Eating Out in Zurich, Switzerland

Although Zürich is known for being a bit more expensive than other European destinations, there are things you can do to keep the cost of your meals down. For example, many places offer half portion options. As well as that, you can check out the numerous fast food kiosks and cafés too, where you’ll find filling snacks like bratwurst at very reasonable prices.

Head to Old Town to find one of the largest concentrations of eateries in the city. Niederdorfstrasse is brimming with great places to try out, and Limmatquai has its fair share of restaurants and cafés too. Head over to the vibrant Zürich West area and you’ll also find lots of great places to find breakfast, lunch or dinner along Langstrasse.

Along with a wide selection of local favourites such as rosti (like potato cakes), international dishes are also well-represented on menus across Zürich. From Italian to Thai, whatever your taste buds desire can be found in this great gastronomic city.

Restaurants in Zurich

  • Restaurant Au Gratin

    Bahnhofplatz 2, Zurich, Switzerland

    A huge variety of meat and vegetable gratins (baked dishes covered in melted cheese) can be sampled in this bright and friendly establishment. English menus are available from the friendly staff and include good value set menus available for four people or more. Located above a busy bar, the soundtrack to your meal here will be lots of chatter from here and from the restaurant itself.

    Open Mon-Thurs 11am-2pm & 6pm-12am, Fri 11am-2pm & 6pm-2am, Sat 6pm-2am, Sun 6pm-11pm.

  • Tre Cucine

    Niederdorfstrasse 33, Zurich, Switzerland

    Mild evenings in Zürich are definitely well-spent at this well-liked Italian restaurant. As one of many restaurants along bustling Niederdorfstrasse, Tre Cucine’s tasty traditional fare ensures it stands out amongst the crowd. Pastas, pizzas, risottos appear on the menu, alongside a variety of meat and fish dishes. To save some money on your dinner, go for the smaller portion option offered for some dishes, as you’ll still find you get more than enough to fill you up.

    Open Sun-Thurs 11.30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11.30pm-12pm.

  • Pumpstation

    Utoquai 10, Zurich, Switzerland

    As all the tables and even the grill area here are all open to the elements, this restaurant and bar’s hours aren’t entirely fixed, depending on the weather. On the banks of Lake Zürich, it boasts a top-notch location and is the perfect spot to enjoy some food and a beer on a sunny afternoon. Sausages, sandwiches, salads, baked potatoes and seafood are just some of the tasty offerings.

    Open daily 11am-12am.

  • Grand Café Odeon

    Limmatquai 2, Zurich, Switzerland

    A great choice for lunch, this spot tends to be quite busy. On a sunny day the tables outside are packed full of locals and visitors, and when it rains, the window-side tables are in high demand. Dishes offered include their own take on the popular rosti, with a large selection of burgers, sandwiches, and seafood also available.

    Open Sun-Thurs 7am-2am, Fri-Sat 7am-4am.

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