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Ludwig's, Vail

Sonnenalp Resort
20 Vail Road
Vail , Colorado
Tel: 970 479 5461's insider take:

Ludwig's, at the Sonnenalp, is divided into three parts: The stüberl (small dining room) and the sunroom are both cozy nooks replete with Bavarian antiques, but opt instead for the aptly named winter garden. Eating in this glassed-in atrium perched above Gore Creek is like dining outdoors—only you can do it year-round. The sparse decor (basically high-end patio furniture and wrought-iron chandeliers) leaves the limelight on the surrounding aspens, falling snow, and constellations overhead. Specialties of the chef's classically influenced contemporary American cuisine include Dover sole in a lemon caper emulsion, and rack of Colorado lamb dressed with caviar and garlic jus. Try the berries flambé with frangipani- and rosemary-infused gelato, then sit back and enjoy the scenery. It doesn't get any more beautiful than this.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 7 to 11 am and 5 to 10 pm, Sundays 7 am to 1 pm and 5 to 10 pm.

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