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“Yum!”

Restaurant Schaferstube
Ranked #14 of 204 Restaurants in Zermatt
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Swiss
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed November 17, 2012

This cosy basement restaurant has become a regular destination on our trips to Zermatt (5th visit since 2008 just this week). We go in November so not everywhere is open, and stumbled upon this place on our first trip in 2008 when we were looking for somewhere else entirely. The atmosphere is wonderfully cosy and the service has been consistently friendly. The menu is simple, though high quality, mostly steaks and lamb dishes. You can have the usual fondues, but in reality you should go for the meat options. They are beautifully cooked and of very high quality. For those who love their rosti-they were quite happy to change the vegetable offerings. The wine list is HUGE. It's pricey-but that's Zermatt for you. This time we actually stayed in the Hotel Julen which sits on top, so all we had to do was take the lift to the basement floor.
I would guess in midwinter you have to book to get a table, though in November you can just walk in. I cannot imagine having a bad meal here and thoroughly recommend it!

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Thank SBux18
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

While my mother and I were in Zermatt we ate dinner here after asking several locals around town where we would find a really good place for fondue, they all pointed us towards this enchanting little place. The restaurant's atmosphere is so quaint, very warm and inviting and the decor is something I've only seen in movies - cowbells hang from the ceiling, the sheep horns used for lamps, etc. The fondue was delicious, we ordered the cheese fondue and also the beef, and we started with the curry tomato soup which was out of this world (I'm going to try to replicate it in my own kitchen). The staff was as welcoming and friendly as everyone else we encountered in Zermatt, I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a good meal in a lovely setting!

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Thank Sarah H
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

You'll have to look to find this cozy restaurant in the cellar of the Hotel Jolen (the hotel has a more formal restaurant, which we hear is very good, also), but you will be rewarded with a delicous and relaxed dining experience. The "grill" only has about 15-20 tables, and it quickly becomes evident that the place specializes in their own home-grown lamb, as the chair seats are covered with shearling and the walls are decorated with pictures of sheep. Granted, if you are not a lover of lamb, they do offer other menu options, but you really should try the lamb, especially the "lammhaxe" or lamb shank that absolutely melts in your mouth with a fabulous sauce. It is definitely a family-run operation, with the owners serving tables, but just sit back, sip your good draught beer and enjoy. The food was so good, we returned the next night and were greeted by the owners as if we were returning friends. The portions are generous--we easily shared a mixed salad before our entree, and cannot comment on dessert because we couldn't even consider it after our meal. When we left (regretfully), the owners (although they were busy) took the time to thank us for returning and wished us good travels. Not only delicious food at a very reasonable price, but great memories.

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Thank Kayhawk53
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

The guy that owns this place reckons the lamb that you eat were grown by him on the Alpine pastures. Where ever it came from, it tasted good. And just to confusion you it comes twice - you get a double helping. Oh my aching stomach.

Thank Coastersretreat
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Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

Very cosy and chalet style restaurant in the Romantik Hotel Julen. The decorior is all lamb oriented even the lamps are made of sheep horns. We were 6 and seated at a smallish table but it is overall a rather narrow place which of course adds to the cosiness. The lamb is outstanding (they have their own) whatever type you go for. This is really what to go for there as it's the best I ever had (I had the ribs). Just outstanding! The wine list is very impressive with lots of excellent local (Valais) producers and a vast international selection. On the slightly disappointing side was the cheese fondue which had a strange consistency like if it was "watered" down with cream and had too much nutmeg for our taste. I don't know it that's more palatable to foreign tourists but it was a different fondue than we Swiss are used to. Overall though a very enjoyable evening with an amazing lamb experience in a homely place and friendly service.

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Thank Denis P
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