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“Classic Swiss Cuisine” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurant-Bar Chesa Veglia

Restaurant-Bar Chesa Veglia
Ranked #5 of 108 Restaurants in St. Moritz
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $303
Cuisines: Italian, Swiss, European
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
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.
Austin
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126 reviews
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“Classic Swiss Cuisine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

The walk from Badrutt's Palace was less than 5 minutes and after a delicious Swiss meal the walk home was welcomed! Charming atmosphere with warm and efficient service.

Visited September 2013
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Swindon
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“Ambushed by the drinks bill!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

If you think 23 CHF is expensive for a rather average margarita pizza, wait till you see the price of the drinks! 7 CHF for a small bottle of (flat) lemonade and 14 CHF for a bottle of still water. I know St Moritz is expensive, but that's crazy. And they don't list the price of the drinks on the menu and ambush you with it at the end. Not very nice. I'm glad we didn't order a bottle of wine! The decor is nice and the service is ok, but I felt ripped off.

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank AndyBInWiltshire
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“How to Eat Poorly and Pay too much”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

We were in St. Moritz for a few days at the beginning of August and on the first evening came across Chesa Veglia. The weather was good enough for us to sit outside on the Terrace. The terrace is large but the furniture is of a cheap weatherproof quality. We ordered a mushroom soup and Züricher Geschnizteltes. The soup was very poor and tasted as if it had been made from a packet using too much water although the price did not reflect this - 26 Swiss Francs for a serving!!!! Our main course was a small protion of the famous Swiss dish Züricher Geschneteltes which we had the impression had not been prepared fresh. It was fairly tasteless and unimaginatively served on a dish. For a price of 50 Swiss Francs per serving this is one of the worst main courses that we have ever eaten. The atmosphere was further ruined by waiters who we had the opinion of not knowing what they were doing. All in all we had a Bill of 182 Swiss Francs for a starter and a main course for 2 people plus 2 very small glasses of red wine (in Switzerland be prepared a glass of wine is normally about half of the volume that one would expect anywhere else in the world) and a bottle of water. We will never be going to this particular Restaurant again and we do not normally write commentaries but in this case we felt it to be our duty.

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank Schlosser09
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Interlaken
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“Spot on”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Avi8tion
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“Mixed bag”
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank ze_shark
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