After our arrival in Zermatt just after midday and checking in at the hotel we were a bit hungry.
By chance we found the Creperie-Cafe Serac in the vicinity of our hotel. We found it a good option to have a quick snack before heading off for a hike.
They have an outdoor seating area and a few small tables inside. The interior is pretty basic.
The menu offers all sorts of Crepes from sweet to hearty. I chose the Crepe with apple and cinnamon which was yummy and was only 6,90 CHF (about 4,40 Euro, 2007).
The down side: The music was a bit too loud; the cook seemed to be a big Rolling Stones fan as a live CD was playing and he also joined in the singing. It took quite a while until we finally got our Crepes. Service was friendly though.
Our first little hike led us via the Matterhorn Panorama trail to Z'Mutt at 1936 m. Z'Mutt is a small hamlet of Zermatt and has at least two small restaurants for the thirsty hikers.
We chose "Restaurant Z'Mutt" which offers various possibilities for outdoor seating. The Restaurant itself is located in a lovely old wooden building. It is only open from May until October from 9:30 until 17:00 h.
They offer warm snacks and several homemade cakes, depending on availability. I had a shandy to drink and shared an apple strudel with my friend. The big piece of apple strudel was really delicious. Prices were reasonable.
*apple strudel photo courtesy of yumyum*
After a 3 hours hike from Sunegga Paradise we arrived at the Riffelalp (2200 m). It is home to the Bergrestaurant Alphitta which is a sort of mountain inn. Opening times are from 09:00 until 17:00 h.
The restaurant has a large outdoor terrace for more than 70 people. On sunny days it is well frequented by hikers and locals. The toilets are accessible from the inside and outside.
They offer genuine local cuisine and a wide range of pasta dishes. A cake buffet is available as well.
I opted for a small mixed salad and an apple spritzer, which was tasty and reasonably priced. The bill was 16 CHF (about 10 Euro, 2007).
It's an institution in Zermatt.
Edward Whymper and his team were the first to reach the peak of the Matterhorn in 1865, I believe. (not that's any sort of endorsement of its food, but an interesting tidbit).
Favorite Dish: Only had the fondue, it was quite good. Why is it good? Because when it's about 55-60 degrees out, and they bring you a big steaming pot of cheese with its own little sterno burner, and a glass of white wine, and you are sitting in the MOUNTAINS in ZERMATT, how much better could it be?
The Restaurant Trockener Steg, reconstructed at a cost of CHF 12 million, reopened on for winter 2009/10 under the new name of Ice – Buffet/Bar/Pizzeria.
This restaurant is situated at an altitude of 2'939m /9'640 feet close to the Matterhorn. The building stands at the foot of the Theodul Glacier, which lies between the Matterhorn and the Klein Matterhorn.
The self-service ICE BUffet restaurant has seating for 400 guests inside and a further 400 on the sun-terrace.
My favorite experience is on 2nd floor where you could find the pizzeria ICE. Head to the terrace to enjoy delicious pizza made thanks a wood fire oven. By the my fav. piz' is the Biagio with Tomato sauce, mozzarella, oregano, fresh tomatos, rocket, parmesan, parma ham or try a copious pasta meal... Enjoy your meal and the view!
This restaurant is located on the summit of the Rothorn (3'100m or 10'170 feet above sea level). The panoramic terrace give you a great view on the moutnains. The cuisine is inventive and delicious. The prices are honest for a high altitude restaurant, the special of the day is CHF 16.- and you get enoug food to feed you during your skiing day.
Built in the chalet style, the restaurant can accommodate 152 guests inside and a further 200 on the terrace.
Winter : from December to the end of April.
Summer : from July to the end of October.
Favorite Dish: Bon appetit!
The terrace, situated at 3'000m/10'000 feet above sea level, offers a unique view of the Monte Rosa, Liskamm, Castor&Pllux, Breithorn and of course Matterhorn. The self-service restaurant offers good, reasonably-priced meals.
On the photo you could see two domes. They provided a vantage point from which scientists could look out into space using infrared and radio telescopes. The clean air and optimum light conditions at this location allow an exceptional view of the galaxies.
The hotel is open all year round except November; the restaurant is open all year round.
The Pipe is a 'fusion' restaurant serving up dishes with African, Indian and Asian flavours. I was dubious at first, but the enthusiasm of the owner, coupled with the hope of never eating another rosti again (joking, I love them!), found us sitting down for dinner one evening. That and the fact the restaurant was about two steps from our hotel.
The Pipe Restaurant and Bar is a "Surfers Cantina", with quirky décor and cheerful staff. Prices were a little higher than the other places we ate in Zermatt, though atmosphere and service was certainly better.
Favorite Dish: We started with an unusual Lamb Salad to share, which had strips of tasty lamb, salad and banana. For main course we had the Karroo Lamb, which was marinated in African spices; the Tamarind Chicken Tikka; and the Springbok Biriyani.
All of the dishes were nicely presented and filled with great flavours. I had the Tamarind Tikka and it was really nice and moist. Serving sizes were large though and unfortunately we had no room for dessert.
This seems to be a typical Swiss Restaurant until you get inside and find that there is no kitchen as such. the meals are all cooked in a tiny corner of the main restaurant. Likewise, the dishes are washed in another corner which also serves as the bar and cash desk.
The restaurant seats about 100 people inside and out and by the time I left it was packed to the rafters. There were 3 chefs and 4 waitresses on duty and they carried it off with a minimum of fuss. It was really quite amazing.
Favorite Dish: I lashed out on a Sirloin Steak with creamy mustard sauce, wilted spinach french fries and salad for 32CHF. this was definitely my best dining experience in Zermatt. I highly recommend it.
In a cosy athmosphere you could delight your eyes within this rustic setting and your palate with the tasteful meal and wine.
You can "supervise" the meticulious preparation of you meat and watch the flambée show before enjoying your meal.
Restaurant Spycher is member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs : so no surprise permitted about the excellent quality of service and meal.
The owner is also an excellent alpenhorn player .
Favorite Dish: Choose your favourite meat with an exceptionnal local wine (as usual ;-).
This place is cosy and great for meat lover.
Just choose your favorite meat, tell your favourite cooking (rare, medium,well done).
Do not forget to taste a local red wine and do not hesitate to ask advice from the friendly owner.
Meatspeciality from the woodfire:
- leg of lamb
- double sirloinsteak
Enjoy your meal.
Favorite Dish: Chateaubriand, sauce Bernaise of course ;-)
This is definitely a locals hangout as you have to climb over the "beer after work" crowd who sit right in front of the entrance. The restaurant itself is quite lovely. Friendly staff, good service.
Favorite Dish: I chose the Veal with Creamy Mushroom sauce and I was served a very hearty and tasty meal which came accompanied by loads of beautifully steamed vegetables. With my standard glass of red, the bill was 24 CHF.
A great way to end a long hike. Whether you hiked all the way to the top, or hiked to an intermediate station and took the gondola the rest of the way, you'll feel you've earned the reward. Sit on the terrace and admire the Matterhorn while enjoying beer, wine, soft drinks, and/or food. If you have the money (as you can imagine, the food ain't cheap!), it's worth every rappe just to linger at the top of the mountain.
Favorite Dish: I'm partial to the Rösti, especially after a long hike. It has about a gazillion calories, but that's probably about how many you burned to get here.
This is just a lovely little cafe where you can get a light lunch at a good price and then get back to the serious business of seeing the sights. The service is friendly, efficient and no nonsense. Added bonus of a lovely clean toilet.
Favorite Dish: There seemed to be a lovely menu of sandwiches, salads, cakes and pastries and every sort of coffee. I had Quiche and salad and a Cappuccino for 12CHF. Bottom line....excellent for the money.
We walked up and down the main road of Zermatt looking for a good grill. It didn't appear to be very popular, or else was only served at the swankiest hotels. But we finally found it when we came to Grampi's, which is a pub/bar downstairs and a restaurant upstairs.
We had very good grilled ribs and Buffalo chicken wings.
Favorite Dish: Grilled spare ribs and buffalo chicken wings