Top Restaurants in Zurich
Restaurants Zurich – What’s a vacation without excellent food, delicious cocktails or fine wine in a good restaurant? Such evenings create memories. WorldTop7 offers a selection of the best restaurants in Zurich. And because we know how different tastes are we cover all of the different restaurant styles!
Whether a sushi restaurant in Zurich, an American steakhouse, an Italian restaurant, a Thai eatery or exotic Cajun cuisine – the lovers of culinary delights come fully at their expense and find lots of insider tips. Our restaurant tips in Zurich are by locals (which should know where it tastes best!), celebrities, globetrotter and business people. And if you’ve eaten in one of these restaurants in Zurich where cuisine, service and atmosphere was unbeatable and you want to tell everybody – that’s what WorldTop7 stands for! Restaurants in Zurich with the x-factor!
The demands in terms of restaurant style are naturally very varied and WorldTop7 is happy to assist. Whether it is a small, cozy bistro in Zurich with delicious and authentic food for surprisingly little money or a completely styled Michelin-star restaurant in Zurich where movie stars and models have diner – here you find everything from inexpensive to expensive, from grunge to classy, from traditional to macro kitchen!
But not only for your vacation, also for your business lunch or business dinner in Zurich you can find exactly the right place to eat. Thus, business become pleasure in no time!
Style: All in one Evening Entertainment Venue
Aura smack in the middle of Zurich has changed the entertainment scene since the three level building opened in January 2013 in Paradeplatz. It has a spacious event hall, cozy smoking lounge, a groovy bar and gorgeous restaurant that offers contemporary European fare.
Lunchtime is quite crowded with business men in suits and finely dressed women from the nearby Banking district. Evenings are just as hectic, especially since it is one of the latest seen and be seen venues in Zurich. Grilled seafood and steaks, freshly made pasta, dry aged prime beef, tarte flambé, and delicious desserts are just some of the menu offerings. Saturday nights get busy with body bumping to great music when the club is open.
Aura is open from Mondays thru Saturdays. The restaurant serves lunch (noon – 2pm) on weekdays, and dinner (6pm – midnight) from Monday to Saturday. The smokers lounge is open Mon – Sat 1pm – 12:30am. And the Club is open only on Saturday nights from 11pm – 3:30am.
Address: Bleicherweg 5, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Area: Kreis 1
Phone: +41 44 448 11 44
Price: Main courses starting at CHF 32.-
Style: Modern Allday Oriental Themed Hipster Hangout
Café Bebek in the Kalkbreite area, from the maers of Maison Blunt, opened in Nov 2014 and quickly became a famous hipster and media people hangout. The all organic restaurant boasts not only of the quality of the food, but also its lovely interiors designed by Pascale Sutter and architect Ralf Gubler.
Large windows, glass doors and four chandeliers hanging from five-metre ceiling make the spacious eatery look even more airy. The first level also has a gallery and a bar that is open only in the evenings. The second level has its own bustling bar. There are large tables for groups and families, and there are also small tables for couples. The Lebanese chef from well known Le Cedre restaurant in Zürich prepares a mix of Greek, Turkish, and Lebanese dishes like hummus, felafel, various kinds of mezze, tzatziki, tabbouleh, and kebabs. They also offer a good range of organic teas and cocktails.
Bebek is open on weekdays from 7am until midnight, from 8am – 1am on Saturdays, and 8am ‘til noon on Sundays.
WorldTop7 Insider Tip: Big tables for a family Sunday Brunch or late dinner (until 11pm) which is rare in Zurich; no reservation? tables in front of the open/glass window kitchen are on the basis of first come, first served.
Address: Badenerstrasse 171, 8003 Zürich, Switzerland
Area: Kreis 4
Phone: + 41 44 297 11 00
Style: Fun & Exquisite Spanish
Atmospheric Spanish restaurant in the red light district of Zurich just behind the McDonalds; signature dish is the “chuleton “(veal cutlet); great mixture of guests – celebrities, pimps, fitness trainers and rich business men; extensive wine menu.
Address: Langstrasse 209, 8005 Zurich, Switzerland
Area: Langstrasse, Kreis 5
Phone: +41 44 272 77 44
Price: Starter & main course: CHF 76.-
Style: Mediterranean at Lake Zurich
Small, cozy and elegant restaurant on the lake from the makers of the restaurant “Seerose”; The large terrace with outdoor bar and lounge is perfect for an intimate “tête-à-tête”; chef Mathieu Bacon conjures “foie gras”, “tuna tartare with avocado” to “calamari “and” St. Pierre” on the table; in the mood for a more casual place serving the famous “Swiss sausage with bread roll” (Schweizer Bratwurst with Buerli) in a relaxed atmosphere? Then head to the “Moenchhof” (Alte Landstasse 98, Kilchberg, +41 44 715 40 06, http://www.moenchhof.ch/)
Address: Seestrasse 195, 8802 Kilchberg, Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 715 25 15
Price: Mains around CHF 38.-
Dieci Al Lago
Style: Family & Pizza at the Lake of Zurich
The atmospheric Dieci Al Lago with its large garden restaurant and delicious “pizza on the piazza” is located at the port of Rapperswil; plan a boat day trip on the lake of Zurich (main exit Buerkliplatz Zurich) and stop for a nice lunch in Rapperswil which is a small city on the lower end of Lake Zurich; perfect for a family day (zoo, pedal boat renting or a stroll along the lake); the pizzeria is open 365 days, from 11am to 12pm.
Address: Fischmarktplatz 1, 8640 Rapperswil, Switzerland
Phone: +41 55 210 90 20
Price: Pizza around CHF 18.-
Price: Mains around CHF 38.-
Style: Waterfront Seafood Specialties at a Campsite
Restaurant Fischer’s Fritz is a great place to experience local seafood specialties while in Zurich. It is a campsite with a clubhouse atmosphere and also has a produce shop and a great restaurant. It’s an ideal spot for lunch, weekend brunch, and even evening night get-togethers with friends. The indoor dining area looks like a typical brasserie. Sitting on lakeside log benches outdoors and under the stars can also get romantic.
If you and your mates happen to enjoy too much to drink then you can always stay overnight in a tent and drive home the next day! They also help organize company events so employees can not only enjoy great seafood but participate in campsite activities as well.
The menu features seafood (like poke, perk, and whitefish) that Adrian Gerny catches directly from the lake. There are also meat and poultry options; their chicken wings and steak frites are quite in demand. Sundays are extra special with buffet brunch with treats like Schober braided sausage rolls and a lush chocolate fountain from 1 am until 3pm.
Fishers Fritz is open daily from 9am until midnight (from 10am – 11pm on Sundays).
If you are commuting towards the campsite then take bus number 161 from Bürkliplatz to Kilchberg and get off at Stadtgrenze.
WorldTop7-Tip: Fresh fish, romantic atmosphere & stunning lake-views
Address: Seestrasse 559, 8038 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 480 13 40
Price: CHF15 – CHF28 starters; main course CHF25 – CHF51
Frau Gerolds Garten
Style: Organic Garden with Relaxing Summer restaurant
Frau Gerold’s Garten casual summer restaurant near Hardbruecke station in Zurich is a lovely Organic garden with a market, bar, and lovely rooftop restaurant. The open air shopping area and drinking plus dining destination in one is always ever so lively. Shop spaces are made from jazzed up glass walled shipping containers making it real easy for them to reorganize layout and structuring.
Up to 100 diners can be accommodated indoors and 200 more on the terrace during summer. The restaurant terrace is on hiatus during the winter but the trendy and artsy shops and studios are open all year round. Delectable soups, salads, and tasty entrees are served everyday; Specialties include homemade pizzas and slow cooked veal shoulder. A wide range of beers and wines are also on offer.
Frau Gerold’s Garten is open from Monday through Saturday 11am until midnight. Please note: Restaurant and bar will be closed during the winter months (November to March).
Address: Geroldstrasse 23, 8005 Zurich, Switzerland
Area: Kreis 5
Phone: +41 78 971 67 64
Price: Mains at CHF 17.50
Style: Argentinean Restaurant with Italian Flair
Gaucho Restaurant in the trendy 4th District is fast becoming a serious contender in the Zurich restaurant scene. Owners Myron Bingham and Toni Berisha (of Restaurant Morgenstern fame) says that the restaurant is like not any other Argentinean steakhouse because the homemade recipes come from deep Argentinean roots (specifically an Apulian grandmother from Buenos Aires).
The interiors are quite cozy having many framed pictures and interesting images on the restaurant walls. It is the perfect place to enjoy a hearty lunch and be in the company of good friends or family at dinnertime.
The cheery Argentinean eatery features juicy char-grilled meats that are infused with Argentinean spices and Italian flavours as well. Try the homemade pasta, the filet tartar, and also the grilled fish. The grilled platter is ideal for groups. Diners can even buy a cut of their choice imported Argentinean beef at the restaurant or over the internet.
Gaucho Restaurant is open Mon – Fri for lunch from 7:30am until 2pm and for Mon-Sat for dinner 7:30pm – 11 pm.
Address: Nietengasse 18, 8004 Zurich, Switzerland
Area: Kreis 4
Phone: +41 44 321 18 18
Style: Small Sushi Place in Zurich
One of the best sushi bars in Zurich; the place has recently been remodeled and enlarged; it now offers cold and warm Japanese cuisine in two different areas; located in Zurich Seefeld – close to the lake; extravagant creations; get the “lobster in an orange”.
Address: Seefeldstrasse 62, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 422 95 09
Hotel Schloss Schauenstein
Style: Overnight Fine Dining with Andreas Caminada
Swiss born Andreas Caminada is known as one of the best chefs in the world; Schloss Schauenstein which is a 1 hour drive from Zurich and housed in the Domlscheg valley, is where Caminada is working since 2003 and has created a well-kept secret; Gault-Millau distinguished Caminada in 2005 with the title “discovery of the year”, 2007 “the rising star” and in 2008 he was titled “chef of the year 2008”; meanwhile the Swiss Wunderkind tipped his his 3rd Michelin star and Hotel Schloss Schauenstein is in the Toplist of the World’s 50 Best Restaurant.
Take the chance and enjoy a romantic dinner including a night over in the Swiss Alps.
Address: Schloss Schauenstein, 7414 Fuerstenau, Switzerland
Phone: +41 81 632 10 80
Style: Hip Café With Grandma’s Tea Room Vibe
Kafi Dihei hipster hangout is a hip and green trendy café where diners feel as if they’re at their Grandmother’s tea room with its cozy décor, antique furnishings, flower patterned wallpaper, and little bits and bobs that make the place feel homely.
The food offerings are as delicious as the fond memories of Grandmas as well. Owners Sabinska Binswanger and Geraldine Gschwend really know how to make their guests feel at home (Dihei means “At Home” in English).
The place is almost always jam packed and bustling with people enjoying a hearty breakfast, tasty lunch, early dinner, or a cold beer by the terrace on a warm evening. Afternoon tea time cakes and treats are also a hit. Their scones served with jam and lemon cream are a crowd favourite. Almost everything on the menu is tasty but the brunch offerings and steak sandwich are most recommended.
Address: Zurlindenstrasse 231, 8003 Zürich, Switzerland
Area: Kreis 3
Phone: +41 44 557 43 48
Style: Elegant International Restaurant in Zurich
Swiss and international favorites are served in an elegant atmosphere; check out the original paintings on the walls; a must for Zurich visitors; good, antique bar next door, right now on the other site of the street; great for the real “Zurich Bratwurst” (veal sausage) with “Buerli” (bread roll) is the take away counter Vorderer Sternen.
Address: Raemistrasse 4, 8801 Zurich, Switzerland
Area: Bellevue, Kreis 1
Phone: +41 44 262 99 00
Price: Starter & main course CHF 75.-
Style: Italian Café and Upscale Wine Bar
La Stanza located within a stone throw away from the Schanzengraben (between Paradeplatz and Stockerstrasse tram stop) is a classy Italian café and an upscale wine bar that is a trendy hangout spot in Zurich since they opened in the summer of 2008.
The bar has a very hip vibe with minimalist décor, relaxed ambiance, ambient music playing in the background and a very accommodating staff which is why their roster of regular patrons keep growing. The small menu offers delectable bites and they are especially known for having the best espresso in town (their coffee was featured on Swiss Airline’s magazine in 2010). Their list of cleverly concocted cocktails, beers and wines served from the marble top bar are also crowd pleasers.
WorldTop7-Tip: Expect a young crowd with yuppies and bankers unwinding after a day’s work. Relaxing by their terrace on a warm summer evening and enjoying good food and drinks with friends is highly recommended.
Open daily 7am (10am weekends) – 11pm (up to 1:30am Fri/Sat 10pm on Sun).
Address: Bleicherweg 10, Zurich, Switzerland
Area: Kreis 1
Phone: + 41 43 817 62 82
Style: International & Chilling At The Lake
After a short walk over the railway tracks which run directly aside the shore you reach this stylish Lake Restaurant L’O; beautifully located on the lake, the restaurant seduces mostly locals in the afternoon or evening to relax and enjoy.
Address: Bahnhofstrasse 29, 8810 Horgen, Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 725 25 25
Price: Mains starting at CHF 38.-
Style: Casual Asian Fusion Eatery
Lily’s Stomach Supply Restaurant, which is simply known to locals as Lily’s, is a laid back Asian Fusion restaurant that offers mostly Thai, Japanese and Indian specialties. The restaurant has an industrial feel where diners eat on shared long tables and sit on benches.
The scent of spices coming from the open kitchen will surely whet diners’ appetites awaiting their meals. Satay, fish cakes, dim sum, curries, various Asian soups, stir fry, wok sautéed, grilled tandoori, and noodle dishes make up the vast menu. Chicken with cashew nuts, lamb curry, pad Thai gai and their specialty Lily’s wildfire iced tea are highly recommended.
Lily’s is open from 11am until midnight on Mon – Thurs and Sundays; 11am ‘til 1am on Fridays and Saturdays. Delivery and take out is also available.
Address: Langstrasse 197, 8005 Zurich, Switzerland
Area: Kreis 5
Phone: +41 44 440 18 85
Price: Mains starting at CHF 14.-
Style: Party Italian
Don’t ask for the menu; count on Mario who is telling you all the daily specials and the highlights of the menu; always pre-order the burrata; the place turns into a fun location later when Mario performs as a DJ and plays his favorite Italian party tunes; do you like grappa?
Address: Zwinglistrasse 27, 8004 Zurich, Switzerland
Area: Kreis 4
Phone: +41 44 242 68 30
Price: Starter & main course CHF 65.-
Style: Casual Swiss Bratwurst & Sunset With Friends
“Swiss sausage” (Schweizer Bratwurst) from the grill, a big salad and a beer – that’s Pump Station – an institution for years located in the heart of Zurich & directly on the shores of the lake; popular with young and old people stopping by; no reservation policy, just wait for a table.
Address: Seeanlage Utoquai, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Area: Zurich Seefeld
Phone: +41 44 260 96 69
Price: Mains starting at CHF 10.-
Price: Starter & main course CHF 65.-
Quai 61 See Restaurant
Style: Lavish Lakeside Hotspot
Quai 61 See Restaurant in the Enge harbour-side area of Zurich has reopened in May 2013 after several months of refurbishments. The newly renovated restaurant with a beautiful garden, bar and sun deck has an indoor capacity for 200 guests in the main restaurant and 100 guests for the club lounge. Quai 61 Seerestaurants also features a big terrasse.
The vibe is undeniably sassy & stylish and you feel on board a nostalgic cruiseship – think “Titanic”! And, the lakeside views are as stunning as ever. Chef Gustav Thöni offers a fresh selection of delights. The highlight are the entrecote and the veal chops. Go for the champagner risotto as a side. Brunch on Sundays.
Address: Mythenquai 61, 8002 Zurich, Switzerland
Area: Kreis 2
Phone: +41 44 205 61 61
Style: Meat for Sophisticated Meat Lovers
George Bar and Grill is a super stylish and trendy restaurant and bar at the 5th floor penthouse of the Zurich Casino building.
It has its own lift on the Sihlstrasse entrance. Owners (from the same owners of Helvetia Hotel) Leopold Weinberg and Adrian Hagenbach aimed to make Restaurant George the hippest living room and dining area in town and they have successfully done so plush red velvet seats, ambient lighting, fresh flower arrangements, and a very cool and cozy 60s vibe with matching saxophone player moving about and livening up the place.
There are several areas within the restaurant like the dining room, lounge area, living room with seating areas, and the central rectangular bar. There is also a spacious balcony if you want to get some fresh air.
The George menu is a haven for meat lovers mostly comprised of grilled Swiss meats cooked over scorching lava stones. Side dishes are elevated to the next level with dishes like truffled fries and champagne sauerkraut while the bar menu offers various snacks and sandwiches. Feast not only your palates but also your eyes with the discriminating art collection at George; even the rest rooms have impressive artworks!
Restaurant George is open Mon – Sat from 10:30am until 1am (until 2am Thu – Sat) and closed on Sundays.
Address: Sihlstrasse 50, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Area: Kreis 1
Phone: +41 44 444 50 60
Style: International Fare in the centre of Zurich
After many years still the place to see and be seen in Zurich; the venue contains a restaurant, a vibrant bar, a nightclub and a lounge; on weekends the kitchen is open until 4am.
Address: Pelikanplatz, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland
Area: Kreis 1
Phone: +41 44 225 33 33
Price: Starter & main course CHF 65.-
Style: Retro Stylish Restaurant with Wine Bar & Garden
The retro elegant Razzia Restaurant will surely be making huge waves in the Zurich culinary and entertainment scene. The stylish eatery with a wine bar and garden is set in a historical 92 year old heritage building which used to be a cinema. The interiors have been carefully restored by Atelier designers; the beautiful main dining area displays artwork from Otto Haberer, while the wine room offers more than 300 bottles of fine wines and there is also a separate bar within the restaurant. The charming courtyard terrace would be perfect for romantic evenings during warmer months of April to October.
The international menu offers international fare under the care of Chef de Cuisine Rino Cariglia. Expect delicious dishes like Thai Beef Salad entrecote with coriander and chili, various Italian pasta and pizza offerings, miso marinated black cod, chicken tandoori, and Black Angus or US tomahawk steaks from the grilled selection.
Savour these culinary delights and sample impressive fine wines at Razzia from Mon-Sat from 7 am until midnight (until 2am on Saturdays).
Address: Seefeldstrasse 82, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 296 70 70
Price: CHF14 – CHF28 starters; CHF22 – CHF55 main course
Style: Pizza Dinner with the Locals
The casual and trendy Restaurant Rosso is located near Hardbruecke and the famous Freitag-tower-bagshop in Kreis 4; a favorite among the locals; perfect for a dinner with friends in a great atmosphere while enjoying the best pizza in town; closed on Saturday open only for dinner; bookings are essential.
Address: Geroldstrasse 31, 8005 Zurich, Switzerland
Area: Kreis 4
Phone: +41 44 818 22 54
Price: Starter & main course CHF 35.-
Style: High Society
Famous seaside restaurant in Wollishofen near Zurich; great in summer with beautiful terrace situated directly at the lake of Zurich.
Address: Seestrasse 493, 8038 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 481 63 83
Price: Mains around CHF 84.-
Style: All Round Zurich Institution
The Terrasse Restaurant, Café and Bar at Bellevue square is a chic and stylish hotspot where the city’s elite go to see and be seen. Expect to see well dressed celebrities and influential people wining and dining at this stylish restaurant surrounded by beautiful artwork, pillars, chandeliers, and glamour which is a trademark of the Bindella Group that owns other successful eateries in Zurich.
The chic and airy restaurant is ideal for business lunches, afternoon tea with friends, and even intimate date nights. They also have a terrace that is ideal for summertime nightcaps and aperitifs. A good view of the Grossmuenster is also a bonus.
The kitchen offers Mediterranean fare and the bar serves fabulous concoctions and many local and international fine wines. They are famous for their delectable veal dishes; try the homemade ravioli filled with veal, basil and tomato and the lemon and prawn risotto.
Terrasse is open for lunch on weekdays from 11:30am until 2pm, and for dinner daily from 6 pm until midnight. Weekend brunch starts at 10am.
Address: Limmatquai 3, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
Area: Kreis 1
Phone: +41 44 251 1074
Price: CHF 18 – CHF27 starters; CHF24 – CHF59 main course
Style: Trendy & Casual Swiss Fare with Friends
Rosaly’s in Bellevue is a laid back Swiss restaurant that offers traditional fare. It is also known for its bar that serves iconic cocktails. It is a charming place to enjoy good food and unwind with friends while savouring scrumptious dishes prepared by Chef Ramona Federli and her brigade. Try their cordon-bleu, Sternen grill bratwurst, weiner schnitzel, and thei version of the Café de Paris beef entrecote.
Rosaly’s bar offers classic cocktails like sex on the beach, sea breeze, and goldfinger. Good selections of wines are also on offer. The ambiance here is casual and lively so noise level may get high at times but it is still conducive to conversation. There is also outdoor seating by the terrace during summertime.
Rosaly’s is open for lunch Mon – Fri from 11:30am until 2:30pm, and for dinner daily from 5pm until midnight (until 1am Fri/Sat).
Address: Freieckgasse 7, Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 231 44 30
Price: CHF11 – CHF27 starters; CHF23 – CHF49 main course
Style: French Bistro at its best
The Salut Salon in Zurich is an upscale and classy bistro, bar, and café in the Wiedikon district. Dining here feels like being a guess in a stately home that has a warm and spacious living room and study with a trendy bar. The café menu offers great snack options like croquet monsieur, quiches, salads and of course – good coffee. Classical French onion soup, beef entrecote with pomme alumettes (like that of Café De Paris), baguette with duo of pate, omelet with mushrooms, and their bread basket that comes with pate, jams, butter and orange juice are also crowd favourites.
Salon is a great lunch and weekend brunch spot but their wide selection of cocktails and wines also make it a great evening watering hole. If you want to pass the time while waiting for your date, you can pick and read the newspaper or German books from the shelf.
Salut or Salon Bistro and Bar is open from 8am until midnight on weekdays and until 1am on weekends (Sunday hours 10am – 6pm).
Address: Weststrasse 20, 8003 Zurich, Switzerland
Area: Kreis 5
Phone: +41 44 577 73 74
Style: Hip Lakeside Restaurant
In a beautiful location on Zurich’s Gold Coast with a stunning terrace is the newly opened Strozzi’s Seehaus (formerly Bermuda); the interior of the restaurant is elegant and the bar has the form of a divided vessel including a beautiful fireplace for cold days.
Excellent Mediterranean fare from “smoked deer meat with white pancetta and figs”, all kinds of pasta to “sea bass filetto” or “bistecca alla Fiorentina”; next to the lake house is the more casual variation called Strozzis Beach House – a lounge terrace; moorage for the lucky one coming with their own boat.
Address: Seestrasse 144, 8704 Herrliberg, Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 915 20 00
Price: Mains CHF 48.-
Style: Swiss Food Institution at Paradeplatz
Typical Swiss food in this old-fashion Zurich institution located in a former armory; Try the Swiss specialities “Kalbsgeschnetzeltes Zurich style”, (classic local specialty with sliced veal and mushrooms in a creamy white-wine sauce) or “Kanonenputzer” (panfried sausage served in half-meter or meter lengths).