Foodies looking for best restaurants in Lucerne

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Natou11
Natou11
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May 28, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Hi everyone,

Travelling to Switzerland with 2 girlfriends for 10 days starting on June 15th and looking for restaurant recommendations. I know that we can try tripadvisor or yelp for recommendation but curious to see what members of this forum would suggest.

We love food! Looking to try, obviously, local favorites but also perhaps less touristy places. Restaurant that serve, real, authentic, regional cuisine.

We will be based in Lucerne, Wengen and Zermatt so restaurants in any of those places (or close by) would be great.

Thank you in advance. Looking forward to visit Switzerland!

Nathalie

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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May 28, 2019 - 4:59 PM in reply to Natou11

Hui Nathalie-

The best restaurant in Luzern has traditionally been at the Palace Hotel. I do not know if they have re-opened after a prolonged closure for rebuilding.

Another very good restaurant is "Bambou by Thomas" in a hotel called "The Hotel". Not far from the station.

The odd name is because it used to be an oriental restaurant.

I go there on every trip.

Ralf Thomas used to run a very small restaurant in Dallenwill, at the Gasthof Kreuz. That is where I learned to appreciate his cooking. He sold it and moved to Luzern.

It recently got a Michelin star under its new owners.

Many good restaurants have some authentic local dishes on their card. One that does is Restaurant Schiff, Unter der Egg 8, by the river.

In general, you do not look for authentic local food at <<"......best restaurants in Lucerne ">>. You go out into the country side in small villages, a some of the inns that have kept the tradition of good kitchens. Fewer these days.

There are several good restaurants in Wengen:

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/tips-about-wengen-and-the-jungfrau-region-by-kim

The most sophisticated kitchen in Wengen is probably at the Hotel Schönegg. Hotel Caprice used to be among the very best, but there have been some reports of change a few years ago. Places like that always work to keep a good kitchen, so I'd not hesitate to try it.

I don't know Zermatt.

In Zürich , the Kronenhalle, near Bellevue, is an old, long-established clasic, high end traditional Swiss restaurant. There menu includes traditional Swiss dishes.

You will likely find more traditional Swiss food at places like Zeughauskeller and zum Kropf.

Slowpoke

Natou11
Natou11
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May 28, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Thank you very much Slowpoke, I will definitely check out the restaurant you suggested.

Maybe I should have thought about the title for my post a little longer, because what I am looking for is exactly what you describe here : " In general, you do not look for authentic local food at <<"......best restaurants in Lucerne ">>. You go out into the country side in small villages, a some of th einns that have kept the tradition of good kitchens. Fewer these days."

Would you have the name of some of those that would be close to Lucerne or Wengen?

Thanks again!

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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May 28, 2019 - 10:51 PM in reply to Natou11

<<"Would you have the name of some of those that would be close to Lucerne or Wengen? ">>

For a start, read the link about Wengen that I provided.

And, note my comments about Luzern.

Cheese dishes - fondue and raclette are available almost everywhere....very Swiss. I don't have specifics near those towns.

There are a fair number of Swiss dishes on thi s menu, at Sachseln.

www.engel-sachseln.ch/wp-content/uploads/2019/0 5/Mittagsmenues-1.pdf

Slowpoke

Ladynbrown
Ladynbrown
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May 29, 2019 - 5:02 AM

May I ask a quick but maybe a dumb question about restaurants and food. We are both over 70 and eat very little. Do they allow sharing a meal in restaurants? It would save us some embarassment if we know before hand and not even ask if we know it is not an acceptable practice.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
6483 posts
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May 29, 2019 - 11:36 AM in reply to Ladynbrown

<<"We are both over 70 and eat very little. Do they allow sharing a meal in restaurants? It would save us some embarassment if we know before hand and not even ask if we know it is not an acceptable practice.">>

Hi Ladynbrown -

Don't know from experience. At the generally friendly inns where I stay in the countryside, they appreciate the business enough that there would be no problem. Elsewhere, such as cafeterias at Migros or Coop, you can be flexible in what you order. As a general rule, the Swiss are welcoming to tourists, especially those who say "please" and will accommodate you.

At regular restaurants, the card (not a menu, which is a set-piece meal, such as a "Tagesmenu" - the day's special meal) will show some small portions. Some times labeled as "for the smaller appetites."

In German, "die Vorspeisen" - the "before foods." french may be "les hors d'oeuvre"

If you are from the USA, you may have developed the odd habit of calling the main course the "entree." On the face of it, that is illogical. Don't use the term in Europe. Ask for a "first course."

Which language regions will you travel in?

Oh, by the way, I tend toward earth tones in y clothing...brown or tan sports coat, slacks, sweaters. Sometimes, in Zürich, I think I am the only person, other than tourists, who is not wearing black or shades of grey. Mentioned that to my Swiss friends at dinner one time, and they said "Don't worry!" I said- "I'm not worried,,,,I think it is amusing." And, I do.

Slowpoke

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