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Regarded as the mountain-restaurant capital of Europe, Zermatt has more than 160 restaurants in the village and scattered across its lower Alpine slopes. As one of the most exclusive ski resorts in the world, the gourmet scene is surprisingly casual, although it helps if your pockets are deep. However, with care it is still possible to lunch like a king without breaking the bank, whether it’s on typical Swiss raclette or piles of truffle-infused, handmade Italian pasta. At night the après ski ramps Zermatt's prices up a notch, with many top-quality restaurants and expensive cocktail bars to investigate. Follow this guide to enjoy the best food in town and on the mountain slopes.

Good for
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

8 Places

5 City Tips

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8 Places

Du Pont

Restaurants

Riffelalp Resort 2222 m

Hotels

CERVO Zermatt

Hotels

Stefanie's Creperie

Restaurants

Fuchs Bistro and Bakery

Restaurants

Snowboat

Restaurants

Findlerhof

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Restaurant Zum See

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Sasha H's City Tips

  • Tipping is not expected in Zermatt as Swiss restaurant bills incorporate service charges, but many people still leave a small cash tip on the table.
  • Talking loudly on mobile phones in Zermatt restaurants is considered the height of bad manners.
  • Zermatt is a car-free village and the easiest way to get around is on foot.
  • For such an upmarket ski resort, Zermatt is surprisingly casual and down to earth. Ski gear is fine for the mountain restaurants at lunch but not for dining out in the smart village hotels in the evening.
  • A selection of ski passes are on offer at the tourist office on Bahnhofplatz.
  • Du Pont
    Restaurants (Swiss, European)
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    Sasha H Says:

    Surprisingly relaxed for high-end Zermatt, Café du Pont is tucked into a traditional wooden chalet and is the oldest restaurant in town. It is the go-to place to sample raclette (a fondue of melted cheese, potatoes and cured salamis) and delicious plates of rösti potato patties; or to try the local delicacy, fondue flavored with Kirsch, a local fruit brandy. Thanks to the reasonable prices and casual vibe, Café du Pont is the perfect pit stop for ravenous families after a day out on the slopes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Stick to the Swiss specialities on the menu; the Valais cheese for the fondues is all made and aged on the premises.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 191 restaurants in Zermatt
    • AVOID THIS RESTAURANT! 19/05/2019
    • A must, however the weather looks like.... 17/05/2019
    • Du Pont
    Address:
    Oberdorfstrasse 7
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 27 967 43 43
    Other:
  • Riffelalp Resort 2222 m
    Hotels
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    Sasha H Says:

    The brightest star in the luxury Riffelalp Resort’s firmament is a rare treat — Alexandre is a restaurant with fantastic, inventive food combined with amazing views over the Alpine foothills to the Matterhorn. With a choice of a la carte dishes and set menus served in muted surroundings, the seasonal dishes at Alexandre may include veal or a selection of river fish; while the wine list is extensive and includes bottles to suit all budgets. Open only in the evening with its roaring fires and backdrop of twinkling stars, Alexandre is surely one of the most romantic spots in the Swiss Alps.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Despite its elegance, Alexandre is refreshingly casual and has no dress code.
    • After enjoying dinner at Alexandre, take the little cog-wheel Gornergrat train down to Zermatt; it’s free with your ski pass.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 109 Hotels in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dream holidays in perfect alpine setting 12/04/2019
    • Amazing as always 13/03/2019
    • Riffelalp Resort 2222 m
    Address:
    Hotel Riffelalp
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
  • CERVO Zermatt
    Hotels
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    Sasha H Says:

    Opened in December 2014 to great acclaim and one of a new breed of sleek, stylish eateries offering traditional Swiss specialty cooking, Ferdinand — at the famed CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort above Zermatt village — is all clean lines, pine and zinc counters. Along with the Valais and Gruyere cheese fondues and raclette, the menu offers a great selection of organic Angus steaks cooked on the BBQ and served with truffle fries, as well as a decent selection of local wines.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you don’t feel like eating out, CERVO offers a takeaway service from Ferdinand.
    • CERVO is one of the few Zermatt hotels accessible by ski, so it’s possible to ski down to Ferdinand for lunch.
    • The après ski is jumping here, with live music most afternoons.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 109 Hotels in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A super place to stay, housing a fantastic restaurant where staff go the extra mile! 27/04/2019
    • Truly amazing 22/04/2019
    • CERVO Zermatt
    Address:
    Riedweg 156
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
  • Stefanie's Creperie
    Restaurants (Fast food)
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    Sasha H Says:

    Zermatt is not known for its street food, so this minuscule crêperie does a roaring trade with a well-priced range of sweet or savory pancakes and waffles, as well as ice cream and hot chocolate topped with a mountain of cream. Crêpes stuffed with good local cheese and ham are a good option for filling up the kids on a budget before allowing them a chocolate and banana treat and letting them loose on the piste to burn off their sugar high.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Stephanie's is open daily until 10pm, and is a popular late-night place to buy a tasty, filling takeaway pancake to offset the effects of too many cocktails.
    • Crêperie Stephanie takes cash only; strictly no credit or debit cards.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #80 of 191 restaurants in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Don't miss it! 08/05/2019
    • Best crêpes ever!!! 30/03/2019
    • Stefanie's Creperie
    Address:
    Bahnhofstrasse 60
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Other:
  • Fuchs Bistro and Bakery
    Restaurants (Swiss, Cafe, European, Healthy)
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    Sasha H Says:

    Open since 1965, Fuchs is one of Zermatt’s best-loved bakeries, with all its tasty produce cooked daily on the premises. This is the place to pick up the very finest Swiss chocolates in beautiful packages, freshly-baked rye bread, pralines, and delicious Zermatter Birnenbrot (a thin pastry stuffed with fruit that goes perfectly with sweet dessert wines). Fuchs now has three stores in the village; the branch on Getwingstrasse also has a small bistro open daily until 7pm, serving simple dishes such as macaroni cheese and quiche.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The chocolates handmade in the shape of the triangular Matterhorn make ideal presents to bring home from Fuchs.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 191 restaurants in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Much Needed! 29/04/2019
    • Great pastry 24/04/2019
    • Fuchs Bistro and Bakery
    Address:
    Getwingstrasse 24
    3920 Zermatt
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 27 967 20 63
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 18:30
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  • Snowboat
    Restaurants (American)
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    Sasha H Says:

    One of the liveliest options for après ski in Zermatt is The Snowboat, which opens early evening for dinner. Its mixed menu features tuna steaks, Southern American-style fajitas and quesadillas — that make a nice change from the typically Swiss fare served in many Zermatt resorts — and there’s a children’s menu too. Things start to get lively at around 9pm with live music and acoustic guitar, and the action ramps up further a couple of hours later with hardcore DJs.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The Snowboat is surprisingly kid-friendly up until about 7.30pm, so eat early with your family and escape the hard-drinking action that kicks off later.
    • The mixologists at The Snowboat have a gift for turning out expensive yet delicious cocktails at an impressively high speed to cope with the crowds at the upstairs bar.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 191 restaurants in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Snowboat 02/04/2019
    • Best meal I had in Zermatt ! 30/03/2019
    • Snowboat
    Address:
    Vispastrasse 20
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 27 967 43 33
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$36
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Findlerhof
    Restaurants (Swiss, European, Central European)
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    Sasha H Says:

    Found in a sunny spot below the Sunnegga funicular top station, Findlerhof makes a great lunchtime stop for hearty fish soup and a glass or two of vino. Plus, the traditional wooden chalet has a suntrap terrace that is perfectly placed for views of the sculptural Matterhorn. This 20-year-old family-owned restaurant is known for serving up lashings of truffle pasta from the Italian menu alongside regional Swiss dishes such as lambs’ liver served with fried rösti potatoes, while a special treat is the famous Findlerhof dessert, which includes a tasting of several desserts on offer that day.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Book tables well in advance, or resign yourselves to eating before 11.45am or after 2.30pm.
    • Non-skiers should take the Sunnegga funicular from Zermatt and then walk down to Findlerhof (about 20 minutes).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 191 restaurants in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Franctic with a hint of complacency ... 20/04/2019
    • Best Food and view of Matterhorn 14/04/2019
    • Findlerhof
    Address:
    Findeln 2051m
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 27 967 25 88
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Restaurant Zum See
    Restaurants (French, Swiss, European, Central European, Asian)
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    Sasha H Says:

    Tucked away in a hamlet that was once home to a farming community, Zum See is found in a 17th-century wooden chalet festooned with flowers, and is a little piece of paradise for both winter skiers and summer walkers. With the Matterhorn as a glistening backdrop, Zum See is widely regarded as one of the top mountain restaurants in the world, overseen by chef Max Henning, whose hearty fish soup, venison ravioli, and celebrated vanilla mille-feuille pastries keep happy punters coming back for more and more.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Take the Matterhorn Express gondola to Furi and from there ski down to Zum See.
    • Reservations are highly recommended.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 191 restaurants in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Lunch on the mountain 14/04/2019
    • A perfect stop 25/03/2019
    • Restaurant Zum See
    Address:
    Zum See 24
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 27 967 20 45
    Price range:
    US$24 - US$94
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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