Rating: The top 10 restaurants in Zurich

 

The selection of good restaurants in Zurich is very large and the quality of the food is excellent. But what makes a restaurant the best restaurant in the city and what sets it apart from the competition?

For me, various factors play a role. Firstly, the dishes should differ from those of the competition, be it through their own interpretation, the high freshness of the dishes or the combination of unusual ingredients to create a unique interplay. The service should be professional and attentive to the guests, but not too intrusive. The ambience invites you to linger and radiates a feeling of well-being. The sommelier recommends the right wine with the meal and the kitchen responds to incompatibilities in the best possible way. If a restaurant manages to fulfil these requirements over several years, it becomes a favourite restaurant for me.

The following 10 have made it onto my favourites list. All restaurants on my ranking list are of course personally tested and have convinced me.

ANNA

Anna-Heer-Strasse 2, 8057 Zürich, Schweiz | 044 552 87 44 | Website

Do you know the moment when you have just taken your seat for the evening in the restaurant and then are greeted so surprisingly warmly that you just know "bull's eye". This is exactly what happens to me when Maria Ventola introduces herself that evening with her pleasant Swabian accent with rolling R 😉 (due to her Italian roots); recommends us the homemade aperitif and then lets us take a look at the menu. We feel completely comfortable and decide, in addition to the 4-course menu, also for a wine accompaniment, which we share and, by the way, is highly recommended. After a fine greeting from the kitchen with pickled salmon, radish and blood sorrel follow two, in my opinion, absolute highlights of chef Stefano Corrado. The probably most tender Pulpo with Peperoni and homemade Focaccia and the Tortelli di vitello with Marsala sauce, refined with fresh marjoram. As I write these lines, I have only one thought - "this screams for a repeat". ❤️

Between courses, Maria keeps telling us little anecdotes from previous months when asked. Last year, just in time for Lockdown 🙈the couple had decided to take over the restaurant Anna near Milchbuck. Of course, not an easy start, but with the support of good colleagues and former supervisor of Stefano, the couple copes with the situation with flying colors. Stefano, by the way, learned and honed his craft at Clouds, Mesa and Gustav before starting his own restaurant. The Anna also offers an event room for larger events, including various seating options outside.

My tip: Pulpo. Pepperoni. Focaccia - Tortelli di vitello. Marsala. Parmiggiano. Marjoram

Contact & Opening Hours

Anna-Heer-Strasse 2
8057 Zürich, Schweiz
T: 044 552 87 44
    Last updated: Aug. 12, 2022, 9:28 p.m.

    BOCUCI - Bottega e Cucina

    Leonhardstrasse 1, 8001 Zürich, Schweiz | 044 261 40 55 | Website | Opening Hours

    I had to study longer if and where there is a comparable restaurant already in Zurich. My conclusion: It's a great mix of a few restaurants I like to visit and something very special - perfectly suited for Zurich and I'm happy that BOCUCI made it into my favorites list. 🥰 

    BOCUCI - Bottega meets Cucina.

    All around successful, stylishly furnished with black/white tiled floor, a large kitchen window at the entrance gives a glimpse into the heart of the place, bar, a delicatessen shelf incl. Vespa decorate the room, the centerpiece is a Berkel who freshly slices the finest hams for the guests and hands them to the aperitif. I'm in love. 🤩 Super service, great wines, class food. Here I want to sit forever, just be and enjoy the dolce vita with my loved ones. Because in the words of the Bocuci "more Amore always goes!"

    Unfortunately, there was no more room for the tiramisu, freshly prepared at the table. My critical question, whether Tiramisu must not pull overnight, was mischievously laughing denied ... there would be a trick ... I learn hopefully #nexttime 😉

    My tip: Fresh spaghetti with catch of the day and fish / seafood

    Contact & Opening Hours

    Leonhardstrasse 1
    8001 Zürich, Schweiz
    T: 044 261 40 55
    E:
    • Tuesday - Friday:
      11:30 - 14:30,18:00 - 23:30
    • Saturday:
      18:00 - 23:30
    • Sunday and Monday closed
    Last updated: Aug. 12, 2022, 9:49 p.m.

    Convivio

    Rotwandstrasse 62, 8004 Zürich, Schweiz | 043 322 00 53 | Website | Opening Hours

    Since March 2017 Convivio has been lovingly managed by Nadine Bielitz and Jérôme Baschung as chef. The menu is seasonal, but the dishes are mostly Mediterranean-inspired. The operators know all suppliers personally and maintain honest and transparent cooperation. The product is always in the foreground. At noon there is a small but fine menu consisting of starters, menus with soup or salad, a business lunch and a few desserts. In the evening, guests can choose between 4-6 course menus. The wine list is rich.

    My tip:Risotto with chanterelles and pumpkin (changes seasonally) and evening menu

    Contact & Opening Hours

    Rotwandstrasse 62
    8004 Zürich, Schweiz
    T: 043 322 00 53
    E:
    • Tuesday - saturday:
      18:30 - 00:00
    • Wednesday - thursday:
      11:30 - 14:00
    • Sunday and monday closed
    Last updated: March 28, 2020, 5:25 p.m.

    da Angela

    Hohlstrasse 449, 8048 Zürich, Schweiz | 044 492 29 31 | Website | Opening Hours

    'Da Angela' has been conjuring up Italian-Mediterranean cuisine for many years with fresh, carefully selected products. The well-kept restaurant offers first-class service. The menu includes seasonal specialities as well as "Angela classics". The wine selection is very varied.

    My tip: seafood, especially the giant prawns... yum.

    Contact & Opening Hours

    Hohlstrasse 449
    8048 Zürich, Schweiz
    T: 044 492 29 31
    E:
    • Monday - Saturday:
      11:45 - 14:30,18:00 - 00:00
    • Sunday closed
    Last updated: June 10, 2020, 7:52 p.m.

    Enja

    Sihlstrasse 9, 8001 Zürich, Schweiz | 0442287517 | Website | Opening Hours

    ♥️ The glowing passion to celebrate pleasure ♥️

    What a motto at Chef Jessica Maggetti's Enja restaurant 🔥Enja means fire in Celtic. Seasonal and regional specialties are prepared with love, creativity and passion on the open fire.

    MY favorite dishes:

    The salad
    Spring salad with young dandelion and raspberry dressing.

    The artichoke
    Grilled artichoke with tree nut vinaigrette and lime sour cream.

    The soy tartar - Enja specialty
    Soy tartar with radish, radish and caper apples 

    The seitan
    Homemade seitan with grilled green asparagus, kumquat and herb oil

    The fish
    Fish of the day from Lake Zurich with herbs, caper apples, jasmine rice and monk's beard

    Contact & Opening Hours

    Sihlstrasse 9
    8001 Zürich, Schweiz
    T: 0442287517
    • Monday - Friday:
      07:00 - 23:00
    • Saturday:
      07:00 - 00:00
    • Sunday closed
    Last updated: July 14, 2022, 2:39 p.m.

    Gaijin Izakaya

    Birmensdorferstrasse 5, 8004 Zürich, Schweiz | 044 482 22 00 | Website | Opening Hours

    I already met the chef Dan Shu in 2018 at the "NightMarkt at Coffee Shack" and since then I have been a fan of his Yakitori barbecue skewers. The unique taste experience is due to Dan's craftsmanship and a Konro charcoal grill, which was specially delivered from Japan. Now Dan and a partner have opened their own Yakitori (Japanese neighborhood barbecue where you can have a drink and eat a snack). On the menu you will find small dishes with the themes "Fire", "Hot", "Cold" and "Large". Those who prefer to leave the choice to the chef (and are brave and adventurous) can choose the Omakase for CHF 60 and receive a selection of dishes.

    My tip: Miso Shoyu Roasted Eggplants, Hot ’n’ Cold Cucumbers, Taco California, Chicken Thighs Negima und Sake Braised Beef

    Contact & Opening Hours

    Birmensdorferstrasse 5
    8004 Zürich, Schweiz
    T: 044 482 22 00
    • Tuesday - Saturday:
      17:30 - 00:00
    • Sunday and Monday closed
    Last updated: July 10, 2022, 3:40 p.m.

    HONGXI

    Zwinglistrasse 3, 8004 Zürich, Schweiz | 043 549 20 20 | Website | Opening Hours

    Zwinglistrasse:
    Authentic, Chinese cuisine at star level with international influences and a large dim sum menu. At lunchtime, there are two Dim Sum sets or a wok dish with meat or vegetarian food in addition to the evening menu. Special dessert selections like sticky rice with egg yolk or mango & grapefruit soup. About 40 seats, reservation recommended.

    Glattpark:
    The Hongxi Glattpark is not only larger, but also the perfect place for business lunches and date nights. The interior with dark brown wooden floors, large paintings on rice paper and golden elements radiates a modern elegance that you just want to soak up. The menu offers a wider selection than in the city center. Here you will also find the traditional Peking style duck (e.g. as a three-course menu; please note: order two days in advance).

    My tips:
    Starters:

    - Dim Sum, especially Xiao Long Bao
    - Chicken prepared Szechuan style with ginger, garlic and coriander

    Main courses:
    - Steamed scallops on glass noodles with black beans and garlic
    - Duck Peking style with pancakes, cucumber, leek & hoisin sauce

    Contact & Opening Hours

    Zwinglistrasse 3
    8004 Zürich, Schweiz
    T: 043 549 20 20
    • Tuesday - Saturday:
      11:30 - 14:00,17:30 - 22:00
    • Sunday and Monday closed
    Thurgauerstrasse 134
    8152 Glattpark (Opfikon), Schweiz
    T: 044 555 33 22
    • Tuesday - Sunday:
      11:00 - 23:00
    • Monday closed
    Last updated: July 10, 2022, 3:40 p.m.

    Kerala

    Hofwiesenstrasse 188, 8057 Zürich, Schweiz | 044 364 45 77 | Website | Opening Hours

    The Kerala is for me the best Indian restaurant in Zurich with authentic North and South Indian food in a beautiful atmosphere. At noon there is a lunch buffet (3 dishes are vegetarian) with soup, rice and Raita either as a plate or à discrètion. In summer, light special menus are served with barbecues and Indian salads. We are big fans of Naan garlic, freshly baked in the Tandoori oven, and we order a refill every time we visit.

    My tip:Mango Lassi, mixed starter plate, Garlic Naan, Raita, either Chicken Tikka or Chicken Jalfrezi (on request ;)

    Contact & Opening Hours

    Hofwiesenstrasse 188
    8057 Zürich, Schweiz
    T: 044 364 45 77
    • Tuesday - friday:
      11:00 - 14:00,18:00 - 00:00
    • Saturday - sunday:
      18:00 - 00:00
    • Closed on mondays
    Last updated: Sept. 11, 2018, 7:10 a.m.

    Neue Taverne

    Glockengasse 8, 8001 Zürich, Schweiz | 0442211262 | Website | Opening Hours

    🥕🥦🥒🥬🍅 The restaurant "Neue Taverne - New Tavern" near Rennweg in the old town proves that vegetables can also play the leading role. In the evenings, 12-15 dishes are lovingly composed according to current market offerings and can convince across the board in terms of taste.🥰 Fabian Fuchs (formerly Equitable) has been head chef at the Neue Taverne since 2022.

    Recommendation for 2 people: 4-6 dishes (but we had 8 dishes :D). For 100.- per person there is also a surprise menu.

    Sample dishes:
    - Burrata / ox heart tomato / chive oil.
    - Kohlrabi / cream cheese / mussel cream

    - Asparagus / potato espuma / crumble
    - Caviar of the field / egg yolk / chives / blinis

    - Cucumber Kimchi / roasted shrimp powder / kaffir lime oil
    - Cauliflower KFC / chili glaze / sesame seeds

    - Lemontarte / Cedri lemon / Sansho pepper
    - Herb sorbet / Felchlin Edelweiss couverture / raspberries

    🍷Wine tip: Rosé Winifred / Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt / Gut Oggau

    Contact & Opening Hours

    Glockengasse 8
    8001 Zürich, Schweiz
    T: 0442211262
    E:
    • Monday - Friday:
      12:00 - 14:00,18:00 - 00:00
    • Saturday:
      12:00 - 00:00
    • Sunday closed
    Last updated: Aug. 12, 2022, 9:25 p.m.

    Weisses Rössli

    Bederstrasse 96, 8002 Zürich, Schweiz | 044 212 63 00 | Website | Opening Hours

    The Weisses Rössli has everything a great restaurant needs - flair, cozy garden, lots of warmth and tasteful, French-Mediterranean dishes by Mathieu Bacon with that certain something. In the evening, you choose between 2 and 5 courses and can then put together an individual starter, intermediate and main course, cheese and dessert from the menu. The great thing about it: homemade bread, water and coffee/tea are included in the price. At noon there are lunch dishes as well as excerpts from the evening menu. The passion of the kitchen and the attentive service is visibly noticeable for the guests - home-made bread & brioche, butter, chips, ketchup, gnocchi, glacé and the fantastic cantucchini for coffee, I can't get out of raving at all.

    For events with max. 32 persons there is a special room in the cellar. A former bowling alley, which is modernly decorated and illuminated only by candlelight. Tavolata is served with various dishes (by arrangement).

    My Tip: 5-course menu - a real pleasure

    Contact & Opening Hours

    Bederstrasse 96
    8002 Zürich, Schweiz
    T: 044 212 63 00
    E:
    • Monday - friday:
      11:30 - 14:00,18:30 - 00:00
    • Saturday:
      18:30 - 00:00
    • Sunday closed
    Last updated: July 9, 2022, 12:15 p.m.