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“Excellent for a relaxed afternoon tea or lunch”
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The Restaurant
Ranked #61 of 1,955 Restaurants in Zurich
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, International
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Jewels in the gastronomic crown Two restaurants, the Bar and the Lobby make the Dolder Grand an oasis for exceptional gourmet delights. All facilities are open to hotel guests and the general public alike. Winter break 2017 The Restaurant will be closed from 19 February 2017 to 6 March 2017. We will be happy to welcome you again on Tuesday evening, 7 March 2017. Summer break 2017 The Restaurant will be closed from 23 July 2017 to 14 August 2017. We will be happy to welcome you again on Tuesday evening, 15 August 2017.
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Excellent for a relaxed afternoon tea or lunch”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

I love this hotel so much that I have been almost every two Saturdays and Sundays. I didn't stay there but had tea and cakes in their lounge, very special. I entertained visiting friends there and also my mother, they all loved it. Service is a little slow and not so friendly, most times the staff did not even know what cakes they had on offer, they always had to ask someone else or check and revert to us a few mins later. Not all speak good English or French which was sad given that we are not locals and don't speak Swiss German or German. I also did not find them to be impeccable on the grooming (uniform etc) for a hotel of that standard. What is to be enjoyed though is the hotel itself, the sumptuous environment. Perfect to bring along a book, relax with a cup of tea. They also have newspapers available for guests to read. There is also a library corner where you can enjoy tea and cakes and browse through the books.

  • Visited March 2013
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Lisbon, Portugal
Level 3 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The 12 Course Menu”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

Very nice dinner experience! We went for the 12 course menu and were more than pleased with everything. Very creative menu, mixing flavours and textures. Truly one of the best places we have been lately. Presentation was superb, every dish is explained and the service is also very friendly and professional. The place is beautiful, they successfully mixed old and new. The restaurant has a beautiful view to the lake, but... only from the two tables close to the window so, ask for one of them upon reservation. ;o) Not overly expensive, certainly above average, but for such a superb experience you feel more than rewarded for the premium price.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Von_Mueller
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schweiz
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“wauh”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

we had a dinner which was just amazing.
very inovative startes,
THE TRUFFLE EGG WAS JUST MINDLOWING
the Tofu has nothing anymore from that white tasteless thing we know-- it was full of taste abd extremly well presented
the service had a real 99 of 100...
the "extras" that the kitchen delivered where piece by piece inspiring..
and at the end: the visit in the kitchen was intresting and a nice " cream on top" well done... keep on pushing
the Price? well . doesit matter for such great food?
ok some glasses of champage 3 glasses of wine 2 startes, 2 middle courses, 2 main , some ater some coffe do set you back about 450 euro.. and you know what..add 100 for the service.. the service is worth it ... and enjoy.. its worth any penny..
team- keep on pushing

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank R-pP B
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Ankara, Turkey
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

We had the same Valentine's day dinner that ChristianC had and disappointed too with both service and the food. It was a one day menu prepared for that special day but the food was not tasty and some of the “experimental courses” like “beef with banana” or “salty” dessert with cucumbers in it (I still wonder if they made it by mistake) were very disappointing. The time between the courses took more than half an hour and the overall time we spent for the dinner was more than four hours. The dining room was too warm. It was not a good dinner for Valentine’s day.

  • Visited February 2013
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Zurich
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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“Overall nice evening with some room for improvements”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

My partner and I enjoyed an overall lovely evening at The Restaurant for Valentine’s Day 2013. We were welcomed very friendly, sat at a nice table and greeted nicely by delicious amuses bouches. We had the Valentine's Day Menu, 8 courses for CHF 268.- per person, drinks not included.

The amuse bouche and all courses were good or very good, sometimes even surprising in their combination (e.g. beef with banana, whiskey and spices), but none of the diverse courses "wowed" us (like we had been “vowed” when we last ate with Rochat in Hotel de Ville in Crissier). We also had to wait unduly long during certain courses (which was acknowledged by the personnel and smoothed with a "drink on the house" accompanying the coffee).

In this sense, The Restaurant in the Dolder Grand is - like some others of its kind - in the "18 points" trap: (too) expensive, because already on its way to perfection, but from the overall experience not yet matching the high expectations associated with the final bill. As a comparison: Last year, we ate at Franz Wiget, another 18 points restaurant in Kanton Schwyz, had eaten equally well and enjoyed a charming evening, but paid one third less on comparable orderings.

One thing that would increase the guest’s enjoyment substantially: we were served by 4 different waiters plus the Sommelier. I however expect to have only one person accompanying the celebrations, such that a connection can be established and more warmth be brought to the table.

We wish Heiko Nieder and his team much success on the way to the Olympus.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank ChristianCZurich
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