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Zurich - help; looking for some good wine & food venues

Posted by MEK, Mar 1, 2009.

know little of zurich and only as a business destination.
decided to extend the trip to the week-end.
any recommendations on good food & wine spots.


Reply by Philip James, Mar 2, 2009.

MEK - no idea, I've never even visited the place - lets see if anyone else has any ideas. If not, let us know what you found while you were there.

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 2, 2009.

MEK - I present 3 suggestions.

Jules Verne Panorama Bar
Great view of the city and great atmosphere. Since it's a little more expensive and serious, the crowd is full of 30- and 40-somethings as opposed to techno-loving kids.

Le Dezaley
Fondue restaurant and wine bar. Try and make a reservation because it can be tricky to get a table on week-ends.

Caveau Mövenpick
Last but not least, this is probably the best wine bar in the city.
I love how this website thinks Decanter is an American magazine.

Reply by lilacwine, Mar 9, 2009.

A great place for wine is the Caduff's wine loft. The food is very nice as well but a bit pricey for what you get. Great wines by the glass:

As already mentioned above by RBoulanger the Jules Verne Panorama Bar. To get there you have to go through the Brasserie Lipp. And this is the place for me. The chief-cook is from Alsace and the food you get there is great. French style with some international additions. Try the snails. Very nice Bordeaux wine list with great prices! F.e. Cos 1996 for about 140$. You can even buy the bottles with a 20% reduction of the restaurant price.

The Carlton:

James Joyce Pub:

Great food and nice winelist. Nice place.




Reply by MEK, Mar 12, 2009.

Thanks. I was mesmerized by Zurich. What a wonderful city.
Stopped off at Jules Verne. Brilliant views, nice company. So thanks for the recommendation (s). Brasserie Lipp was a convenient & welcome base (ground floor) to tuck into some great food (fish and germanic style dishes), terrific service and decent swiss wine recommendations.
Blessed with sunshine, snow/sleet fell overnight; nothing under foot. Ventured off to Die Waid (great food, terrific views overlooking the City). Ventured into the land of grappa (pleased I chose a chardonnay based one) worth the heavy head in the morning. Imagine - a great place for Sunday brunch, you’ll find it in the Rail Station near Bahnhofstrasse, just enough time before I set off back to London.
On my flight back all I could think of was: Kunst, Bahnhofstrasse, Sprüngli, Baroque, Meyer, Precision, Tranquility, Modesty and Beauty. The wonderful combination of French and German. And, Zurich does indeed have its own personality.

Reply by MEK, Mar 23, 2009.

thank-you lilac wine. i shall use the recommendations for my next trip, as i had returned by the time i saw your post.

Reply by dmcker, Mar 24, 2009.

Just saw this--too late for your last trip, but I see you're going again.

Below are several of the places I was guided to by a knowledgeable Swiss friend during a recent trip:

Restaurant / Hotel Widder
Rennweg 7, Zürich
044 224 2526

Caduff's Wine Loft
Kanzleistrasse 126, Zürich
044 240 2255

Restaurant Lumière
Widdergasse 5, Zürich
044 211 56 65

Restaurant Lindenhofkeller
Pfalzgasse 4, Zürich
044 211 7071

Caduff may be the best of the list, and I see it mentioned above by lilacwine. Ask to see their excellent cellar. Lumiere is French bistro style, with a very good French wine list. Lindenhofkeller is more (German) Swiss, with excellent food and also a very good wine list including more Swiss and German offerings. And the Widder Hotel I found an excellent place to stay (I generally prefer smaller boutique hotels, when done right, to massive impersonal chains), with an excellent restaurant.

Never used to be excited about visiting Zurich, but places like these, and of course a growing circle of friends, have changed my mind.

Reply by MEK, Mar 24, 2009.

thank you dmcker, very helpful. i was pleasantly surprised by zurich; wonderful little week-end destination.

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