Zurich is well-known as the business and finance capital of Switzerland. However, it is also known for its rich cultural heritage particularly the arts and culinary traditions. Here are the top 10 high class restaurants in Zurich that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime.
For guests who want to try something un-European but with a European character, Blue Monkey fits the bill. With a Swiss twist to classic Thai dishes, Blue Monkey provides three very distinct dining experiences: bistro, Thai heaven, and Monkey bar Fumoir.
Zurich is known for the arts. If you require an exquisite dining experience surrounded by the masterpieces of some of Europe’s well-loved artists, the Kronenhalle is the best restaurant to be. Kronenhalle boasts of having served the likes of Pablo Picasso, Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel, Alberto Giacometti, and Richard Strauss, just to name a few.
Lasalle Restaurant & Bar
Just within the boundaries of Zurich, the famous Lasalle Restaurant & Bar provides excellent and superbly created fusion of Italian, French, and international cuisine. It boasts of only the freshest catch of the day to be enjoyed in an abandoned shipbuilding infrastructure making for a truly unique dining experience.
For absolute comfort without the need to dress formally, Maison Manesse is the culinary heaven for businessmen, expatriates, tourists, locals, and hipsters alike. The monochrome interior is an excellent canvas to the colorful presentations of the culinary masterpieces.
For superb Mediterranean flavors and strategic location, Restaurant Sein located just outside Zurich’s Main Railway Station is highly recommended. What more that the Sein happens to belt a Michelin and Gault Millau accolades. The restaurant is chic and clean, perfect for today’s minimalist trends. Their Mediterranean-inspired cuisine are anything but minimalist, however.
Restaurant Swiss Chuchi
For cuisine that is strictly Swiss, Restaurant Swiss Chuchi is simply a must. Be prepared to dine together with other tourists as the Chuchi is conveniently located in Zurich’s Niederdorf district. Chuchi is short for chuchichaschtli which literally means cuisine. Their raclette and rosti Swiss cheese fondue are to die for.
For the best in French cuisine in Zurich, there is only one name that rings – Rico’s. With 2 Michelin Stars under its belt and an additional 18 points of Gault Millau, it is no wonder why Rico’s remain a favorite for tourists coming from down south. Rico’s is best known for its creative styling in its dishes as well as unusual design inspirations.
Known as the FIFA restaurant, Sonnenberg restaurant provides one of Zurich’s most stunning views for diners. As the restaurant is above the city, it provides enviable vantage points to view Lake Zurich, the Swiss Alps, and the bustling city, while indulging in Swiss-inspired Mediterranean cuisine.
The Restaurant at the Dolder Grand
Located at the heart of the truly luxurious and world-class Dolder Grand Hotel and offering a panoramic view of Lake Zurich, the Swiss Alps, and the entire city of Zurich, The Restaurant at the Dolder Grand is one tough act. With excellent food served in a classic yet modern ambience, the Dolder Grand is simply a must-dine restaurant.
Specializing in traditional and classic French cuisine with a hint of Swiss traditional cooking, Wirtschaftzur Burg is more a luxurious home than it is a modern restaurant. Nevertheless, the classic styling with emphasis on the original architecture makes this a one-of-a-kind fine dining establishment any tourist to Zurich must dine in.