Larkspur, named for the wildflowers that dot the mountainside, is one of Vail’s most lauded restaurants. Focusing on clean flavors, Larkspur takes American cuisine to the level of an impressionist painting: It looks simple on the outside, until you take a bite. The menu changes weekly, allowing sommelier Kevin Furtado to run amok in his extensive wine cellar. We love the foie gras as an appetizer, in any preparation. The chicken entrée, while good, is not as interesting as some other options, such as the bacon-wrapped elk loin. Larkspur’s homemade burgers and truffle fries were so popular that chef/owner Thomas Salamunovich opened Larkburger in Edwards to satisfy the demand (Larkburger now has a location in Boulder and another one opening in Fort Collins). For a special occasion, gather a group and dine at the chef’s table for an inside peek at the kitchen.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 12:00 PM to 09:00 PM
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