6 Best Restaurants in Luzern and Central Switzerland, Switzerland

Old Swiss House

$$$ Fodor's choice

This popular establishment has been feeding travelers since 1931 in what was originally built as a farmhouse in 1858, now containing a beautifully contrived collection of 17th-century antiques, leaded glass, and an old-world style—everything pleasantly burnished by more than 90 years of service. The standing menu includes specialties from around the country: cubed fillet of beef in a green-pepper mustard sauce, pike perch with ratatouille, and chocolate mousse. In warm weather you can enjoy your meal in the outdoor seating area, which spills out onto the pedestrian-only zone.

Löwenpl. 4, Luzern, 6004, Switzerland
Known For
  • more than 30,000 bottles of wine in stock
  • plush and elegant atmosphere
  • kitchen that's open all day
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. in Jan. and Feb.; closed Mon., Mar.--Dec.

Bellini Locanda Ticinese


This sleek restaurant brings a taste of Ticino to Luzern's New Town with hearty and reasonably priced Swiss-Italian dishes like spinach gnocchi, sausage with polenta, and all sorts of pizzas. In addition to beautiful mosaic tiles and a crackling fireplace, the dining room features the work of young local artists, and the lounge hosts live piano music some evenings. From April to October, the restaurant sets up camp in a leafy park across the street.

Murbacherstr. 4, Luzern, 6002, Switzerland
Known For
  • romantic atmosphere in the evenings
  • Sunday brunch, including a glass of Spumante, for SF52
  • summer patio well sheltered from traffic

Brasserie Bodu


A touch of Paris in the heart of Luzern—advertising posters from the 1920s and 1930s, simple wooden tables, and a green-and-yellow-checkered floor—is the setting for sumptuous dishes based on fresh market ingredients. Steamed sea bass or rack of lamb are typical offerings. The darker, barlike entrance leads to the bright main room with a terrace overlooking the river.

Kornmarkt 5, Luzern, 6004, Switzerland
Known For
  • full menu all day
  • riverside terrace and balcony seating
  • separate dining room/bar for smokers

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One of the architectural focal points of the Old Town waterfront, this floridly decorated guild house provides an authentic medieval setting in which to sample reasonably priced local fare (the guild's origins can be traced to 1341). Lake fish or pastetli (meat pies with puff pastry) are worthy local options. The interior is woody and publike; in summer the small first-floor balcony or the airy cobblestone riverside arcade provides one of the best seats in town.


$$ | Old Town

Formerly a 16th-century tavern, this lively brasserie is a favorite meeting place for Luzern's art and media crowd, humming with locals lunching by the bar, while the more formal old-style restaurant glows with wood and brass under a low-beamed parquetry ceiling. Fresh market ingredients are combined to create modern, international fare, including chicken simmered in white wine, rabbit stew, and classic garlic snails. There is ample outside seating when it's warm, including a small garden.

Wirtshaus Galliker


Step past the ancient facade and into a room roaring with local action, where brisk waiters deliver the dishes that Mutti (Mom) used to make: fresh Kutteln (tripe) in rich white-wine sauce with cumin seeds; real Kalbs-kopf (chopped fresh veal head) served with heaps of green onions and warm vinaigrette; and authentic Luzerner Kügelipaschtetli (puff-pastry nests filled with finely ground beef, savory herbs, and cream sauce). Occasional experiments in a modern mode—such as steak with wasabi sauce—prove that Peter Galliker's kitchen is no museum. Desserts may include raspberries with peppermint ice cream.

Schützenstr. 1, Luzern, 6003, Switzerland
Known For
  • being a Luzern institution
  • simple, authentic atmosphere
  • its specialty, pot-au-feu
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.