Gastronomy

Dining like kings and queens! No matter what you're looking for typical swiss alpine restaurants, central and quicke snacks or more fany gourmet restaurants - Engelberg has it.

Gartenbeizli Äbnet

Neuschwändistrasse 17, 6390 Engelberg

«Äbnet» alp, located at an elevation of 1,670 m, can be reached on foot within 30 minutes from starting point Fürenalp. You can also walk out past Alpenrösli to Stäfeli and take the Äbnet cable car from there. The cable car can transport 4 persons (and bikes) up the 300m stretch. Once at the top, guests will enjoy not only the impressive mountain panorama that includes the Schlossberg, both Spannort peaks and Titlis, but also the rustic little mountain restaurant “Äbnet”. It belongs to and is proudly run by the Luzia family and Kari Schilter, who reside in winter in Altdorf, canton Uri. Order a drink or simple alpine fare and be served by one of the hosts or one of their seven children. “Klein aber fein” is a motto most fitting for this place and for what it has to offer—roughly “modest but fine”, or “simple and unassuming”, as Äbnet’s hosts would describe it. The place has an outside garden terrace that seats up to 40 persons. In case of a thunderstorm, 20 people can be seated inside. Äbnet is the perfect place to take a break along the hiking routes in the Fürenalp/Surenen area.

  • mountain hut/mountain restaurant
  • Swiss cuisine
(0041) 41 637 36 55

Gasthaus zur Post

Dorfstrasse 4, 6387 Oberrickenbach

Our small hotel is a family business with seasonal culinary offerings. In autumn known for pepper and other specialties of game and during the winter, there are 10 different cheese fondues with us. Seat reservations required. In spring and summer we offer easy and wholesome food from card, such as our Nidwaldner polenta and Älplermagronen. We have a terrace with stunning mountain views and a restaurant. Plenty of parking for our guests and bus stop in front of our house.

Number of seats
Restaurant 25
Salon 40
Garden 50

  • Fondue
  • inn/tavern
  • Swiss cuisine
  • home-style atmosphere
  • restaurant
  • table reservations possible
(0041) 41 628 12 66

Gletscherspalte

Dorfstrasse 21, 6390 Engelberg

The meeting place for locals, groups and individuals who like to go out. Fun is guaranteed with us at a good drink with friends, with billiards, darts and nail game, with live watching sporting events or our live concerts.

  • après ski
  • disco/dance club
  • bar/pub/lounge
  • live music/concerts

Hobiel

Obermatt, 6468 Attinghausen

Starting out at Fürenalp, Alp Hobiel (located in canton Uri) can be reached in less than an hour. So near, yet so far from the daily madness!  The alp is at an elevation of 1,600 meters, located amidst an impressive mountain backdrop. You can literally get a “taste” for the outdoors with a Berghüttler coffee (laced with apricot schnapps), dried sausage and a delicious Bratkäse (melted cheese served over a thick slice of bread). Your host family, the Zurfluhs, spans 3 generations who return to the alp each year to let their cows graze the high meadows for the summer. When they chat with you, you will notice that you are in a whole other world. Their work is hard, their lifestyle simple. Yet the simple life, their joy of living and genuine friendliness are contagious. Sibylle and Ruedi Zurfluh-Muheim and their four children spend June till September on the alp, counting on parents Theres and Sepp Zurfluh-Arnold to help out. If you sleep in one of the 24 available beds on Alp Surenen (strongly recommended just for the hospitality experience), you’ll be in for an added treat: Sepp Zurfluh calls out the alpine blessing (Betruf) every evening. It will give you goosebumps when Sepp takes his wooden milk funnel and sings/speaks the traditional prayer for protection!

  • mountain hut/mountain restaurant
  • Swiss cuisine

Hoheneck Bar

Dorfstrasse 4, 6390 Engelberg

We believe that Après Ski and live music goes hand in hand. That's why we have live bands playing in our bar the whole winter season. In our cozy lounge you'll find a more quiet space where drinks and snacks are served in a relaxed atmosphere.

  • après ski
  • disco/dance club
  • pub/wine bar/wine tavern
  • bar/pub/lounge
  • live music/concerts
(0041) 41 500 11 80
(0041) 41 639 57 07

Hotel Central/ Spice Bazaar

Dorfstrasse 48, 6390 Engelberg

SPICY, SPICIER, SPICE BAZAAR

Are you ready to venture beyond the usual Swiss raclette, cheese fondue and Älplermagronen? Then try out the Indian cuisine at the Spice Bazaar restaurant. Their food will dispel any pre-conceived notions about Indian food being too spicy for European palates. Of course, they offer cheese fondue, too!

When Western Europeans think of Indian food they often think of hot and spicy dishes that brings tears to their eyes. And the clichés don't stop there: they think of dark places with lots of curtains and rich fabrics, sounds of Indian music in the background, and servers right off a Bollywood movie set! Nothing could be farther off from what the Spice Bazaar restaurant (located at Hotel Central) has to offer! At Spice Bazaar guests quickly discover the delights of Indian-style eating. "Our restaurant doesn't only serve spicy dishes and curry," says Manashni Antalia, Spice Bazaar's marketing person. That's because Spice Bazaar aims to go beyond catering exclusively to Indian guests. They want to attract locals as well as a global clientele. "For example, last Saturday 60% of our guests were Swiss, the rest were from a variety of other countries," notes Maja Sosic Lorenz, acting manager of Hotel Central.

A new Indian look

The dining experience takes place in friendly, newly decorated surroundings--naturally done with an Indian flair, yet nothing over the top or stereotypical. "We want to show our guests a new Indian look," says Manashni Antalia. The restaurant's service staff consists of locals who speak German as well as several other languages. In summer an extra service person is hired who does his internship with the hotel while at the same time who is there to bridge any language gaps when the Indian group tours arrive. "Sure, this is an Indian restaurant, but the service staff and the supporting help are Swiss," acknowledges Maja Sosic Lorenz, who is aware of biases regarding the Spice Bazaar. The restaurant's personnel are quite knowledgable and gladly help guests who often have no idea about Indian cuisine. Guests are grateful for their tips and guidance. For instance, in selecting a wine to go along with the meal--what goes best with Indian food? "It should be light and simple and not too fruity," explains Maja Sosic Lorenz.
The Spice Bazaar has also thought about its little guests: for them there is a normal children's menu, including french fries, etc.

Only the freshest ingredients

"Our dishes are freshly prepared," says Manashni Antalia. "And we use ingredients from local suppliers. Only the spices are imported from India." Depending on the season, there are anywhere from 2 to 6 cooks from India in the kitchen." They cook as they learned to do at home at an early age. Using kits containing 18 different spices they go by taste, not according to a fixed recipe. They season by taste," says Maja Sosic Lorenz. "No European chef could prepare an Indian dish as authentically as our cooks can."
Despite the selection of Indian food, Spice Bazaar's menu still includes cheese fondue. "For Swiss guests who are nevertheless reluctant to try Indian food we offer an interesting fondue seasoned with Indian spices," points out Ms. Sosic Lorenz. She has to smile when she smells the mix of cheese and curry in the restaurant. In any case, this Swiss/Indian fusion offers the perfect opportunity to venture into the world of Indian cuisine--and to discover that the Spice Bazaar restaurant offers much more than what you might expect!

  • Asian cuisine
  • restaurant
  • Indian cuisine
(0041) 41 639 70 70
(0041) 41 639 70 71

Hotel Restaurant Alpina

Hauptstrasse 46, 6386 Wolfenschiessen

The Alpina restaurant offers cosy and typically Swiss hospitality with good plain cooking and seasonal specialities served on the sunny terrace and in the charming conservatory. From Friday evenings to Sunday the restaurant also serves pizzas fresh from the oven.
There is a large children’s play area with Lego, a slide, a DVD player and books. The restaurant also offers special children’s menus, and the standard menu comes in French, Italian and English.

Number of seats
Salon 10- 80
Terrace 44
Winter garden 44

  • Fondue
  • inn/tavern
  • Swiss cuisine
  • home-style atmosphere
  • restaurant

Hotel Restaurant Bänklialp

Bänklialpweg 25, 6390 Engelberg

A lovely place that leaves nothing to be desired! In the rustic, charming restaurant they spoil the guests with specialties served from the kitchen or rare specialties from their cellar. À la carte offer you traditional Swiss food and a lot of other delicious meals.

Number of seats
Restaurant 120
Saloon 100
Chimney Saloon 60

  • Fondue
  • restaurant
  • vegetarian cuisine
  • live music/concerts
  • Swiss cuisine
(0041) 41 639 73 73
(0041) 41 639 73 74

Hotel und Restaurant Hahnenblick

Wasserfallstrasse 6, 6390 Engelberg

The restaurant has room for all requests: Enjoy a coffee and read the daily newspaper, while strengthening the family (children's menu) or can be a comfortable middle-class dinner and fine wines spoil wine. With sunshine on the terrace of a dessert tastes especially good.

Number of seats
Restaurant 70
Stübli 12
Terrace 45
Bar 13

  • bar/restaurant
  • international cuisine
  • Raclette
  • restaurant
  • Fondue
  • lunch
  • regional cuisine
  • Swiss cuisine
(0041) 41 637 12 12
(0041) 41 637 48 68

Hotel-Restaurant Ochsen

Dörfli 4, 6386 Wolfenschiessen

In the restaurant Ochsen you can eat creative dishes from market- fresh, local products. Pius Loretz serves a selection of traditional Swiss dishes and various seasonal specialties. In summer you can enjoy a little fish, meat and salad dishes, hearty autumn Venison specialties and hearty winter stews, soups and fondue. Our younger guests will enjoy the popular children's menus .

  • Fondue
  • inn/tavern
  • Swiss cuisine
  • home-style atmosphere
  • restaurant
  • table reservations possible