As one of the most important financial cities in the world, the culinary culture of Switzerland offers surprisingly elegance and sophistication, which is reflected in the abundance of restaurants with Michelin stars. Apart from food, one can also find unique authentic experiences of Switzerland’s largest city, such as local menus in traditional Swiss wine houses and even dining in complete darkness. Here are five of the best restaurants to visit when you’re in town.
- THE RESTAURANT AT DOLDER GRAND
Style / Ambience: Awarded two Michelin stars and 17 Gault Millau points, This Restaurant at Dolder Grand is one of the most exclusive in the city.
Head Chef provides innovative gourmet dishes for a fine dining experience for up to 47 diners. During the day elite clientele can make use of its Special Business Lunch or Amuse Bouche menus, while a four- to seven-course dinner is served in the evening. The views from the summer terrace are unparalleled, with the city, the lake and the Alps offering a majestic backdrop to an exquisite lunch or dinner.
Style / Atmosphere: With two Michelin stars, Rico has earned a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Europe.
Chef Rico Zandonella produces impeccable French cuisine, cooked to perfection and served with an abundance of artistically displayed sauces and spices, with a perfect blend of flavours with a delicious effect.
The restaurant, with a stimulating backdrop, is both elegant and individual, with numerous works of art and a bright red and gold scheme – from the elegant red leather seats, metallic silver walls and lacquered red ceiling.
Style / Ambiance: Pavillon serves exceptional haute cuisine in a luxurious setting.
Keeping its well-deserved reputation as a classic and legendary place in Zurich, the chef does not fail to impress guests with his astonishing interpretations of the 21st century classic dishes. Located in the Hotel Baur Au Lac, this restaurant was designed by the famous architect Pierre-Yves Rochon, it has a glass arboretum with an imposing rotunda of 16 feet of height and roaring chandeliers of the 20s, that can be seen from the Outside the park. Since its remodelling Pavillon now welcomes year-round diners for lunch and supper.
Style / Ambience: The world-renowned Restaurant Kronenhalle prides itself on the finest European cuisine, of which Zurich specialities are the centrepiece.
Its expert chefs have made this one of the most visited restaurants in the city due to its international menu and local specialities. Located in the heart of Zurich, the interior is resplendent with the contemporary art that adorns every wall in the place. Start the evening with a drink in the Kronenhalle bar and enjoy the skill of the master bartenders.
Style / Ambience: Spice offers light and imaginative cuisine, with innovation at its core. Dishes presented are fused inspiration from local cuisine as well as international fare for his daring and frequently changing the menu.
Designed by the Swiss architects Burckhalter and Sumi, Spice has been awarded a Michelin star and 16 Gault Millau points. Perfect for a business lunch or romantic dinner, elite travellers can also ask for a private dinner.