Gessner

4.4
26 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. Open all day, Gessner, the 3-meal restaurant is open breakfast through dinner, showcasing authentic flavors from the Colorado Rockies and the European Alps.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Daily 5:30 am–10:00 pm
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm
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Phone number
(970) 479-1538
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jay Spickelmier
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Complimentary Valet service for each guest that comes to dine in Gessner. Minimum of $25 to spend for free valet
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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RG
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent ambiance beautiful

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J
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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AZ
Phoenix
246 reviews
Dined on August 26, 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.

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OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 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 :(

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BK
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 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.

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DK
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 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.

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SC
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 8, 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...

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ED
1 review
Dined on May 6, 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.

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

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

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 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.

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k
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on March 24, 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.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Arrived at 7:23 for a 7:30 reservation. Despite the restaurant having only 4 tables full, the hostess asked if we could wait until 7:30 and then come back to check in. Seriously?!? The place was empty. So we went to the bar right next to her and ordered a cocktail while she stared at us. At 7:36 she came over and said we forgot to check in for our 7:30 reservation. Took the bartender 10 min to break himself away from a chat and finally give us the check so we could sit and eat. We marveled at how empty the restaurant was.

The ambiance was bland, I felt like I was sitting in a cafeteria with bright lights.

Food was “eh”. Truffle tagliatelle tasted like noodles doused in heavy cream. Fois gras medallion ended up being a pate that was ice cold in the center and had 1/4 inch of tasteless gelatin on top. Lobster crostini app (for $32!!!) was mostly avocado with a few pieces of lobster sprinkled in.

This was the worst meal of my trip out to Vail.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

This was our second visit to this three-month old restaurant. Our first disappointing visit was shortly after it opened, and since it’s in our neighborhood, we gave it another chance. The food was generally very good, but the service is quite amateurish. I am surprised that a Starwood Luxury Collection hotel restaurant has not trained its staff better.

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DK
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute delight. High quality ingredients beautifully prepared and presented. This was our second meal at Gessner, which has been operating only since the former Cascade Hotel re-opened as the Hotel Talisa following a full renovation. Because the hotel has only recently reopened, we expected a few glitches, and were presently surprised how well everything was running. We also appreciated Gessner’s wide range of offerings, from quite reasonably priced burgers and pastas to more expensive steaks and seafood, plus lots in between. The same was true of the ample wine list.

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J
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good food. The place is still figuring itself out but in the long run I think it will be excellent

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JD
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

We arrived 10 minutes early for a 7PM reservation and was told we would have to wait until 7 to be seated. Thought this was strange but OK. We were seated at 7 in room with less than 1/2 of the tables occupied. Again strange but OK. A very nice waiter took our drink order and delivered our drinks promptly. At that time he took our meal order , a salad and French onion soup for appetizers and a pasta and salmon for a main course. After 1 hour (60 minutes) I finally had to ask for some bread or food or anything. The waiter said he sent some bread over but it would be a few minutes because of the soup. Obviously he forgot to put our order in. The soup and salad came about 10 minutes later being dropped off at the table by a server without saying a word. The soup was delivered without a spoon and it took several minutes to find someone to give me a spoon. In another 15 minutes our meals came which were absolutely mediocre. When the waiter gave us our check he charged $39 for the salmon which was $36 on the menu. At that time the manager came by and heard our complaints. When he found out we lived in Denver and where not stay at the hotel he said the next time we came the meals would be on him. A very safe bet, because who in their right mind would go back.
Jay Dworkin

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Server was enthusiastic, cuisine was quite good, and atmosphere was hip/cool.

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S
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful service, beautiful space

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a new option in Vail it is worth checking out. We have had dinner twice here now and each time was great! Good wine list, ambience, and culinary choices. We will be back.

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c
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were incredibly impressed with our meal here. We were staying at Hotel Talisa and didn't feel like going out for dinner so we ate here. Yes, it's expensive but wow, the quality of food presented to us was worth it. You will pay a lot for fine dining in Vail and most of the time, the quality is not worth the price. Not at Gessner. Between our family, we had the filet, duck, and tagliatelle w/ mushrooms. Everything was delicious but the pasta was out of this world. Chocolate souffle for dessert topped it all off. Highly recommend you give it a try.

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WS
Houston
59 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The staff are very friendly, but service is far from polished. Maybe it will improve after it’s been open longer. The food is well prepared, and if a little pricey even by Vail standards. The servers are a little inexperienced and suggested that the dry French white wine I ordered was a nice “sweet” wine. I didn’t correct her, but she wasn’t very knowledgeable. The bar is ok, and I hope this place improves with time.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Disappointing

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LZ
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 4ambience 4

The waitress was excellent- very attentive and nice. My meal, the rainbow trout was 3.5/5. My husband got the cod - 1/5- not fresh, VERY tiny piece of fish with 2 slices of radishes for 42$- no vegetables or starches. The restaurant would be good with lower prices, better food and more than just the entree.

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m
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We wanted to give our "new" neighborhood restaurant a try. Just open 4 weeks , service was great, food was well-prepared. We started with a basket of artisana bread and the roasted brussels sprouts, followed by the seared rainbow trout and a side of mac and cheese. The trout had a nice crispy skin and the roasted endive/peas/tomato vinaigrette was excellent. The restaurant is located just off the lobby of the new Hotel Talisa in the Vail Cascade neighborhood.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food is awesome. Get the brussels. My lamb was fantastic, but the menu given to me when I was seated was an old menu, the entree I ordered was $20 more on the new menu. When I inquired about it the server brought me the new menu and said that was the price. I don't care about the price but do your due diligence and get rid of old menus!

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Clearly this new restaurant is still working out the kinks. While the ambiance was pleasant , our server was trying too hard to Be friendly and Knowledgeable which came off as condescending especially when she explained that the reason they did not have birthday candles was because it is "classier" to write on the dessert place in chocolate. The food was disappointing starting with the $5.00 artisan bread service which was brought to our table half frozen. The truffle pasta was devoid of truffle and flavor. The pasta was clumped together and not separated. Tx he Brussels sprouts were not well Cooked and had Some type of unpleasant and unidentifiable red glaze. There was nothing Caesar like about our Caesar salad. The croutons were made up of cubed stale bread, and the dressing was bland.

The salmon was fine and it was nice of the chef to come out and say hello. He was the

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