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Balata

Enjoy some of the finest foods along with some of the best views in the Vail Valley. The staff at Balata take Fine American Cuisine to another level. Whether you are looking for a casual dinner or a formal affair, Balata has something for everyone. Come experience what the Sonnenalp Club members have known for years-- for atmosphere, great food and exceptional service, Balata is the place to visit.
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32 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
(32 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 32 reviews
5 stars
(18)
4 stars
(10)
3 stars
(1)
2 stars
(2)
1 star
(1)
Food 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Service 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Ambiance 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Noise Level
2.1 / 3
Energetic
Value 
3.6 / 5
(Very Good) 3.6 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • scenic view(18)
  • great for outdoor dining(17)
  • neighborhood gem(16)
  • good for groups(11)
  • romantic(9)
  • special occasion(9)
Balata Reviews List
Review 1 for Balata
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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Review 2 for Balata
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2005
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2005
Special Features: good for groups, scenic view, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 3 for Balata
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/21/2016
 2008
Dined on 1/21/2016
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/21/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, fit for foodies
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Review 4 for Balata
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2008
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2008
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"The food was okay but portions were very small and very over priced."
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2008
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Review 5 for Balata
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Delicious food, amazing views, excellent service!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Dined here as a family, including our two young kiddos. We were here on ski holiday so too cold to dine outside, but the views were amazing from inside and the patio would be a great place to dine during the warmer months. Waiter was exceptionally attentive. Appetizer and all our entres were delicious. Very impressed with the service and ambiance; will be adding Balata to our regular rotation during our annual ski trips!"
Dined on 3/05/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 6 for Balata
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/01/2016
 2008
Dined on 1/01/2016
 2008
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 1/01/2016
 2008
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Review 7 for Balata
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 1/01/2016
 2013
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Review 8 for Balata
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 7/21/2015
 2011
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Review 9 for Balata
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

nice dinner

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We had dinner with friends and choose Balata. The service was wonderful, the food was excellent and the ambiance and view beautiful."
Dined on 8/31/2015
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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Review 10 for Balata
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

On a beautiful evening, wonderful deck to sit on!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 8/10/2015
 2014
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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Review 11 for Balata
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Amazing views and great food.

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 8/06/2015
 2015
Special Features: scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Review 12 for Balata
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

AWFUL! Avoid if possible! Mediocre to Poor Food.

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Had awful experience on Sat. night dinner 7/26/15. At first, had high hopes given initial warm greeting and fantastic outdoor view of the mountains. But that's where it all ends.
From initial sitting to drink order took 10 mins. Then two bar drinks took additional 15 mins. to come to table, at which point waiter, who admitted to "being spaced out tonight," finally took order. My wife and I both ordered from the dinner menu. I ordered their New York Strip medium-rare after appropriate inquiry from waiter. Approximately 40 mins. later, a steak arrived that was clearly well-done. Waiter summoned to table---he quickly agreed after seeing mid-section and me pressing on meat. Waiter took plate away promising quick correction, but then not 2 mins. later, brought plate back saying literally "in the light of the kitchen, it appears more rare." The waiter however seemed to continue to agree that the dish was well-done and not even close to being medium-rare, and took the plate back to the kitchen. Gentleman from IL who was seated in a bar-style table with his spouse commented after waiter left that he could see from where he was seated that it was CLEARLY well-done. In interim, spouse and children continue to eat. My wife's pork tenderloin, while edible, was mediocre at best. After 14 mins. (which should have been a sign), a fresh New York strip dish arrived...I had waiter wait as I cut mid-section--> it was CLEARLY well-done again! Waiter concurred and starting taking it back...at which point I said that we were done. No offers were made to substitute, etc. I was not charged for my entree. THEN, the manager who hails from Munich, Germany came to table and said that in the light of the kitchen, the meat appears more well rare than outside. No apologies. I have NEVER heard such a ridiculous statement from even a Denny's, Outback...nay of course Morton's, Capital Grille, ...or in fact ANY restaurant I've visited. No apologies were given by manager. AVOID."
Dined on 7/25/2015
 2003
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Review 13 for Balata
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/11/2015
 2014
Dined on 6/11/2015
 2014
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 6/11/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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Review 14 for Balata
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 5/24/2015
 2008
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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Review 15 for Balata
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/30/2015
 2006
Dined on 5/30/2015
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 5/30/2015
 2006
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 16 for Balata
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/17/2015
 2008
Dined on 4/17/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 4/17/2015
 2008
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 17 for Balata
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great Bargain

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Best bargain in Vail area. Look for specials. Food is very good and usually not terribly crowded. More crowded in the summer, because it is part of the Golf Course clubhouse."
Dined on 3/14/2015
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Review 18 for Balata
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great place

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We have been twice over the past month. Trout and salad with salmon were both superb. Excellent service from maitre de and waiter. nice ambience in beautiful setting. Thursday evening 1/2 off ALL wine bottles is a great deal. also, check out happy hour."
Dined on 2/26/2015
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 19 for Balata
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Location and service was great, food was okay

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Location and service were great. Food was okay, certainly not the best but not bad either. The prices were good. Also, the menu was pretty standard, nothing special. The steak and duck were a bit overcooked and the lamb shank needed to be reheated. May be worth visiting in summer time. Their patio looks very nice (we were there in February)."
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2012
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, scenic view, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 20 for Balata
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Hidden Gem

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"This restaurant is part of the Sonnenalp Hotel property in Vail. It is at the golf course in Edwards and has a quiet, scenic location. The service was superb and the food wonderful. Flavorful meals, large portions and the choices were not the usual collection of meals - but there is something for everyone and everything is great. This is a definite repeat selection."
Dined on 2/07/2015
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 21 for Balata
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Wonderful Meal

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We had a very delicious meal at Balata. There were 6 of us - three adults and three teenagers. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the service was excellent. It was quiet on a Sunday evening in January and I'd expect it to be busier during golf season, although I doubt very much that would have negatively impacted either the food or the service. I would go back and would recommend it to a friend, but what else would you expect from a restaurant in a Sonnenalp venue?"
Dined on 1/18/2015
 2009
Special Features: good for groups, scenic view, kid-friendly
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Review 22 for Balata
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Balata is a great find in Edwards!!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"We enjoyed a prix fixe 4 course diner on New Year's Eve. Loved all the food. Service could have been better. Still very friendly staff. The views of the golf course and the Arrowhead ski area are really outstanding."
Dined on 12/31/2014
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view
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Review 23 for Balata
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great dinner

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Food was excellent. Lovely restaurant. They have gluten free options and are very helpful with gluten free choices. They also brought out gluten free bread when they brought out the regular bread. All four of us enjoyed our meals. Great service. Nice ambiance. Will return."
Dined on 12/22/2014
 2007
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Balata
Based on the average of (9) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4.6 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.6 / 5
7 out of 7 recommend this product
Food 
4.6 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.6 / 5
Service 
4.8 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.8 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
2.5 / 3
Energetic