the bread was not worth the price—it was good, but should simply be offered. Also, it was chilled instead of warm.

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Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice for dinner. Good food, staff, view, beverage selection, great ambience.

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BL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing, we have dined at many restaurants in Vail but we loved everything about this place! The staff was warm and welcoming and the food was great, especially the goat cheese! We will be back for sure!

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JB
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here a few times and are always impressed. Our server was attentive and the food was outstanding. The brick chicken and bison strip were done perfectly. The cocktails were refreshing and not overly sweet, so tasty. We ended with an amazing creme brûlée, YUM! We will definitely be back! Thanks for a wonderful experience White Bison!

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V
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner in Vail. Creative food great drinks. Had not tried this one yet but will be back

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r
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Solid lunch or dinner spot with great ambiance next to the river. The bison burger was great and we also got the veggie grill cheese. They had 50% off the wine list which was a nice touch.

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PP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Friendly, but not very attentive service. Salmon was over cooked and it took way too long to get served. Appetizers and the rest of the food were great. I would give them one more chance

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was amazing. The staff was fast and polite. The cheese platter and the pork chops were delicious.

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