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Restaurants in Zurich

Zurich Altstadt offers a real mix, from Thai curries at Blue Monkey to fine dining at 700-year-old Haus Zum Rüden. Enjoy Swiss classics at beamed Bierhalle Kropf or metre-long sausages with foaming beer at the Zeughauskeller. Fashionable Zuri-West has sushi at Sala of Tokyo. Dine on Mediterranean flavours at converted mill Blaue Ente, Riesbach, or celebrate at Michelin-starred Rico's Kunststuben in Küsnacht. The bill usually includes a 10-15% service charge.

Tibits, Zurich. © Tibits AG

Top-end

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  1. 1. Accademia - Top-end

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    The finest and most elegant Italian restaurant in Zurich, Accademia is much appreciated at lunchtime by bankers and businesspeople, who use it to entertain their clients. In an Art Deco setting scattered with a collection of oil paintings, a uniformed staff politely serves Italian regional dishes, ranging from Venetian to Neapolitan. Specialities include ravioli filled with black truffles, or baked veal chop with mozzarella and tomato petals seasoned with fresh oregano. Daily specialities, when in season, may include various game dishes, including pheasant, venison, wild boar and partridge. Offerings here rarely disappoint.

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    Cost

    Main courses 28F-58F

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm and 6:30pm-midnight, Sat 6pm-midnight

    Address

    Rotwandstrasse 48, Zurich, Switzerland

    Telephone

    044/241-62-43

    Website

    Accademia

  2. 2. Blaue Ente - Top-end: (More than SFr85 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Occupying a 300-year-old lakeside mill in the Riesbach district, Blaue Ente attracts an arts and media crowd as one of Zurich's smartest restaurants. Centuries-old stone walls merge seamlessly with hardwood floors and crisp white tablecloths. The Swiss menu has a Mediterranean twist with specialities from whole roast duck to crayfish in champagne sauce.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 11.30am-12.30am (closed late Jul to mid-Aug)

    Address

    Mühle Tiefenbrunnen, 223, Seefeldstrasse, Zurich 8008

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 388 68 40

    Transport

    Fröhlichstrasse tram

    Website

    Blaue Ente Website

  3. 3. Kronenhalle - Top-end: (More than SFr85 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Kronenhalle, Zurich. © Kronenhalle

    Pablo Picasso, Richard Strauss and James Joyce - they all dined at Kronenhalle in Zurich's Altstadt. The elegant Biedermeier restaurant marries art with fine dining. Its panelled rooms are festooned with Miro, Picasso and Chagall originals. Savour classics such as tender veal with rösti potatoes or lighter specialities like red tuna sashimi in chandelier-lit surrounds.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-12am

    Address

    4, Rämistrasse, Zurich 8001

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 262 99 00

    Transport

    Bellevue tram

    Website

    Kronenhalle Website

  4. 4. Haus Zum Rüden - Top-end: (More than SFr85 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Haus Zum Rüden, Zurich. © Haus Zum Rüden

    On the riverfront in Zurich's Altstadt stands 700-year-old Haus Zum Rüden. The 14th-century guild house creaks under the weight of its history; particularly in the stone-walled Gothic Room with its curved wooden ceiling and wrought-iron chandeliers. The seasonally-inspired menu might feature champagne risotto with Périgord truffles or duck breast in honey-ginger sauce. Reservations are essential.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-3pm & 6.30pm-12am

    Address

    42, Limmatquai, Zurich 8001

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 261 95 66

    Transport

    Rudolf-Brun-Brücke tram

    Website

    Haus Zum Rüden Website

  5. 5. Rico's Kunststuben - Top-end: (More than SFr85 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Petermann's Kunststuben, Zurich. © Petermann's Kunststuben

    Often hailed Switzerland's best restaurant, Michelin-starred Petermann's Kunststube lures Zurich's food connoisseurs to the Küsnacht district with an intimate ambience and a menu that reads like culinary poetry. Imaginatively presented dishes include French-influenced stuffed squid and beef tartare with caviar. Retreat to the flower-strewn outdoor terrace in summer. Reservations are essential.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 12pm-2pm & 7pm-12am

    Address

    160, Seestrasse, Küsnacht, Zurich 8700

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 910 07 15

    Transport

    Küsnacht train station

    Website

    Rico's Kunststuben Website

Mid-range

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  1. 6. Blue Monkey - Mid-range: (SFr50-SFr85 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Blue Monkey, Zurich. © Blue Monkey

    Housed in the medieval tailors' guild house in the Altstadt, Blue Monkey brings the atmosphere and aromas of Bangkok to Zurich. Hardwood floors, spotlighting and red chilli motifs give the split-level restaurant a modern edge. Locals come for the consistently delicious Thai cuisine, which includes yellow curries with roasted scallops and spicy papaya salads.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 6pm-12am

    Address

    3, Stüssihofstatt, Zurich 8001

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 261 76 18

    Transport

    Rathaus tram

    Website

    Kramer Gastronomie Website

  2. 7. Restaurant Movie - Mid-range

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    Zurich's Restaurant Movie is artful and fun. It has a campy faux-Hollywood decor, complete with its own Statue of Liberty. Menus are printed on round aluminum canisters that traditionally hold a reel of celluloid and dishes are named after movies and actors. All of this would be hopelessly corny if the food wasn't well-prepared and the place packed. Dine on pastas, quesadillas and grills.

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    Cost

    Main courses 27F-40F

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thurs 11:30am-11pm, Fri 11:30am-midnight, Sat 11am-midnight, Sun 10am-11pm

    Address

    Beatenplatz 4, Zurich, Switzerland

    Telephone

    044/211-66-77

  3. 8. Sala of Tokyo - Mid-range: (SFr50-SFr85 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Sala of Tokyo, Zurich. © Sala of Tokyo

    Sala of Tokyo in the trendy Zuri-West district fuses Swiss architecture with Japanese minimalism. Dark wood panelling contrasts with pristine white tablecloths and translucent screens. The friendly staff bring lacquer trays piled with sushi, beef teriyaki and sashimi to young partygoers before they hit the nearby bars and clubs. Dine alfresco in the vine-clad courtyard.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Fri 11.45am-2.30pm & 6pm-10.45pm; Sat 6pm-10.45pm

    Address

    29, Limmatstrasse, Zurich 8005

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 271 52 90

    Transport

    Sihlquai tram

    Website

    Sala of Tokyo Website

  4. 9. Giesserei - Mid-range: (SFr50-SFr85 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Giesserei, Zurich. © Giesserei

    Once a metal factory, the Giesserei in Zurich-Oerlikon has been reincarnated as a funky restaurant attracting an alternative crowd. With high ceilings and bare stone walls, the restaurant exudes post-industrial flair. The innovative three-course menu changes daily and might include organic pork with sage-glühwein (mulled wine) jus or Thai-style tuna with wasabi mash.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm & 5pm-11pm; Sat 5pm-11pm

    Address

    108, Birchstrasse, Zurich 8050

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 43 205 10 10

    Transport

    Regensbergbrücke tram

    Website

    Giesserei Website

  5. 10. Fischstube Zürichhorn - Mid-range

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    Ideal on a summer day or evening, Fischstube Zürichhorn is a seafood restaurant with outdoor tables and built over the lake. The scenery, service and cuisine make it a worthy choice. The dishes are fresh and simple, like lake trout, filet of Dover sole Champs-Elysées, grilled lobster with curry butter, and lake fish sautéed in butter and served with market-fresh vegetables. The servings are generous. 

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    Cost

    Main courses 29F-62F

    Opening hours

    Daily from late Mar until late Oct 11:30am-2pm and 6-10pm

    Address

    Bellerivestrasse 160, Zurich, Switzerland

    Telephone

    044/422-25-20

  6. 11. Restaurant Kindli - Mid-range: (SFr50-SFr85 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Restaurant Kindli, Zurich. © Restaurant Kindli

    A pilgrims' refuge since 1474, Hotel Kindli's restaurant in the Altstadt welcomes a mix of locals and city workers, especially at lunchtimes. Candlelight, leather banquettes and panelled walls graced with paintings by Swiss artist Hanny Fries create a warm feel. Fresh, well-balanced flavours abound: from truffle gnocchi to chestnut tiramisu with saffron ice cream.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 11.30am-11.30pm

    Address

    1, Pfalzgasse, Zurich 8001

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 43 888 76 76

    Transport

    Rathaus tram

    Website

    Restaurant Kindli Website

Budget

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  1. 12. Tibits - Budget: (Less than SFr50 for a three course meal without drinks)

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    Tibits, Zurich. © Tibits AG

    Tibits is a perennially popular vegetarian and child-friendly restaurant in the Riesbach district. Self service and a cash-only policy keep prices low and tables packed. Help yourself to tasty dishes from the food boat: from vitamin-packed juices to salads weighed by the gram. The health-conscious restaurant places emphasis on seasonal, organic produce.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 6.30am-12am, Sat 8am-12am, Sun 9am-12am

    Address

    2, Seefeldstrasse, Zurich 8008

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 260 32 22

    Transport

    Opernhaus tram

    Website

    Tibits Website

  2. 13. Bierhalle Kropf - Budget: (Less than SFr50 for a three course meal without drinks)

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    Bierhalle Kropf in Zurich's Altstadt has all the trappings of a lively Teutonic beer hall. Wood panelling, boar heads and stained-glass windows set the scene in the baroque dining hall, where efficient waiters attend to the beer-guzzling crowds. Abandon the diet to feast on Swiss-German staples like Leberknödl (liver dumplings), rösti potatoes and apple strudel.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 11.30am-11.30pm

    Address

    16, In Gassen, Zurich 8001

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 1 221 18 05

    Transport

    Paradeplatz tram

    Website

    Bierhalle Kropf Website

  3. 14. Crazy Cow - Budget: (Less than SFr50 for a three course meal without drinks)

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    Crazy Cow, Zurich. © Crazy Cow

    The Crazy Cow in Zurich's Altstadt is a fun place to dine with friends or family. To the backbeat of yodel pop, the Swiss restaurant churns out great-value dishes such as rösti potatoes, schnitzel and raclette cheese. A quirky twist on presentation means food may arrive in an alpine slipper or a milking pail.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 6am-12.30am

    Address

    1, Leonhardstrasse, Zurich 8001

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 261 40 55

    Transport

    Haldenegg tram

    Website

    Crazy Cow Website

  4. 15. Zeughauskeller - Budget: (Less than SFr50 for a three course meal without drinks)

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    Zeughauskeller, Zurich. © Restaurant Zeughauskeller

    The cavernous Zeughauskeller, or old armoury, in Zurich's Altstadt catapults diners back to 1487 with its original beams and chunky wood tables. Hungry punters come for the buzzing atmosphere and good-value food. Tuck into Swiss speciality sausages like the Kanonenputzer (cannon cleaner), served by the metre with lashings of potato salad and dark beer.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11.30am-11pm

    Address

    28a, Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich 8001

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 211 26 90

    Transport

    Paradeplatz tram

    Website

    Zeughauskeller Website

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