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Swiss Haven Restaurant
Ranked #50 of 158 Restaurants in Breckenridge
Cuisines: Swiss
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed August 5, 2014

One of the owners greeted us as we came in. We were tired from a day of hiking so were there for an early dinner. As is mentioned in other reviews, it is expensive. So rather than the dinner fondue we used an appetizer fondue as our meal and each got an appetizer. The bread served with the fondue seemed stale. I know it is supposed to be dry so it doesnt fall apart, but this bread was difficult to spear with the fondue fork. The wines are not cheap, but there is a good selection. We were stuffed from all the bread and cheese so did not save room for the chocolate fondue dessert. While it was not the best fondue I have ever had (hard to compete with Raclette in the Alps) I enjoyed it enough, and the service was great, so I would definitely go back again.

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Reviewed August 2, 2014

You are paying for the ability to eat fondue in a beautiful small mountain town.

We love fondue so decided to give Swiss Haven a try. After reading the reviews here, we knew it would be an expensive meal, but it really goes beyond that.

We had:

12oz bottle of Lambic ($12)
Two four oz glasses of white wine ($30)

pear walnut side salad ($10)
strawberry brie side salad ($10)
Appenzeller cheese fondue with bread ($29)
red delicious apple ($5)
mixed veggies ($9)
"rosti" potatoes ($9)
filet mignon ($15)
chicken ($10)

We joked that it was unfortunate that we are so hard to impress. Our waiter described the rosti potatoes eloquently, "finely shredded potatoes sautéed in olive oil and finished in the oven", once you see them though you realize you've just paid $9 for hash browns. The white wine was good but it's $15 per glass price tag was supported by statements of how rare it was and how you could never try it anywhere else. All of the wine is over priced so we figured why not, but I don't think I would've been missing out on anything had I had the $9 pinot grigio instead.

The cheese fondue tasted great, but it is kept over a high flame so it started boiling and burning very quickly. We usually see fondue as a slow, several hours long meal but the cheese was done in about 15 minutes. Our waiter then came and scraped the pot with a butter knife and told us that the remaining cheese had caramelized and would have a "different flavor profile". It was a nice way to say it had burnt.

We don't enjoy cooking our protein fondue style so we opted to ordered our protein cooked from the ala carte part of the menu. For filet mignon, $15 seems like a decent price. We ordered it medium rare, but what you get is the same diced meat that you would get for fondue and it's really hard to cook diced meat to any other temperature than well done.

We decided to skip the dessert fondue because there are so many other dessert options in town.

In the end our dinner for two, after tax and tip, totaled $180. This was a special dinner out for us so the cost wasn't the deciding factor, but just know that the value of the meal will really only be about half of what you actually pay.

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2  Thank Denglerfamilyfour
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Reviewed August 1, 2014

We go to Breckenridge 2 or 3 times a year and make a point of going for fondue. We almost never have it except here. The cheese fondue is great and we try and leave room for a chocolate fondue. The service is great and everyone friendly.

Thank Rod N
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

Simply divine fondue, particularly the cheese fondue. Wonderful service from Mark and the owner Alfonse. Couldn't have been happier with the service, the food and the atmosphere. Would definitely come here again.

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2  Thank pdolese
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Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

We celebrated my son's 14th birthday here and were completely satisfied. We needed a delicious restaurant that would be suitable for kids as young as 5, and that's just what we got! The waiter (Chris) was very helpful and efficient. The management/owners were friendly and accommodating. It made for a very enjoyable evening and a memorable birthday.

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1  Thank Drscampbell
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