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Gessner, Vail, CO

Gessner

4.3
4.3
164 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (970) 479-7014

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Pascal Coudouy

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private dinning room that can accommodate up to 10 people for special occasions or events. The room is enclosed with views and access to the balcony to enjoy the wonderful Gore Creek only steps away. First come, first serve with a minimum of $500 for breakfast, $1000 for lunch and $1500 for dinner.

  • Neighborhood

    Vail

  • Parking details

    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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Christmas Eve Prime Rib Special

    Dec 24, 2022 only
    Gessner will offer a $40 Prime Rib Special with demi glaze, potatoes, and winter vegetables. Special price does not include tax or service charges.
  • Christmas Dinner Buffet

    Dec 25, 2022 only
    A festive feast for family and friends! Enjoy a decedent Holiday Buffet featuring Chilled Sea Food, Bone in Grilled Tomahawk, Coconut Curry Sword Fish and much more! $90 per person, plus taxes and service charges. Children 1-12 pay your age
  • New Years Eve Dinner

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Ring in the new year at Gessner! Savor a delicious 4 course Prix Fixe Menu. Highlights include; Roasted Acorn Squash Soup, Braised Short Ribs, and Spiced Crème Brûlée $180 per person $40 per child 12 and under

What 164 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. B

    Bdub

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Thanksgiving dinner buffet. Many choices and everything was fresh and tasty. Wait staff were friendly and professional.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A friend and I who had just met a few days prior went for restaurant week for the special on the trout and French onion soup and bread pudding! The trout itself was just ok, but the side it came with was delicious and the French onion soup was mouth watering! The bread pudding was the best part of the whole dinner (besides my date). She looked so beautiful and we had a great conversation the whole time!
  3. FD

    FineDiner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Has complementary valet parking too.
  4. KW

    KellieW

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Friday evening dinner, restaurant wasn’t too busy, quaint atmosphere. Bread appetizer was best part of the meal. Entrees disappointing - $65 Filets ordered medium was butterflied? I don’t expect a $65 filet mignon served that way. Sauce on steak was odd flavor/maybe over heated? Mashed potatoes gummy.
  5. TL

    TomL

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was incredibly pleasant and attentive. We truly enjoyed each meal there!
  6. KK

    KellyK

    Denver

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Mother’s Day brunch- regular local here. I first asked the waiter could see if the bartender could make a mocktail because I don’t drink. He said “I’m not sure.” I said I’m sure the bartender can figure something out. He comes back with a mocktail. Was really good but he gave no options before just bringing something. No dessert offered today. He said “I’ll go see what I can do.” He comes back with a dinner menu saying “the kitchen says you can pick off of here.” Why no Mother’s Day dessert options? Went to City Market instead for cupcakes. I went to the front desk to ask for change for the valet. “Let me see. Ok here.” No smile no hospitality at the front desk today either. No greeting whatsoever. I said hello. Best service was from the main valet guy today who took our picture and the host at the restaurant who was very nice. Other than that there needs to be some coaching on how to greet guests and service levels. Service is going downhill here.
  7. ZL

    ZachL

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    I wish I had something good to say. I booked this for Mother's Day Brunch. We had been to this location (different restaurant) pre covid for Easter and had an amazing experience; great food, service, ambiance, etc. Sorry to say that The Gessner didn't live up to its predecessor. The menue was very plain for breakfast; nothing special Western Omelette, waffles, eggs and hash, salmon, etc. Nothing creative or interesting not even eggs Benedict. My hash was rubbery 1.5-2" cubes of beef brisket, with un rendered fat, cut with the grain, that was under seasoned and bland. The potatoes must have been stored in the same warmer/tray as the salmon, and smelled of pre cooked poached fish. My wife's omlette had over cooke fillings and burnt eggs. My son's waffles were obviously pre cooked; dry, brittle and cold, with the 'macerated' berries being just a couple of blueberries on the side. Wish the service was better, We waited 5 min for the hostess to greet us. After being shown to our table, it took them 10+ min to come and check on coffee/drinks, and then another 10 to come back for our orders. We weren't asked for another round/refills until after they had already brought our meal. I spoke to the MOD, JP(?) and he did offer to refund our meal. I always prefer to give a second chance (everyone needs a mulligan sometimes, especially after a busy winter season), and offered to take a gift cert to come back another time. He thanked me, took my card and information, and said he'd reach out the next week. No email, no call, no gift cert. Overall, very disappointing experience for Mother's Day. -Z
  8. DH

    DeborahH

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Lovely setting, pleasant live music and very good service. The food was lacking flavor. English muffin was dry but not crisp.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Way too expensive for medium food and absent service. I realize it’s shoulder season in Vail but shut the place down if you aren’t going to bother coming to the table.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Springfield

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed dining at Gessner. Nice atmosphere, great food and very good service are the highlights of this place. The views from the restaurant are amazing!
  11. M

    Minnie

    Toronto

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had our date night here and had a very special request to set personalize cutlery at the table. The staff did an impeccable job and creating a special evening for us ensuring the cutlery was at the right setting and they had a table for us with the perfect view. The dinner was delicious and we had our favourite wine.
  12. T

    Tiburon1

    Jacksonville

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was good but service was mediocre for the value we expected extraordinary,it wasn’t but overall we had a great family time
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and the food was great. Our server really was on point with the recommendations.
  14. MB

    MariaB

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Good was ok, Risotto was hard, uncooked and filet was dry. It’s. A nice restaurant, great wines list but good to pricey .
  15. JS

    JaneS

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A beautiful restaurant in Vail where the food, wine and service were all excellent. The location is good and the standard of everything offered was high. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and wine and helped us with our choices.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food and service. No issues.
  17. LD

    LauraD

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    This restaurant charges high prices for poor quality food and disorganized service. The menu needs to be revised, as they are trying to serve common dishes with a twist to charge higher prices for basic dishes. But the twist fails and almost ruins it. Then then they charge a fortune for it. So not worth it. Better to cook your own simple food at home, like spaghetti or a hamburger, then go here and get poor quality food and a high price.
  18. M

    Mark

    Denver

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Not very excited to eat at any additional restaurants owned by Hyatt given their continuation of doing business in Russia. Also will no longer stay at any Hyatt properties until they cease doing business in Russia
  19. SK

    StacyK

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff and excellent food!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Baguette for the table East he Beat part. All said. Entrees pretty small, what should not be a problem is very good taste, what is not. Quite standard for the place and the hotel
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    father son trip dinner
  22. LH

    LaurieH

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere and delicious food! The service was great!
  23. AW

    AndyW

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was actually excellent and cocktails good. Unfortunately super bowl weekend the bar was packed and quite a delay getting our drinks. Server was very nice and helpful. Other negative we asked to order from the bar menu for our younger daughter and they did not allow it which was fine, but then the couple next to us was given that option. Still worth going the sea bass and trout were excellent
  24. SM

    StanM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    It is Ok place if you staying at Grand Hyatt (it is right in their lobby). Food was good but pricey , service is just Ok but this probably the artifact of staff shortage.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was so wonderful. They made us feel comfortable and helped make sure we were at a table where our stroller would fit comfortably. Food was great at prices you’d expect in vail. Noise level was perfect for anything from a date to a group get together!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Champagne given for my birthday which was greatly appreciated.
  27. DG

    DianaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable dinner that was quite delicious. The atmosphere was terrific
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely will return for our 3rd dinner meal this week at Gessner. Meat & cheese board is a delicious appetizer, entrees tried this week: tagliatelle pasta - added grilled shrimp, braised beef rib, filet mignon, rainbow trout, Co. Striped bass- all well prepared with superior ingredients, beautiful presentations. This restaurant is a gem! Kudos to the bartender- the smoked (bourbon) old fashioned was a winner! Nice wine list & creative mixed drink options.
  29. PD

    PhilD

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Perfectly lovely high end restaurant after a hard day of skiing.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food Great service
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Went for Nye dinner - very expensive fixed course meal that didn’t live up to price. Meals were clearly sitting under hot lamp for hours and not amazing to begin with. Staff couldn’t keep up with wine pairing.
  32. HW

    HenryW

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Super disappointed at meal service during NYE dinner. Usually very tolerant of delayed meals, and everything was fine up to the main course. It took over an hour to wait for the main course; we decided to cut bait and leave before the dessert course. Again, I understand it’s NYE, but we left extremely disappointed to start the New Year
  33. CM

    ColoradoMom

    Denver

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server was outstanding- super friendly and attentive
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely meal at Gessner. Food was delicious, everyone enjoyed their entree.
  35. PS

    PaulS

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Christmas buffet, excellent food selection. Service was very good.
  36. TT

    TTR2

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The duck was amazing! Best I've ever had! Our server was courteous and attentive. It was our first time there, but it won't be our last!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Price doesn’t match product provided!
  38. H

    Hollycolorado

    Denver

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Service was slow because they were training new staff. Very private, comfortable booth. Excellent food and drinks.
  39. PP

    PlinioP

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had not been to this hotels restaurant in years. It was nice that it had a new name and new cuisine. At a time when every restaurant is short-staffed, this restaurant made you feel like we were their only guests and went out of their way to make our party of eight well taken-care-of. The freshly baked bread made everyone who was trying to eat gluten-free throw that habit out the window and we even ordered more. Two people in our party ordered the bass, two ordered the steak, one the pasta, one the special and two the vegan option- a cauliflower “steak” that was more like the entire cauliflower. Everyone was satisfied. If there’s anything the restaurant could improve upon was ambiance as it felt very “corporate.” Maybe add some chandeliers over the massive wood tables? Maybe add art? But otherwise well worth the visit.
  40. P

    Pichun

    Denver

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    My family and I had a very bad experience at Gessner restaurant tonight. We waited about an hour for our order, the order arrived wrong and a disappointing attention. Far from Hyatt quality.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

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

Gessner is rated 4.3 stars by 164 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Gessner

1300 Westhaven Dr, Vail, CO 81657

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Vail

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet service for each guest that comes to dine in Gessner. Minimum of $25 to spend for free valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Pascal Coudouy

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (970) 479-7014

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private dinning room that can accommodate up to 10 people for special occasions or events. The room is enclosed with views and access to the balcony to enjoy the wonderful Gore Creek only steps away. First come, first serve with a minimum of $500 for breakfast, $1000 for lunch and $1500 for dinner.

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