Gessner

4.2
74 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Food and drink celebrate the culinary heritage of the Colorado Rockies. This delicious blend of cultures echoes Vail’s own heritage, modeled after the Alpine town of Zermatt, Switzerland.

Gessner restaurant and bar, is open breakfast through dinner, showcasing authentic flavors from the Colorado Rockies.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 74 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMdrnMan
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Despite the current circumstances this hotel restaurant brings back Pre COVID ambiance with all the necessary social distancing. Lobby/ Bar/ Restaurant is the après ski must!

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CaterinaT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service and food were extremely poor. Would not recommend eating here even if you’re a guest of the hotel.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Food was horrible and given the high prices for entrees like steak, we would have expected more than poorly cooked meat with thick gravy on top of the filet mignon and NY Strip.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and 12 yr old son ate together after a long cold day of skiing Ryan ordered the cheese pizza and loved it!! You could tell crust was homemade. It was HUGE, shareable. I had the bison ravioli. Good. Loved the sauce the meat filling was plain tasting I think my husband had the short ribs. Was good. My 5 star rating goes to the Gessner RITA! Yummy!!! And Service. Would definitely go back, kid friendly with nice views of fireplace outside in dining area

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JordanM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive.

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JamesG
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing Time. The kids loved it and great customer service

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vailocals
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was excellent but the wine was way overpriced. They have no paper menus and unless you are a guest at the hotel it is difficult to get the menu information.

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BradN
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived at the GH during the corona virus scare. The staff were unbelievably accommodating despite us literally being the last two to stay through Wednesday (closure for 45 days Thursday). Anything we wanted from the menu at Gessner, we were able to order even when the orders were required to be delivered to our rooms (even the bartender knew exactly how I wanted my salmon prepared as I began stating how I'd like it prepared). We ate there several times, and not because we had to... several restaurants remained open at the time in Vail. Would absolutely recommend all to not only stay at the GH, but also to eat at Gessner. I tried my friend's hamburger and it was easily the best I've ever tried. The Brussel sprouts were terrific (competing with D'Jango's at one point rated the best restaurant in all of Colorado) in Crested Butte - and I know the recipe). Can't say enough great things about the GH and its staff. Looking forward to going back next February!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sorry we were not able to make it tonight.

When epic closed the mountain we refunded our airline tickets and were unable to travel to CO


Let me know if there is anything else I can provide.

Thanks.

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FrankZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service was slow , then they ran out of a few dinner entries . Some what of an attitude.

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JaneG
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all subjects. Love it and return and return. Thank you Gessners!

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FareMer
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful meal for “Dine for a Cause”. The staff was warm and helpful while the food was mouthwateringly good.

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ThomasS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

very. nice for a hotel restaurant. somewhat limited but interesting menu.

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vipGaryH
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

For a hotel restaurant, it wasn't bad - maybe a bit overpriced, but this is Vail

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MichaelH
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience2

New Years. Nothing about this place suggested New Years. Big decline from last year. Disappointing.

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vipHaroldF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderfully delicious meal after a great day of skiing.

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MichaelH
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and staff were terrific. The restaurant was cold though

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vipfoodpig
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Food was fair however it was off season so the specials made the overall score good due to the discounted prices.

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Jaylen
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience5

No, they didn't really know what was going on. Its disappointing because its one of the most aesthetically stunning restaurants I have been to. The service was terrible and I was one of four guests in the restaurant. I would not go back and pay what I did for the food or service.

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vipnorthshore
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This evening we enjoyed a beautiful dinner outside . Our dinner was fabulous. The corn soup with crab was amazing as was the ahi appetizer. My steak was cooked perfectly as was my husband's halibut.

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vipDenvercupcake
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We are so sad that we had such a terrible experience here. We came with our two children, one who has a gluten allergy, and our parents. There were less than 10 guests In the restaurant, and despite that... we waited over 30 minutes to receive our appetizers, which contained gluten despite us being emphatic re my celiac and my son’s allergy. Then, the food did come, it was all at different times and not very good. We used to eat here all the time as locals when it was the previous ownership. Bummer that it has changed, and not for the better. I’m hoping it was an off day.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Excellent!

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vipCbessy
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to dine... the food is great and so is their service! They have a wonderful wine list and we really like their sommelier, Luke!

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vipJillnancy
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The restaurant was almost empty. We were given the dinner menu and asked if we could also see the bar menu. We were told that we couldn’t sit in the main restaurant if we wanted the bar food. The bar was in an adjacent room. Really? The waiter agreed to “break the rules “ and give us a bar menu but said that in the future we’d have to sit in the other room. We live in the neighborhood and really want to give this place our business up this is not the first time we have been hassled there. We waited for an hour and 15 minutes for our dinner and mine came out room temperature. The waiter said he told the chef and that the chef was explaining to the kitchen helper how to properly plate the food. Really? This is a 4 star or more hotel. They need to get it together. I am canceling the other date I had planned to bring friends in a few weeks. Such a shame.

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vipdamong
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Hands down the worst breakfast, or should I say meal, I have ever had. Food was cold, hollandaise was broken and actually chunky. Crepe came out cold. Food was served one person at a time- in fact my entire family was done eating before I even got my meal. This was after the waiter got 3 of our 5 meals wrong and had to go back to re- order the correct dishes. Smoothie came out after our meal was done. TERRIBLE!

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GregK
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lamb was amazing! For desert don’t pass up the cherry cobbler;)

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! They even remembered it was our anniversary.

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GlennF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Gessner. It was a quiet Sunday night in the offseason and the restaurant was quiet, we got a table right overlooking the Gore Creek, our waiter Christian was charming and helpful, the food and wine deals were unbeatable, and the food - I had Lamb and my wife had Salmon - was perfectly done. A true 5-star evening.

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AnyaS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and exceptional services provided by Christian. We were there during offseason special. Great value!

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doug
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the fun experience at the bar with Jimmy to the attention from Chris and his perfectly attentive staff at dinner, we had an exceptional time. The food was top notch. Went back for breakfast and it was equally a great time.

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vipLovetodine
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The Scallops and Risotto were delicious. The squash soup was perfect!

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vipsensitivepalate
Cleveland
40 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I had the Lamb meatballs and risotto. Lamb meatballs were O.K., the risotto excellent. My wife had the trout which was from Idaho since were in Colorado I found that strang. She told me it was O.K. but she wouldn't order again. The waiter was excellent. the ambulance excellent. Live music was near the bar area.

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AlanS
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Soup cold. Trout over cooked. Server and team were very accommodating. Restaurant is new and still doesn’t have its act together. This my fourth try.

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vipJMiller
Denver
74 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Great service and food. Expensive given the complete lack of ambiance. It felt like we were eating in a restaurant at Marriott airport location. No music. Bad lightening. Cavernous space. Disappointing in that respect.

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vipTklook585
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Restaurant is solid overall
We started with Shrimp and Grits - very creamy and good but not a hint of the green chilies that are highlighted in the description.
I had the Bucatini pasta with Buffalo - pasta was cooked perfectly and their were nice hearty size chunks of buffalo that was tender and delicious.
My wife had the kale salad which was dressed perfectly- not saturated like most restaurants and the kale was properly prepared and in bite sized bites.
The ambiance was ok - I’d recommend to the restaurant that they drop the light intensity ( the entire restaurant is too bright and gives it a cafeteria setting) to give it a little more mood.
Overall - a good choice and prices were reasonable for Vail.

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vipHaroldD
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

If you are looking for fine dining in Vail, don’t come here. The restaurant is run by Marriott Corporation and they are not good restaurant operators. They need to stick with renting hotel rooms and partner with real restauranteurs/chefs for their upscale food endeavors. We went there last night and nothing was right. HVAC system blowing cold air on us, salad and maincourse served at the same time, brought the entree back to us later and it was cold, then brought it back again and it looked like the same dish with a poor attempt at re-heating. Understaffed and amateurish service.

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vipLuv2dine
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Took long time to get cocktails in restaurant as the bar was very busy. The chef did a wonderful job.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Food was not good

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vipLocalexperiencedfoodie
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!! The elk carpaccio was superb, one of the best carpaccio I’ve ever had! The apple and blue cheese salad was one of the most flavorful, refreshing, and enjoyable salads in town. Rack of lamb was good (order glaze on the side) and the Truffle pasta (Even the gluten free pasta!) was OH-My delicious! Highly recommend this restaurant! Oh and the genuine Opera Singers was a delightful bonus!! Must say, the Gessner is the most overlooked restaurant in Vail and it is well worth a visit.

FAQs

Gessner offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (970) 479-7014.

Gessner is rated 4.2 stars by 74 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.