St. Moritz Restaurants
Tel: 41 81 828 86 30
This mountain hut restaurant is stuffed with cowbells, antlers, and other assorted alpine antiques. Dorigo, the charismatic owner, is on hand to tell wildly improbable stories of how he either shot or ran over your lunch in his Range Rover. Try polenta with Gorgonzola and his carpaccio of red deer with truffle oil and wild mushrooms.
Open December through mid-April. Call ahead for hours.
2 Via Veglia
Tel: 41 81 837 28 00
A satellite of the Badrutt's Palace Hotel complex, Chesa Veglia is a 1658 chalet farmhouse hideaway a few minutes' stroll from the central behemoth. It consists of three restaurants in a labyrinth of rooms full of ancient beams and decorated with alpine eclectica. The Patrizier Stuben dining room serves Swiss and international dishes (on a terrace in the summertime). The laid-back Heuboden is a pizzeria and pasta joint. The highlight is Chadafö, an elegant alpine room which concentrates on French cuisine and grilled meats with a backdrop of tinkling piano music. Rack of lamb cooked with fresh local herbs is a specialty here. Of course, it wouldn't be St. Moritz (or Badrutt's) if there weren't a fourth dining room, Club Privé, operated strictly as a private club and open only to appointed lifetime members.
Open daily 6 to 11 pm, late June through mid-September and early December through early April.
Tel: 41 81 833 40 02
El Paradiso restaurant has been entirely refurbished in lavish style with candelabra on the open-air bar, sheepskin-covered benches, and a montage of magnums of Champagne on the terrace (it's a chic spot for a mid-morning glass of bubbly with a view across the Engadine Valley.) Inside, the restaurant specializes in Swiss mountain fare and creative pastas at decent prices (by St Moritz standards). Try the tagliatelle with white truffles or the lobster spaghetti.
Open December through April. Call ahead for hours.
8 Via Maistra
Tel: 41 81 833 38 64
Hanselmann has been a fixture at the center of Dorf for what feels like forever. It's more of an après-ski café than a restaurant, with mouth-watering homemade cakes such as rich sachertorte or feather-light apfelstrudel. If you shop rather than ski, this is where you rest between runs on your credit card. As well as lunch, it also serves early supper before closing at 7 pm.
Open daily 7:30 am to 7 pm.
15 Via Gunels
Tel: 41 81 833 44 55
Squirreled away in the suburban hamlet of Champfèr, within the bright, woodsy interiors of a 17th-century Graubünden house, Roland and Brigitte Jöhri have created an unpretentious fine-dining haven. You don't garner two Michelin stars by just serving cheesy Swiss mountain fare, so in addition to traditional local dishes there are plenty of European classics, from bouillabaisse to paella, as well as some delicious preparations of fresh fish (impressive considering how far from the sea St. Moritz is). Book ahead for this one—lunchtime is best, when the set-price menus ring in around $100.
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays noon to 10 pm, July through mid-September and mid-December through March.
Tel: 41 81 833 6355
Mathis is a collection of lunch-only restaurants owned and run by St. Moritz's celebrity chef, Reto Mathis. They range from a snowboarders' refueling station with hot dogs and wok specials, to the unique La Marmite which claims to sell more caviar and truffles than any other restaurant in the world during the February high season (although you wouldn't know it from the exterior, a garish yellow-painted concrete building adjoining the lift station.) Book well in advance for La Marmite.
Open daily 8 am to 4 pm, December through April.
Badrutt's Palace Hotel
27 Via Serlas
Tel: 41 81 837 28 23
Nobu is Badrutt's attempt to reclaim a younger clientele from the Kempinski. Though the dining room is still a Belle Epoque museum piece, the kitchen employs Nobu Matsuhisa's patented fusion of Peruvian and Japanese traditions (except in summer, when the space is used for Le Relais breakfast and events). Whatever you think of the victuals, Nobu continues to be the place in St. Moritz to people-watch.
Open daily 7:30 to 11 pm, mid-December through mid-March.
2 Plazza della Scoula
Tel: 41 81 833 32 65
Located in the center of Dorf village, Restaurant Engiadina is an old-fashioned family dining room with paneled interiors, alpine touches, and no room for the creative or the nouvelle on its menu. The kitchen excels at hearty, well-priced, well-prepared, and time-tested favorites such as fondue (both cheese and champagne), grilled steaks, carpaccio, and typical French dishes like snails in garlic butter.
Open Mondays through Saturdays noon to 2 pm and 6 to 10 pm.