Hotel Saratz, Pontresina, winter terrace

The best restaurants with winter sun terraces in Switzerland

Whether it's apres-ski or just an apero, here are some top spots to enjoy some winter sun and stunning mountain views in Switzerland.

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Take advantage of the crisp weather and incredible views from the sun terraces of these Alpine restaurants and cafes this winter. Food ranges from traditional to avant garde while the vistas are all Michelin-star standard. 

El Paradiso  • St.Moritz
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Swiss
  • Graubünden
The stunning views, and stylish sun deck, are almost enough to make this one of the most fun restaurants in the country. 
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Grindelwald
  • price 2 of 4
After spending a morning in the snow working up an appetite, there are few better places to end up for lunch than this mountain restaurant. Perched at 1,792m on the south-facing side of the Grindelwald valley, its sun-trap of a terrace overlooks the vast Eiger mountain on the opposite side.
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Restaurant du Lac des Chavonnes • Villars-sur-Ollon
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Villars/Ollon/Gryon
  • price 3 of 4
This rustic farmhouse-style hotel restaurant occupies an idyllic spot by Lac des Chavonnes, a short hike or ski from the Bretaye mountain rail station above Villars-sur-Ollon. In winter it’s a short, flat skate from the bottom of the Chavonnes chair lift.
  • 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. Located at 2,450 metres above sea level, the mountain restaurant overlooks the “Pearl of the Alps”, Saas-Fee, and a basin of 4,000-metre summits.
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Restaurant Briand • Leukerbad
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Leukerbad
  • price 2 of 4
Located in the Torrent ski area near Leukerbad in the Valais alps, this family-run restaurant is a popular mid-ski lunch spot thanks to its glorious sunny terrace looking out over the peaks to the south.
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Hotel Saratz • Pontresina
  • Hotels
  • St Moritz
Hotel Saratz in the St Moritz area has two sun terraces with magnificent views in both winter and summer. Eateries include the Art Nouveau restaurant, a cozy fireside bar and a fondue and raclette stübli situated in the hotel's historic vaults.
Berghotel Riederfurka • Valais
  • Restaurants
  • Swiss
  • Valais
  • price 2 of 4
Enjoy some great views of the Riederalp and Aletsch plateau from this hotel's dining terrace. There are three eateries serving up meals ranging from traditional Valais dishes to burgers to self-service snacks.
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Käsestube Furgg  • Zermatt
  • Restaurants
  • Zermatt
This traditional, chalet-style restaurant is the perfect place for a fondue, raclette or grilled cheese sandwich with some incredible views thrown in for free. 
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Berghaus Rellerli • Gstaad
  • Restaurants
  • Gstaad-Saanen
With 250 seats on the outdoor terrace, this is a fine spot to tuck into some chow while enjoying the spectacular scenery. We reccomend the lunch package, which includes the dish of the day plus your cable car ticket up and back.
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  • Restaurants
  • Zermatt
  • price 2 of 4
While the menu at Buffet Bar Sunnegga won’t blow you away – it is standard mountain fare – the views from its panoramic sun terrace are hard to beat. The self-service restaurant above Zermatt lays claim to one of the best angles of the Matterhorn.
Restaurant Les Pléiades • Vaud
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Vevey
  • price 2 of 4
Located at the top station of Les Pléiades, this restaurant has one of the most beautiful views in the Lac Léman region, with a sunny terrace overlooking the lake and the mountains beyond.
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Chez Vrony • Zermatt
  • Restaurants
  • Zermatt
Chez Vrony offers a heady combination of tasty food using locally sourced ingredients and a stunning backdrop of views to the Matterhorn. 

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