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“Old School Well Done”

Hummer & Austernbar Zurich
Ranked #19 of 2,027 Restaurants in Zurich
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Uber 75 Jahre ist es her, dass Ernst Manz im "Zunftsali" des Hotel St. Gotthard die Hummerbar ins Leben gerufen und damit eine perfekte Buhne fur prominente Leute wie Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Arnold Schwarzenegger und Gunther Sachs geschaffen hat. Die Hummer & Austernbar ist eines der fuhrenden Restaurants an der Bahnhofstrasse Zurich und eine sehr bekannte und beliebte Institution in kulinarischen Kreisen. Die Hummerbar wurde 1935 eroffnet und ist sehr traditionell und doch innovativ in der Zubereitung von Hummern, Austern und Meeresfruchten aller Art. Bis heute hat das Gourmet Restaurant in Zurich die Originaldekoration bewahrt. Fotos von beruhmten Filmstars und Politikern, welche bereits Gaste waren, hangen an den Wanden. Die Hummerbar bietet klassische franzosische Gourmet Kuche an, kombiniert mit einem mediterranen Akzent. Sie konnen in einem eleganten Ambiente frische Hummer oder Austern geniessen und werden stets mit abwechslungsreichen und innovativen Gerichten uberrascht.
Reviewed December 7, 2013

Food was excellent and indulgent. If you are in the mood for the finest things, you will not leave disappointed. The tasting menu is delicious. It will not wow you with creativity but it will not leave you wishing for more. Our complaint was the wait between the 6 courses we had which was a minimum of 20 minutes. The waiters were professional and very pleasant but seemed extremely stressed due to the volume of tables (there was only 1 head waiter and what seemed like 2 assistant waiters for at least 10 tables. This led to the very slow service.

This is old fashioned, unpretentious, fine dining. We enjoyed it very much just wished that it was not so drawn out.

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Martin S, Manager at Hummer & Austernbar Zurich, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2013

Dear EUtravelgal,

thank you for you kind comment on Tripadvisor, we forward with pleasure to our kitchen and service staff. We have such a big success, specially in December that we consider your comment and will reinforce our service staff with an additional waiter, starting this week.

Looking forward to welcoming you soon, we remain

With our best regards

Martin Santschi
General Manager

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Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant deserves to be the best in Zurich. It is very well located by the central train station and was in the same building as the hotel that I was staying at which was great. I started with the smoked salmon and had the white truffle lobster main and my colleague had the duck fois gras to start with and then the lobster pasta with tomato sauce. Everything was delicious. The wine list is a bit of a disappointment as prices are far too high but I guess this comes with the territory. For desert we had the Crepe Suzette which took a surprisingly long time to prepare but was good in the end. The most annoying thing was the waiter kept coming over with a huge bread basket with 2 or 3 pieces in it.

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Martin S, Manager at Hummer & Austernbar Zurich, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2013

Dear Goose30,

thank you for your great comment, we appreciate very much. Thank you for your feedback about the crêpes Suzette, that is really a long ceremony, but we can keep the time shorter. We instructed our staff to offer always a complete bread basket. As we are a French restaurant, our wine list is mainly oriented to nice Bordeaux and Bourgogne wines, but we also offer great wines of Switzerland, Italy, Spain and California for reasonable prices.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again during your next trip to Zürich in the recently renovated Hotel St. Gotthard and the legendary Lobster- & Oysterbar (since 1935).

With our best regards

Martin Santschi
General Manager

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

Historical Restaurant in the heart of Zurich. very famous for lobster and oysters but not only - you can order very good fish and meat. Service is exellent - very elegant atmosphere . Beautiful paintings on the walls and very cosy light. Very recommended!

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Martin S, Manager at Hummer & Austernbar Zurich, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2013

Dear ClaudioLaax,

thank you very much for your excellent evaluation. We are very proud to hear, that you enjoyed so much the food, service and our unique atmosphere. We will gladly pass on the compliments to our staff and hope to welcome you soon again.

With kind regards

Martin Santschi
General Manager

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Reviewed October 17, 2013

This traditional restaurant is ideally located on Bahnhofstrasse close to the main station and in walking distance from any central parking. While entering to the restaurant though the hotel lobby we were personally walked through the hotel to this oasis of a restaurant. The service was highly attentive and the food was outstanding. We tried both the lobster and the oysters and the food was spectacular. One of the best we have had in Zurich but it also has it's price. If there was one point of criticism we felt a bit rushed through the different courses.

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1  Thank martuetz
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Martin S, Manager at Hummer & Austernbar Zurich, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2013

Dear martuetz,

Many thanks for your excellent comment on Tripadvisor. We highly appreciate your evaluation about our service, location and food. Next time you visit us, please ask for a slower service between the different courses.

Looking forward to be your host again next time you visit Zürich.

With our best regards


Martin Santschi
General Manager

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Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

What a rare experience! In the middle of hectic Zürich, this little but exclusive restaurant,
offers a high service standard, and, if you love that, fresh lobster and oysters! - I felt under
dressed in jeans, but nevertheless I was served with passion and dedication!

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Martin S, Manager at Hummer & Austernbar Zurich, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2013

Dear Centurion Member,

thank you for your kind comment on Tripadvisor. We are very glad, that you liked our Lobster- & Oysterbar restaurant.
Important is, that our clients feel well in our warm and elegant ambiance, there is no dress code. Our only code is: satisfied clients, that's why we also offer vegetarian and meat dishes.

As per request of our fans, we decided to open our restaurant all day long, so we offer hot food from 12:00 to 22:30h.

Looking forward to welcome you during your next stay in Zürich, we remain

with our best regards

Martin Santschi
General Manager

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