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 River Run Gondola exit lane and board.
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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3.8

service

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

3.2

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (26)
Good for Groups (21)
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Kid-friendly (11)
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Good for Anniversaries (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Authentic (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Seasonal (6)
Live Music (5)
Cozy (4)
Romantic (4)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Very fundue

Live music, fun meal. Quite pricey but that’s what you get for being at he top of the mountain. Great for a celebration

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

I took my son for a fun experience per recommendation. The concept was neat but the food was mediocre and wasnt worth thr amount spent. We could've enjoyed a very nice steak dinner for this price. Service was slow and we waited 10-15min per course. The whole experience took over 3 hours for 2 people and we brought half home. Meat was flavorful but tough.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Live Music, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The ride up to the restaurant on two gondolas was great. Blankets are provided, it's quiet and dark. Our kids loved the cooking their own meat. The standard chicken and steak were both excellent. We also added on shrimp which was good. Wagyu tri tip didn't taste all that different from the standard steak. Would have like cheese course to be a little larger. Dessert, on the other hand, was more than enough. We had the flaming turtle which was a lot of fun and quite delicious. Live music and chicken dance were fun too. It's expensive, but it's an experience. We are very glad we went.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Cozy
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Wonderful place. Ambiance was incredible and getting there was such an adventure during a winter storm.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Authentic
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

We went out to celebrate my husbands birthday with a group of friends. I was told by the manager we can stay until 11. Yet from 9pm the staff was pretty much rushing us out. The instructions for fondue were not provided so we waited with platters of stuff not knowing what to do. The server offended my husband, who is from Argentina, saying that all the busboys there are from Argentina that’s why they don’t know what their doing. Obviously she had no way of knowing where he’s from, but innapropriate comment. I was told by the manager that they have a special dessert for the birthday person, yet we never received it. The staff was literally vacuuming next to us while we were still eating. The best part was the live band consisting of accordion, banjo and a bass and the costumes were cool. Food was ok, not worth 200$ per couple.

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

The experience was fun, to get 2 gondolas and see the amazing view, but the food was not that great, the cheese fondue was terrible but the rest of the food was ok. I really like that they had a musical group that made more pleasurable the stay.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

The “oompah” band that strolled from table to table was a great addition to the ambience of a true Fondue restaurant. Loved the huge fireplace! A very fun trip by Gondola, especially at night, and the blankets the lift operators provided were very much appreciated! We would definitely go again!

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun, Casual, Kid-friendly, Live Music
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Cannot recommend this restaurant. Very expensive and not much value. I expect much more at this price level.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Awesome fondu dinner with the family. We did a birthday party there

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Was a fun and different experience. Service was excellent.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very fun experience for our families and kids. From the gondola ride through the entire meal experience, the service is amazing and memorable.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Fun
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

We had reservations. We were seated on time. 2 hours later we still hadn’t gotten all of the courses of our meal. The burner they put the meat on fell over. They had to replace the burner and the meat. We were so frustrated we didn’t even stay for dessert. We weren’t the only ones who had problems that night. The manager tried to make it right but it was a bad experience. For the money I definitely would NOT recommend!

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

This is a special experience if you are in the Keystone, Breckenridge, Silverthorne or Dillon area.

Be prepared to take the gondola, walk a short distance over the snow, and then take a second gondola for a 20-minute trip each way to the restaurant to/from Keystone base village.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The visit was extremely disappointing. We have been to Fondue Chessel on three other occasions; the last being two years ago, so we knew it would be expensive. However, it has greatly declined in service, ambiance, and overall enjoyment. The amount of money spent cannot be justified. We noticed a there were no where near the amount of people in the restaurant as years past. Der Fondue is going to have to up their game if they are going to continue. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend it to anyone for any occasion.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food is average, service average or below....but being on top of a mountain eating and the experience of getting there is very fun. I would only do it again for that reason. Overpriced

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We tried this on New Year's Eve and found it to be a fun experience! Riding the gondola without our ski gear on was a whole different experience. We dressed quite warmly but it was still chilly so bundle up! The fondue was excellent. I am a vegetarian and I thoroughly enjoyed the vegetarian option. The veggies were nicely cut and there was a wide variety. The manager on duty checked in on us several times during our meal. We also enjoyed the live music!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

DerFondueChessel is an experience! So unique! Loved the fondues and loved cooking at our table. We had our young adult sons and it was special watching them cooking. We were there for New Years Eve and it delivered a very special evening. Loved the wandering musicians...they engaged the patrons. Lots of fun. Everyone who is in Keystone must go to DerFondueChessel at least once!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My family has been coming here for the past 15 years for New Year’s Eve and unfortunately quality of the dining experience has declined in recent years. I know the menu is limited by design on New Years but this year was especially disappointing. It’s still a unique evening but it’s an expensive outing for just “okay” food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

My family and I had the best time. From the gondola trips to the restaurant to the welcoming staff to the delicious food, we felt well cared for. We had so much fun. The food was delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great place to celebrate with friends. Food and service were wonderful! Be prepared to eat a lot!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Travelling to the restaurant was the most exciting part of the evening, riding in 2 gondolas although cold, was a lot of fun! Our server, John(one of the GM's, who I believe was filling in for someone) was attentive but continually kept forgetting our requests as he was delegating. The food was excellent, however not quite enough. My husband was most looking forward to the raclette, having lived in Switzerland and we were given 4 tiny pieces of raclette cheese even though we were a party of 5. We eventually got more after we asked for the 3rd time but overall it was a fun experience.

Tags: People Watching, Scenic View, Live Music
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

This is the second time we’ve been to this restaurant. The value for the cost and quality of food is not what it used to be. They were out of 2 items we requested and we were at an early dinner seating. The carrots during the cheese fondue part were not fresh. You are paying $100 plus per person for crudités, ceaser salad, more chicken than sirlion and potato wedges. This is without upgrading on the items which we felt were pushed by the staff. The chocolate, what everyone waits for, was again disappointing. We asked for a little more pound cake that never came. Yes, the gondola ride and the scenic views are beautiful but you don’t need to pay the dinner prices to see them. This is listed as a casual dining experience. It is casual only in attire not in cost especially if you’re bringing children.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Not as memorable as the first time I visited many years ago. The resort fee was exorbitant, yet a necessary add-on to serve food at an eleven thousand foot elevation. The hostess didn’t do anything to accommodate my request for a different table. I booked my reservation in October and didn’t expect to be at the very last table in front of drafty doors. The evening fell short of my hopes for a memorable night. The food was fine and one of the servers worked beyond the call of duty.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

It was really cool to be able to travel up a 40 minute Gondola ride to the top of the Mountains for a unique experience. It is very pricey, but most fondue restaurants are pricey. I had hoped for a more cozy experience while in the restaurant. You share long tables with other guests and cook on little electric grills. We were with an 18, 19, and 21 year old who had never experienced any of it so it was super cool for them. If you've "been around", not sure it was worth the money. The service was good and the manager was great!

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

This a great place for a full evening of entertainment. Our family enjoyed the fondue, grilling, dancing and the polka music. From the youngest (7) to the oldest (60's) it was a great time. Service from Jesse and crew was excellent. The gondola rides to and from were great night time rides complete with blankets for warmth.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The Manager, John, went out of his way to help us. We had a medical emergency during our dinner and he was beyond helpful. Also, we needed a carryout dinner, due to sickness and the staff was outstanding in assisting us.
I highly comment John and his staff for the great experience we had considering the issues we that needed handling.
The medical attention was fabulous.
The music, food, wait staff and fireplace made the evening a family memory.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Good stop after a day of skiing. Large portions, fun interactive dining with family. Service was poor...15 minutes before we were acknowledged. Swapped waiters halfway through service and saw big improvement.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The atmosphere was not as fun as we remembered from years past. There was a lot of German music and dancing years ago. That made it unique and fun. The band was cute this time but not lively. Good food and fun to cook but pricey. Our waiter Daniel was awesome!

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Overall the food was good, but service was not. Very pricey to have bad service. Any kid over 12 is 70 bucks plus resort fee and tip. Atmosphere was neat and so was experience

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

We have made this a family tradition time when we are all together in Breckenridge.
A fun evening starting with the ride up the mountain in the gondola. Then a lodge atmosphere with good food served in a unique way and fun music.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Large party of 17. Hard to seat all of us meant we were separated.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We had our Christmas dinner here. Given that it’s a commitment to get up there in 10 degree weather, every piece of the experience should have been better. Service was slow, food was average at best- over seasoned. Best part was the cheese fondue . Worst part was the bill. There’s resort fees and lots of taxes added on so without trying at all, you will clear $100 per person. I’ve been here many times over the last 30 years and wish that it were still good. Skip it and go to a Frisco for dinner.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Exceptional food. Exceptional service !!! We love this experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

A wonderful pleasant dinner experience. Our whole family had a great time cooking and enjoying the foods together. Plenty of foods for the 4-course meal. Had a box of leftover!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We visited for our special Christmas Eve dinner and thought it would be a great experience. Really enjoyed the atmosphere, music, etc. Unfortunately the serving staff was completely overwhelmed (although there must have been a dozen bussers floating around who didn't appear to know what to do). We had to ask multiple times for drink refills (3x's for one person!) and they didn't take our menus until we had been there at least 40 minutes. First 3 courses were great, although portions were small on the cheese fondue for 6 people and had to ask for additional food. Unfortunately dessert was disastrous - while the chocolate was great, the food for dipping was awful: pretzels and cookies were stale to the point of being inedible, pound cake was hard, donuts were slightly less stale but definitely not fresh, etc.; we had no staff check on us during the 30 minutes after we were served so we could not communicate to them of our dissatisfaction. It unfortunately tainted the entire experience and was very disappointing to spend $500 on a meal for 6 people that ended so poorly.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Supposed to be a fondue restaurant, but definitely wouldn’t consider it a fondue restaurant. The waiter, Adam, was very bizarre. He was disrespectful to my daughter who has celiac. At the end of the meal he explained to her how much of the food she missed out on because most of it contains gluten. The family of 5 next to us was given much more food then we did and we were a party of 7. The chicken and steak wasn’t seasoned very well. Definitely not worth 700$. The setup was poorly done and not explained well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We had a fun family holiday dinner at this restaurant. The gondola ride is half the fun. The food was OK and reasonably priced for the overall experience. We had a lot of fun.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My two little girls and I had a fantastic family dinner ! Great food and LOTS of it. Wait staff was very informative and were great at explaining the procedure of preparing the food. Everything was wonderful from the double gondola ride to the restaurant to the whole family experience!! Highly recommend

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We really enjoyed our meal and the entertainment provided by the restaurant. The only negative thing I can say is that I do not like the concept that two parties dining together have to agree on the cheese that they want as a group. Getting four people to agree on the food they are going to eat is not an easy task or having them have to agree is not a good business plan. The only reason I gave the food a good rating is that everyone gave into me and I got the cheese choice that I wanted. That meant someone else didn't get to enjoy the cheese fondue they wanted and didn't enjoy their meal as well.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

We came here for my boyfriend’s birthday and it was the best meal we have ever had. The ambiance was incredible. Will be coming back.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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