Once a military riding school and stable complex, this friendly and budget-friendly bar, restaurant, and arts center is squeezed onto a small island between the Schanzengraben creek and the Seil canal. It serves sizable international dishes that are an excellent value: you won't go hungry after having the meatloaf in a red-wine sauce, a bowl of bouillabaisse, or a hearty horse Stroganoff (admittedly, it's a little bizarre to be eating horse in a former stable). The wooden interior is quirky and pleasant during winter, but the restaurant is at its best in summer, when the trestle tables are moved to the cobblestoned courtyard, and it starts to feel like one big beer garden.
Gessnerallee 8 (in the Theaterhaus)
Our Rating Neighborhood Aussersihl Hours Mon–Wed 11am–11pm, Thurs–Fri 11am–midnight, Sat 8pm–midnight, Sun 6–11pm Transportation Tram: 3, 4, 6, 7, 13 or 14 (Sihlpost) Phone 044/ 212 0766 Prices Main courses CHF19.50–CHF38.50 Cuisine Type International Web site Restaurant Reithalle