Where to Eat & Drink in Zermatt
Famed for its mountain restaurants, Zermatt is ‘the’ culinary hotspot in the Swiss Alps.
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.
Best Mountain Restaurants in Zermatt
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.
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.
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. The restaurant can be reached by non-skiers after after a 50-minute walk from Zermatt via Winkelmatten or from the top of Sunnegga on the signposted walking trail down the valley towards Findeln.
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.
Top Mountain Chalets in Zermatt
- Chalet Grace - Perched above the village, this private mountain retreat offers magnificent Matterhorn views & a superb wellness area.
- Chalet Zermatt Peak - This opulent five-bedroom chalet is set into the side of the mountain overlooking the village, yet is just a five-minute walk from the main street with its many bars and restaurants.
- Chalet Shalimar - made up of Apartment Elena and Alex, this large chalet is perfect for large groups. It has an indoor pool, sauna, hammam & massage room.
Best Restaurants in Zermatt Centre
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.
This family-friendly Italian restaurant is the perfect spot for a casual dinner with freshly made wood-fired pizza, pasta and other mouth-watering dishes on offer. We particularly love Grampi's spare ribs with crispy French fries.
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.
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.
Le Gitan Grill
Built in 1964, Gitan Grill is a favourite amongst locals with its relaxing candlelit ambiance and delicious grilled meats.
Top Chalets in Zermatt Centre
- Chalet McKinley - part of the impressive 7 Heavens, this opulent five-bedroom chalet is just a short stroll from CERVO and its many restaurants.
- Chalet White Pearl - this free-standing chalet in Winkelmatten is perfectly located for enjoying dinner at Sonnmatten restaurant.
- Apartment Mount Rose - this centrally-located apartment is just a minute's walk from Schweizerhof Kitchen and Potato,
Fine Dining in Zermatt
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 four and six courses with wines to match.
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.
One of the newer restaurants in resort, Potato's ingredients are all grown within 50 km of Zermatt. The restaurant offers modern, fine dining with regional wines in the form of a changing three or five-course menu. At lunchtime, you can dine a la carte.
Retaining its Michelin-star, Ristorante Capri at Mont Cervin Palace, serves up fresh Mediterranean cuisine accompanied by stunning views of the surrounding peaks.
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.
Best Après-Ski in Zermatt
Situated on the piste down to the village from Furi, this is one of the liveliest après-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.
One of the loudest après-ski spots in town, no trip to Zermatt is complete without stopping in here. A popular meeting point with locals and visitors, après 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.
Near the Sunnegga lift, the Snowboat offers lively après-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.
Bar & Club Mamacita
Where once the popular Gees bar was located, Bar & Club Mamacita is Zermatt's most recent addition to the après scene. Opening for the 2020 season, the South-America themed bar will serve spicy food, cocktails and host live music every evening. The club below, playing electro jazz, electro swing, deep and tribal house music, will stay open until 4 am.
Best Nightlife in Zermatt
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.
From 10pm the ground floor of the Factory transforms into the only club in Zermatt for those over 25 years old.
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