12 Best Restaurants in Berner Oberland, Switzerland


$$$ Fodor's choice

Amid slatted wood partitions modeled after those found in Kyoto temples, you can dine on an appealing mix of traditional Japanese dishes including tuna tataki, modern interpretations such as fried scallops with potato, miso puree, and truffle, and a tempting selection of sushi and sashimi. Enjoy your meal even more with a sake selected from one of the largest sake lists in Switzerland.

Alpinastr. 23, Gstaad, 3780, Switzerland
Known For
  • seven-course omakase tasting menu
  • beef wagyu grilled on a lava stone
  • exceptional service for exceptional prices
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., mid-Mar.–early June, and Oct.–mid-Dec.

Restaurant Bären

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In the late 1600s, postal workers traveling the Oberland needed a place to eat and swap horses, and they found what they needed in this lumbering wood chalet, one of the oldest buildings in the area. Today the Amacher family taps into its 10 generations of experience running the place to serve outstanding Swiss specialties: Don't miss what could arguably be the country's best Suure Mocke, a tangy braised-meat dish that's marinated in wine and vinegar for two weeks, or opt for one of their traditional fondues, Röstis, or Swiss meat dishes. More than half the guests are locals who gather among the thick, lumpy walls of plastered river rock to sample about 30 wines, many of which are Swiss. Yummy desserts like apple pies and meringues are hard to pass up.

Restaurant Glacier

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The inviting restaurant inside Boutique Hotel Glacier has prime views of the Eiger mountain and puts a contemporary twist on seasonal and local ingredients. Choose from a three-, five-, or seven-course fish, meat, or vegan menu, with beautifully presented dishes using Alpine sturgeon, veal, Grindelwald honey, elderflower, and other regional products. Wine, a passion of the hotel’s owner, is a huge part of the experience, with more than 150 wines—many organic and biodynamic—available by the glass; pair wines or juices with your tasting menu for a memorably delicious experience.

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This carved-wood-and-shingle 17th-century landmark attracts both locals and travelers with its two restaurants: The Bistro serves old-style Swiss cuisine—try the Felchen (a kind of whitefish) from nearby Lake Brienz or the Wiener schnitzel—while the Gourmetstübli, a showcase for chef Richard Stöckli's renowned international fare, features four- to seven-course menus that may include fish and mussels in a saffron-pepper sauce or an Alp cheese ravioli with brown butter foam. The established wine cellar offers Swiss and international wines; should you have a few too many glasses, there is always the option of staying over, as the Alpenblick is also a hotel, with rooms spread over two chalets. The place is in Wilderswil, 2 km (1 mile) south of Interlaken.

Oberdorfstr. 8, Wilderswil, 3812, Switzerland
Known For
  • award-winning gourmet cuisine
  • less expensive bistro fare
  • local favorite
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Gourmetstübli: Closed Sun.–Thurs. No lunch. Bistro: No lunch. Both closed mid-Nov.–mid-Dec.

Grand Café Restaurant Schuh


With a luxurious shady terrace spilling into the Höhematte in summer and mellow piano sounds enhancing the classically elegant interior, this café-restaurant serves rich, hot Swiss meals (as well as some Chinese and Thai dishes). The recipes may date all the way back to 1818, but most of the dishes are freshly made in-house on a daily basis; leave room for the chocolate specialties and pastries, like the glossy strawberry tarts, which you'll also find in the adjoining shop.

Hotel Restaurant Seegarten Marina


Choose between a marble-columned pizzeria in one wing, a Swiss-focused restaurant in another, and a terrace that stretches comfortably along the waterfront where you can enjoy food from both. The lake fish specialties are solid, but there is also a nice range of steaks, pastas, and salads, plus a children's menu.



Established in 1875, this old-world spot offers a well-balanced mix of tradition and modern comfort, with both a formal restaurant and the more laidback Chässtübli. Traditional Swiss cuisine emphasizes seasonal game and vegetable dishes, as well as a lengthy menu of fondue and Rösti (hash brown) creations. The Chässtübli's sunny front porch overlooks the street and is great for people-watching. Head inside for the restaurant's dining room, opening onto the main promenade.

Bahnhofstr. 4, Interlaken, 3800, Switzerland
Known For
  • cheese fondue and Rösti
  • large, sunny terrace
  • proximity to the train station



In an airy dining room modernized with contemporary art, Chef Francesco De Bartolomeis prepares sophisticated Swiss cuisine with a twist, such as cheese and onion tart with raspberries and côte de veau cooked in hay from Gstaad, available as part of a four- or six-course menu or à la carte. The dishes change once a season, with many ingredients sourced from local producers, and can be paired with a fine selection of international wines (with plenty of Swiss choices, too).

Untergstaadstr. 17, Gstaad, 3780, Switzerland
Known For
  • seasonally focused dishes
  • superlative service, as befitting a grand hotel
  • fresh-made apple tart with double cream from Gruyères (order early as it takes 35 minutes to prepare)

Onkel Tom's Hütte


Set in a rustic A-frame cabin on the main drag, this tiny pizza parlor is as cozy as they come. Rough-hewn floors accommodate ski boots, and a smattering of wooden tables share space with a huge iron cookstove where the owner produces fresh pizzas in three sizes (the smallest of which is more than enough for most people). In warmer weather you can sit in an attractive garden with mountain views. Its popularity outstrips its size, so enjoy the delicious smells while you wait.

Dorfstr. 194, Grindelwald, 3818, Switzerland
Known For
  • 400 kinds of wine
  • besides pizza, generous salads
  • popularity with hikers
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed. and Thurs.

Piz Gloria


See all the famed Berner Oberland peaks as you dine on a 007 burger or James Bond spaghetti at this revolving restaurant atop the Schilthorn, which makes a full rotation in 45 minutes. The food is better than it has to be, and most opt for the substantial James Bond brunch buffet, with a large selection of everything from pancakes to soups, served daily till 2 pm; otherwise, choose from a salad or soup buffet, cheese or meat platters, and eclectic dishes ranging from Swiss Rösti and pork schnitzel to hearty pastas.



At this carved-wood chalet dating from 1787, you can sit out on the flower-lined terrace and choose from many interpretations of Lake Brienz whitefish and perch. The menu also has a range of veal classics. If you want to linger, there are nine modern guest rooms, all with a bright and cheery feel.

The Aarburg Hotel & Café


This charming retro-style eatery, part of the bed-and-breakfast of the same name, serves up eggs, smoothie bowls, and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch at a lovely location along the Aare River. You can also swing by for cake and coffee, or order wine or local craft beer with snacks throughout the day.

Beatenbergstr. 1, Unterseen, 3800, Switzerland
Known For
  • lovely terrace overlooking the river
  • perhaps the best coffee in town
  • cheerful servers happy to offer travel recommendations
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Thurs. and Fri.