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“Tradition”
Review of Old Swiss House

Old Swiss House
Ranked #10 of 424 Restaurants in Lucerne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$25
Cuisines: Swiss
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 27 December 2017

In times of fast food, modern copy cuisine and a some times incredible mix of undefinable dishes, it is a real blessing to once in a while find a place with a clearly defined concept.
The Old Swiss House in Lucerne is a true institution, existing since many years, owned by the Buholzer family. It needs curage, dedication and pride in once own doing, to last so many years and to believe in a concept.
Well, the Buholzer have over many years done exactly that. What a great expierince to be albe to travel into a world almost gone by.
We entered the restaurant at around six pm on the second X-Mas day, a day when most restaurants are closed. After visiting the Gurlitt exhibition in Berne and after a leisure drive to Lucerne we where given a warm welcome by the restaurants owner Hanny Buholzer and the manager Oliver Valio. The lovely, even do old decor of the place made us emediately feel comfortable. We where in for a memorable family dinner. The Irish smoked salmon, carved at the table by the maitre in very thin slices was delicately smoked in Switzerland by Curatly, a well known salmon producer. We then went for the famous escalope of veal prepared at the table. An incredible dish! A very thin slice of lean veal, breaded infront of your eyes and panfried in pure butter until crispy, served with thin noodles and bread crumbs and the friying butter. Aldo it sounds terribly fatening and heavy, it is only delicious and I dare say, not more caloric that many so often consumed fast food dishes of today. We thoutghly enjoyed our main cours and had space for crepe suzette for desert.
One other remarcable point to highlight is the wine list. It shows that the owners have since long been passioned about wine. There are wonderful discoveries to be made for Champagne and Bordeaux lovers. Exquisite old and young vintages at very affordable prizes.
We where very happy with ur family after X-Mas dinner but only recommend this restaurant to people with an open mind and the wish to be transported into a fairy land gone by.

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

After visiting the nearby "dying lion" tourist spot, we passed by Old Swiss House. Being attracted by its outlook, we have our lunch there. The waiters' service was efficient and the fish dishes we ordered were fine. Prices were reasonable. Nice to have typical Swiss food for lunch here.

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Thank YTCHENG
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Reviewed 16 December 2017

The food was good and typically Swiss. The service was good and the ambiance was very Swiss. It seems impossible to get a bad meal in Switzerland as the people are very quality and service conscious. This is definitely a nice stop if you happen to be taking a drive and pass through Lucerne.

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Reviewed 22 November 2017

Before traveling to Switzerland for my honeymoon I had never had wiener schnitzel before, I fell in love with the dish after trying it here. I have even tried to recreate it back at home and it has become a staple in our house. Every employee is friendly and the service is impeccable! If you do order the Wiener schnitzel it will be prepared right in front of you, table side. It comes with noodles on the side. I would suggest one difficult thing, save room for dessert! We ordered their chocolate mousse and I have never had one like it. They bring out a tub of chocolate mouse, scoop out two huge spoon full onto your plate and have a second tub of house made whipped cream, simple but delicious! We came back a second time and sat outside for lunch. Also one key thing is if you like Budweiser or any Anheuser Busch products, this is the only place in Switzerland you will find it. If you are any where around Luzern, this is a place to stop in, great traditional food and family owned with a great History. For anyone on the fence about going to this restaurant, go! I highly recommend trying the Old Swiss House!

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1  Thank southernlegacyva
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

The restaurant is a landmark in the city of Lucerne. Since generations in the hands of the same family. The service is great, the food (mainly swiss) is very good and the wine list is incredible (Bordeaux's & Bourgogne's!)

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Thank simon m
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