Beyond doubt the Dolder is a true landmark in Zurich and boasts a fantastic view of Zurich and its beautiful lake. The recent transformation of its former Garden Restaurant to the new Saltz Restaurant has been a long awaited success. The splendid scenic view remains unchanged and the kitchen is still helmed by chef Patrick Hertz however the menu, interior design and concept are new and Züri Girl was thrilled to explore Dolder’s latest’s gastronomic innovation.
The name Saltz is a play on words and salt shakers displayed in the restaurant capture the theme very well. The interior has been revamped by artist Rolf Sachs who was inspired by Switzerland’s mountains. Saltz comes across modern, colorful and sophisticated with strong colors of red and Bordeaux. A few contemporary art pieces such as a Neon display and a rock from the Matterhorn attached to climbing ropes lend the dining room a playful character which seems to say that we should take things with a pinch of salt, quite literally.
The terrace is as beautiful as always and the view is simply stunning. Large tables allow for privacy and while the restaurant can host more than 200 guests, it still has a very intimate feel to it. On a balmy Friday evening the crowd is an international mix of couples seeking a romantic date night and families.
Food + Drink
The menu offers an great choice of comfort food as well as well as international dishes. Züri Girl loved the Caprese salad and a To-Die-For Carpaccio served with buttered toast. A combination of Lebanese Mezze complete with Hummus, Falafels and tomato salad accompanied by Lebanese bread was delicious. Other highlights include a hamburger, rich in flavor and served with a generous portion of French fries as well as an excellent vegetable curry with Tofu for those who fancy a vegetarian option. The wine list has some real gems on offer but is also proudly local with many Swiss choices. At the end of this feast there is no more room for desert however Züri Girl’s espresso is accompanied by a delicious choice of pralines and we are offered a complimentary port wine by the very friendly service team. Indeed, the service at Dolder deserves special mentioning as it is refreshingly personal and pleasantly casual. The young service team goes the extra mile to ensure guests feel welcome and at home.
Züri Girl Tip #1
If you simply want to marvel the beautiful view, Saltz also hosts a bar and lounge area on the terrace with a large variety of signature cocktail choices.
Züri Girl Tip #2
The Dolder also offers a variety of special events such as matinee readings and cooking classes. Check out their calendar for more information.
Züri Girl Tip #3
If you come by car don’t forget to validate your parking ticket at the reception as parking for restaurant guests is complimentary.
Kurhausstrasse 65, 8032 Zürich (Dolder Restaurant map)
+41 44 456 60 00 | Dolder Grand Website
In the corporate world Sarah works as a Head of HR for an international energy company. Sarah’s blog focuses on dining and wining, fashion and art in and around Zurich. Sarah is originally from Hamburg, Germany and can be found strolling around art exhibitions, trying out new restaurants and exploring the Alpine mountains on her ski’s or mountain bike.