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Rheinfelder-Bierhaus
Ranked #546 of 1,972 Restaurants in Zurich
Price range: US$10 - US$24
Cuisines: Swiss
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Old Town
Reviewed 24 March 2014

I visited again together with my daughter, and we are satisfied that the quality of the traditional Swiss dishes has remained the same if not a tad improved, what definitely has changed with Beffa Gastro - the new owners - is service quality, their waitresses and waiters now manage to bid guests welcome and are rather swift in order taking and react if a guest wants to settle the bill. Credit cards are now accepted, so overall an improvement, prices have slightly augmented - this is mostly due to new contractual conditions and improved salaries for staff. There are some 1 point reviews, one of the reviewers complaining that he/she had only - sic! - to wait 10 Minutes for his/hers food therefore assuming it must be convenience, any cook will agree with me that good miss en place is half the cooking and convenience food, if it's used which I doubt, in Switzerland is of excellent quality especially frozen veggies and fruit. So if you have seen the kitchen from the inside or are a star cook yourself, you might judge so harshly, otherwise be fair!

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Thank RudolfTheSwiss
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

Very run down place, definitely not "shabby chic", as it is just worn, obviously lacking funds to refurbish.
While pulling the Swiss traditional card for dishes, quality is inferior, most food probably comes straight out of the bag/box of a convenience supplier (how otherwise could an order-to-serve time of less than 10 minutes be explained?) and taste is non-existent. Just calories, no joy. If you want to eat traditional Swiss, there are many other options in the smaller streets near by, but do skip this one. Side note: worst espresso for years! I guess a regular coffee was split into multiple small cups, so waiter could make some money into his pocket.
Zurich has so many nice restaurants in the same price range, and this is probably one of the worst to be.

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Thank aferret
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

This place is just so nice, and typical Zurich, it is called by everyone the Bloody Thumb rather than the Rheinfelder-Bierhus and it such a local place and famous for their liver and it was the best I have had in years, Delicious, and decently priced if you can say that in Zurich.

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Thank AnnCederhall
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Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

Considering how expensive Zurich is, this is one of the rare places you can find good Swiss food at a comparatively more reasonable price (around Fr 20 plus for a main).

The place is small and cosy and there is an English menu. We ordered veal in mushroom cream sauce with rosti and pork cordon bleu with pasta. I prefer the veal. The pork cordon bleu was good too but the pasta was so-so. The portions were huge and we had difficulty finishing our food.

Definitely a place to go if you are budget conscious and yet want to try some Swiss dishes!

Thank adoncia
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

We arrived Zurich late in the evening after 3 days of intensive hiking in the Jungfrau region. Even though we were both tired and hungry, we still wanted to find a restaurant where we would enjoy. It's was Friday night, everywhere was reasonably full but this place was packed both indoor and outdoor tables, with some people still waiting. An implication for good business :) After waiting for a few minutes, the curt-mannered madam waitress pointed us to an 8-person table which had 2 vacant spots in the middle. While we were a bit awkward to squeeze our way in, it turned out to be the most fun dinning experience we had in our trip! Our fellow diners (a local Swiss couple and 4 foreign students) were so helpful in cheering for my husband when he got a chair, getting us the English menu and recommending dishes. We had great conversations and enjoyed the lighthearted communal atmosphere very much.

Rheinfelder-Bierhaus, as informed by the local couple, is famous for their meat dishes, especially the Schnitzel Cordon Bleu (as others have reviewed), and infamous for their service (understandably as only 2 madam waitresses serving dozens of customers in the outdoor area). I had the traditional schnitzel (not dry nor greasy) with salad, and my husband had the pork hock (juicy and fatty!) which was to his satisfaction, and the "disapproval" wow's from our fellow diners (some of them had not seen pork with skin, let alone someone ate the skin) to his further delight (LOL). We returned for dinner the next evening. We had the schnitzel cordon bleu and pork chop with garlic butter sauce (as the very gentlemanly waiter recommended it would be better with my salad, the black pepper sauce is better with french fries). Good honest food, happy experience!

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Thank CwaPE
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