Central Switzerland restaurants

Top Choice International in Lucerne

Zur Werkstatt

This funky, post-industrial, monochrome-toned restaurant revolves around a show kitchen and hip cocktail bar. Menus are kept simple (go meaty or veggie), but the food is anything but, singing of the seasons in dishe…
Top Choice European in Zug

Gasthaus Rathauskeller

You can’t miss the late-Gothic Rathauskeller’s frescoed facade near the Zytturm. The downstairs bistro serves marvellous high-end takes on classic local ingredients, while the swish upstairs restaurant, Zunftstube, …
Top Choice Modern European in Engelberg

Brasserie Konrad

At Ski Lodge Engelberg's on-site restaurant, Chef Jonas Bolling conjures up extraordinarily good New Nordic cuisine that’s as pretty as a picture and perfect for refuelling after a tough day on the slopes (the three…
Top Choice European in Brunnen

Gasthaus Ochsen

Photos of celebrity Swiss patrons line the walls at Brunnen’s oldest haunt, which specialises in Poulet im Chörbli (chicken in a basket). There’s a great little apéro bar under the same ownership just across the way…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Lucerne

Bam Bou by Thomas

The Hotel’s below-street-level restaurant has undergone a transformation and is now run by award-winning chefs Corinna and Ralf Thomas, specialising in excellent French-Mediterranean cuisine.
Top Choice Italian in Lucerne

Grottino 1313

Offering a welcome escape from Lucerne's tourist throngs, this relaxed yet stylish restaurant south of the train station serves 'surprise' menus featuring starters like chestnut soup with figs, creative pasta dishes…
Top Choice Swiss in Schwyz

Das Insel-Restaurant Schwanau

For delicious nouvelle Swiss cuisine in atmospheric surrounds, don't miss this restaurant atop an island on the Lauerzerzee, flanked by a 17th-century hermit's chapel and the ruins of a castle tower. Ring the bell o…
Top Choice Swiss in Lucerne

Wirtshaus Galliker

Passionately run by the Galliker family for over four generations, this old-style, wood-panelled tavern attracts a lively bunch of regulars. Motherly waitresses dish up Lucerne soul food – rösti, Chögalipaschtetli (…
Cafe in Lucerne


With its long bar, sturdy wooden tables and chalkboard menus in the back of the Old Town, this arty haunt serves tasty Italian dishes and good coffee. Regular jazz workshops and gigs take place downstairs.
Swiss in Lucerne

Schiffrestaurant Wilhelm Tell

The old paddle steamer Wilhelm Tell has been around for nearly 110 years, but doesn't leave its dock these days. It's now a lovely floating restaurant and bar. Come for lunch or dinner in its restaurant, or simply s…