The 10 Best Restaurants in Switzerland

Terrace dining with view of a lake and mountains in Switzerland

Courtesy of Park Hotel Vitznau

You don't come to Switzerland to go on a diet. But you probably do come for its famously hearty cuisine, most notably fondue and raclette. While those two dishes rank high in Switzerland's culinary echelon, there's a lot more to dining out here than just dipping into melted cheese. Switzerland's best restaurants offer a mix of delicious temptations, including vegetarian, international, French, and German-inspired cuisine. And because this is Switzerland, its best restaurants also offer unmatched settings on top of the highest peaks in the Alps, on sparkling lakes, and with views galore.

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Best for Raclette: Vieux Chalet

Raclette at Restaurant Vieux-Chalet, Saas-Fee

Courtesy of Restaurant Vieux-Chalet

Address
Restaurant Vieux Chalet, 3906 Saas-Fee, Switzerland

The cozy Alpine village of Saas-Fee piles on the charm and at Vieux Chalet in the town's historic center, they pile on the cheese. Fondue is on the menu here, but the star of the show is raclette, the melted cheese served on a plate with bread, potatoes, gherkins, and pearl onions. Watching as your raclette is carved off a giant wheel of melting cheese is quite the experience. If they offer the all-you-can-eat option, go for it—you might be surprised how many plates of raclette you can put away!

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Best for Fondue: Le Chalet de Gruyères

Interior, Chalet de Gruyère

Courtesy of Chalet de Gruyère

Address
Rue du Bourg 53, 1663 Gruyères, Switzerland
Phone +41 26 921 21 54

If you want the best fondue in Switzerland, you better go to the source. The Chalet de Gruyères in the eponymous cheese-making center of Gruyères provides all the authenticity, and cheesiness, that one might expect. Fondue, raclette, and local dried meats go down easily with local wine or beer. Desserts feature double Gruyères cream, which is even more decadent than it sounds.

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Best for Hearty Swiss Fare: Zeughauskeller

Hearty fare at Zeughauskeller, Zurich

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Address
Bahnhofstrasse 28A, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Phone +41 44 220 15 15

One of our favorite restaurants in Zurich, Zeughauskeller combines history, setting, and tasty, meat-centric specialties from German-speaking Switzerland. Wienerschnitzel, steaks, pork shanks, and meter-long sausages come accompanied with rösti potatoes, potato salad, or French fries. You could ask for a side salad, but we say it's better to embrace the hearty fare here as you soak up the ambiance of this huge, cacophonous dining hall, which was once a 15th-century weapons armory. Plan to arrive a little early or a little later for lunch or dinner, or plan to wait in line with lots of other hungry diners.

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Best for Desserts: Frutal

Racks of white meringues at Frutal Versandbäckerei, Meiringen

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Meringues, the sweet dessert of baked egg whites, were supposedly invented in Meiringen, Switzerland. So naturally, the most famous meringue confectioner in the country is based here. You'll know you're at the right spot when you see a giant meringue out front. The bakery, dessert house, and tea room serve up plenty of other sweets, including chocolate confections, apple strudels, and creamy pastries. Kids will love the different holiday-themed treats on offer.

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Best for Classic French Cuisine: Brasserie Lipp

Sideview of a double-sided restaurant bench and tables. The tables have white tablecloths and are set with silverware and glasses,

Courtesy of Brasserie Lipp

Address
Confédération centre, Rue de la Confédération 8, 1204 Genf, Switzerland
Phone +41 22 318 80 30

Nearly a quarter of Switzerland is French-speaking and French is the first language ofGeneva, so there is no shortage of quality French restaurants in the city. That said, few offer the classic authenticity of Brasserie Lipp, which looks like it was transplanted from Paris's Left Bank. Oysters, escargot, moules frites, and beef tartare are all on the menu at this bustling, multi-room institution. Seafood is prominent on the menu, but there are plenty of land-based options, too.

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Best Dining with a View: Findlerhof

Findlerhof Restaurant with Matterhorn view

Findlerhof

Address
Findeln, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
Phone +41 27 967 25 88

Set above Zermatt in the tiny, car-free foodie hamlet of Findeln, rustic Restaurant Findlerhof is accessible via cable car, funicular, or a really steep uphill hike. Most guests stop here on their way down the mountain, rather than the way up. Its woodsy interior and sunny terraces are the perfect setting for traditional rösti, pastas, risottos, and meat dishes. Come for the food; stay for the view. When the clouds part, the mighty Matterhorn looms large across the valley. The panoramas don't get more classically Swiss than this.

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Best Fine Dining: Focus Atelier

Atelier Restuarant at Park Hotel Vitznau

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Address
Seestrasse 18, 6354 Vitznau, Switzerland
Phone +41 41 399 60 60

Combine a stunning setting on Lake Lucerne, a chic spa hotel, and two Michelin stars, and you've got one of Switzerland's most outstanding high-end dining experiences. Focus Atelier at five-star Park Hotel Vitznau in the quiet lakeside town of Vitznau offers set tasting menus with unexpected flavor combinations that take guests on a true culinary journey. The artfully prepared platings, each more creative and fantastic than the next, nearly upstage the lake.

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Best Dining with a Hike: Berggasthaus Aescher, Weissbad

The Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli mountain restaurant

Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli

Address
Äscher 1, 9057 Schwende, Switzerland

Spectacular is a word that describes many a setting in Switzerland, but in few places is it more apt than at Berggasthaus Aescher, a rustic guesthouse and restaurant built into the solid rock face of the Ebenalp. For many a hiker, lunch or an overnight at the Aescher is the well-earned reward for an energetic day of steep hiking. Others get there via the Ebenalp cable car, which includes a 10-minute downhill hike to the restaurant — though it's uphill on the way back. If the views aren't enough to wow you, the comfort menu will, with warming soups, rösti, strudel, and coffee drinks. The interior dining room is charming, but the outdoor terrace is the place to be. The guesthouse is seasonal and closes from late November through April.

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Best Vegetarian Dining: Haus Hiltl, Zurich

Overhead images of three people reaching for pleated of vegetarian food on abundance at Haus Hiltl

 Courtesy of Haus Hiltl

Address
Sihlstrasse 28, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Phone +41 44 227 70 00

It's safe to say that Haus Hiltl was vegetarian before vegetarianism was trendy. Founded in 1898, the Zurich landmark claims to be the world's first vegetarian restaurant—and it's certainly the longest-running one. The menu here is suited to vegetarians and vegans, but even diehard carnivores might be tempted by potato truffle soup or the Hiltl Wellington, made with smoked tofu and red wine sauce. There are locations all over Zurich, with the flagship restaurant at Sihlstrasse 28, a few blocks from Zurich HB train station.

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Best International Dining: The Restaurant at the Chedi

The Restaurant, Chedi Andermatt

Courtesy of Chedi Andermatt

Address
Gotthardstrasse 4, 6490 Andermatt, Switzerland
Phone +41 41 888 74 88

You might not expect refined Asian fare in the middle of a Swiss ski resort, but the Restaurant at the Chedi Andermatt artfully combines Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, as well as European cuisines for a creative, surprising fusion menu. The hushed setting of the Chedi is just right for specialties like murgh makhani or Thai beef salad. And just so you don't forget you're still in Switzerland, the centerpiece of the restaurant is a 16-foot-tall wine and cheese tower.

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