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Restaurant-Bar Chesa Veglia
Ranked #6 of 113 Restaurants in St. Moritz
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $311
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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 August 6, 2013

We were looking for a place to eat where we could walk and wouldn't have to take the car. We finally ended up in the "Patrizierstube" (not the Pizzeria) of the Chesa Veglia.
It was not a very busy evening. The service was spot on, friendly and REALLY speedy. Sometimes even a bit too fast for my taste. Maybe they practice efficiency for the really busy periods, I do not know. However, the food was good, but my point is also that it has to be at a place with that reputation and for the prices one pays there. We ate there and we left with a positive feeling, that is what is important.

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Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

Tough to find places to eat in the center of St Moritz. Chesa Veglia is located in the pedestrian zone between the Badrutts and the Kulm. There are two restaurants, the Stube which is classic swiss and an italian upstairs where we ate.
First the good: decor is really very nice if you like typical ancient buildings. The food is good too, but not out of this world.
Service is ok, nothing to complain about except a lack of genuine friendliness. Polite is the word.
Value for money is very, very questionable. There are pizzas in the twenties, but appetizers are in the same range, entrees 40 to 60, and dessert just shy of 20. Add drinks and you end up with more than 100 a head.
For that price, i expect more culinary refinement and perfect service.
Still a safe choice, you will eat decently in a nice place full of character.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

It doesn't get more Swiss than this 16th century alpine chalet: food great, service charming, prices . . . best go to the pizza room if cost is an issue.

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

It's such like a sweet and warm atmosphere, 3 type of dinning room, I tried 2 of them, the italian and the grill room, for sure the best restaurant I went ot out of several.

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Reviewed March 28, 2013

The space is magnificent and views amazing. The overall feel is old fashioned and traditional. This also goes for the food. Nothing special, nothing memorable, but reasonably reliable and on the better side of ordinary. They make an effort with the service, but again it's pleasant without being polished. The parting impression is how Chesa Veglia could be one of the most wonderful experiences in the Engerdine if it only could get an updating makeover.

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