Hiltl - Sihlstrasse

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Sihlstrasse 28, Zurich, Switzerland, 8001

Haus Hiltl is the first and oldest vegetarian restaurant in Europe, operating since 1898. Its large facility has modern decor and is 5 minute walk south of the main train station. Offers many choices and gets busy at mealtime. There's buffet, self-service and takeaway, a la carte menu, a bar-lounge, a cooking studio, and a shop. Open Mon-Fri 6:00am-12:00am. Check hours before you go.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Western, Buffet, Salad bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, European

67 Reviews

First Review by Stevie

Must. Eat. There. - Edit

First of all, I felt honoured to be able to experience the oldest vegetarian restaurant.
After checking the huge buffet, I preferred to eat à la carte. The first reason for this were too many guests bustling around, the other was that the food definitely looked great and appealing, I was in the mood for something special like Tartar or Cordon Bleu.

For vegan guests all vegan dishes are clearly marked, so it is quite easy to choose. I had the vegan Tartar as starter and intended to try the Cordon Bleu - but unfortunately HILTL does not use alternatives to cheese from milk yet.
So I opted for the Zuricher Geschnetzeltes made from mushrooms, which was a decent choice.
Surprise! Immediately after having finished my plate I was offered a (very welcome) second helping, which I consider as an outstanding service.

Why do I rate four stars only?
In my opinion (and meanwhile experienced vegan guest to many places) HILTL could take the menu and the buffet to the next level. Agreed - we are in the land of great cheese from milk... But that does not mean your guests have to comply with that or choose another option.

Meanwhile you guys could offer almost every dish in a vegan variant, eg use the great swiss brand vegusto as an alternative!

Dear HILTL-Staff, I hope you will read this and consider more vegan options for your customers. Stay ahead of the market! ;-)

Pros: huge buffet and à la carte, swiss national dishes!, fast and friendly service

Cons: could be many more vegan options, fast-paced atmosphere

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really good experience - Edit

I always wanted to go here, since this restaurant really is an institution.

The food is not cheap - but it never is in Switzerland. This is the only downside - otherwise I would come daily😉

I had mushrooms with roesti, a typical Swiss dish but in a vegan version and it was really good.
For dessert I shared a sweet potato brownie with my boyfriend and we really enjoyed it. He said you couldn't tell this was a vegan one (he is an omnivore).

Pros: good vegan options, tasty food, nice waiters

Cons: expensive (but comparable to other upscale restaur

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Really tasty food, lots of variety - Edit

Similar to Tibits, this is a pay by weight restaurant. There are loads of dishes - even though I took just a tiny bit of each of the ones I wanted to try, I still ended up with a huge plate! All if it was delicious, and there were lots of lovely desserts and drinks as well.

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Expensive but worth it - Edit

I've been to Zurich twice and went to Hilt both time. I'll keep coming back even is the prices are ridiculously high (do not look at how much it is in Canadian dollars or you'll cry) because the food is worth it. You wouldn't think a buffet can be as tasty as this. I'm glad I live on another continent, it's gonna keep my wallet safe for a bit. ;)

Pros: Great food

Cons: Expensive

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Amazing food but very expensive - Edit

There is so much variety for vegans and all the dishes are marked with symbols showing whether it's vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free etc.
There are cold and warm dishes, salads and desserts.
The food is amazing, a heaven for vegetarians and vegans.
But it's super expensive (like most restaurants in Zurich.)

Pros: food is amazing

Cons: very expensive

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High quality vegan-friendly grub - Edit

This restaurant is something of an institution in Zurich and I was excited to visit after hearing great reviews from locals. It certainly did not disappoint! Extensive high quality buffet with many vegan items, I was spoiled for choice. Abundance of dessert items too - despite being incredibly full I still managed to wolf plenty of pudding down. Really nice interior and attentive staff, would definitely return.

Pros: Wide range of vegan options, Lovely atmosphere

Cons: Very busy

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close to perfection - Edit

I wish I could have such a restaurant like this in my city. The buffet is delicious and huge - the desert buffet is just awesome. We had dinner a la cart tonight and it was outstanding like the service and the lovely staff. Warmly raccomand this Hiltl- and stay after dinner for a dance at the Hiltl club

Pros: atmosphere, staff, service , food, drinks , location

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Wonderful selections - Edit

I wish that we had such a large buffet. The food is very good.

Pros: Lovely cozy place. , Fabulous vegan selections. , Great service.

Cons: I wish that there had more locations all over.

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Great buffet! - Edit

We were very happy about the amazing choice, even for me as a vegan (although we didn't have time for a dessert, so not sure about them). If you love the idea of having lots of different things then this place is for you. However, it's not a "cosy" restaurant if that's what you're after - too big and open plan.

Pros: Wide range, Quick if you're in a hurry!

Cons: Could have vegan lasagnas etc

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Big, busy, but with great vegetarian dishes - Edit

One of the best places to take a non-vege friend to. :) The dishes perfectly imitate their meat versions and they're truly delicious!
On the other side, there could be be more vegan options and the atmosphere is a bit too chaotic and busy to enjoy your meal to the fullest. Still, much worth visiting!

Cons: Could have more vegan options

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Not to be missed! - Edit

I had heard a lot about the legendary Hiltl and was however super pleasantly surprised! Went there with 2 omnivores and all three of us were totally blown away by their wonderful buffet, featuring so many "oh I must try this"!
Paying per weight makes sense, people taste and enjoy.

Oh and a LOT of the dishes are vegan, including amazing desserts!

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yes - Edit

Well, the food is very pricey, especially if you like to eat big! They also use more oil and salt than i would usually have. But you can choose from soo many dishes at the buffet, and they have all been, without an exception, very tasty so far! If you are having a lazy, van't be bothered cooking and don't mind spending 20-50 swiss franks per meal: go for it

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Largest veg*n restaurant ever - Edit

Largest veg*n restaurant I've ever seen. Super huge choice of food. Very posh interieur yet everybody cool. Nice lemonade of the day.

Prices (seriously !) normal for locals (not for foreigners, though). Two large plates of excellent food & two large lemonades for 60 USD.

Not an organic-peace-love environment but middle-of-city business people (without suits).





Pros: posh, middle of city, supermassive food choice

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delicious food, pricey - Edit

i like the atmosphere there, the food ia great, friendly staff. can't go there too often because it is expensive, but every once in a while absolutely worth it!

Pros: clearly labelled if food is vegan, vegetarian etc.

Cons: expensive

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There are budget offers... check them out - Edit

Recently I visited Hiltl again.
Unfortunately, I didn't check out the web site beforehand for discounts, unfortunately they changed it, thus I payed an enourmous amout for just one plate picked from the buffet in the bar section. Last time I visited about one year ago, I payed like 1/3 less for a similar amout of food!

At the moment they offer a resonably priced happy hour dish from 4pm to 6pm, check it out, if you're on a budget.

I like their food it is delicious worth 5 stars, the staff mostly is exceptionally friendly.
Cons are the the awful and loud music (needs improvement) and it's always kind of crowded. Recently the price of the buffet was rised again and it's getting too expensive in my optinion.
That's why there is only 3 stars overall.

Pros: delicous, staff, discounts

Cons: regular price, music, crowded also outside rushhours

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Simply the Best Vegeterian place I found in Europe - Edit

Every time I stop in Zurich, I come to this place for lunch and even bring my (non vegeterian) friends there.
When they discover the incredible cosmopolitan choice of the food out there, they wanted to come back all the time !
It's a pleasure for me to eat there and to share with people who know nothing about Veggie food how good, tasty and healthy Vegeterian meals can be.
Smoothies and natural teas are great too.
Prices are normal for Switzerland.

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Really impressive - Edit

This place is impressive due to the infrastructure, the decor, the ambiance and the buffet. Been there only for the breakfast and the buffet already had lots of options.
You can choose by pay per kilo buffet or some options from the counter or to take away.
Walk some steps and visit the veggie butchery too. ;-)

Pros: Labels vegan, Many options, Cool ambiance

Cons: Expensive

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Still excellent - Edit

We visit Hiltl every time we pass through Zurich and it never disappoints. With dozens of selections in the buffet (with vegan, gluten-free, and other dietary options clearly marked), there is something for just about everyone. It isn't cheap, but it's reasonable value by Zurich standards.

We particularly enjoy the buffet because it allows us to compose a unique meal from many vegan options, including several desserts.

There are several seating areas (including sidewalk tables).

Enjoy!

Pros: Plentiful vegan options clearly marked

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Yummy times ahead - Edit

This definitely is my favourite restaurant. The food is awesome and I'm always glad to see the staff stays friendly even when the restaurant is crowded (which happens to be almost always the case).

The buffet is great, there are a lot of options and the meals change fairly often, but the good classics stay there. I've never left the restaurant disapointed because of the food.

Altough it being a vegetarian restaurant, vegans will still have plenty of choice. I had to stop eating in some places when I switched from vegetarian to vegan, but the Haus Hiltl one was not part them. The ice cream is vegan, and except for the frappés (which, by the way, can be vegan if you simply ask them to use soy milk instead) and some dairy-based drinks (like rivella), all the others are vegan too (it was such a relief to be able to have a glass of wine again, without having to worry that it may have been filtrated with gelatin...).

There's always music playing in the restaurant, which always reminds me where I am.

The only thing that refrains me from going there all the time probably is the price. Even then, since the price is weight-based, taking rice and salad will result in lower prices, but may not be as fulfilling as pasta with guacamole and spring rolls. It may not be the ideal place to eat every day if you are on a budget, but it's definitely worth going there once in a while.

Pros: Awesome food, Nice staff, Neat atmosphere

Cons: Price a bit too high for daily meals

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Very good food but too expensive - Edit

Hiltl is a very good restaurant with very good quality food. The only negative thing I can think of is the price, its quite expensive.

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vegans dream - Edit

Since going vegan, I've never had so much choice! Especially with desserts! So many options and all so delicious. It's fancy looking but laid back. Little expensive, but it is in Zurich after all. You pay by weight so be careful!

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Food, Food everywhere! - Edit

HIltl is a very classy location but still very relaxed.
Huge buffet to chose from, it took me forever to decide;)
Not all vegan, but clearly marked if so.
The coffee is really nice aswell.
It´s a busy place, so the staff was just ok.

Pros: Choices, Atmosphere

Cons: Crowded

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fantastic and delicious - Edit

Big buffet of vegetarian and vegan food - pay by weight of food. Is expensive - especially if you add in wine. However don't mind paying a bit more for quality food.

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huge selection of gorgeous dishes - Edit

Ok, maybe only 65% of the dishes are vegan, but the selection is so wide and numerous you'll still be delighted with the dairy-free offering. The tastes and variety are gorgeous.
This place heaves with locals, so it could be worth booking a table at peak lunch and dinner times any day of the week, even though it has a huge number of tables. Once seated you are not so aware of this, as tables are tucked away in smaller sections, some with their own special character. It is smart and clean, so I'd be as happy here with a business lunch as a family group meal.
Our kids adored Hiltl, including the fun free postcards based on Matisse. It far overshadows their London favourite, Tibits, which Hiltl is now owned by.

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A must see! - Edit

The Hiltl convinces you with a great interior look. This gigantic establishment is unlike any other vegetarian or vegan restaurant I've ever been to, and the food shows that they clearly know what they're doing. The service is very professional, but the place is mostly fully crowded, so it's often hard to get a seat. It is something every vegan and vegetarian in Zürich needs to have tried, however, I personally would mostly use it to get a coffee in the morning, going there to eat without a reservation is just too much of a hassle. Also, their vegan selection is quite big, and some vegetarian meals can also be ordered vegan, but these are mostly classical asian dishes, which is kind of dissapointing. The vegan meals are clearly labled, and they have a weekly menue, and you can eat a la cart, or from the buffet. Still, a very unique restaurant! When reading the other reviews, keep in mind: This restaurant is located in Zürich, the most expensive city in Switzerland. The prices are no higher than any other restaurant in the region, are fully reasonable, and are in no way related to the Hiltl itself.

Pros: Great interior., Good food.

Cons: Absolutely overfilled., Vegan dishes mostly asian.

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Piece of History - Edit

This is a must for all vegetarians and vegans. If visiting Zurich, this should be No 1 of the Things-To-Do. If not visiting, start planning! This is a place of history and one can not but marvel at the fact that it was established more than a century ago and is still located at the very place and owned by the family Hiltl.

100 dishes available at the buffet. As you pay by the weight, do not overfill your plate and just enjoy the tastes and the almost wedding-like atmosphere. The best place I have ever been to!!!

Pros: Delicious food, Historic site, Great location+interior

Cons: Buffet not wheelchair-accessible

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Must Go in Zurich - Edit

I live in Zurich since some years. Thanks to the big and great buffet I go here several times a week.

The Buffet is great, the ambiance is nice. This is a place to take your omnivore friends to as well.

One of the best places in Zurich.
If you eat one kilogram (57 Fr.) you can go for all-you-can-eat (you don't pay more than 1 kg).

Pros: Great Buffet, Good Atmosphere, A Place To Take Omnivore Friends With

Cons: Crowded, Not Completely Vegan

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