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  • “We came over and after a wonderful plate of several goat cheeses, we indulged in a wonderful dinner of Wienerschnitzel of veal and Tagliata of Argentinean filet of beef with succulent vegetables.” in 4 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    28/10/2012

    What a wonderful restaurant.

    Superb food, great atmosphere and nice service - what more can you ask for?

    I usually come here to enjoy their business lunch menus, which come with either soup or salad and then usually three different main course choices, ranging from CHF 22 to 35. The daily menu can be found online at menu2.ch, so one can pick the perfect day to go.

    I thoroughly enjoyed their outdoor seating area right by the river in the summer, but moving inside for the colder months has been no letdown, since the stylish interior design of the place sets the mood for a great experience.

    Their Rindsfiletstreifen Stroganov is phenomenal; and so is their Hackbraten. 5 stars.

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/5/2014

    Not well known, but absolutely lovely roof terrace! Do not miss it on the sunny season!

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/7/2013
    1 check-in here

    The rooftop terrace is a hidden gem !!!!

    I didn't actually eat at the restaurant, I just had a drink with some friends at their rooftop terrace. It's kind of complicated to get there: get into the restaurant, walk to the back, take the elevator to the 5th floor (don't forget to get some candy from the guy at the counter), take some stairs up, and voila, you are hit by one of the most incredible views of Zurich !

    There is a tiny bar that serves wines and beers, and the place is big enough to hold groups of 5-6 people but small enough to make you feel almost at home (they have cool sofas).  The service was friendly and fast, but the only drawback is that they close early (around 12). Prices were OK, similar to any other bar in Zurich.

    Obviously, as it is a rooftop terrace, I would advise people to go there on a sunny evening :P

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/11/2012
    1 check-in here

    Stopped by for lunch... A beautiful interior and great place for a drink, be it coffee or booze.

    The food is haute niveau. Very good. I almost ordered the beef tartar until I saw the tagesmenü which included veal tartar, fries and a kohlrabi soup. This was my first tartar of veal. Normally, it wouldn't make much sense since veal is so mild but it was infused with truffle oil which made for a silky-rich delight and with crispy fries and a small salad to the side, it was awesome.

    A nice cocktail menu and a couple of decent local beers put it on my list of classy bars for an after work tipple.

    Service was unfriendly, but what else is new. It's a little pricey, but the food and drink made it justifiable.

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/7/2012

    I came here once with a buddy for some drinks after work.  It was pretty packed, and we were lucky to snag a table that was just being vacated.  I settled into a big, comfy chair to enjoy my glass of wine while checking out all the dark wood paneling in the interior of the room.  

    This place kind of reminds me of an old-fashioned smoking room or drawing room, or whatever you would call those places that men used to retreat to for a drink after dinner.  

    We sat next a large window, so it was nice to put my stuff on the ledge and watch all the people outside walking about the city while we relaxed with our drinks.

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/4/2012
    1 check-in here

    Superb restaurant in the outskirts of the medieval city of Zurich, within easy walking distance from the center of town and also a post-dinner walk or a short tram ride after indulging in some of the best Swiss food I've ever had anywhere.  Entering the restaurant, on the ground floor of the hotel that bears its name, there is an ambiance of distinction and class, amidst the paneled walls and wonderful staircase.  The service is without par, and the dinner selections are varied enough to satiate any palate.

    We came over and after a wonderful plate of several goat cheeses, we indulged in a wonderful dinner of Wienerschnitzel of veal and Tagliata of Argentinean filet of beef with succulent vegetables.  Washed it down with a wonderful Merlot.  We were more than full to have dessert, but had just enough space for an amazing espresso.  

    Helvetia is one of the "must see" places to dine in Zurich.  Loved it!

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/5/2012
    3 check-ins here

    Absolutely love both the hotel and the restaurant.  The booking via Expedia was a little unclear, I thought I was getting the "big" room and ended up getting the attic apartment (which was awesome) at a big discount over the posted rates.  Next time I would phone them to confirm what I was getting.

    The hotel is beautiful and cool with lots of thoughtful touches.

    Dinner in the restaurant was amazing.  Make a reservation even if you are staying there, we barely got in.  The costs are very high, but everything really thrilled us so it felt like a worthwhile splurge.  I stuck with local Swiss wines and took recommendations for pairings, that was a good choice.  I guess most Swiss wine is consumed in country so discovering them with my meal was a really great treat.

    We had the house cured salmon with salad, the suckling pig special with home made gnocci (the best thing I've eaten in a year), and the scallops pasta special.

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/3/2013

    Intimate, elegant restaurant with delicious Swiss specialties served by attentive waiters. My daughter and I dined here and enjoyed what the Swiss call "Zurigeschnetzlets" (spelling?) which includes veal, veal kidneys and mushrooms in a creamy sauce accompanied by their version of hash browned potatoes but a version about four times better than American hash browns.

  • 3.0 star rating
    30/12/2012

    We have been in Zurich for a week and wanted some great traditional Swiss food so we followed the Yelp trail to Helvetia.  Kathi had wienerschnitzel 42fr and I had the veal "Zurich style" 44fr and both were excellent.  The restaurant was nearly emply when we arrived at 7pm and was completely packed by the time that we left at 9pm.

    However, the service was indifferent at best and the prices were more consistent with fine dining.

    FYI, there is wonderful access to multiple tram routes if you want to use public transit.

  • 4.0 star rating
    26/7/2012

    I've been here twice, not too recently though but I'm pretty sure the quality wouldn't have decreased! It's a great restaurant with a menu that I really appreciate, simple, not too many choices but fresh and there's always something on it I want to try. They do a great goat's cheese salad (chevre chaud) - the honey on the crispy toasts on which the cheese is served makes all the difference! I've heard the meatloaf here is great too and I remember having some really nice steamed mussels here once too. The atmosphere is casual (for Zurich) and the decor and building itself are really nice (dark brown woods, interesting outlay etc.) - all in all a really nice place for a relaxed but good quality dinner with friends!

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