High in Switzerland’s stunning mountain ranges there’s an impressive choice of restaurants serving world-class food. We discover some of the best
Switzerland is home to some of the most picturesque mountain ranges in Europe and its highest summits are more than 3,000 metres above sea level. With two main ranges, the Swiss Alps to the south and east and the Jura mountains to north and west, the country is almost surrounded by soaring peaks. Given this wonderful scenery, skiing in Switzerland is as much a national pastime as it is a sport. As a result, the Swiss frequently indulge in a spot of après-ski at high altitude. So it’s no surprise that the country’s mountain ranges are endowed with some world-class restaurants.
There’s a rich array of options. You could choose to eat at a stylish cabin serving warming and adventurous dishes, or at a restaurant with 360° views of some of the country’s most beautiful peaks. Alternatively, head to a rustic-looking chalet for one of the most enviable wine lists in Switzerland. Or enjoy a thoroughly modern eco-friendly restaurant with breathtaking panoramas. Wherever you decide to dine, Switzerland’s mountain-top restaurant options are bound to enhance a trip to this beautiful country.
At 2,112 metres above sea level, Chetzeron hotel overlooks Switzerland’s beautiful Rhone Valley and offers unobstructed views over the Alps, from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc. The eco-friendly building has been designed to preserve and protect the environment, and it houses one of the area’s most stunning restaurants. With dishes lovingly created from local and seasonal produce, the menu focuses on sophisticated alpine cuisine. Favourites include goat cheese and Swiss chard cannelloni with alpine broth, rack of alpine lamb with mashed winter vegetables, and beef tenderloin with shallot sauce. For superb panoramas, opt to have your meal on the restaurant’s terrace.
Chetzeron, 2112 rue de Chetzeron, 3963 Crans-Montana, +41 (0)27 485 0800
Chez Vrony is the perfect example of contemporary alpine style. Set 2,100 metres above sea level in the mountain resort of Zermatt, this rustic-looking ski chalet houses one of the area’s most authentic Swiss restaurants. Dishes range from tarte flambée with winter truffle, air-dried bacon, red onion and herbs, to unusual and delicious Bloody Mary soup with spicy lamb chorizo and basil froth. Dining al fresco here is a must; the restaurant’s terrace is supplied with furry throws, thick blankets and oversized cushions, creating the perfect setting to enjoy a bottle from the extensive wine list.
Chez Vrony, Findeln, 3920 Zermatt, +41 (0)27 967 2552
Located on the outer edge of the Suvretta-Corviglia ski resort at St Mortiz, El Paradiso enjoys an altitude of 2,181 metres and promises to bring guests a little ‘closer to heaven’. The self-styled mountain clubhouse is one of the region’s coolest hangouts and offers a nightclub and a restaurant. Its large terrace presents stunning mountain views and is popular with guests seeking an al fresco lunch. The more intimate cabin restaurant upstairs offers an authentically alpine dining experience. The menu presents a wide variety of options, from tapas-style sharing platters to substantial three-course feasts. The standout dish here is homemade lobster ravioli, complete with pan-fried lobster and caviar. It is the perfect evening indulgence after a day of mountain adventures.
El Paradiso, Via Engiadina, 7500 St Moritz, +41 (0)81 833 4002
Restaurant Piz Gloria
From the very start of a visit to Restaurant Piz Gloria, guests know they’re in for an unforgettable meal. You get here only by aerial cableway, which you take to the Schilthorn summit of Switzerland’s Bernese Alps. Set at an altitude 2,970 metres and with floor-to-ceiling windows, Restaurant Piz Gloria offers amazing mountain-top dining. It even rotates around its own axis every 45 minutes, offering visitors 360° views of the surrounding mountains. If the location and rotation weren’t reason enough to visit, the restaurant also has connections to one of the world’s most famous spies; scenes from the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service were shot here.
Restaurant Piz Gloria, Schilthorn, 3825 Mürren, +41 (0)33 826 0007