This restaurant was recommended to me by a friend who has business lunches and dinners very often in Bern. We were looking for a good quality restaurant to take my mother-in-law who was visiting us from Germany (but nothing super special since we already had a fancy dinner planned for the next night in Luzern).
After the Bern Lightshow (which you should see if you are in Bern from mid-Oct to the end of Nov), we walked the 300 yards to this restaurant. It was packed with locals at 19:30. A group of 3 in front of us did not have a reservation and, to their disappointment, they were told there was no way to get a table that night. Therefore, you should definitely make a reservation.
If you are looking for a place to have a quiet, romantic meal, this definitely is not the restaurant. Tables are situated rather close together, waiters are often moving tables around to seat difference sized groups, and it is just a loud and lively atmosphere. It wasn't bad, but it was definitely not calm and quiet. Though keep in mind that maybe we were there during an exceptionally busy day/time/season, so it could be much more relaxing during non-peak hours/days/seasons.
However, in terms of food, everything was enjoyable. Both my husband and my mother-in-law ordered the seasonal special of deer and really enjoyed it. I had a pesto pasta, and although they serve it with a cream sauce, it was very good. I have ordered pesto pasta in three different restaurants in Switzerland (once in Bern and twice in Solothurn) and they always use cream in it, which is not normal in other countries (usually has just an olive oil base).
Compared to other restaurants IN Switzerland, I would say that the value was really good. The portions are good and the quality was very nice. For foreigners, please keep in mind that Switzerland is definitely on the more expensive side and paying 18-25 CHF for pasta or pizza is normal. I did, however, find the drinks to be overly priced in comparison. I usually pay 5 CHF for a half a liter bottle of water and here it was about 7 CHF. The beer was also rather expensive in comparison to other Swiss restaurants that we have frequented, though I cannot remember exactly how much.
They do have outdoor seating, but it is not covered. I presume they only use it for lunch on days with good weather and for dinner during the summer months when it is not raining.
All in all, we enjoyed it and my husband and I intend to go back again for something like a dinner and movie night. We would recommend this place to other friends as a restaurant to go to for non-special occasion meals -- just a simple night out. The overall ranking of 4 out of 5 is due to the taste of the food and the value compared to other restaurants in Switzerland.
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