A vegetarian place that has existed for 100 years must be good. Hiltl does not disappoint. I have been a regular at Hiltl for many years and quality has only increased. The restaurant has grown and offers many different options: You can order from the menu, or you can get instant gratification at the very extensive two-story buffet. I prefer the latter, simply because I love salads and the variety is intoxicating.
Hiltl offers vegetarian food only. If you have dietary restrictions, every meal has labels that describes the key ingredients and contents. As such, it is a safe eat for many. Multiple dished have a slight indian touch. Desserts are excellent, especially the traditional Cremeschnitte and the mousse au chocolat.
The food is always excellent and fresh (likely due to the large turnaround). The drinks offered are amazing. I recommend highly the iced teas and lemonades, as well as the fruit juices.
Reserve a table ahead of time because the place can be very busy, especially in the evening and on weekends. The online reservation system is very efficient and easy to use. Note that after 10PM the place turns into a dance club.
My only gripe lies with the service: While some servers are very attentive, others suck big time. I guess this is also a reason why I prefer the buffet, because no direct staff interaction is necessary. As someone who eats there 2 - 3 times per week when in Zurich, I think I have had a fair sampling. It amazes me that such a successful place does not spend a little more in staff training. However, when the management is informed, they always make up for it.
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