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Dining Along the Rhein: Try these 8 Restaurants Along Switzerland’s Longest River

So you know where to have brunch along the Rhein, but what lunch and dinner along Switzerland’s longest river? 

This month, I continue our Rhein dining series and take you to some beautiful spots along the rivers pathway through Switzerland. If you are looking for a spot where you can get yourself a delicious meal, with (mostly) a great view of the Rhein, then these are the places for you!

We begin our journey, with contributions from some foodie friends, this time between the mountains in the Kanton of Graubünden. The birthplace of this famous river in the small town of Fürstenau.  

8 Restaurants Along the Rhein

Restaurant Schauenstein & Casa Caminada, Fürstenau

 

On the Schloss Schauenstein estate, the home of Swiss star chef Andreas Caminada, you will find an amazing set of restaurants worthy of any Foodie’s Switzerland bucket list. 

Although Schauenstein CastleCasa Caminada and the newly opened vegetarian restaurant Oz, don’t offer specific Rhein views others on this list provide, they are technically still along the Rhein so had to be added thanks to their well regarded for their dining experiences! After all, Schloss Schauenstein has 3 Michelin stars and 19 Gault Millau points, and Casa Caminada 14 Gault Millau points. 

Restaurant Conn, Flims Graubünden – Recommended by Kristin Reinhard

 

Set just back from the Rhein viewing platform “Il Spir” near Flims, with its views over the Upper Rhein Gorge known as the “Swiss Grand Canyon” you will find Restaurant Conn. 

With mostly outdoor seating, this is a great place to visit after a summer hike, or before a cool down in the nearby Caumasee. (For more ideas to do in Flims, read here). Serving modern Graubünden cuisine, my favourite is the dried pear ravioli. I highly recommend reserving a table for a long lunch. 

Fischerhaus

 

Located right on the Bodensee (Lake of Constance), Fischerhaus makes the list on a technicality, since the Rhein flows in and out of this giant lake. Plus its setting can’t be beat, right next to a great camping spot and badi. 

The restaurant offers both a beer garden and more formal service, we opted for the former,  enjoying a well sized portion lunch of caesar wraps, fried fish and glass jars full of seasonal salads, whilst enjoying the spring sun. 

There is some onsite parking or more metered options just up the road. But as it is located on the bike trail around the Bodensee, why not turn your visit into a bike tour. 

Gasthaus Schupfen

 

I visited Gasthaus Schupfen way back in 2014 for a wedding reception. It was my first time visiting the region and I remember being in awe of the beauty of the river and of the grounds. 

To be honest, I do not remember much about the food I ate that night. But judging from the crowds of people, in both cars and on bikes I see parked here when passing on my way to Stein am Rhein, I can only assume that the food matches the location in quality!

I would certainly recommend this place, if you are on the hunt for a nice restaurant, in a great location for a special function or event. It is accessible by car or bicycle. 

Paradies

Located off the main road between Flurlingen and Diessenhofen, you will find restaurant Paradies with its great garden dining area. Should you happen to be there for a workday lunch, they have a special “Workday’s Lunch” menu. Which offers five different choices each week, including amazing Fitnesstellers (Salads with a side of meat) and all meals come with a side salad and a soup option. 

While prices are fairly typical for Swiss restaurants, what surprised us was the portion sizes.  They were very generous and we were certainly full after just a main dish. 

Open Wednesday and Sunday from 11am, there is plenty of metered car parking available. The restaurant is also one of the stops for the ferry heading along the Rhein in the area. You can take the ferry from either Schaffhausen or Diessenhofen and get off at the Schlatt Paradies stop.

Restaurant Park Rheinfall

 

This is the restaurant we return to time and time again with our out-of-town visitors to whenever we visit the Rheinfall thanks to its beautiful view of Switzerland’s biggest waterfall. 

Restaurant Park Rheinfall is one of  four eating options available on the Schaffhausen side of the Rheinfall, serving pinsas and pasta dishes. And although it does get busy, we’ve always managed to find a spot without booking in advance. But if you are taking a large group, it always pays to book ahead. 

They are also very family friendly, with many highchairs and also small colouring in pages and pencils for the children. 

Klostergarten 

Snuggled in on an oxbow section of the Rhein you will find the small town of Rheinau. The only bordering section of Kanton Zurich with German border access. It is here, tucked away, you will find a beautiful Kloster (Monastery) and its atmospheric Klostergarten restaurant.  

While overlooking the Rhein, we (my husband and I on a rare date night) enjoyed a nice three course dinner of ribs and Mönchpastete (Monk’s pie) filled with a wild mushroom ragout, including a few drinks (beers from another monastery and a glass of the Klostergraten’s own red wine) for just over 100 CHF, which we thought was very reasonable for the location and food!  

The restaurant is open Thursday through to Monday from 11:30 (10:00 on Sundays) until 21:00 and parking is available before the monastery entrance. Whilst there, why not stop by the Hofladen and the Staatskellerei Zürich

Restaurant Tössegg 

(Stacy Streuli of @swisseats)

 

Perched high above where the rivers Töss and Rhein meet, Restaurant Tössegg is a great spot to take in the views while enjoying fish and chips or a schnitzel. There is a large outdoor serviced patio, a self-serve beer garden, as well as swings and a sandbox for the children. 

The restaurant is open daily from 10-18, and serves warm food from 11am. The restaurant is easy to reach by car, bike, or even boat! The river ferry runs between several towns along the Rhein and is a lovely activity for the family. 

Adjacent to the restaurant are several nice walking and biking trails, including the “Biberlipfad” or beaver trail, as well as the ruins from a Roman watchtower.

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