Gessner restaurant and bar, is open breakfast through dinner, showcasing authentic flavors from the Colorado Rockies and the European Alps.
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!!!
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
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Service was slow , then they ran out of a few dinner entries . Some what of an attitude.
Excellent in all subjects. Love it and return and return. Thank you Gessners!
Wonderful meal for “Dine for a Cause”. The staff was warm and helpful while the food was mouthwateringly good.
very. nice for a hotel restaurant. somewhat limited but interesting menu.
For a hotel restaurant, it wasn't bad - maybe a bit overpriced, but this is Vail
New Years. Nothing about this place suggested New Years. Big decline from last year. Disappointing.
We had a wonderfully delicious meal after a great day of skiing.
Food and staff were terrific. The restaurant was cold though
Food was fair however it was off season so the specials made the overall score good due to the discounted prices.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
The Lamb was amazing! For desert don’t pass up the cherry cobbler;)
Wonderful experience! They even remembered it was our anniversary.
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.
Delicious food and exceptional services provided by Christian. We were there during offseason special. Great value!
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.
The Scallops and Risotto were delicious. The squash soup was perfect!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Took long time to get cocktails in restaurant as the bar was very busy. The chef did a wonderful job.
Food was not good
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.
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.
The restaurant does not open for lunch. We ended up eating at the bar.
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.
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.
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.
A great restaurant and atmosphere. Food and wine were both good.
Excellent food, excellent service, a lot of food choices.
Steak wasn't great. Chewy and over cooked. Potatoes didn't have much flavor. Salmon was dry.
Gessner offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (970) 479-1538.
Gessner is rated 4 stars by 66 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.