A very nice place to stop right on the lake. Outdoor seating allows you to sit back, relax, enjoy the lake, and have a meal (or just a drink, if you prefer).
UPDATE: When we visited again in 2011, the prices had gone up and quality had gone down. It's still quite scenic and a fine place for a drink or coffee, but I wouldn't waste the money eating here.
Favorite Dish: I had the half chicken, which was just fine, if a bit on the pricey side. But consider the location (and the country you're in) before making pricing judgements. They have beer on tap as well -- always a plus in my book... ;)
Rain was forecast for the afternoon, so we canceled our plan to hike in the Jungfrau area and stayed a few extra hours in Kandersteg before continuing to Zurich. We decided to linger over lunch at the train station cafeteria. But this is no ordinary train station cafeteria. This is the Kandersteg train station cafeteria, with outdoor seating overlooking the Blümlisalp. The clouds hadn't arrived yet, so we sat down outside and enjoyed the view.
Favorite Dish: The food was just fine. You can also order salad bar and lunch buffet if you like, but we decided to go for the cheese omelet. As you would expect in Switzerland, the cheese was quite tasty.
Yes, beer was on tap. I tried a brand called "Edelweiss Hefeweizen." It looked a bit like Erdinger Weissbier, but didn't taste as sweet. The brew was mild in flavor, easy to drink, and had a smooth finish. Not bad at all.
One of my favorite things about Switzerland is, there seems to be a cafe at the end of every hike. The Gemmipass walk is no exception. Once you've reached the Gemmipass, there's a nice cafeteria with an extraordinarily scenic outdoor eating area. It's a great place to stop, have food and/or drink, and take in the view before making the return trip. For those less adventurous, you can get here without the hike by taking the Gemmibahn gondola from Leukerbad. The food isn't cheap (If anyone is aware of a cheap place to eat out in Switzerland, let me know...), but think of it as renting the seat with the food thrown in as a bonus.
As the name indicates, this is also a berghotel. The website says a double room costs CHF 130 per night, breakfast and sleeping bags included. There are also 4-bed rooms and dorm beds available.
Favorite Dish: Food is basic and filling for the most part, with Roesti and veal bratwurst playing a prominent role. There are also soups and salads for those who wish to eat something lighter. Wine and beer are available. There's even beer on tap, but I normally go for a bottled Bavarian Hefeweizen. Sometimes they have Schneider Weissbier, but this time they had Erdinger instead.
For some reason we kept gravitating towards this place. Always busy and only one or two harried servers running around. But somehow they managed to be quite efficient and friendly! We liked to sit by the running water. On rainy days, everyone crams under the sitting area that has an awning. Guess we could of ate inside...
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish was the Alpen macaroni, made with fresh local cheese! Yummy, filling, and inexpensive!
Knowing the expensive costs of vacationing in Switzerland, we planned on cooking most of our meals in our chalet. There were those late nights tho', when we arrived at the train station from a full day out, starving! We found the train station restaurant to be cozy and not outrageously expensive. Food was good too.
We were never there in time for the buffet, which has a good reputation, as it ends at 8 pm.
Favorite Dish: roesti, chicken cordon bleu, wurst
The Berghotel Wildstrubel is situated at the top of the Gemmipass - almost on the sheer edge of the Gemmiwand Rock where there is a viewing terrace looking down towards Leukerbad and over to the Valais Alps.
We shelterd here after hiking the pass before we made the same journey back.
Favorite Dish: It was a bit fresh outside at the height ogf the pass and all week I'd been looking forward to a big plate of Rosti. Here I wasn't disappointed there were several versions to choose from too :)) Rosti is a staple dish in the mountain huts - full of energy, its grated fried potato and mine came with ham and loads of melted cheese ove it with a fried egg on top and a sprinling of chives. It was absolutely delicious :-))
We stayed at the Bernerhof is August 2003 and benefitted from some stunning weather, it was too nice to eat inside! The butcher's next door to the hotel roasts chckens, which are available to collect at 5 pm most days... along with a bottle of wine and a bit of salad what could be nicer on a balcony overlooking the mountains?
Dining out in Switzerland can be very expensive, and Kandersteg is no exception. But there are quite a few places with good food and great views that can make the splurge worthwhile....