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Meal prices

Camborne, United...
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Meal prices

Going next week. What might we expect to pay for 3 course meal for 2 with a bottle of wine? Nowhere super posh, the sort of place you could go into wearing smart casual wear.

Canton of Valais...
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for Switzerland
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1. Re: Meal prices

In a pizzeria - about 60-70frs depending on what you order. This includes tax and service. (Service is included in ALL restaurant and bar prices here - we only tip if we get really good service and then only a franc or two).

In a nice but not "over the top" restaurant - up to 150frs.

For wine - we have excellent Swiss wines for you to try. And you can buy all wine by the "déci" or 1/10th of a litre measure. So if you want a glass of white with the starter, then red with the main - no problem. It is also a great way of trying various wines. Just ask for the open wines (usually they are listed on the wine menu).

As for dress - these days in Switzerland you can go just about anywhere in smart casual wear...

London
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for Verbier
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352 reviews
2. Re: Meal prices

I think you would struggle to get a meal for 2 with a bottle of wine for chf60-70 in a pizzeria. I think H meant each? Chf150 would be the expensive end of 3 courses on the same basis (ie each).

Canton of Schwyz...
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for Lucerne, Zug, Brunnen
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3. Re: Meal prices

Hi CMSKernow

I agree with Hambagahle. The Prices she indicates are pretty usual in Lucerne. Maybe with the wine it could be a little bit more if you want a bottle.

There are also budget restaurants everywhere in the old town which offer good food but some of them do not offer alcoholic drinks.

pore

London
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4. Re: Meal prices

I think that three courses and a bottle of wine for CHF30-35 per head is challenging even at Manor. And the OP is asking to a proper restaurant not a cheap cafe.

Canton of Valais...
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for Switzerland
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5. Re: Meal prices

I think we are all right -- My husband and I eat in our local pizzeria from time to time. We order 3 or 5 dl of wine (so not quite an entire bottle) and a carafe of water. Here in the Suisse Romande restaurants do not ask us to pay for the tap water... And our bill is generally around 60-70frs. Salad, pasta, dessert, coffee, wine, water.

With a bottle of local wine (and we all know the Valais has the best in the country!) it would be maybe 90-100frs.

A LOT depends on where the restaurant is. In Geneva or Zürich or in Crans, St Moritz or Verbier - more expensive. Small "provincial" town like ours - cheaper. For one, rents are less.. so overheads are less. And there is a year round clientèle.

Edited: 30 June 2015, 13:14
Germany
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6. Re: Meal prices

Unfortunately tourists use to go to touristy places, not the "provincial" towns. And replace the pasta with meat, and you're pretty soon at JT14's prices.

I found the half-board option in hotels where I stay to be a good deal. It's often just 30 CHF or so surcharge (varies, of course), and you get a 3-course, sometimes 4-course dinner (mostly with choices, including salad buffet). Tap water pitcher almost always free if you order wine also. For lunch I tend to go either with self-made sandwich (with cheese, salami or so), have a barley soup in a mountain hut or watch out for special lunch offers.

Canton of Valais...
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7. Re: Meal prices

Half Board in your hotel is very good advice if you want to save money. Almost all hotels 3 star and above offer it.

Camborne, United...
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8. Re: Meal prices

Thanks for all replies. So you wouldn't recommend buying wine by the bottle?

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9. Re: Meal prices

If you want a bottle, you will have a wider choice. But many places will have 5-6 wines "in Offenschrank" meaning they can be purchased pro rate in multiples 100ml measures (1deci = 100ml). So you can buy exactly how much you want, top up, mix red and white etc without paying a premium.

Canton of Valais...
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10. Re: Meal prices

Depends how much you want to drink and how much you prefer to have a white wine with a starter and red with a main or whatever... The system of "décis" allows total flexibility. AND allows you to taste our wines. Suppose there are two of you dining - one orders one déci of one red, the other a déci of another red. You swop glasses and try the different wines...