Photo: Ristorante Capri
Where to Eat & Drink in Zermatt
Issue 36 / 05 May 2020

Where to Eat & Drink in Zermatt

Famed for its mountain restaurants, Zermatt is ‘the’ culinary hotspot in the Swiss Alps.

Serena Norton

Famous for its mountain restaurants, Zermatt is ‘the’ culinary hotspot in the Swiss Alps. The options cover everything from traditional Swiss cuisine to the latest in fine dining and innovation. With so many options it can be hard to decide where to go. However, we are at your service with our detailed guide to eating and drinking in Zermatt.

Mountain Restaurants

CHEZ VRONY
Situated in Findeln, this ancient wooden barn offers fantastic cuisine. The perfect mix of the classical and quirky this really is the ultimate place to stop for lunch after a hard morning’s ski. The sun terrace is famous for its Matterhorn view, sheepskins and al fresco dining.

FINDLERHOF
Exuding rustic charm, this is quite simply a magical restaurant. Perched in the tiny hamlet of Findeln between the Sunnegga and Blauherd ski areas, the short downhill walk in ski boots from the piste is worth it for the stunning Matterhorn view, superb food and courteous and efficient service. The lamb is exceptional as is the truffle ravioli and there are also great salads, delicious fish soup and much more besides.

PARADIES
Serving up delicious Swiss fare, it is worth stopping here to enjoy the beautiful sun terrace, friendly service, great selection of wines and impressive Matterhorn views. Homemade pasta specials are a popular choice as is the sumptuous coq au vin served with Ticinese polenta.

ADLER HITTER
A great place to go on a sunny day, Adler is lively and upbeat with a DJ and beach bar vibe. “Chill and Grill” is the motto here. The views are fantastic and their rotisserie chicken is a must.

ARELOID KOLLECTIVE
If you’re looking for something more innovative than traditional Swiss cuisine then this is the place to go. There is a diverse contemporary sharing menu, varied wine list and excellent coffee roasted on the premises. Examples of dishes include chickpea fritters, beetroot carpaccio, pan seared scallops, ox cheek with salsa verde and hot smoked salmon.

ZUM SEE
Take the home run from Furi and turn left at the signpost above Blatten to discover this fantastic gourmet restaurant in the rustic surroundings of a 350-year old farmyard. Husband Max cooks while his wife Greti, son Markus and daughter in law Marion serve up his delicate dishes combining Swiss classics and Mediterranean cuisine along with Valais wines from an outstanding cellar.

BLATTEN
Located in the idyllic hamlet next to the chapel below Furi, this top class family-run restaurant is set over two floors with a terrace. Serving Swiss cuisine with a Mediterranean twist, must-try dishes include porcini mushroom soup with a puff pastry lid and fillet of lamb with bacon in puff pastry with rosemary sauce. Their local truffle specialities are delicious as is the mountain macaroni au gratin served with apple sauce on the side.

FLUHALP
On the way from Rothorn to Gant, Fluhalp offers some of the finest traditional Alpine food and an exquisite panorama of the Matterhorn. There is a fabulous sun terrace and undercover dining for when the weather is cold. There is often a live band playing during the season. Fluhalp has a great choice of hearty salads and the cheese fondue is arguably one of the best in Zermatt.

In Town

BRASSERIE UNO
A new casual dining restaurant, Brasserie Uno specialises in inspiring vegan and vegetarian dishes alongside the signature dish of classic Swedish meatballs.

FERDINAND BY CERVO
Raclette, fondue and barbecued meat await you at this trendy Alpine restaurant. Part of CERVO Mountain Boutique, Ferdinand is a great place to spend a fun evening with family or friends.

SONNMATTEN
Situated in the hamlet of Winkelmatten, enjoy a four-course daily set menu in a warm ambiance. Serving traditional Swiss cuisine, you start with a soup or salad, followed by a pasta dish, main course such as veal steak or roast beef and a classic dessert.

SCHWEIZERHOF KITCHEN
Part of the newly renovated Hotel Schweizerhof, Swiss gourmet dishes are served in a lively, modern setting. There is a statement bar with an extensive cocktail list, an open kitchen and a DJ on hand to entertain you while you eat.

For that Michelin-star experience

ALPINE GOURMET PRATO BORNI
Awarded its first Michelin star in 2019, Alpine Gourmet Prato Borni pays homage to the wonderful diversity of regional produce. Chef, Heinz Rufibach, gives a masterclass in reinventing the wheel when it comes to traditional cuisine. You have the option of choosing between two and six courses with wines to match.

THE OMNIA
Also gaining its first Michelin star in 2019, The Omnia is defined by authentic flavours and seasonal ingredients. The chic interior is a reflection of the stylish cuisine with three different menus; Gourmet, Vegetarian and Soul Food to choose from.

RISTORANTE CAPRI
Retaining its Michelin-star, Ristorante Capri at Mont Cervin Palace, serves up fresh Mediterranean cuisine accompanied by stunning views of the surrounding peaks.

AFTER SEVEN
This two Michelin-star restaurant with chefs Ivo Adam and Florian Neubauer at the helm offers a gastronomic experience to remember. The tasting menus are a creative mix of local and cosmopolitan cuisine with fresh, seasonal ingredients whilst the interior is the epitome of style courtesy of local architect Heinz Julen.

Après-ski

HENNU STALL
Situated on the piste down to the village from Furi, this is one of the liveliest apres-ski bars in Zermatt. With music on the terrace and live band playing the classics you will be dancing in your ski boots before you know it.

PAPPERLA PUB
One of the loudest apres-ski spots in town, no trip to Zermatt is complete without stopping in here. A popular meeting point with locals and visitors, apres starts from 4pm in winter with loud music, hot drinks on the terrace or cold beers in the warm ‘Irish pub’ style interior. Hit it on a Tuesday night and it is THE place to be if you like live music.

THE SNOWBOAT
Near the Sunnegga lift, the Snowboat offers lively apres-ski with local bands as well as areas to sit out on the sunny deck to rest those weary legs. Later in the evening, venture downstairs to sample a cocktail or two. They also offer an a la carte menu which includes a variety of snacks and burgers.

GEE'S
The trendiest place in town, Gees is packed every night with visitors and locals who come to enjoy live music, delicious cocktails and Pan-Asian food. The Cuckoo Club downstairs opens at 11.30pm to 3.30am.

"Like all good ski towns, Zermatt has a party scene to match the heady pleasures of its slopes."
New York Times
"Like all good ski towns, Zermatt has a party scene to match the heady pleasures of its slopes."
New York Times

Nightlife

BROKEN BAR
One of the most legendary bars in Zermatt, the Broken is located in the iconic cellar beneath the Hotel Post and has been attracting party-goers for generations.

LOFT CLUB
From 10pm the ground floor of the Factory transforms into the only club in Zermatt for those over 25 years old.

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

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