Switzerland Best restaurants to eat

Top Places to Eat Out in Switzerland

Exploring all the top attractions in the country can easily leave you not only knackered but famished too. Don’t worry, we have you covered. Here are the best places to eat out in Switzerland with the family.

Haus Hiltl

Listed in the Guinness World Records as the first vegetarian restaurant in the world, Haus Hiltl is located in the heart of Zurich. Named after its founder Ambrosius Hiltl, the restaurant has been serving meat-free dishes to patrons since 1898. They have an ala carte restaurant with waiter service, but of course, nothing beats the popularity of their buffet where customers can choose from more than a hundred homemade delicacies, tasty lemonade, and freshly squeezed fruit juices. The Züri Geschnetzeltes and Mango-Mousse are two things not to be missed in the restaurant.

If you fancy preparing meals for the family in your rental apartment or Airbnb, you can get fresh produce from the vegetarian butcher store. Of course, they offer a children’s menu plus various activities such as making crafts or drawing so the parents can eat in peace too.

Vieux Chalet

If you’re looking to pile on the cheese, Vieux Chalet, located in the town’s historic centre, has raclette as the star of their menu. The melted cheese is served on a plate with potatoes, bread, pearl onions, and gherkins. One of the highlights of dining there is watching the raclette being carved off a giant wheel of cheese. Indulge in a variety of cheese preparations and with more than 20 fondues on the menu, there’s always something for everyone. Book a table in advance to avoid waiting to be seated.

Santa Lucia by Bindella

People go to Santa Lucia for their delightful wood-fired pizzas. Located centrally in Barenplatz, Bern, it attracts all kinds of diners from busy office workers to families with little buttons in tow. The cosy terrace is perfect for al fresco dining, but regardless of where you sit, you’ll be pleased with the menu that includes fish, pasta, meat, and salads.

Because it is an Italian restaurant, much emphasis is also placed on young patrons, so for only nine francs, children aged 12 and below accompanied by an adult can pick whatever they like from the menu, minus the drinks, of course.

Le Chalet de Gruyères

If you want to have a taste of the best fondue in the country, you can never go wrong when you go straight to the source, and that is none other than Le Chalet de Gruyères. The cheese-making centre of Gruyères gives you nothing but all the cheesiness you have been looking for. The adults in the family can have the local wine or beer which goes well with raclette, fondue, and of course, the local dried meats. One dessert which is worth the travel is double Gruyères cream. Trust us, it’s decadent and it’s out of this world.

The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating, welcomes pets, and offers vegan and meat-free dishes too. Book a table online to avoid standing in a queue as the restaurant is quite popular with both locals and tourists.

Restaurant Le Barocco

Serving French-style cuisine on the lower ground floor of Musée d’art et d’historie, all their dishes are made with local produce. When dining in the summer months, grab one of the tables in the inner courtyard and enjoy the cakes and pastries while the young ones play to their heart’s content in the MAH family area adjacent to the restaurant.

The family area features colouring materials, games, books, and puzzles which will keep the children entertained for hours on end. Keep in mind though, that they don’t accept cards, only cash, and they are closed on Mondays. Don’t forget to check out the museum and its fun workshops!

La Réserve Genève

If money is not an issue, you should splurge in this 5-star luxury hotel that has 5 sterling restaurants. In addition, they have a staffed playroom that’s open every day. The outdoor play area is perfect for warm summer days where children can go up and down treehouses and climb, as well as run around large wooden structures.

Take your pick from Tsé Fung, the first Chinese restaurant in the country awarded with a Michelin star; Summer Lodge, which offers all that’s good in the season, as well as a sushi bar; Café Lauren, which offers healthy options; Le Loti, where patrons can have a unique live cooking experience; and Le Bar. Where you can cap off the night with your favourite cocktails.

Restaurant Libelle

A favourite in Lucerne, Restaurant Libelle welcomes everyone from lone patrons who just want a cup of coffee to families looking for something to fill them up. Open, massive, and Industrial in décor and style, they have comfortable wooden tables in varying sizes, as well as seats both indoors and outdoors. With a terrace on the side.

Considering its popularity, it’s necessary to book a table ahead, especially when going during holidays and weekends. The play area comes with a dollhouse, toys, books, and hats. They even have a toilet especially for changing nappies.

Restaurant the Verandah

Highly rated and stylishly designed, The Verandah has excellent food and impeccable service. They offer typical Swiss food but are more popular for their delectable desserts and crepes, and we all know kids love both. Located in Hotel Royal St. Georges, the restaurant has mastered the art of blending contemporary cuisine with traditional Swiss flavours.

A few things on the menu worth the try are the fruit appetizer in three forms and the fondues served with local wines and a French baguette.

Piz Gloria

With an enviable location at the peak of Schilthorn, this rotating restaurant gives customers 360-degree views of the Alps. The distinct James Bond theme is because it appeared in the movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The sumptuous breakfast buffet, also called the James Bond Brunch, is a must and they serve small meals throughout the day too.

The cable car ride is usually included in the price. Reserve a table by the windows to enjoy the views. Children up to the age of 15 pay only 20 francs for the brunch and children under 6 travel and eat free of charge.

Restaurant Hotel Alpenhof

Located in Grindelwald, this traditional Swiss restaurant in a hotel has an elaborate menu and we particularly like the endless choice of rösti. Even cheese connoisseurs will be happy with their variety of raclette and fondue plus they will be more than delighted to serve extra potatoes with the fondue at no extra charge.

They have beef, veal, and pasta dishes, and their pasta-themed buffet on Mondays is worth the money too. Flavours are all on point, each dish carefully crafted, and their set meal offers good value.

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