Switzerland Restaurant Reviews: Zurich

While walking along the narrow streets of Zurich’s enchanting Old Town, we were surrounded by buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. We had a chance to experience the Restuarant Oepfelchammer, or just called “oeli” (meaning apples), built in 1356. Oeli has been known as the oldest and most authentically preserved tavern in Zurich. Each room was different. The newer wood-paneled dining room (1901) was decorated with antiques and a wall of cut glass windows. The restaurant had been operated by the same family for 50 years. Karen Henneer was the third generation owner for 6 years, her parents 15 years, and grandparents were the original proprietors.

Once a meeting place for writers and poets, Oeli had Old World appeal. My favorite room was the original beer hall (1356) with its large wooden log beams hanging from the ceiling. Throughout the years, people wrote their names on the wall. Upstairs is a charming banquet room (1801) for parties and meetings. It was truly dining in this beautiful setting.

The menu offers choices of rabbit with Madera sauce, glazed poulard with thyme-port wine sauce, pork steak Gottfried Keller with cream of mushrooms sauce, veal liver, saut©ed scallops, pasta, home- made meatloaf, filet of beef, beefsteak tartar, veal “Zurich style,” fish, and other Swiss favorites. Named as “One of the 10 Best by the City Guide, this is the restaurant to savor truly Swiss cuisine.

Vegetarian: SF 30; Main dishes: SF 35-44; Classic: SF 38-41; Feast: SF 39-42;

The Chef would be pleased to prepare a surprise menu with 6 choices: SF 112;

(SF- Swiss Francs)

Since Zurich’s Old Town is divided in half by the River Limmat, visitors have to find the Limmatquai side. The Restaurant Oepfelchammer is open 11 am-midnight, Tuesday- Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday.