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“The most entertaining restaurant in Gstaad”

Ristorante Bar Rialto
Ranked #3 of 51 Restaurants in Gstaad
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“The most entertaining restaurant in Gstaad”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

Just watch and listen to Ivan, the ex-Chesery sommelier, busy-boying about the place. Even if his professional and most charming Italian crew already took the order, Ivan will come by and ask if you already ordered. If your answer is a most definite 'Yes', that does not impress Ivan: 'What did you order?' We say: 'But we already ordered'. This is not the answer Ivan wants to hear. He keeps on insisting to repeat it. Our advice: Tell him because otherwise he will never leave your table and you will never get your food...
But of course, we forgive Ivan.
It is too funny to watch and listen to him. A Russian is asking what is Osso Bucco. Ivan puts one leg up on the table and slaps his calf (cannibalism celebrated here?). Another party wants to know what is Mesclun. Ivan runs to the kitchen, comes back with a bunch of salad in his hand and does the rounds of the curious patrons, lets it float down in front of them. In the meantime we finish our meal and our bottle. Sabrina, the wonderful service person, is about to clear our table and the empty bottle. But there is Ivan, not missing a beat. He rushes over, lifts the empty bottle and praises us for all the patrons around to hear (and expected to clap their hands?): 'Good job, very good job' ... and immediately rushes off, probably to double up on some doubled up order already taken.
We do not know about other peoples sense of humor but for us it is hilarious. Beside, the Osso Bucco (in the colder season), the fresh filets of perche from Lake Geneva, just quickly sautéd, the way we like it, the lightly stuffed and delicately seasoned Calamari are excellent and a real bonus treat on top of Ivan's priceless performance, of course. So no complaint about il conto.

  • Visited July 2012
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Too expensive for food quality”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

Agreeable ambiance but the food quality did not match and was too expensive.

Visited July 2012
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Zug, Switzerland
Level 6 Contributor
181 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Give the new team a chance!”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

Yvan Letzter and Manuel Stadelmann took over the lead at the Rialto in Dec 2011 and they would like to position the Rialto as the "Bistronomie-Place" in Gstaad, i.e a cosy place where you can eat good quality food at decent prices in a nice location. The Rialto is the central meeting point at the Gstaad Promenade and, particularly on sunny days, the terrace is a nice spot to do "people watching"! When it comes to food, I guess they still have some room for improvement, and their service lacks precision. GIven the background of the two at great restaurants like the Chesery in Gstaad, I guess they deserve a fair chance to make their initial marks at this restaurant which is famous for family lunches and a (younger) cocktail bar.

  • Visited February 2012
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“New owners”
Reviewed February 5, 2012

The food has improved in this great location of a restaurant.

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Basel, Switzerland
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice, central, cosy”
Reviewed January 6, 2012

Nice, with dj or live music. A place must to take a drink. Young people, families, older people.

Visited January 2012
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