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Review of Haus Hiltl

Haus Hiltl
Ranked #12 of 1,918 Restaurants in Zurich
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $41
Cuisines: Indian, Swiss, European, Mediterranean, Asian, Thai, Middle Eastern, Central European
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Kids, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: According to "Guinness World Records" Hiltl is the first vegetarian restaurant in the world. The company was founded in 1898 by Ambrosius Hiltl and is now run by the fourth generation of the Hiltl family. It offers around 500 dishes and includes, in addition to the a la carte restaurant and Hiltl buffet, self-service and takeaway, a bar-lounge, a club, a cooking studio and a shop...
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Must See”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

A Zurich tradition that must be experienced. Great choice of vegetarian, and the buffet presents tremendous variety. Not a "gourmet" experience, but very solid and presentation is always good. Service is excellent, especially for a place that is always busy.

Visited September 2012
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Hiltl_GuestRelations, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Haus Hiltl, responded to this review, March 23, 2016
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Zurich, Switzerland
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Oldest Vegetarian Institute in Europe”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

I second Dan B's review about Hiltl. I have been a big fan of Hiltl for many years since many of my friends and family memebers are vegetarians. This time around I was however disappointed.

<Buffet>
The variety of vegetarian food you can choose from at Hiltl is a paradise for vegetarians who don't normally have so much choices on menu. However, I thought the food became generally oily and tasteless. Most light-weight food such as salad and bread are hidden above the counter, because your food is priced by its weight. As a result, the salad became soggy and warm by sitting over the hot food counter for a long time.

<Service>
From the reception to the wait staff at our table I was treated as if I was an unwelcomed guest. We were told that our table was not ready yet, so we waited outside. We were not called in for a long time, so we had to go inside again to remind the host that we are still waiting. Our wait staff was professional but without friendliness. We could not get her attention for a while, so we went to ask for the menu. When she saw us with the menu, she said we should have asked her instead of being helpful with our orders.

<Business>
Hiltl has branched out its business from Swiss in-flight food, Tibits (restaurants) to catering. For such an old institution they grew as one of the most successul companies in the business.

  • Visited September 2012
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Hiltl_GuestRelations, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Haus Hiltl, responded to this review, March 23, 2016
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
“Amazing”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

Amazing vegetarian restaurant--stylish, delicious, wonderful creativity and variety. Not like any other vegetarian restaurant we've ever seen. Don't miss the buffet!

Visited October 2012
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Rolf H, Inhaber at Haus Hiltl, responded to this review, November 18, 2012
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Richmond, Virginia
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“oldest veggie restaurant in Europe”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

Founded in 1898 and still hip. There's an amazing buffet of incredible food (some of it you would swear was meat). You can serve yourself and eat outside (or in the lounge) and save some money (more expensive for the same food in the waiter area). We ate dinner there twice in 3 days.

Visited October 2012
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Rolf H, Inhaber at Haus Hiltl, responded to this review, November 18, 2012
Thank you for your review.
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Niagara Falls, New York
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41 reviews
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“Not what is used to be”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

I have been going to this restaurant for years and my last trip was a big disappointment. The food at the buffet was cool, not warm and it basically all tasted the same. We sat upstairs for service, and the staff all seem to have an attitude that they are doing you a favor by waiting on you. I was with three friends who all have been visiting this restaurant for over 20 years and we all felt the same.

Visited October 2012
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Thank Dan B
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Hiltl_GuestRelations, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Haus Hiltl, responded to this review, April 14, 2016
We are very sorry, that this trip has been a big disappointment.

We really hope that you gave us another chance since then, as we really can do it better.

Sincerely,
your Hiltl-Team
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