Gessner

3.5
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55 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Food and drink celebrate the culinary heritage of the Colorado Rockies and the Alps. 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 and the European Alps.
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J
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

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.

n
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

D
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

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.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent!

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C
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

J
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

d
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

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!

GK
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! They even remembered it was our anniversary.

GF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

AS
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

d
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

L
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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

s
Cleveland
26 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

AS
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

JM
Miami
73 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

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.

T
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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.

HD
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

L
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Food was not good

L
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

t
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Gessner, located in Hotel Talisa, is one of the better restaurants in Vail Valley. Often it is quite uncrowded, so you can get in and out quickly --- and the service is quite prompt. Food quality is very high for a hotel restaurant. It does not quite get into the 'Top 5' in Vail Valley for me, but I have been there twice now and will certainly return. Rather good wine list with good choices at many price points.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant does not open for lunch. We ended up eating at the bar.

j
New York Area
179 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Menu is very creative with lots of different combinations of flavors and ingredients. A little bit too ambitious but overall the food was very good. Had the lamb meatballs, shrimp and grits , elk carpaccio to start. Then we ordered the trout , squash soup and several side dishes. To finish we had the cheesecake which was amazing. Service was attentive and cleared dishes a little too quickly. Restaurant is very pretty and we had a comfortable booth. Valet parking was a plus.

c
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time eating at Gessner and it was just as great as the first. Like most restaurants in Vail, Gessner is pricey but the quality and service is excellent.

MX
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Started out fine and went downhill from there. Our server was a pleasure and the appetizers were served in a reasonable amount of time. However, dinner arrived 45 minutes after the appetizers. Food was good, but not great. Seated by a table of 10 that included 6 children playing a card game that had no volume control. Restaurant staff did nothing to quell the screams and loud noise. We spoke to the table directly and although the adults responded courteously, the children voiced their rude opinions of our noise complaint directly at us for the remainder of our meal. Would not return to this restaurant.

JY
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A great restaurant and atmosphere. Food and wine were both good.

CC
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, a lot of food choices.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Steak wasn't great. Chewy and over cooked. Potatoes didn't have much flavor. Salmon was dry.

RG
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent ambiance beautiful

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J
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

AZ
Phoenix
270 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We booked the Gessner because of their online menu. We were seated with a waiter on his first day. He was friendly and we were patient. We ordered our cocktail and wine which were excellent. Trout wasn’t listed but I asked if it was a special and was told yes. Also there was an elk special so we started with roasted Brussels sprouts which were average at best. Then we ordered two sides of the black truffle pasta as a secondi and a trout and an elk, as well as an advance order for the chocolate soufflé. 5 minutes go by and we’re told no elk so my husband orders the duck. 10 minutes goes by and we’re told they don’t have trout after all. So I changed to an order of the black truffle pasta as a main and no second course. As we figured would happen the secondi pasta for my husband came as a side dish with his duck. The duck was very good but the pastas were basically mushroom pasta with no real hint of black truffle that we could find. It was all still good in flavor. So another 15 minutes after the meal the waiter brings us a dessert menu. We mention we already ordered the soufflé and he said no soufflé tonight. This was a Saturday at 7:00-8:30pm. So we thanked him with a smile because he was trying his best, the restaurant manager came over because they didn’t have anything we expected from their online presence and apologized and without a complaint or request they took 20% off the bill. We wouldn’t go back but if you want steak or salmon this could be the place for you... but don’t count on the online menu. Also in all fairness this was the second restaurant we dined at in Vail touting local fish (trout and black bass) that didn’t deliver.

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

This is my 4th time in this restaurant. I was really happy to go one more time now at summer. It was a waste of time and money. Food was mediocre. Fungi pasta taste like they put mayo on it. Horrible wine (we chose it as we wanted a good californian wine we took the most expensive in the list and was so awful) salmon was over cooked when we as medium rare. Anyway sad experience in one of my new faves Restaurants in the area :(

BK
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time dining here since the renovation and reopening. Everything was good - from the ambiance to the food and the service. Will definitely visit again.

DK
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem, among the very best choices in Vail. Dishes are thoughtfully conceived and ingredients are high quality, fresh and full of flavor. A beautiful setting along Gore Creek. This was our sixth dinner at Gessner since it opened in the Talisa, and we have yet to be disappointed.

l
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant in Hotel Talisa. Good food, but perhaps expensive for what it was- $32 for lobster crostini and there were only 3 small bites...

ED
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary here this past weekend and it was spectacular. It's the offseason, and we were the only ones in the restaurant. We we're treated like royalty. They knew it was our anniversary and greeted us with champagne and finished it with the best piece of cheesecake I've ever had. In between, Luke, the general manager and sommelier took great care of us and recommended a great wine. Trevor, our waiter, was amazing and could not have been more accommodating and authentically kind. Thank you for making such a great memory.

MK
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible, atmosphere beautiful and Jose our waiter was the BEST!!!

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a new restaurant so they have a few hiccups. But, overall is was a very good experience. The service was good, food was awesome, and it was quiet.

k
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My friend’s s pasta was mushy and sticky, as if it had been finished before my salmon was ready and was left out under a warming light. Disappointing. The kitchen didn’t time the entrees to both be ready at the same time. The flavors of both dishes were good. Overall, it is overpriced when they can’t get the food timed right.