Clouds is a bistro, tapas restaurant in Zurich

The best restaurants in Switzerland

We've tested the best dining in Switzerland – restaurants serving everything from traditional Swiss to the finest international cuisine – and we recommend you do the same…

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Zurich

Kronenhalle Restaurant
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Swiss
  • Hochschulen
  • price 4 of 4

Politicians, artists, writers and international superstars have all passed through the unpretentious doors of this establishment and wondered where they would be seated - below the Chagall, next to the Miro, left of the Braque? 

Hotel Helvetia
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Werd
  • price 3 of 4

This gentrified brassiere restaurant, awarded 15 points by the Gault-Millau gourmet guide, attracts a bohemian and lively crowd of local literati and financial wheeler-dealers. 

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Kindli Restaurant
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Haute cuisine
  • Lindenhof
  • price 3 of 4

Be it a business lunch or a fancy dinner with the family, the Kindli restaurant provides the necessary elegance. Set in a historic salon, the white tableclothes add light and airiness to a room otherwise decorated in muted colours and classy wooden furniture.

Clouds
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • Kreis 5
  • price 4 of 4

You might expect people to come here mainly for the view from the 35th floor of the Prime Tower, but chef David Martinez Salvany's food may actually exceed your expectations. 

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • Wipkingen
  • price 2 of 4

Popular with locals and visitors alike and situated between vines and allotments, Restaurant Die Waid offers by far the best views of Zurich. The establishement offers two restaurants but we recomend you book ahead, especially for Sunday brunch.

Hato
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Pan-Asian
  • Zurich

Hato serves up beautiful Asian cuisine in this elegant Zurich restaurant. 

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Maison Manesse
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Alt-Wiedikon
  • price 3 of 4

This modern, casual brassiere makes for an unusual eating experience that, like marmite, you either love or hate. The Michelin starred restaurant offers set menus which feature a series of small tapas style dishes that are fixed around the themes of veggie or meat, making for a gourmet pick ‘n’ mix experience. 

Geneva

Izumi
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Rive Droite / Right Bank
  • price 3 of 4

The newest restaurant from the luxury Four Seasons Hotel is this Japanese-fusion affair from the Nobu stable, and it’s a welcome addition to a country that isn’t exactly awash with quality Japanese food. 

Café Papon
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Old Town (Vieille Ville)
  • price 2 of 4

Right in the middle of the Old Town, this café-restaurant has a rather mythical status in Geneva thanks to its long history (it opened in 1808) and its status as the café of choice for Swiss politicians throughout the ages. But this isn’t a fusty, old-fashioned kind of place.

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Café des Négociants
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Carouge
  • price 2 of 4

There’s so much to love about Carouge, and this bistro, established by Swiss celebrity chef Philippe Chevrier, fits right in. Occupying a beautiful old building on the corner of one the area’s Italianate streets, its classy interior and canopied, foliage-hemmed terrace provide a relaxed yet upmarket environment in which to dine. 

Lausanne

Pinte Besson
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Swiss
  • Ville Marché
  • price 2 of 4

This tall, narrow building sitting rather incongruously on the end of one of Lausanne’s scruffiest streets claims to be the oldest pub in Lausanne, and was set up by a wine merchant in 1780. The inside is beautifully preserved, with a small wooden bar, stained glass windows and beamed ceiling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Ville Marché
  • price 3 of 4

There’s quite some pedigree behind the cheffing duo whose restaurant this is. Between them, Michael Rochat and Théotime Bioret have worked at the Lausanne Palace and Spa, the Trois Couronnes in Vevey and the l’Hôtel de Ville in Crissier, some of the area’s – if not the country’s – best restaurants.

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Café de Grancy
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Sous Gare
  • price 2 of 4

Sitting on a street corner in a quiet neighbourhood behind the main train station, this is one of Lausanne’s most popular cafés, so much so that you’d be hard pressed to get a table for lunch or dinner without booking ahead. Stop by in the afternoon and it’s a much more relaxed vibe. 

Anne-Sophie Pic
  • Restaurants
  • Ouchy
  • price 4 of 4

France’s first female chef to be awarded three Michelin stars, Anne-Sophie Pic grew up in the family restaurant Maison Pic in the south of France before taking the helm herself after the death of her father. After regaining the restaurant’s three stars and becoming France’s most famous female French chef, in 2009 Pic decided to step her culinary toe out of French waters by establishing a second restaurant in Lausanne’s Beau Rivage Palace.  

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L’Eléphant Blanc
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Cité / Old Town
  • price 3 of 4

Tucked away in Lausanne’s medieval Cité – which you might think would be overrun with restaurants, but strangely isn’t – is this lovely little bistrot serving the food of chef Anthony Macé. 

Basel

Brasserie Volkshaus
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Brasseries
  • Altstadt Kleinbasel (central Kleinbasel)
  • price 3 of 4

Volkshaus Basel is a brasserie, beer garden and bar with a handy location in Kleinbasel between the Basel Messe and the river. While the name might lead you to expect a traditional beer hall, the venue is a design attraction in its own right and far from folksy.

Schiff
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Kleinhüningen
  • price 3 of 4

Anchored on the edge of the River Rhine, Schiff is a cultural centre with a restaurant and bar that extends over three decks. Menus read like modern upmarket gastro-pub fare, and are carefully prepared and presented. 

Bern

Dampfzentrale Bern
  • Restaurants
  • Monbijou
  • price 3 of 4

Housed in a former power station, Dampfzentrale is a cultural centre that comes as close as Switzerland gets to an edgy, urban venue. The restaurant is a destination in itself, particularly for its riverside terrace, and serves everything from light bites to upmarket cuisine depending on the time of day.

Kornhauskeller
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Zähringerstadt
  • price 3 of 4

The Kornhauskeller in Bern is highly recommended for a special occasion, thanks to the beautiful dining room situated in a former granary. The kitchen serves up unpretentious reinterpretations of Italian cuisine accompanied by hearty Swiss classics and Bernese specialties. 

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Lausanne

Ranked the best restaurant in the world by French publication La Liste, this three Michelin star eatery serves world class food at world class prices. Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville has a long reputation for superb dining after holding on to three Michelin stars since 1998. 

Hostellerie du Pas de l'Ours "Relais et Chateaux"
  • Hotels

The Hostellerie du Pas de l'Ours is set in a beautiful location high up in the Alps in Switzerland's Valais region. There's two main eateries - the high-end Restaurant Gastronomique and the more traditional Bistrot des Ours, both of which draw on the hotel's impressive cellar of Grand Crus, local and international vintages. Our top tip? Ask for a table on the terrace so you won't miss a moment of those views.

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  • Restaurants
  • Saas-Fee/Saas Valley
  • price 3 of 4

Whether you arrive by foot, skis or cable car, make sure you find your way to Bergrestaurant Spielboden. As far from self-service ski dining as you can get, the skilled restaurant team serves up Swiss specialities and is owned by the Michelen-starred Waldhotel Fletschhorn down in the valley. 

Carlton Hotel
  • Hotels
  • Luxury hotels
  • St Moritz
  • price 4 of 4

The Carlton Hotel stands out among its St.Moritz neighboursch suite has its own private butler service, some suite. The restaurant Romanoff serves up fine Swiss dining whilst three-star Michelin chefs Enrico and Roberto Cerea at the restaurant Da Vittorio keep the menu focused on authentic Italian food.

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