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“A charming old place with quite good food. Alas for the rushed service”

Restaurant-Bar Chesa Veglia
Ranked #4 of 110 Restaurants in St. Moritz
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $307
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: The warm cosiness of old wood, the refined atmosphere that makes St. Moritz the epitome of Alpine charm, and authentic dishes that will dazzle even the most jaded foodie: a meal at Chesa Veglia is a truly unique experience, an absolute must-do while holidaying in Engadin, and a feast for all the senses. Chesa Veglia is Romansh for »old house«, but this time-honoured restaurant is actually much more than that. A historic farmhouse in the pulsing heart of St. Moritz, this beautiful building is as rich in atmosphere as it’s in history. It’s quite impossible to walk through its door without being instantly beguiled by its allure, be it the infectious laughter coming from the bar and the sound of bartenders mixing cocktails, the welcoming Alpine scents of ancient pine and the look and friendly feel of the wooden furnishings and vintage cutlery, or the sense of luxury permeating the air. The ingredients for a perfect night are all there, and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy. In 1936, Chesa Veglia was transformed by Badrutt’s Palace Hotel into an avant-garde meeting place for budding epicureans, the forefathers of today’s foodies. Since then, its irresistible atmosphere has attracted locals as well as tourists, not to mention VIPs such as Elizabeth Taylor and her entourage. To this day, Chesa Veglia is popular with the young, hip jet-set crowd fond of holidaying in St. Moritz, not just because of its unique ambience, but also thanks to its excellent food. When it comes to food, it’s hard, if not impossible, to beat the incredible variety offered at Chesa Veglia. The establishment boasts three different restaurants and two bars, all unique and resplendent in their own way, guaranteeing that everyone’ll find just what they’re looking for. Take the Patrizier Stuben for instance, stunning and elegant with its rustic Engadin decor: prepare to enjoy revisiting regional favourites, concocted by a chef who ensures that the fresh local ingredients used fulfil their potential and more. Traditional dishes with an incredible new spin grace the menu, side by side with other favourites such as caviar, foie gras and vegetarian specialities. The Pizzeria Heuboden, meanwhile, is all about Italian cuisine and, more specifically, pizza plays the starring role, as you might expect, prepared authentically in a wood-fired oven. If the idea of ordering pizza in the heart of the Alps doesn’t appeal to you, think again: here, you’ll bite into a crust that will definitely make a lasting impression. Most decadent of them all is the famous »Dama Bianca«, a white grande dame of a pizza, prepared with tasty taleggio, delicate buffalo mozzarella, pungent Parmesan and topped with generous shavings of truffle. At Grill Chadafo, open only during the winter season, delicious grill specialities await: the roasted Bresse chicken with rosemary is the restaurant’s signature dish and leaves even the most exhausted epicure lost for words. And while Chesa Veglia is famous chiefly for its food, there’s yet one more reason to pay it a visit. Before or after dining, two bars – the Polo Bar all year round and Bar Carigiet in the winter – invite guests to unwind, relax and enjoy an aperitif, a cocktail, a beer or a glass of wine. This is where memories are made, where guests soak up the incredible atmosphere and interior and linger for a little more fun before returning to the peace and quiet of their rooms in Badrutt’s Palace Hotel.
Reviewed January 3, 2013

I used to really like this place. Their one dish of of the bianca pizza (just white cheese pizza covered in black truffles) was amazing. Still is last time we went there last month. But it is a right shame about the rushed service, especially when compared to the incredibly high prices one has to pay.
For instance, they have 2 different serving times; 7pm and 9pm.
We went there in December to celebrate my civil marriage signing in St Moritz and was hoping for a pleasant dinner with my family, the family of my husband as well as our two witnesses to the marriage signing.
Although we received a lovely dinner, it was more due to the buzzing conversation, the atmosphere in the restaurant rather than the service and food.

First of all, when we sat down, our waiter immediately told my new husband that our table must be cleared out by 9pm. That is absolutely not the way to treat your guests, even if you do have to take the table back by a certain time....there are more tactful and elegant ways of conveying that to your customers. Especially when your customers pay this amount of money per dish.....

Second of all, the waiter then got our wines mixed up and poured the wrong wine for us, giving us the bottle from the table next door instead! Of course this is due to human error which can happen anywhere but it honestly is the first time this has happened to me....afterall, our bottle of wine was right next to our table, whilst our neighbouring table had the wine on the otherside, next to THEIR table. Not that hard to distinguish.....

Thirdly, the chicken dish of my father in law was completely dried out and tasteless apparently. The vegetable broth he ordered as a starter was charged at a ridiculous CHF30 or so...for just a soup made of leftover vegetables.....

However, it is a very cosy place and you only pay for the location, the atmosphere and the fact it's owned by the Palace Hotel

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

We ate on the ground floor. The salad was so sour that we complained. The rest of the food was not served hot and very average. Definitely overpriced for what we had, This is my first 1 star review. Even though we complained it was really not acknowledged. The place itself is very cozy.

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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Dining at Chesa Veglia on our last night in St. Moritz after staying at Badrutt's Palace was such a highlight. With the start of the fall season, a new menu was offered and the venison was absolutely delicious and perhaps the best I ever had or will have for a long time to come. The service was superb and so happy we had our photo taken out on the terrace with Badrutt's in the background just before sunset. A great memory and we thank everyone!

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1  Thank Diana T
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

Lovely, lovely Italian "trattoria".
Great pizza and pasta.

Checkered table cloth, in charming and adorable alpine rooms, with impeccable hotel service.
Perfection!

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

We went to this restaurant based on the reviews in trip advisor and were not disappointed. There are two restaurants - upstairs with an italian theme and downstairs for fine dining. we were able to check both menus and decided to try the upstairs restaurant.
It was pleasant to try a genuine vitello tonnato followed by an excellent pizza. My wife's vegetarian selections were minestrone followed by vegetarian lasagne. The pasta in the lasagne was just perfect and melted in her mouth. Prices were a little high but you cant expect quality food to be cheap.

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