About Der Fondue Chessel

Der Fondue Chessel is a fondue lover’s dream, whether it's a cozy dinner for two or a fun group gathering. Enjoy authentic a fondue experience atop Keystone's North Peak Mountain. It is a very cozy atmosphere with an element of adventure as you arrive by gondola.

Top of North Peak Mtn
Keystone, CO 80435-7821
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Fondue

Hours of Operation:
Summer: Thursday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 8:45pm
Winter: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 8:45pm

Cross Street:
Highway 6

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(970) 496-4386

Website:
http://www.keystoneresort.com/diningdetail/Key+-+Der+Fondue+Chessel.axd

Entertainment:
Our strolling musicians will keep your toes tapping to their traditional Bavarian songs and don"t be surprised if you find yourself doing the Chicken Dance at 11,444'.

Parking Details:
DIRECTIONS TO THE DER FONDUE CHESSEL Drive through Keystone Resort and turn right onto East Keystone Road (River Run Village Sign) Turn left onto Gondola Road Turn right into "Montezuma Free Parking Lot" and park Walk through the center of River Run Village toward the base of the mountain Check in at the Mountain Service Center Board the River Run Gondola Exit the River Run Gondola and walk across the summit to board the Outpost Gondola Enjoy a 20 minute ride to North Peak.

Executive Chef:
Ric Reichert

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Der Fondue Chessel Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

4.6

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (7)
Good for Groups (6)
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Good for Anniversaries (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Comfort Food (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

Inexperienced staff

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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

A fun experience. Highlights were the trio of musicians that walked around and played at the tables, chicken dance, and beauty of lodge. Disappointed in not being able to hear instructions well (soft voiced server), and flavor of chocolate fondue was not amazing. It also takes away from the experience to feel you had to pay for upgrades constantly when the base price is already $69. But that said, the food was good, the experience was fun, and the music was great. Also, is good for kids.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

A great place to go when in Keystone to get a beautiful gondola ride up the mountain. A bit pricey but a once in a lifetime experience. Great staff and entertainment. Food is delicious but it’s based on how you cook it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Had a great time. Bone up on your Chicken Dance skills. And add on the Boar bit was fantastic.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had a great experience! We took our parents and in-laws from out of town for a special outing while visiting for Thanksgiving. Our servers Charlie and Michael were so friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. They went out of their way to make sure we were all having a great time. The 3 piece band consisting of an accordion, stand up bass, and fiddle were very fun and they made sure to play a special song for each table and then did a group kids' dance. The food was very good too but make sure you go there hungry because there is lots of it!! Highly recommend taking visiting family and friends here for a memorable and unique time in the mountains.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fun, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

We were able to order just the cheese and chocolate fondue. Fun destination for family.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

My family and I had a great time! If you consider the overall experience, it (two gondola ride to the top of the mountain at sunset, snow, terrific rustic facility, great food and drink, and entertainment) it was well worth it. A real memory maker.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I can no longer recommend going here - we were a party of 9 , having invited our extended family from Denver. They consistently did not bring enough food. They brought us 2 dinner plates of food for our cheese fondue that contained 5 pieces of bread each and various small pieces of apple and vegetables. We were 9 people with 4 teenage boys and two grown men. We had to ask for more bread 3x and each time, it took them over 7 min to bring any.

The main course was chicken and beef and for a party of 9 - there was 10 small slices of beef. And you don't cook them fondue style - you grill them on a dangerously hot grill in the middle of the table.

The dessert was no better - 2 plates brought for a party of 9 that were gone within 2 minutes. Getting them to bring more was an act of congress.

The dinner took 3 hours - I'm embarrassed for Keystone - this is a ripoff of the highest order as we left with a bill more than $100 per person and simply felt like we had to beg for food.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 25, 2017

It was an impromptu decision to try this restaurant experience. We were celebrating birthdays and an upcoming Master's degree, with my cousins. My husband and I do not ski or snowboard, so this was a terrific opportunity for us. We loved the gondola ride to the restaurant. It was snowing, so that only added to the experience. The staff was gracious upon our arrival and they explained the menu well. They even stepped outside, while it was snowing, to take a photo for us. We loved the atmosphere and the music. The fondue experience was new to 75% of us; it did not disappoint. We really enjoyed the entire time we spent at Der Fondue Chessel.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Nashville)·Dined on March 25, 2017

This place is totally about the journey....two gondola rides up the mountain to a Bavarian Chalet themed restaurant. The fondue experience was unique and memorable...the servers were pleasant and attentive. The meal is not worth the pricetag but if you consider the lovely ride and the mointaintop experience, it was a great evening, well worth the price.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Make sure you let your hostess know if you want the vegetarian racqulet...I assumed falsely that since I wrote it on open table that they would see that and flag my reservation. So I didn't get the whole vegetarian meal I wanted, but I didn't leave hungry. That was my main disappointment. Also would suggest they add more fruit to the chocolate fondue. But beautiful place and very fun and worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Birthday sunner

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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 23, 2017

We loved almost everything about the restaurant, except, when you need to go the restroom, it's almost a football field away, and down a very long set of stairs. I would almost NOT go again, because of the trek to the restroom.
Otherwise, the food was excellent, service was great, and the ambiance was excellent. It is a little pricey, so a family of 4 will see a bill close to $400! We had one bottle of wine, a single glass alcoholic drink, with no other extras, and with tax & gratuity, we were $540. Like I said, definitely worth doing once, as it was a great experience, but I think I would look for something in town next time!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 23, 2017

It was good but definitely expensive. They don't tell you that on top of the approx. $100 per plate, they also charge $35.00 just to bring the food up the mountain. It was a good one time experience but would not go again. Plenty of food...but again... you do most of the work by cooking the food yourself so I'm not sure our $600.00 bill was worth the chicken and beef meal included. The view was beautiful....the gondola ride was also a great experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Was a great experience, food was good, atmosphere was lovely..... the ride in and out was awesome!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, People Watching, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Great Dining Experience! Unique environment, friendly staff and lovely atmosphere.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on March 17, 2017

The gondola ride to the restaurant offered beautiful views. The food was very good and so much fun cooking our meal. We also enjoyed the music and the gorgeous views from the restaurant. We hope to go back on our next visit to Colorado.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Scenic View, Live Music, Kid-friendly
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on March 16, 2017

We ate here with friends on the last night of our ski trip. We took two kids - one had water, the other had a Sprite. My wife and I each had two glasses of wine and we didn't order anything extra. Our portion of the tab came to $420, which is absolutely ludicrous. $420 bought a plate of olives and cheese, a few chunks of bread, a pot of melted cheese, chunks of chicken and beef, and basically s'mores for dessert - all of which you cook yourself on a sterno-powered griddle. Whoever came up with the idea of charging a small fortune for a mediocre-at-best meal you cook yourself is a genius.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Beautiful! Gondola Ride over Keystone Ski Resort spectacular! Food was very good and d o fun cooking and dipping fondue with fun music and chicken dance 😄Family special memory💞

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Kid-friendly, Live Music, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Highly recommend for a fun evening! Be prepared for several hours of dining if you do the fixed price 3 course meal. Your waiter will walk you through how to order and prepare everything. Simple and delicious! Wonderful ambience with huge fireplace. We had a truly memorable evening and will be back on our next visit to Keystone.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Romantic, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Special Occasion, Fun, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer
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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 15, 2017

My wife has food intolerances and Angie (lead server) was exceptionally attentive to them and the Chef also came out to make sure they were conscious of the allergies and offered alternatives. Overall, great service!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 10, 2017

As always the food was excellent. The issues we did have tonight were quickly resolved by the Manager Adam. We do a "special" family night once a ski season and tonight was that night at Der Fondue Chessel. Founde and Raclette are not for everyone, but for us it a social event. The views at this place are great and if the moon is out the gondola ride back is amazing.

While tonight was not one of my best nights here, again the manager was great at resolving the issue quickly and discreetly. Thank you to Adam and Monique for your great service.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on March 9, 2017

We love going to dinner at Fondue Chessel. We go every year when we visit Keystone, its fun taking the Gondola up and the food and service has never disappointed. It's a fun evening. Note, if they offer you a blanket for the ride up take it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Fourth visit with friends and I will come back. A wonderful slow leisurely meal.

I noticed this time the portions were noticeable smaller. Disappointing given the price and effort to reach the restaurant.

Sufficient beer list to suit all tastes.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 4, 2017

The atmosphere is fun and can accommodate a large group of people.
Sadly the quantity of food is less than in previous years, especially the fish options. In the past meat could be exchanged out for the fish/seafood options. This year this was not allowed so for the non meat eater/ pescatarian the options were limited. The quantity of fish/seafood was also minimal. Very disappointing
The previous group of musicians, "Those Austrian Guys" were alot more fun than the current group which are more docile and less engaging.
I may go back to introduce friends to the experience but will not return with just my husband for the reasons above.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Fun
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Great restaurant experience, including the journey with view of the mountains. Food is good and really good service.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 18, 2017

I've been to keystone resort to ski many times and was a little disappointed to find they just turned the food court into a restaurant. Food is very good but the dining experience is more for family's and groups in my opinion.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Horribly expensive but an experience you won't forget.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Dinner was overpriced for quality of food. I've been to better chain restaurants that serve fondue.

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 16, 2017

I am in a wonderful food coma. Just be ready to eat and eat and eat and eat. Wonderful. Not cheap but worth it

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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Never had raclette style fondue. Interesting but would have liked more cheese to use. Fun way to interact while eating dinner. Appetizer and dinner were just fine/uninteresting food, salad was exceptional for Caesar. Dessert was the best part. We had the dark chocolate with frangelico and hazelnut (not an upgrade, just different which I appreciate). The base price is not for the food (upgrades are probably necessary if you're looking for a foodie experience). It the whole experience in my opinion (gondola ride at sunset, eating on the mountain). The trio providing music and the fireplace were nice ambiance but we are still clearly seated in what is a cafeteria during the day. Fun once but probably wouldn't do it again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Definitely worth the experience... riding the gondolas, the ambience and service was great, even though they were understaffed, everyone made its best to make it a fun unique dinning experience.

Food is good, slightly above average, definitely not gourmet or by itself worth the $110-120 pp after taxes, tip and some "resort fee".

Worth the experience? Absolutely. Worth repeating it? Definitely not. It's a one time "must try" type of thing. So, if you haven't been there, definitely go for the experience, great for date night or family (can be a bit expensive for large group). Go there hungry as it's a 3 course meal and you can ask for more of each.

Order the standard menu for $65pp, no need any of the add ons... very pricey.

Hostess were great too, as well as love music group.

We very much enjoyed our Valentines there!!!

Tags: Fun
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Riding the gondola to the top of the mtn is always a treat for out of town guests. Though a bit pricey, it's always a lot of fun with family and friends.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2017

I've been to the Keystone fondue at least a half-dozen times, and thoroughly enjoy it! People complain about the price, but considering you eating at close to 12,000 feet, and taking 2 gondola rides to get there - deal with it! I would recommend not ordering the extras, as there is more food than you can eat with the salad, veggies, cheese fondue, beef, chicken, and chocolate fondue. It's an adventure! I totally love the experience, and food. We'll do it again in the future! The music is fun, the fireplace and lodge incredible!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 8, 2017

We had a great time. Unique dining experience. Food was great and service was excellent!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 3, 2017

food was very good, so was the service. Cute atmosphere in the mountains, great views to get there only downfall is the 30 minutes takes to ride the gondolas up the the venue and the very pricy menu!!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 3, 2017

This place has so much character. The live musicians were amazing. They played folk music along with other types to get you hoppin :). The food was great!! The food comes in large portions so order accordingly with your stomach not your eyes. The price was fair and the service was great!!!

Tags: Live Music, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Worst service I ever had. The waitresses made me feel like in a fast food place, but worst.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Not worth the money! We were celebrating my hubby's 50th birthday and wish we would have gone elsewhere. For the amount of money you pay the servings are horrible. The service wasn't that great either. Very slow. We wished we would have done the sleigh ride dinner again. We were just looking for something different. The food was amazing on that and so much fun! This was just okay. Nothing special. The family time going up and down gondola was probably the best. :)

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Quite an expensive place but this is an adventure. Food is good, not amazing but overall the ambiance is very nice and we had an excellent moment.

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