The top restaurants in Switzerland are not limited to the country’s major cities. Within the Swiss Alps, you’ll find these hidden gems nestled among the glaciers, woods, and rivers. A snowcat or cable car is the only way to reach some of these hidden gems. Whether you’re a cheese connoisseur or a vegan, you’re sure to have an exceptional eating experience in the Swiss Alps, where you can choose from secluded rustic huts to trendy mountain restaurants with epic views. Want to enjoy the sights but don’t want to hike? Take a ride to the top of a mountain and dine with a view. For those who don’t want to hike, several Swiss mountain resorts provide restaurants with panoramic terraces and inside seats for colder days. Many of these restaurants have playgrounds, which makes it easier for families to relax, especially if you bring friends as playmates for your kids. Here are a couple mountain restaurants with great views. Most serve big Swiss classics with a kids menu or half-portions. Here are 20 of the best places to eat in the Swiss Alps, with stunning views of glaciers and valleys and wonderful Swiss cuisine. The menu includes black truffle champagne fondue, exquisite wine, and fresh apricot almond tarts.
1. Restaurant Crezerton, Crans Montana
The amazing restaurant at the magnificent Crezerton hotel overlooking the Rhone Valley. The hotel is 2112m high. It was a cable car station before it became a distinctive mountain hotel. From the Matterhorn to the Mont-Blanc, dine at their panoramic restaurant. The restaurant serves the best of Alpine cuisine, mixing tradition and modernity. Enjoy classic Valais meals with a modern twist and breathtaking views!
Sasha-Tsering Tsokhim, a local healer of Tibetan heritage and owner of the renowned restaurant Godswaergjistubu in Albinen’s traditional mountain village, will lead you on a guided wild mountain herb trip. Learn about the therapeutic properties of the alpine plants that will be used in your four-course meal as well as how to forage for delicious wild arugula, cherries, and strawberries. Vegetarians and vegans will be delighted to know that all of the food served here comes from organic alpine gardens, meadows, and woods.
This restaurant’s balcony has the nicest view. From the lake, take an old-fashioned mountain train or a cable car up the other side of the mountain. The views from these tables or the panorama overlooking a short walk above are enough for most guests. The scenery more than makes up for the cuisine. No play area. The train runs from early June until mid-October.
La Marlénaz is a charming mountain restaurant located in the pastures of Etablons la Tzoumazin in Switzerland’s world-famous ski town of Verbier. From its sunny deck, visitors can enjoy spectacular views over the Val de Bagnes. Its menu, which includes mountain specialties such as raclette, makes it an excellent pit stop after a day of trekking or skiing. A favorite in the Val de Bagnes, the raclette melts on the grill with a potato, pickled onion, and cornichon accompaniment. It’s a beautiful and hearty mix when paired with the local petite arvine wine.
This cozy chalet restaurant is a wonderful “almost-alps” trip for locals and tourists alike. Seasonal, regional specialties like the capuns depicted below are often available. Fondue nights and other special dining events are held frequently. Next to the restaurant is a wonderful playground where kids may safely run around while their parents enjoy the scenery. From Adliswil, take the cable car for 5 minutes to this restaurant.
To begin, travel to the mountain village of Stoos using the world’s steepest funicular railway. After that, two chair lifts take you to the Fronalpstock panorama viewpoint. The self-service cafe in the restaurant at the very top is nothing exceptional. It’s a terrific table service restaurant, nevertheless, with a lovely ambiance and breathtaking views. There is a little playground outside the restaurant that overlooks the lakes and is surrounded by a safety fence because it is so close to the cliffs.
7.Brunch At Mountain Pasture Of Sery
For today’s sophisticated diners, it’s not enough to have a great meal; they also want a memorable experience. In Switzerland, you can have both at the same time. A day excursion to the picturesque meadow of Sery in the Verbier district of the Valais is the most authentic way to experience the region. After a breathtaking trip, you’ll meet local dairyman Marc Maret, who spends the summer months in a traditional mountain hut tending to his cows as they graze in the surrounding alpine meadows.
8. Giessbach Waterfalls
There is a magnificent patio at the Grandhotel Giessbach hotel that overlooks either the breathtaking waterfalls or the azure waters of Lake Brienz. From Brienz or Interlaken, you may take a short ferry boat to get to the falls, where you can then take a short funicular ride up to the Grandhotel Giessbach for a panoramic view. The hotel has three restaurants, as well as a convenience store for on-the-go food. The meal was better and more visually appealing than what you’d find at most mountain restaurants, despite the higher prices.
This traditional mountain hut is owned by a family and is high above the car-free mountain village of Saas-Fee. It gets its vegetables from its garden and buys cheese from the local cheesemaker further down the famous Sun Trail. The trail to the Alpenblick is sunny and has beautiful views of the forest all year long, making it a great place for hikers to stop. Put away your hiking boots and dig into some real, hearty Swiss mountain food. Try the fruitcake, apple strudel, and nut gateau, all of which are made from scratch.
Niesen’s 360-degree views of Interlaken are some of the best in the area because they include lakes, valleys, and hundreds of mountain peaks. The food at this restaurant was a little above average, but not exceptional. That day the restaurant was full, and we were fortunate to get a table. It’s possible to order food to be delivered to your table or to go. Above the restaurant, you’ll find a pleasant picnic area with a playground and an observation deck. Visitors looking for scenic vistas without having to go on a hike would love this option.
Saas Fee’s Sun Trail (also known as the “Gourmet Trail”) is lined with rustic Swiss mountain huts that serve up traditional alpine food. The Hannigalpe is one such hidden treasure, with its proprietor still making goat cheese the old-fashioned way, over an open fire. Check out this century-old custom while you’re there. In addition to buying the cheese, you may also sponsor a goat and help preserve Alpine farming in the future.
12.Ebenalp Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli
This restaurant might be the most well-known in Switzerland. People often take pictures of it and share them on social media. The restaurant changed hands in 2019, but I’ve heard good things, and the new menu looks interesting and has a lot of classic Swiss dishes. A ride on a cable car and a short walk along the cliff makes it easy to get there. The outdoor terrace only has a few places to sit, so go early just in case.
Ride the Matterhorn Railway to 3089 meters for a breathtaking panorama of 29, 4000-meter Mountains and glaciers. After leaving the train at the Gornergrat station, you can take a stroll down to the Riffelsee Lake, where you can see the Matterhorn reflected in the water. With a short walk from Rifflehaus Restaurant, you’ll be able to see the Matterhorn from your armchairs.
14.Cabane Mont Fort For Lunch At A Mountain Hut
Authentic alpine cuisine can be found at the Cabane Mont Fort, a secluded mountain hideaway that serves up hearty, traditional Swiss fare like crôute, fondue, rosti, tartiflette, and veal sausages. There’s a huge deck with an amazing view of the La Chaux ski region and beyond. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a high-altitude alpine refuge: secluded and operational. You can only get to this rustic lunch by skis or board, so don’t expect VIP treatment. The Cabane Mont Fort can be found on the mountain using FATMAP.
This family-run mountain restaurant in Zermatt serves Swiss grandmother’s dishes, classic potato rösti, and fresh fruit tarts. It’s only a few feet from the Matterhorn Glacier, where you may ski even in the summer. The terrace is full of flowers, and the restaurant is decorated like a farmhouse. Entice your taste buds with the creamiest “cheese on toast” you’ve ever eaten or a hearty farm-fresh salad bar.
16.El Paradiso, St Mortiz
This 2,181-meter elevation makes El Paradiso feel like you’ve arrived in heaven! Even though the “Mountain Club” eating experience is only available to members, it is possible to dine there for a price, based on the restaurant’s availability. Eat inventive cuisine coupled with wines from their award-winning wine list while taking in the breathtaking views of the Alps. A patisserie is located on-site, as well. El Paradiso’s cream slice is a little piece of bliss on a plate.
17.Les Cerniers Restaurant
Les Cerniers, a renowned restaurant amid the Whitepod luxury glamping experience, serves haute cuisine Swiss cuisine. Each ingredient is a product of the place where it was sourced. The restaurant’s seasonal menu offers inventive vegetarian and vegan options. Enjoy a rich classic cheese fondue while listening to the tinkling of cowbells on the restaurant patio. Choose from grilled pike fish with herbed corn cake and olive oil emulsion, or the gourmet tasting menu. Dessert is plum compote with vermouth mouse and blueberry tart with meringues.
You’ll dine at the Eggishorn Viewpoint with a magnificent view of the Great Aletsch Glacier after a breathtaking cable car ride up from Fiescheralp. You won’t be disappointed with the 360-degree view of mountains and glaciers from this rustic, sun-drenched mountain chalet situated at 2869 meters above sea level. You won’t want to leave while sipping local wine and chowing down on Röschti, a traditional farmer’s potato dish, in a laid-back al fresco picnic atmosphere.
19. Restaurant WeidstüBli
After a long day of hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, or bicycling, this mountain eatery provides a much-needed rest spot. Relax on the terrace’s shady spot. Or you can stay inside and relax. Either way, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable meal. Aside from the classic Swiss fare, this restaurant’s specialty is mountain cheese and more modern meals. The hardest part is deciding whether you prefer the scenery or the food more.
20.Chez Vrony, Zermatt
Chez Vrony is the new “gastronomic hotspot” in the neighborhood and with a good cause. This lovely restaurant in Zermatt will delight you with its gorgeous atmosphere, wonderful substantial meals, and stunning views. At 2100m, the restaurant offers stunning views of the Matterhorn, dubbed the “Toblerone Mountain”. Aside from the scenery, the restaurant’s interior will entice you with its rustic charm and mountain-cabin vibe. Local dishes created with the freshest ingredients are on the menu. Chez Vrony is a cozy family-run restaurant with content and style!