Photo: © CheCha
Where to Eat & Drink in St. Moritz
Issue 31 / 21 February 2020

Where to Eat & Drink in St. Moritz

From Michelin-star restaurants to Swiss specialities, St. Moritz has a dazzling dining scene to choose from.

Serena Norton

Located in the southern Alps, St. Moritz is the oldest winter sports resort in the world, attracting a stream of international visitors to its historic hotels, designer shops and gourmet restaurants. It's gastronmic scene is second to none, boasting an array of superb restaurants from Michelin-star spots to local gems and we have selected some of the best, along with some great bars to quench your thirst after a day on the slopes.

Mountain Restaurants

CHECHA RESTAURANT & CLUB
Located at the top of the funicular with breathtaking views, CheCha is headed up by St. Moritz culinary legend Reto Mathis. Notorious for his truffle and caviar creations including a divine truffle pizza and the spectacular Seafood Carousel, CheCha also features regional dishes alongside innovative vegan creations. Those with a sweet tooth should pay a visit to the in-house alpine Patisserie, “Le Cake'' for a taste of house specialities such as Checha Heidelbeer Torte and Oliver’s Choco Tarte.

EL PARADISO
At 2,174 metres, restaurant views don’t get much better than those from El Paradiso’s panoramic terraces. With sheepskin-covered sunbeds, this is the perfect spot to soak up the sun for a couple of hours between runs. The menu is a mix of gourmet cuisine and local specialities including fondue and it has an extensive wine list for those who enjoy a tipple or two.

CHASELLAS
Situated next to Suvretta House, not only is this an excellent meeting point with an inviting sunny terrace, it also serves the best rustic specialities including rosti and wiener schnitzel. In the evening, the restaurant swaps its Swiss cuisine for a more gourmet international menu with Mediterranean influences. Trutz, a sister restaurant owned by Suvretta House, is also worth a visit for its views alone.

ALPETTA
Positioned halfway down the Chastelets slope, Alpetta is a cosy hut serving tasty regional specialities. Delicacies include polenta baked in a huge pot, grilled venison and a variety of game dishes. Fresh fruit cakes are baked every day and the hot chocolate is divine. The interior is decorated in traditional Alpine-style and there is a large terrace where you can soak up the sun.

In Town

VELTINERKELLER
Located in St. Moritz Bad, Veltinerkeller is a cosy, intimate restaurant serving homemade pasta, meats cooked on a charcoal grill, soups and salads. There is a real family-feel and the owners have a real passion for authentic Swiss and Italian cuisine.

DAL MULIN
“Wine, dine and feel fine” is the motto at this exquisite restaurant in the heart of St. Moritz. And with a fascinating wine list and splendid range of local dishes, you certainly will. On the menu is everything from sashimi and octopus to braised veal cheek and lamb chops.

CHESA VEGLIA
One of the most famous restaurants in St. Moritz, Chesa Veglia is located in a converted farmhouse in the centre of town. Owned by the prestigious Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, Chesa Veglia houses three restaurants and two bars within its ancient walls. Take your pick from Italian classics at Pizzeria Heuboden, Swiss specialities at Patrizier Stuben or grilled meat and fish at Grill Chadafö.

For that Michelin-starred experience

ECCO
If you don’t want to miss out on the pinnacle of St. Moritz’s gastronomic scene then a trip to Ecco at Hotel Giardino Mountain is a must. Open only for the winter season, chef Rolf Fliegauf has already earned two Michelin-stars as well as 18 Gault Millau Points. The incredible white and gold interior is the perfect backdrop for a series of innovative dishes including poached Gillardeau oyster with cucumber, horseradish and plankton vinaigrette and roasted entrecôte of Swiss beef served with parsley roots, onion and a sherry vinegar hollandaise. The wine list is also extensive.

DA VITTORIO
Located at the Carlton Hotel, Michelin-starred seasonal restaurant Da Vittorio is the creation of the Cerea brothers Enrico and Roberto, whose restaurant of the same name in the small Italian town of Brusaporto is rated as one of the best in the world. This is authentic Italian cuisine at its very finest with simple pasta dishes elevated to a whole new level.

IGNIV
Yet another culinary highlight, Michelin-star restaurant IGNIV by Andreas Caminada at Badrutt’s Palace focuses on the joy of sharing with a series of sharing platters and pans. Head chef Marcel Skibba provides a surprise three or four-course sharing experience using local and seasonal produce.

Après-ski

ROO BAR
Just in front of the Hotel Hauser is a the genuine après-ski Roo Bar where old and young gather to sip on mulled wine, elderberry punch with vodka, cocktails, beer and hot chocolate laced with rum, accompanied by the beats of techno and hip hop from the resident DJ.

PAVAROTTI & FRIENDS
This cosy wine and tapas bar situated in downtown St. Moritz is owned by Italian Deny Pavarotti. Surrounded by hundreds of bottles stacked to the ceiling, Pavarotti & Friends has a warm and welcoming ambiance with candlelit tables and a small menu of traditional Italian cuisine from pasta to polenta. The highlight though is the impressive wine cellar offering a great selection of wines and champagnes accompanied by fresh bread, parma ham and parmesan cheese.

BALTHAZAR BAR
A great spot for an aperitif, Balthazar is a trendy bar and restaurant serving vintage wines, an exclusive selection of fine champagnes and a range of refined cocktails. You can also tap your toes along to live piano music during the evening.

DEVIL'S PLACE
Paradise for whisky lovers, Devil’s Place houses over 2,500 different kinds of whiskey making it the largest selection in the world. Whilst mainly Scottish single malt whiskeys, there is also a variety of blended Irish whiskey and bourbon as well as other grain spirits from around the world. Next door is the “Smokers Room'' where you can select a cigar from an equally large assortment.

Nightlife

KING'S SOCIAL HOUSE
Said to be the oldest club in Switzerland, King’s Social House at Badrutt's Palace has had a complete makeover and relaunched in December 2018 in collaboration with Michelin-star chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton. A restaurant, bar and nightclub all in one, the “dine and dance” concept has proved popular with guests, who move from exquisite cuisine to buzzing nightlife as the evening progresses.

DRACULA CLUB
Since 1974, Dracula Club has been a prime nightlife hotspot in St. Moritz. Situated in the five-star Kulm Hotel, this legendary nightclub is renowned for hosting the "highest jazz festival in Europe." Known for hosting the most exclusive parties in the Engadin, the Dracula accommodates just 150 guests and visitors must be known by life members to be admitted.

For further information on the resort take a look at our Ultimate Guide to St. Moritz.

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