When it comes to fine dining options on your ski trip, eating some of the best meals in the most breathtaking landscapes is something that you don’t get to do every day.With this thorough list of the best mountain restaurants in Zermatt, you can be sure to get the best dining experiences after your day of skiing or exploring the gorgeous village. This type of fine dining just isn’t available to many of us, so it’s important to choose the best places when you’re on your ski trip – making the most of the season, the architecture, and the food available can be made so much easier with this list.
Of course, these particular restaurants are only accessible on the ski slopes, meaning non-skiers will have to get the handy ski lifts or walk up the mountainside. During Zermatt’s winter, a couple of these restaurants will be accessible on foot, but do watch out which ones you can get to during the warmer seasons – always do your research in advance.
Nonetheless, the location of these restaurants makes them unique – so let’s dive right in, and find your next favourite restaurant alongside your next favourite view!
If you need a luxury chalet in Zermatt and want an itinerary for your trip, we’ll be sure to include some of the the below restaurants reservations as part of your lunch break.
Chez Vrony (Findeln)
Address: Findeln, 3920 Zermatt
Tel: +41 27 967 25 52
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Warmth, hospitality, breathtaking views of the Matterhorn, and some alone time, just for you – that’s what you’ll find at Chez Vrony. For over 100 years, this restaurant at 2100 metres altitude has been the focal point of a family tradition that is rooted in a vibrant history.
The restaurant is one of the few still serving organic food from livestock raised solely on alpine grass and is one of the best restaurants in the region. There are traditional recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation for making dried beef, homemade sausages, as well as alpine cheeses.
It is their vision, along with their team, to provide guests with authentic, natural cuisine made from fresh ingredients, with traditional local dishes, enhanced with international influences, using only the highest quality ingredients.
Chez Vrony offers you a warm welcome, genuine hospitality, a breathtaking view of the Matterhorn, as well as ample time for yourself to enjoy the surroundings.
Restaurant Zum See (Furi)
Address: Zum See 24, 3920 Zermatt
Tel: +41 27 967 20 45
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Over the past 38 years, the team has provided guests at “Zum See” with traditional, honest and wholesome cuisine. The fresh ingredients are delivered every day, and in the tiny kitchen, they are processed into specialities that will delight your palate. In addition, you will also find fine fish and fish dishes, freshly made pasta and desserts all through the year. The late summer and autumn are the best times of the year to enjoy fresh game specialities. The wine list at the restaurant is a combination of local specialities as well as Italian and French classics that have been carefully selected each season. As well as being open for private occasions and events during the day, “Zum See” is also open at night. As an ideal venue for any celebration, the restaurant is an ideal choice for weddings, christenings, birthdays and business events – individual menus are customised to suit the taste and timeframe of guests.
Address: Findeln, 3920 Zermatt
Tel: +41 27 967 25 88
In Findeln, above Zermatt (2051 metres above sea level), is the Findlerhof restaurant, which is situated amid a hiking and skiing area very similar to those around Zermatt. There are countless reasons why you will be able to switch off and enjoy yourself at the Findlerhof in a cosy, family environment, among them the breathtaking view of the Matterhorn, and the exquisite cuisine and wines.
Many things are still the same as they were in the mountain huts that once stood here a hundred and fifty years ago. Everything is still the same. There is no doubt that Edward Whymper, the first climber of the Matterhorn, could walk in with his rope team with no one being surprised.
It would be a dream come true for any city dweller with an eye for authenticity if they were fortunate enough to have access to two sun terraces. One is directly in front of the old chalet building, while the other is slightly elevated next to it (the solarium). There is a combination of traditional Swiss food and Italian specialities with a pinch from around the world thrown in for good measure. There are a few perennial favourites at the restaurant, including the pasta trio with scampi and the lamb fillet with rösti.
Address: Skigebiet Rothorn, 3920 Zermatt
Tel: +41 27 967 25 97
In the Sunnegga-Blauherd-Rothorn ski, hiking, and biking area, Fluhalp is located at 2,606 meters above sea level which makes it one of the highest mountain restaurants in the world. Here, all the guests will be able to enjoy a wide variety of international cuisine. You can find what you’re looking for in a good fondue, rösti, and fillet steak on the menu. There is nothing better than tasting tasty strudels and perfectly cooked fruitcakes in this restaurant. A delicious cup of coffee is a great way to relax after a long day of skiing or hiking.
It is always quite lively up here in February and March, especially when there is live music playing. You are strongly advised to make a reservation in advance!
Rothorn Ristorante Pizzeria (Rothorn)
Address: Unter Rothorn 3100m, 3920 Zermatt
Tel: +41 27 967 26 75
One of the most captivating vantage points to observe the Zermatt mountainscape can be found at the Rothorn Restaurant, which towers majestically up on the Rothorn summit. In addition to enjoying the incredible natural spectacle of the sunrise and sunset from 3,100 metres above sea level, you will also be able to experience the culinary delights that the region has to offer.
As far as Italian cuisine is concerned, Rothorn Ristorante Pizzeria serves a variety of traditional Italian dishes. The Italian peninsula begins right behind the Matterhorn, in the heart of the Alps. This is why Italian cuisine is just as popular in Zermatt as the traditional Swiss specialities that have been around for centuries.
As you are soaring up the Rothorn, the culinary worlds of the two countries come together, resulting in a menu that is reminiscent of a short journey to Bella Italia when you take a close look. From a five-star fine dining experience to self-service rösti stands, you can choose from a diverse range of cuisines and dining concepts.
Alder Hitta (Findeln)
Address: Findeln, 3920 Zermatt
Tel: +41 27 967 10 58
As far as location goes, the Adler Hitta is situated at 2200 metres above sea level on the idyllic Findeln Alps above Zermatt, directly on the Sunnegga-Findeln ski slope and hiking trail.
A place where you can enjoy a variety of delicious alpine delights as well as authentic food from the region, they make sure to serve only natural foods on their menu. The spring chicken that is roasted over a wood fire is one of the most famous chickens in the world. It is one of the best places to find desserts such as brownies, parfaits, and souffles which are all really tasty. In this place, you will be offered a great selection of wine, champagne, and beers to choose from. Ice tea is one of the most popular drinks among visitors.
There is no doubt that the culinary experience is enhanced by a selection of fine wines that complement the regional cuisine. Thanks to the newly installed panoramic windows in the hut, you will be able to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Matterhorn from both the sun terrace and from the inside of the hut.
This is a place where you can not only relax, but also indulge in culinary delights. It is recommended that you make your reservation over the telephone.
Bergrestaurant Blatten (Furi)
Address: Blatten, 3920 Zermatt
Tel: +41 27 967 20 96
Nestled above the ancient wooden hamlet of Blatten, this quaint little mountain restaurant offers the perfect combination of alpine ambience, superb service, incredible food, and stunning views from its sun terrace that will take your breath away. The Bergrestaurant Blatten is one of the oldest eateries in Zermatt (it’s approximately 30 minutes by foot from the village), owned by the famous Taugwalder family, descendants of the two mountain guides who successfully ascended the Matterhorn in 1865, making this one of the oldest eateries around the village.
In addition to the delicious alpine cuisine (prepared with herbs from the nearby Ricola Herb Garden), the fine wines and fruit tarts make it a popular lunch destination for skiers and walkers. There’s a wide variety on the menu, including salads, cheeses, stews, rösti, homemade pasta, and polenta, as well as a variety of other dishes. A jolly fondue evening will take place on Wednesday nights in winter (advance reservations are needed), and Snowbar will be a popular watering station on the slopes.
Bergrestaurant Simi (Furi)
Address: Furi 4, 3920 Zermatt
Tel: +41 27 967 26 95
In 1967, Renate and Simon Biner built and opened a mountain restaurant at 1800 metres above sea level on Furi called Simi, in which they started up the business of mountain food service. It has been nearly 40 years since Stefan Leitner and Sebastien di Stefano opened the doors of their hotel to guests, and they continue to welcome and care for them.
You can reach the Furi cable car station within a minute by foot. There is a variety of Swiss and Austrian cuisine available in the restaurant along with traditional Swiss dishes such as our Wiener Schnitzel and apple strudel.
Restaurant Stafelalp (Stafelalp)
Address: Matterhorn Trail, 3920 Zermatt
Tel: +41 27 967 30 62
In the shadow of the breathtaking Matterhorn, the newly renovated restaurant Stafelalp is located 2,200 metres (7200 feet) above sea level, on the foothills of the mountains. Whether you are a skier in winter or a hiker in summer, Stafelalp is the optimum place to be in a serene mountain landscape because it has direct access to slopes in winter and hiking trails in summer. No matter what your taste is, there is something for you, whether it is in the beautiful and stylish interior or on the sunny terrace, where every guest will find something to their liking. A modern touch has been added to the menu by Head Chef Oliver Milson and his team, who prepare homemade, seasonal specialties using the best local ingredients. Their dishes – which have recently been awarded 13 points by Gault Millau – will delight both meat lovers as well as vegetarians. If you are planning to visit Zermatt in the near future, you should try their homemade fish broth during your stay.
A fine selection of sparkling, exciting wines from Switzerland as well as the surrounding areas are also available to accompany the culinary highlights.
Address: Riffelalp, 3920 Zermatt
Tel: +41 76 461 94 22
In this traditionnal restaurant, you will find Swiss cuisine waiting for you. The restaurant is known for its good bratwurst, prawns, and porchetta, which can be enjoyed by guests. The restaurant offers a variety of delicious desserts such as apple pie, ice cream, and brownies. You will have the opportunity to taste delicious refreshing drinks such as Spritz, limoncello, or champagne. If you find yourself exhausted after a long day, you can relax with a great cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea.
There is live music every evening in the restaurant so you can enjoy your meal. Alphitta has a positive aspect when it comes to the waitstaff, as it is very welcoming. After a long skiing or working week, you will be happy to find that the calm atmosphere will exactly be what you need to relax.
Restaurant Alexandre Riffelalp Resort 2222 (Riffelalp)
Address: Riffelalp, 3920 Zermatt
Tel: +41 27 966 05 55
As well as its cosy atmosphere and a spectacular view of the Matterhorn, Restaurant Alexandre offers an exquisite menu that features regional and Mediterranean specialities paired with exquisite cuisine. A romantic Alpine atmosphere permeates the dining room, which is at the centre of the hotel and has wood panelled walls. It is not just a place to have a quick breakfast or a short meal in the evening, the restaurant offers a lot more. During the morning, prepare yourself a substantial breakfast that is rich in regional delicacies, fresh juices and scrambled eggs that are freshly prepared in the morning. There is nothing more captivating than watching the Alexandre bring the Mediterranean to the mountains in the evening. You won’t be disappointed if you choose to dine at the Restaurant Alexandre if you love fresh seafood, local vegetables, and meats, because you won’t be let down in this restaurant.
The Winter months are the best time to enjoy the “Live Cooking” that takes place every day. The dining room puts on themed buffets several times a week, and these buffets range from a dessert buffet with delicious desserts to a large array of appetisers with fresh seafood, daily caught fish, and a wide selection of regional and Mediterranean meat specialties and tartare dishes. There is also a terrace on the top floor of the hotel with a gorgeous view of the Matterhorn and the surrounding mountain range which beckons you to spend some time there.
Address: Findeln, 3920 Zermatt
Tel: +41 27 967 34 51
There are no restaurants higher than this in Europe. At an altitude of 3,883 metres, the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise restaurant is located at one of the highest peaks in the world. Through the panoramic windows of the restaurant, while you are enjoying your meal, there is a stunning view of all the Swiss Alpine peaks surrounding the Klein Matterhorn, on which the restaurant stands together with the highest mountain station in Europe and on which the restaurant sits.
There are many things to choose from when you are having lunch on the terrace: pita bread with red onions and cottage cheese (along with pata negra if you wish), spicy carrot soup with ginger, minced meat on flatbread with lime sour cream and green Tabasco sauce. In the end, it ends well: enjoy the Paradise Schmarrn, which you certainly shouldn’t miss.
Address: Furi 265, 3920 Zermatt
Tel: +41 27 966 28 00
At Gitz-Gädi, there are many dishes prepared in the way they like it: for the whole family to enjoy. In addition to traditional Swiss and Valais dishes, like fondue, rösti, steak, and even Cordon Bleu (which was invented in the canton of Valais), our chef combines contemporary international cuisine with contemporary seasonal light food in addition to traditional Swiss dishes. As the name of the restaurant suggests, you will find specialties made with lamb and goat in a variety of variations – in their local dialect, Gitz-Gädi means goat stable. As well as vegetarian options on the menu, there is also a wide variety of options available to vegans as well.
We offer you the possibility of having lunch in the cosy restaurant next to the fireplace after a successful ski or hiking tour. There are many beautiful views of the natural landscape surrounding the hotel that you can enjoy from here. It offers a wide range of à-la-carte dishes on the sunny terrace and in the garden lounge, as well as a kids’ menu, which can be accessed via the patio. In addition to a fun playground, our youngest guests have a lot to discover, including the beautiful natural surroundings (sometimes you can even spot marmot families right outside your window).
A romantic cottage evening, a candlelight dinner, a special package with dinner and sledding back to the village afterwards in the winter, or simply having a nice drink in the hotel lounge – whether it is a romantic cottage evening or a candlelight dinner – the restaurant, the new Silvana Stübli and the cosy hotel lounge, you have everything you would want for a perfect mountain day.
In addition to free WiFi available in the restaurant, the entire hotel also has free WiFi available. For those who need accessibility, the cable car station is not far away from the hotel.
Explore the Zermatt mountain restaurants
In Zermatt, there is a rare opportunity not only to enjoy amazing Swiss cuisines but also breathtaking views of the landscape from the mountain restaurants.
No matter your tastes, or your favourite drinks and dishes, there is a mountain restaurant just waiting to cater for you – as well as offer you a beautiful view of the Matterhorn at the same time. As many of these restaurants boast traditional Swiss architecture, you can really get a sense of the natural, mountainous spirit of the area, with reminders fo your alpine surrounding.
All of these restaurants are designed for comfort and leisure, ensuring that every guest will feel relaxed and well-fed after a long day of skiing, walking, or just drinking in the village!
Don’t wait to sample these exquisite mountain restaurants.