Restaurants in Switzerland
While Switzerland is well-known for being one of the birthplaces of fondue, restaurants in Switzerland support a very rich and varied food culture that differs from region to region. While in the country’s French region, be sure to sample delicious local cheeses before spoiling your dinner with the country’s world-famous chocolates. Head to the German region where sausages, pastries and rustic breads are favorites. Or you can go straight for comfort in Switzerland’s Italian region where pizza, pasta and polenta reign supreme.
Those who find themselves in Switzerland’s most international cities like Zürich and Geneva will also find the best in fine dining. Visit Altitude, run by chefs Gilles Dupont and Thomas Byrne, for high-end, tablecloth dining or Brasseries des Halles d’Île for drinks and cocktails while taking in the breathtaking view of Lake Geneva. In Zürich, visitors will be pleased to dine at a Switzerland restaurants like Haus Hiltl, the world’s oldest and perhaps most famous vegetarian eatery, and Stefs Freieck, a trendy restaurant located in a local house. Remember, whichever Switzerland restaurant you choose, take a cue from the locals and stay open to every culinary possibility.
Sit outside on a sheepskin-covered chair overlooking the valley at the new Hans-Jörg Ruch-designed El Paradiso and order their Älpler Magronen, a Swiss specialty of pasta with a beef ragù, topped with applesauce. It sounds suspect but isn’t at al
Dunk boiled potatoes into the wonderfully rosy-hued tomato-and-Gruyère fondue.
Directly across from the train station, the restaurant serves a mix of regional and French cuisine—all prepared with ingredients from the hotel’s own farm and organic garden.
Dine on spezzatino (meat ragoût) with polenta and tart local Merlot from the shaded terrace that overlooks the river.
The restaurant is located more than halfway up the mountain in the funicular station at Corviglia. This place is an institution: a slightly cartoonish rendering of a high-end gourmet restaurant, with a menu focusing on foie gras, truffles, lobster, veniso.