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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 tapas at El Parador and sushi at Sala of Tokyo. Dine on Mediterranean flavours at converted mill Blaue Ente, Riesbach, or celebrate at Michelin-starred Petermann's Kunststuben in Küsnacht. The bill usually includes a 10-15% service charge.

Giesserei, Zurich. © Giesserei
Kronenhalle, Zurich. © Kronenhalle
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Kronenhalle

Artful dining

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.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-12am

Address

4, Rämistrasse, Zurich 8001

Telephone

+41 (0) 44 262 99 00

Transport

Bellevue tram

Website

Kronenhalle Website

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Blaue Ente

Waterfront Swiss fusion

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.



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

Haus Zum Rüden, Zurich. © Haus Zum Rüden
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Haus Zum Rüden

Gothic guild house

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.



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

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

Michelin-starred French

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.



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

Petermann's Kunststuben Website

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Restaurant Wein & Dein

Six gourmet courses

Housed in a 350-year-old farmhouse in the Höngg district, Restaurant Wein & Dein contrasts original beams with contemporary art, attracting 30-somethings with a love of fine food. The six-course menu might feature Italian-style beef braised in red wine followed by semi-freddo gingerbread. The bulging wine cellar shelters over 1,000 bottles from Amarone to Pinot Grigio.



Opening Hours

Tue-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm & 6pm-11pm; Sat 5pm-11pm

Address

22, Regensdorferstrasse, Zurich 8049

Telephone

+41 (0) 43 311 56 33

Transport

Zwielplatz tram

Website

Zweifel Weine Website

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Segantini

Contemporary Swiss dining

The ethos behind Segantini in Zürich's Altstadt is fresh, seasonal and homemade. Traditional Swiss dishes are served in a contemporary setting of crisp white tablecloths, colourful artwork and fresh cut flowers. Leave room for the delicious, chocolaty desserts. The restaurant also has a leafy garden for outdoor dining.



Opening Hours

Tue-Fri 11am-2pm & 6pm-12am; Sat 6pm-12am

Address

120, Ankerstrasse, Zurich 8004

Telephone

+41 (0) 44 241 07 00

Transport

Helvetiaplatz tram

Website

Segantini Website

Sala of Tokyo, Zurich. © Sala of Tokyo
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Sala of Tokyo

Authentic Japanese

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.



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

Giesserei, Zurich. © Giesserei
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Giesserei

Post-industrial setting

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.



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

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El Parador

Tapas and toreros

El Parador is an authentic Spanish bodega (wine cellar) in the fashionable Zuri-West district. Pictures of strapping toreros (bullfighters) and flamenco dancers hang from the wood-panelled walls. Join groups of friends and local couples to enjoy specialities like wafer-thin Serrano ham, garlicky squid or salt cod with white beans, washed back with full-bodied Rioja wine.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm & 6pm-12am, Sat 6pm-12am

Address

43, Luisenstrasse, Zurich 8005

Telephone

+41 (0) 43 366 88 85

Transport

Limmatplatz tram

Website

El Parador Website

Blue Monkey, Zurich. © Blue Monkey
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Blue Monkey

Bangkok spices

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.



Opening Hours

Daily 6pm-12am

Address

3, Stüssihofstatt, Zurich 8001

Telephone

+41 (0) 44 261 76 18

Transport

Rathaus tram

Website

Kramer Gastronomie Website

Restaurant Kindli, Zurich. © Restaurant Kindli
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Restaurant Kindli

Old World charm

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.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 11.30am-11.30pm

Address

1, Pfalzgasse, Zurich 8001

Telephone

+41 (0) 43 888 76 76

Transport

Rathaus tram

Website

Kindli Website

Crazy Cow, Zurich. © Crazy Cow
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Crazy Cow

Alpine fun

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.



Opening Hours

Daily 6am-12.30am

Address

1, Leonhardstrasse, Zurich 8001

Telephone

+41 (0) 261 40 55

Transport

Haldenegg tram

Website

Crazy Cow Website

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Bierhalle Kropf

Swiss-German beer hall

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.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 11.30am-11.30pm

Address

16, In Gassen, Zurich 8001

Telephone

+41 (0) 1 221 18 05

Transport

Paradeplatz tram

Tibits, Zurich. © Tibits AG
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Tibits

Quick and easy vegetarian

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.



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

Zeughauskeller, Zurich. © Restaurant Zeughauskeller
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Zeughauskeller

Medieval spirit

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.



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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