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Restaurants in Switzerland

Pauline Kenny

Note: You are not expected to tip in restaurants in Switzerland.

Restaurants in Zurich

Vegetarian Restaurants

In Zurich we eat in the vegetarian restaurants (or sometimes Thai or Chinese food).

Hiltl, Sihlstrasse 28 (across the street from Hotel Glockenhof). Tel: 01-227-7000. Hours: Open every day (including Sunday)
www.hiltl.ch
We have eaten here many times. A more hip vegetarian restaurant. Extensive menu - great food. Lots of juice drinks, lots of salads, but also well cooked rice, noodle or potato dishes. They have a buffet and both lunch and dinner (we usually order from the menu, though). The tables are close together and it can feel busy and crowded. But, the food is very good. This is now our favorite vegetarian restaurant in Zurich. A typical dinner is 50 - 60CHF. Inside and outside seating. Our August 2002 lunch of two spinach-egg-pototo dishes and water came to 42CHF (about $32).

Note: The Gleich on Seefeldstrasse used to be one of our favorite European vegetarian restaurants but it closed in 2001.

Tibits, Seefeldstrasse 2, open all day until late at night, www.tibits.ch
Vegetarian buffet restaurant owned by the downtown Hiltl restaurant. The buffet is labeled for dairy and vegan dishes. Take a plate and choose the dishes you want - salad below, hot dishes above. Take it to the cash register and put it on the scale. You pay by weight. Order drinks there. Seating at long tables inside or outside. We paid about 12CHF ($8) each for a lunch sized plate of food. The food was not as good as the downtown restaurant - not as much selection of the hot dishes.

Ethnic Restaurants

Restaurant Hong Kong, Seefeldstrasse 60, open daily
Good Chinese food in Zurich. Our meal of soup, monks vegetables and vegetable noodles cost 75CHF (about $50) - not cheap. Meals are expensive in Switzerland.

Ban Song Thai, Kirchgasse 6, on a lane in Old Town just a block up from the river.
Great Thai food. Our dinner for two of spring rolls, Pad Thai noodles and sweet and sour tofu, with beers, was 80CHF ($55).

Tea Rooms

Sprungli, Paradeplatz on Bahnhofstrasse
www.spruengli.ch
Famous tea rooms and candy store since 1836. Tea rooms upstairs, candy store downstairs. Seating outside or inside (upstairs). Upstairs, select your pastry from the display counter. The person there puts it on a plate and hands it to you. Sit down and order your coffee from the waitress. Pay when you leave at the cashier. Downstairs there is a good chocolate store.
Hours: The candy store closes at 4pm on Saturday.

Restaurants in Central Switzerland

Engelberg

Hotel Englstenalp, Englstenalp
We had lunch here on a sunny weekend in August. Great rosti with eggs. They have a large outdoor terrace where you can eat and enjoy the beautiful surrounding mountains. You get here by three different mountain rides from Engelberg or a bus up a long private road from Meiringen. There is a hotel and lots of hiking in this valley.

Restaurants in the Berner Oberland Region

Grindelwald

Schweizerhof Hotel Restaurant
We had dinner there in 1997 when we spent a week in Grindelwald. Fancy restaurant, but with fish specialties and a vegetarian menu. Fabulous food, great service. We ordered a bottle of water and 1/2 liter of white wine (from the Valais). The waitress pours it for you, but keeps the bottles (so you don't refill yourself). The entrees come with a big silver cover that they remove with a flourish. Our meal was just over 100 CHF - expensive.

Kandersteg

Hotel Waldhaus, mountain restaurant
We had a great lunch here when we spent 10 days in Kandersteg. You can drive here, but the last part of the road is a very narrow mountain road that you must pay to drive (and the time you can use the road is restricted). It is best to walk. From the center of Kandersteg it is about 1 1/2 hours. Walk south from Kandersteg in the direction of Eggeschwand and Gasteretal (Selden). The walk is flat for the first half until you reach the mountain road. Follow the road up to Selden until you see signs for Hotel Waldhaus. We walked there on a cold, foggy day and arrived well after lunch time, but they happily made us "Rosti mit spiegelei" - fried potatoes with fried egg. A simple, but very good, country restaurant, that is well used to hikers.

Landgasthof Ruedihus. Closed Wednesday. On the main road of Kandersteg, go all the way through the town and past about a mile. The hotel/restaurant is on your right immediately after you pass under a wooden bridge.
We had dinner here in October 2000, in the downstairs restaurant. Downstairs serves fondue, raclette and rosti. Upstairs is more formal; there is nothing vegetarian on the menu and the only fish available is smoked trout. This restaurant and hotel is recommended in the Karen Brown book for Switzerland.

Thun

Hotel Restaurant zu Metzgern in the old town
We had lunch there a couple of times in 1997. Good fish dishes for Steve and vegetarian plate for Pauline.

Restaurants in the Valais Region

Crans

Taillens Salon de The (Boulangerie, Patisserie). On the main street
We ate there many times in July 1997 when we spent a week in Crans. Example prices, small breakfast (Petit Dejeuner, mini) is 6.80 CHF each (croissant, roll, 2 pieces bread, butter, little jar of jam, coffee). Coffee 2.80 CHF each.

Val d'Annivers

Grimentz: Hotel Restaurant de Moiry
We had a wonderful lunch there in July 1997 on a cold, rainy day. An old building, warm, bustling, full of people, a fire going for the raclette. Low, beamed ceilings. I had cheese and tomato fondue. Example price for lunch, 48.80 CHF ( left 50 CHF).

Val d'Herens

In the town of Evolene there are several restaurants serving the traditional raclette at lunchtime. Look for restaurants with a fire - they will be melting the big wheels of cheese for raclette.

Restaurants in the Ticino Region

Locarno

Swizzero Pizza, on the main covered shopping arcade on the main piazza
Very good pizza. If the downstairs area is full, there is another room upstairs.

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