Restaurant visitors for whom money is irrelevant have a large selection of fine restaurants in Zurich, where top-quality cuisine is served in a stylish atmosphere. Even guests who do not want to dig deep into their pockets will find numerous restaurants in Zurich, which serve international cuisine from all over the world, Zurich classics and newer trend dishes such as vegan and gluten-free, as well as juices and smoothies.
The following restaurants in Zurich are divided into three categories:
Expensive (over Sfr 150)
Moderate ( Sfr 70 to 150)
Inexpensive (up to Sfr 70)
It is the average price for a three-course menu for one person and half a bottle of the cheapest wine or a comparable drink, with taxes and a 15% mandatory service charge. It is common to round up the bill to the nearest ten francs.
Many of the most famous artists of the 20th century, such as Stravinsky, Brecht and Joyce, have dined in the Kronenhalle. The fin-de-siècle ambience and decor create the perfect setting for the wonderful 20th century art collection, which includes paintings by Giacometti, Picasso, Miró, Chagall and Matisse.
The quality of the dishes served in the Kronenhalle attracts many regular guests. The menu features sophisticated Swiss and international dishes. The service is first class and the ambience is more relaxed than formal, despite the high prices.
Address: Rämistrasse 4, 8001 Zurich
Phone: +41 (0) 44 262 99 00.
Rico’s is located 6 km south of the city center on the east bank (the “Gold Coast ‘”) of Lake Zurich and is located in a building built in 1873. The cozy restaurant, which was first an art gallery and then the place of work of the two Michelin-star chef Horst Petermann, has already attracted many statesmen, artists and business people. Since his retirement, the two Michelin stars have been preserved under the direction of Rico Zandonella. The artistic touch is new in the modern, European cuisine of the restaurant. The wine cellar is well stocked, many vintages are also available per glass. In summer you can dine in a cozy garden.
Address: Seestrasse 160, 8700 Zurich
Phone: +41 (0) 44 910 07 15.
Salsa of Tokyo
The Salsa of Tokyo opened around 40 years ago as the first Japanese restaurant in Zurich. However, it has only been at its current location in Schützengasse since the summer of 2018. In addition to the restaurant area, the modern and stylishly furnished restaurant also has a guest room for group events. At lunchtime and in the evening, guests can order classic Japanese dishes such as Japanese beef curry and salmon with Teriyaki sauce or multi-course menus. The Salsa of Tokyo is open for brunch on Saturdays. Takeway dishes should be ordered at least one hour before collection.
Address: Schützengasse 5, 8001 Zurich
Phone: +41 (0) 44 271 52 90
The Veltliner cellar is located in a house next to the St. Peterskirche and has been used since 1325 as a wine cellar for the Italian-Swiss Valtellina wines, which were transported across the Alps to Zurich. The cellar has been a restaurant since 1551.
The walls are decorated with lush wood carvings based on the Graubündner alpine culture. The wood paneling is made from the rare Swiss pine, which only thrives in Switzerland.
The menu of the Veltliner cellar changes depending on the season and includes classic Swiss and Italian dishes such as veal sliced Zurich style.
Address: Schlüsselgasse 8, 8001 Zurich
Phone: +41 (0) 44 225 40 40.
Zunfthaus zur Schmiden
The history of the guild house at Schmiden, the guild house of blacksmiths and barbers, goes back to the year 1412. Today the guild house is a restaurant that can also be rented for private occasions and business conferences. The Gothic wood decoration and in particular the carved medallions, massive sandstone columns, the lead glass and the baroque tiled stoves provide an atmospheric setting in which you can enjoy classic Swiss German cuisine. There are numerous bowls and bowls full of delicacies on the Schmidentafel, which can be booked by groups.
House specialties include beef socks on a carrot stick and T-bone steak at Café de Paris or red wine sauce. As is customary in Zurich guild houses and beer halls, the portions are doubled with a free portion. The blacksmith’s wine house is also well equipped.
Address: Marktgasse 20, 8001 Zurich
Phone: +41 (0) 44 250 58 48.
This interesting type of restaurant, conceived and operated by blind and visually impaired people, is becoming increasingly popular in Europe. Guests eat in total darkness to experience what it feels like to be blind. The blind or visually impaired waiters and waitresses lead the guests to their tables. Both the interior and the food remain in the dark. Although the blind man serves primarily to make the problems of visually impaired people public, the restaurant could not celebrate such an overwhelming success (waiting list for months!) Without presenting the guests with high quality food.
Address: Mühlebachstrasse 148, 8008 Zurich
Phone: + 44 (0) 44 421 50 50.
Mère Catherine is a small, popular terrace bistro with Provençal decor and a sunny ambience. The various daily menus are particularly good. Dishes include e.g. B. onion soup, French fish stew, fried entrecote, house sausage on lentil vegetables and also vegetarian dishes such as ravioli filled with chickpeas or omelets with spinach. There are changing lunch dishes to choose from and on warm evenings the terrace is open. Reservations are required.
Address: Nägelihof 3, 8001 Zurich
Phone: +41 (0) 44 250 59 40.
In 1907, Bayer Ambrosius Hiltl acquired the ‘Vegetarian Home and Abstinence Cafe’ and, with the help of his wife, converted it into a restaurant. Today there are several Hiltl restaurants in Zurich that spoil their guests with vegetarian delights à la carte or at the buffet. Homemade specialties from all over the world are available. The prices are calculated by weight.
Address: Sihlstrasse 28, 8001 Zurich
Phone: +41 (0) 44 227 70 00.
The Zeughauskeller got its name from the remains of an old armory from 1487, on which the restaurant building was built. The actual restaurant was opened in 1827 after the new owner converted the house into one of the best restaurants and beer halls in the city. Massive stone pillars support the decorated beam ceiling, which is adorned with medieval and newer weapons. The decor is traditional and historical, portraits of medieval nobles hang on the walls and guests sit at long tables that are shared. Swiss specialties such as Zurich sliced meat and numerous sausage and roasted dishes are served daily from midday to evening from the home-style kitchen. Tables can be reserved online.
Address: Bahnhofstrasse 28 A, 8001 Zurich
Phone: +41 (0) 44 220 15 15.