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“Perfect location, relaxed atmosphere but high prices and mediocre service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pumpstation

Pumpstation
Seeanlage Utoquai, Zurich 8008, Switzerland
+41 1 260 96 69
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Ranked #854 of 1,411 Restaurants in Zurich
Price range: $18 - $32
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Zurich, Switzerland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Perfect location, relaxed atmosphere but high prices and mediocre service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

Living in Zurich since one year, Pumpstation is definitely among my favorite destinations for lunch or dinner during summer. Located right on the lakeside this outside-only bbq restaurant is usually crowded the moment sun is shining, so it is smart to come a bit earlier than typical lunch or dinner hours to make sure to not have to wait to find a table. Food is limited to different types of grilled meat and salads, fries or potatoes as side dishes, but there is also always something for vegetarians on the menu.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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64 restaurant reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Great location and good food but way too expensive...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

The Pumpstation is Zurich's coolest place when the sun is out. It is located right next to the lake and one of the only restaurants that got permission from the city to be at the lake.... It is a very simple place, totally open air so pray for no rain. You can not make reservation and it is always full. BUT the food, though not bad is soooooo overprized - certainly because the location. So we do pay whatever as long as we can sit facing the lake. My favorite is the Pumpispiess; heavily marinated beef skewer, really delicious but for that prize you should get two. The menu is small.... some typical saussages and some salad and french fries.... that is pretty it. Enough for a day in the sun :-) .The service is slow and stressed (they never have enough people) and not always the brightest or politest but the grill man is a legend... all in all one of my fav places in spring and summer.... I just forget about the prices....

  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Rapperswil, Switzerland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“BAD SERVICE; EXPENSIVE”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

We went here for lunch today and this definitely is the worst place to go for food or service. The only attraction is the lakeview with nice weather, but you are better of buying your sausage somewhere else and sit at the lake. Sausage + salad + drink for 40 CHF, wainting for more than 30 minutes as waiters are not in control. And they dont accept CCs.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Terribly Hopeless Service...”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

If you want to sit down and enjoy a beer by the Lake of Zürich in fine weather amongst hundreds of people, this is 1 of only 2 places. Why the local council does not allow more restauranteurs to open up places by the lake, I will never understand. It's so backward.

Pump station is simply a kiosk with seating. It certainly is not a restaurant.

This place is run and staffed by university students. When the weather is nice, it's open. when it's bad weather, it's not. And with the inconsistent weather around these parts, that means they are never really staffed or prepared, eventhough they know with good weather, it will be packed out.

Forget about the service, it is non-existent, you have to raise your hand, stand up, shout and almost scream to get your order in.

Since drinking on the streets is legal in Zürich, I suggest you buy a beer from a kiosk and go an sit at the lake wherever you wish rather than suffer the humiliation of Pump Station's 'service'.

Walk by and you'll see what I am talking about.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Relax at the lakeside”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2011

Great place to grab a beer and some grilled food. Place is popular so service is a bit slow sometimes.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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