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Restaurants in Bern

The restaurants below have been grouped into four different pricing categories:
Expensive (over CHF90)
Moderate (CHF70 to CHF90)
Cheap (up to CHF 70)
These prices are for a three-course meal for one and include tax, service and half a bottle of house wine or equivalent.


 

Expensive

Jack's Brasserie

Cuisine: French

Part of the Schweizerhof Bern hotel, the bistro-style Jack's Brasserie offers a busy, cosmopolitan atmosphere that manages to be relaxed at the same time. The food is consistently top quality. Menus change seasonally and are French-influenced, although house classics include the Wiener schnitzel.

Address: , Bahnhofplatz 11, Bern, 3001
Telephone: +41 31 326 8080
Website: http://www.schweizerhof-bern.ch/en/restaurants-bars/detail/id/2266/jack-s-brasserie

Mille Sens

Cuisine: European/Asian fusion

Garlanded by critics and regularly found near the top of best-in-Bern lists, this fine dining restaurant plays with deft combinations of European and Asian flavours. Its wine list is similarly impressive.

Address: , Spitalgasse 38, Bern, 3011
Telephone: +41 31 329 2929
Website: http://www.millesens.ch

Restaurant Essort

Cuisine: Swiss, Italian and French

Recommended in the Michelin guide and set in the former US embassy, this is a classy restaurant with a good understanding of fine food. Produce is largely seasonal, and there are always strong vegetarian options.

Address: , Jubiläumsstrasse 97, Bern, 3005
Telephone: +41 31 368 1111
Website: http://www.essort.ch

Moderate

Klötzlikeller

Cuisine: Swiss, Italian and French

Allegedly the oldest tavern in Bern, the Klötzlikeller is now a restaurant serving traditional market-fresh dishes with modern influences. The Klötzlikeller also has a wine cellar and wine bar.

Address: , Gerechtigkeitsgasse 62, Bern, 3011
Telephone: +41 31 311 7456
Website: http://www.kloetzlikeller.ch

Kornhauskeller

Cuisine: Mediterranean, Swiss and Bernese

Housed in the basement of a church-like, former granary building, with lofty vaulted ceilings and wall frescoes, this atmospheric candlelit restaurant draws the local smart set for excellent Mediterranean cuisine. Reservations are recommended.

Address: , Kornhausplatz 18, Bern, 3011
Telephone: +41 31 327 7272
Website: http://www.bindella.ch/de/kornhauskeller.html

Schwellenmätteli

Cuisine: Bernese

This is a trendy restaurant, bar and lounge complex on the bank of the River Aare, with two restaurants, an events space and, over winter, a fondue hut. The Restaurant Terrasse is a popular venue for summer dining. The cuisine is mainly a blend of local and Mediterranean elements.

Address: , Dalmaziquai 11, Bern, 3005
Telephone: + 41 31 350 5001
Website: http://www.schwellenmaetteli.ch

Cheap

Altes Tramdepot Brauerei

Cuisine: Bernese

Altes Tramdepot Brauerei has an excellent location by Bern's BearPark and attracts quite a lot of tourists. The restaurant offers great views of the Old Town from its terrace, and it gives guests the chance to see both the in-house brewery in action and the chefs at work in the open kitchen. The food itself is well priced.

Address: , Grosser Muristalden 6, Bern, 3006
Telephone: +41 31 368 1415
Website: http://www.altestramdepot.ch

Tibits

Cuisine: Vegetarian

One of two Tibits restaurants in Bern (the other is at the central train station), its vegetarian focus will be familiar to anyone who’s eaten at a Tibits elsewhere in the country. It’s a self-service buffet arrangement, with dishes priced per kilo.

Address: , Gurtengasse 3, Bern, 3011
Telephone: +41 31 313 0222
Website: http://www.tibits.ch/en/

Treff

Cuisine: Italian/Asian

Reopened in 2016, this no-nonsense café-restaurant serves up a decent variety of dishes ranging from sushi and salads to tapas and soups. There’s a wide choice of pizzas too. It doesn’t push too many culinary boundaries, but that’s not the point.

Address: , Gerechtigkeitsgasse 12, Bern, 3011
Telephone: +41 31 313 0285
Website: http://www.treffbern.ch

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This friendly 2-star bed and breakfast hotel boasts a central yet quiet location at the heart of old Bern, near the BearPark, the river and the clock tower. The 12 simple rooms are basic but comfortable. There is also a popular café bar and summer pavement terrace.

Hotel National Bern

Hotel National Bern is a family-run hotel built in 1908 and continues to offer bags of character, from its exposed room beams to its original fin-de-siècle lift. The location’s good too, with the central train station just five minutes away. There’s a free welcome drink and 10% discount voucher for the restaurant for all weekday guests.

Hotel Continental

The Continental is an Oslo institution that has been run by the same family for four generations and is more than a century old. Situated in the heart of Oslo, next to the National Theatre, the hotel is known both for outstanding service and restaurants as well as its links with the Oslo arts scene.

Unique Hotel Innere Enge Bern

Located in a park overlooking central Bern, this luxury hotel oozes personality and style. Home to one of the country's best jazz clubs, Marians Jazzroom, it also has two excellent restaurants. All 26 rooms are individually decorated (some with a jazz theme) and each has Wi-Fi access. The hotel also has conference rooms.

Hotel Schweizerhof

Boasting more than 150 years of history – not to mention a guest book that features the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly – the high-end Hotel Schweizerhof remains one of Bern's go-to luxury properties. It benefited from a two-year renovation in 2009. As well as some great restaurants and bars, it also has a spa, cigar lounge and conference rooms.

Best Western Hotelbern

A solid bet for a mid-range stay, with an Old Town location five minutes' walk from the train station. Its impressive art nouveau exterior hides a more modern interior, and there's a good restaurant on site – the Volkshaus 1914. The property sits adjacent to the medieval Zytglogge Tower.