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Restaurants in Switzerland
Note: You are not expected to tip in restaurants in Switzerland.
Restaurants in Zurich
In Zurich we eat in the vegetarian restaurants (or sometimes Thai or Chinese
Hiltl, Sihlstrasse 28 (across the street from Hotel Glockenhof).
Tel: 01-227-7000. Hours: Open every day (including Sunday)
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.
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).
Sprungli, Paradeplatz on Bahnhofstrasse
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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).
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
Swizzero Pizza, on the main covered shopping arcade on the main
Very good pizza. If the downstairs area is full, there is another room upstairs.
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