To attempt to recommend just four restaurants of note for an entire country may be stretching any practical sense of scale to its breaking point, but Switzerland is relatively small, and the following four establishments are in fact contained to just two cities (Zurich and Geneva). At any rate, all four are seriously good.
1. Adler’s Swiss Chuchi (Zurich). Some of this establishment’s dishes can be a little lackluster, but if you order carefully (in other words, stick to the specials and ask your server for advice), this place can be a great place for the uninitiated tourist to sample regional fare.
2. Hiltl (Zurich). Vegetarians seeking respite from carnivorously-laden European menus have been gravitating to Hilti for more than a decade. It’s busy, for sure (plan on a wait, or better yet, schedule a stroll in the neighborhood and plead with a member of the staff to call you when you’re table is ready), but for travelers tired of gorging on meat, this place is worth the trouble.
3. ù bobba (Geneva). Again, this one is extremely popular and often busy, but its proximity to the opera house, its flashy, pan-European menu, and its excellent ambiance (did I mention the rooftop terrace?) make this one of the best places to take a date in Geneva.
4. L’Adresse (Geneva). Another up-and-coming rooftop terrace in Geneva is L’Adresse. It’s ultra-hip aesthetic may not be for everyone (it’s a hybrid fashion boutique-cum-bistro and working art studio), but if it’s good looking people and tasteful, sweet and savory snacks that you’re after, this is a good place to start.
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