Many say Kronenhalle is Zurich's top restaurant, but in fact this former beer hall is more than just a restaurant—it's a culinary landmark, the perfect blend of haute cuisine and fine art. Its intimate, old-world dining areas, with white linen tablecloths, soft candlelight, chandeliers, and dark-wood walls, are also bedecked with a breath-taking collection of paintings by Picasso, Rodin, Matisse, and Bonnard as well as stained glass by Chagall and furnishings by Giacometti. Ever since the restaurant opened in 1921, local politicians, businessmen, musicians, artists and thinkers (including Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein) haver come here for a traditional menu of exemplary Swiss fare, which is served the old-fashioned way, from silver-domed serving dishes on side tables by elegant, white-frocked waiters. Signature dishes include a salad with Balleron sausage, followed by a chateaubriand steak and the richest of chocolate mousses. Start your evening with a cocktail at the bar, where the bartenders are marvels at what they do. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Ask for the table in the corner of the main dining room, beside a portrait of James Joyce; the author wrote large chunks of Ulysses while seated here.
Rämistrasse 4, off Limmatquai
Our Rating Neighborhood Hochschulen Hours Daily noon–midnight Transportation
Tram 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 15 (Bellevue)Phone 044/ 262 9900 Prices Main courses CHF28–CHF68 Cuisine Type Swiss Web site Kronenhalle