Wanted to thank you for your ideas for Vail. We ate out three nights (and lunch one day)- we had planned to eat out five nights but due to the mass amount of snow we stayed in (so sadly we missed going to dish)...
1. Larkspur: you all are right. We absolutely loved everything about the restaurant...from setting, service, to fresh food, wine list...it was a true hit.
2. Sweet Basil: wasn't in love with it. Service was a bit annoying (felt like waiter was trying to hard sell everything), but it was fine. We thought the space was a bit dated (I know it's been there since the 70's) and the room in the back where we were seated was VERY loud. The food didn't impress us either. Wouldn't go back.
3. Spago: loved it. Haven't seen reports on here but we found it to be special and very good. The service was spot on, the food was inventive and great...it is definitely pricey, but we were ok with splurging for the specialness. [Tip: parking is free if you validate your ticket from Spago - not sure how long for but we paid $30 to park and ski at beaver creek the day before, our thought for next year is to have lunch at Spago and get free validated parking at the Ritz]
4. Vail Chophouse: went for lunch one day, had burgers, chicken sandwiches, thought it was a GREAT alternative to sitting it the crowded Vail lodges at the same prices.
Thanks so much again for all of your help.