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“Good food with reasonable selections”
Review of Gretchen's

Gretchen's
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Ranked #1 of 18 Restaurants in Sun Valley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Description: Adjacent to the Lodge Lobby, Gretchen's Restaurant welcomes you with an relaxing indoor/outdoor feel with easy access for Terrace dining all day long. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and full bar service. Sun Valley's own Gretchen Fraser is the restaurant's namesake, the first American to win an Alpine Olympic Gold Medal.
Reviewed September 3, 2013

This restaurant is in the Lodge at the Sun Valley Resort. I had breakfast here and there were plenty of good options to choose from. The portion sizes were reasonably sized, but the food is pricey. Also, if you're in a hurry, this is not the place for you. The entire resort seems to run on the assumption that you have all the time in the world to spend there. If you're at your leisure, this is great, but if you have plans, be advised that you need to leave plenty of time for your meal. Overall, it was a pleasant experience!

Thank Rachel W
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

We ate here twice during our stay (because my cousin was so captivated by the restaurant's view of the outdoor skating rink) And it is wonderful to watch the skaters, many of them professionals, have their practice times while you eat. However, that was the only good thing about the whole experience. Both times the wait service was spotty at best, with our having to ask for drink refills and condiments. That would have been alright except for the appallingly mediocre quality of the food. I was presented with a quiche that had been made in a muffin tin and arrived with a thick skin of plastic-like yellow cheese. Blech ! Knowing better the second time, I just had a grilled asparagus appetizer for my dinner. Hard as rocks, drenched in balsamic syrup, another horrible disappointment. The cousin who had lobbied for our second visit (because he wanted their trout) was disappointed to find that they were out of it (In IDAHO ! At 6:30 at night - the start of the dinner service !) Ordering a pork chop instead, he had to send it back, as it was underdone. No amount of sit spins and Hamel camels can make up for bad food (and retail prices as well) Life's too short.

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Thank TakeATripMichele
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sunvalleyresort, Manager at Gretchen's, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.

We are glad you enjoyed the skaters and their practice. We are truly disappointed that you were not satisfied with our offerings. I will definitely share your comments with the Gretchen’s Chef. Our goal is 100% guest satisfaction and we are going to make improvements in our food quality and presentation to achieve this goal.

We hope that you will have an opportunity to visit Sun Valley again soon.

Sincerely,

Natalia Tekiela (Director of Restaurants)

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

The waiter only catered to those who ordered alcoholic beverages. Other than that he could have cared less. The manager had to come to his rescue. One table just got up and left another had a concert to attend and were served 5 minutes before after waiting 1 1/2 hours. Not the restaurants fault, but an absolutely horrid employee

Thank thekaysvillekid
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sunvalleyresort, Manager at Gretchen's, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to share with us your recent experience at Gretchen’s.

Any input we receive from our guests of great value to us, and we appreciated hearing your specific comments and the concerns that you raised. We are truly disappointed that you were not satisfied with the level of service. Our commitment at Sun Valley is to 100% guest satisfaction, and we clearly fell short in this instance, for which we apologize. We will bear your comments in mind as we continually work to improve our staff training.

We hope that you will have an opportunity to visit Sun Valley again soon.

Sincerely,

Natalia Tekiela (Director of Restaurants)

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Reviewed April 30, 2013

Set in the opulence of the Sun Valley Lodge, Gretchens fits in as it scales it down a notch. I enjoyed lunch twice while watching skaters at the ice rink and appreciated the hours of service as well as the service I received. One server went so far as to search for me when I left an item at the table upon departure -- now that is service of a different sort! The food was delicious, there are some gluten-free options though this is a section of the menu that could easily be expanded and the preparation of allergen sensitive foods is at the learning curve stage in my opinion. All in all, a very enjoyable set of meals with entertainment!

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Thank onthejourney55
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

the "lesser" restaurant in Sun Valley Lodge, it provdes good food and saved my life with a late lunch after a later than planned arrival without much opportunity for food. Excellent service.

Thank joekr
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