Gessner

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66 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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4.2
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4.3
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4.1
ambience
3.9
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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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OpenTable Diner
Miami
11 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
16 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
104 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
1 review
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
Miami
73 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
20 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
31 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.

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viptv53
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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

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vipjaybird51
New York Area
182 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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vipcpmurphy
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipMeredithX
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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.

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JustinY
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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ChristinaC
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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

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Gessner offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (970) 479-1538.

Gessner is rated 4 stars by 66 OpenTable diners.

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