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Old Swiss House

Lowenplatz 4, Lucerne CH-6004, Switzerland
041 410 61 71
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Ranked #16 of 269 restaurants in Lucerne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: Swiss
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
Tempe, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We went there in May 2014 on our trip to Lucerne after reading some good reviews on TA. We made a reservation and coz I am a vegetarian, we asked them if they have something vegetarian. The person replied that they do have some veg options. When we reached, the ambience was good and table settings were very pretty and... More

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Perth, United Kingdom
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124 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The Old Swiss House is in Lowenplatz around the corner from the famous carved lion (Lowendenkmal). It seems to be fairly authentic, old and Swiss. Inside the decor and ambiance is what you might want an old Swiss house restaurant to look like. I gather that it was built in the late 1800s and was turned into a restaurant around... More

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NJ
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284 reviews 284 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
419 helpful votes 419 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Honestly, someplace named the "Old Swiss House" sounds like a tourist trap, with Swiss costumes, and the exterior looks a bit cliched. However, I can't emphasize enough that the food and the service are absolutely superb. This is a class restaurant. As others have mentioned, a fair part of their food is prepared table side, which is very nicely performed.... More

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4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Truly authenthic swiss food right in the heart of tourist district. Great food, good ambience and good service. Pricey but you get what you pay for. Wouldn't recommend for those bargain hunters.

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

My boyfriend and I had a 14 hour layover in Zurich, so we decided to visit Lucerne. I am so disappointed we wasted a meal at Old Swiss House. We based our decision to go here on Frommer's guide and the convenient location, but the food was average and over-priced. Our waitress was friendly, but the manager was very rude... More

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Warwickshire
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119 reviews 119 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

As per other reviews, this place is a beautiful old building, decorated in an "olde worlde" fashion that serves traditional food delivered by waitresses in traditional dress. It is not cheap, but it didn't feel more expensive than anything else in Switzerland. Yes, I had the signature Schnitzel dish (maybe a lack of imagination, but "when in Rome") and was... More

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Toledo, OH
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We loved our visit to the Swiss House. First, its ambiance and character is immediately recognizable. Every nook and cranny commands a look-see, as there are gorgeous pieces everywhere. Then it was very enjoyable having and watching the table side cooking of the Wiener Schnitzel which was absolutely delicious too. We also order chocolate mousse which was served table side... More

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Elgin, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I felt like I was in another world in this restaurant. The prices were very high, and by far the most expensive meal of our entire vacation. That being said the food was very good. I had the schnitzel that was cooked table side, it was their featured entree. The amount of butter they use was hard to watch going... More

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San Rafael, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Perfect decor and setting with professional service. But 52 CH (@$60.00) for schnitzel at lunch (for one person) had me expecting the best schnitzel of my life. It was fine. The presentation, they prepare it table side, is impressive and entertaining but the schnitzel is quite doughy...a pity since the meat inside was very good. My husband's veal dish was... More

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Gloucestershire
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58 reviews 58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I was actually back packing around Switzerland for a week with my 7 year old daughter but we packed a smart dress and shoes each which we changed into on the train, stuffed our packs into one luggage locker at the station (9CH) and got a taxi to here (12CH) for lunch. We'd reserved a table which was fortunate as... More

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