Nearly half of Switzerland is made up by mountains, with the spectacularly beautiful Alps
taking up a large swathe of it. Before deciding where to head off to, take a look at the best restaurants in the Swiss Alps where you can dine in style or savour some traditional Swiss delights.
Restaurant, Swiss, Seafood, $$$
If you fancy some top quality seafood at high altitude in a landlocked country, then look no further than Zum See
. Serving up freshly delivered products every day, the Zum See can be found in a small hamlet above Zermatt, offering spectacular views of the Matterhorn from their terrace. Of particular note is their ‘fondue chinoise’ which is served during the winter.
Bistro, Restaurant, Swiss, Vegetarian, $$$
seamlessly combines a traditional warm Swiss-chalet atmosphere with top-class food. On offer are a range of local Swiss specialties and traditional dishes including Bündnerfleisch, meat that is dried in the Alpine air, and the house special which is roasted chicken simmered in herbs. We recommend that you reserve in advance as it’s always busy here.
Café du Pont
Restaurant, Swiss, $$$
The Du Pont may seem a little understated from the outside, but it is one of the best places to try traditional Swiss dishes like raclette, fondue and rösti in Zermatt and the Alps. With a warm, chalet-like atmosphere, Du Pont is the perfect stop-over for a post-slope dinner.
Restaurant, Swiss, French, Mediterranean, $$$
Dine in style at the Gourmet Stubli
in the glitzy resort of Davos, where you can rub shoulders with politicians and celebrities from the world over. Gourmet dishes are served up inside the glamorous Hotel Seehof. Whatever dish you go for, from the vegetarian options to the beef with exquisite ‘café de Paris’ sauce, you’ll be sure to savour every tiny piece.
Restaurant, Mediterranean, Swiss, $$$
While many places can boast a great view of the famous Matterhorn, few can match the splendour of the Findlerhof’s
delightfully small terrace that overlooks both the iconic mountain and the town of Zermatt. On offer is a wide array of first-class traditional Swiss dishes and house specialties (try the Findlerteller) that have been pleasing the taste buds of guests for decades.
Ecco St. Moritz
Restaurant, Bistro, Swiss, French, Contemporary, Vegetarian, $$$
Chef Rolf Fliegauf runs Ecco St. Moritz
, part of the luxury Giardano chain of restaurants and hotels. His team concoct wonderful dishes full of seasonal ingredients and bursting with flavours that will leave you wishing the portions were a little bigger. To really get the best of the Ecco experience, take the seven course menu, sit back and enjoy the fantastic service that earned this restaurant its two Michelin stars to date.
Restaurant, European, $$$
Enjoy your dinner at the Restaurant Allalin,
Switzerland’s highest restaurant and the world’s highest revolving restaurant, while sitting at a dizzying 3,500 metres (11,482 feet). Every hour the restaurant spins on its axis, showing off the endlessly snowy landscape that surrounds it. The food may not be out of this world nor the best you will find in the Alps, but the views certainly are difficult to compete with.