Leonhardstrasse 6, Zurich, CH, 8001
- Phone: (41) 44 2665959
- Fax: (41) 44 2665960
Despite its location in the dead center of downtown Zurich, Coco Grill & Bar transports diners away in their lush garden dining area and around the grill at the center of their operation. There is no set menu at Coco, with diners instead selecting from one of four lunchtime menus that span from pasta to Thai to barbecue to vegetarian. The presentation changes a bit during dinner service, guests choosing one of two starters of meat, fish, or a vegetarian option before chowing down on crudite and assorted dips. Diners then select their entree, again meat, fish, or vegetarian, which is grilled right in front of their eyes. Locals and travelers all agree that the visual appeal of the restaurant matched with the quality of ingredients used makes it an unforgettable dining experience.
The aroma wafting from a bakery is always inviting, and this historic one in the city is no exception. Walk into the Sprüngli - an 1836 shop, which still retains its old-world ambiance - to get an eyeful of the treats on display. The luscious truffles, moist cakes, crunchy macaroons, marzipan fruits, and chocolates with sinful fillings of nut, milk and alcohol on display can induce any self-respecting chocoholic to give in to desire. Or, try the chocolate mousse which is sold packed in an ice box! Grab a box of candy for a friend, and make sure you pop in a few Lindt chocolates as well; they are the house specialty. To get a more intimate feel of the place, hop upstairs to their Boulevard Café in summer, where you can have delightful fixed priced breakfasts and meals.
The Zeughauskeller, located in the old town of Zürich between the Bahnhofstrasse and the Limmat, is one of the most traditional restaurants of Zürich. The walls, decorated with very old helmets and weapons, point to the warlike history of Switzerland. Of course, the meals are mainly from the Swiss kitchen. To be recommended in particular are the sausages with potato salad or the classical sliced veal Zürich style. A Swiss red or white wine, available by the glass, will have an excellent taste together with the meal.
This quaint Italian eatery tucked away in the corner of a street is very easy to miss except for the crowd that flocks here in the evenings. It is almost like eating at an old aunt's place who never gets tired of feeding you all her specialties. The cuisine at the Contrapunto is high on taste though presented in an unpretentious way. The risottos and carpaccios are to die for and so are the sinful desserts and cappuccinos. The staff is always ready to serve you in the quintessentially simple Italian way. If you want to taste Italy, look no further.
If Savoy offers the best in class luxury, then Orsini offers the choicest Italian fare in Zurich. From impeccable service to a heartwarming ambiance, everything is in the right place to ensure a memorable dining experience. Subtle poppy flower motifs and warm wooden accents induce a Tuscany charm that envelopes the dining room transporting you to Italy. Must-trys on the menu include the Livornese Fillet and Veal Ossobuco. And to wash down the food they have handpicked Tuscany vintage wines. So dress up and head to Old Town for an Italian extravaganza.
The Rive Gauche is located inside the splendid Hotel Baur Au Lac. The restaurant and the bar were completely renovated from 1994 to 1997 and they are managed separately from the hotel. The bar offers various cocktails and over 100 single-malt whiskeys. The specialties of the restaurant include lamb with rice, salmon filet and sushi. To be mentioned in particular is the big selection of first-class wines, available also by the glass.
The Zunfthaus zur Waag is located in the old town of Zürich between the Bahnhofstrasse and the Limmat. This cozy and very beautiful house of the guild has existed since 1336. Worth seeing is the costly and magnificent flower decoration which is regularly renewed. Specialties are sliced veal with rösti (Zürich Style), trois filets “Vieux Zürich” (filet of veal, beef and pork) and the pork steak “Gottfried Keller” with mushrooms, tomatoes, ham, spinach and fried potatoes. The wines are mainly from Switzerland, Italy and France, many of which are available by the glass.
The Beef Club is the right place for real meat fans! Here you can get anything you like, as long as you're not a vegetarian. This restaurant enjoys the reputation of having the best beef in Zürich. Along with a salad or any other side dish, the prime ribs taste excellent and are of the best quality. The Beef Club is also a good spot for a business-lunch or just a quite dinner with family and friends.
Located on one of the busiest streets in the heart of Zürich, the well-known Bierhalle Kropf never fails to delight its customers. The locals here don't mind the crowded tables and long waiting lines; the large portions this eatery serves at humble rates more than make up for it. Expect an indigenous Swiss menu, and ambiance replete with walls displaying hunted stag horns and pictures. Go for the croquettes stuffed with farm fresh cheese or pick from the amazing variety of tasteful sausages. Don't forget to top off your meal with the delicious apple and chocolate desserts.
Located in Zurich's Altstadt, Metropol is a great place to experience the European cafe scene. The building is a historic treasure and features large windows and Baroque-inspired decor. Enjoy a macchiato, espresso, cocktail, or coffee beverage from their exquisite menu that is complemented by delicious food items. A seat by the window offers charming views of the streetscape.
'Nouvelle Hospitalite', that's what seems to be the Color's motto. What's it all about? This is a restaurant with an urban, open feel in which excellent food is served until midnight and even later on the weekends! Eating out here won't break the bank and you can order treats such as leaf salad with sautéed strips of chicken breast, 'Eierschwämmli', smoked fish, roasted chicken with mushroom risotto and market-fresh vegetables. Dishes are arranged on plates in the most appealing manner and you can order a range of cigars and different types of rum to go with your meal. In keeping with the restaurant's rather hip feel, most of the clientèle here are in the 18-40 bracket.
Zurich City blessed with picturesque and scenic locations is also famed for its rich and varied cuisines. Savor the taste of the city at the celebrated and classy Parkhuus restaurant. It is housed in the Park Hyatt Zurich. Aroma of the delicious meals that welcome you, marks the beginning of the gourmet journey. Watching the chef preparing variety of savories and baking the dishes in the oven, further whets your appetite. Extensive wine list serves as a perfect accompaniment. The locals frequent the place to gorge on the Oven-Roast Red Snapper and Lamb Tenderloin. A real treat for true gourmands.