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Old 27.11.2008, 14:20
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Eating out in CH -is it really costly?

I constantly see posts referring to the cost of dining out in Switzerland and how it appears to be prohibitive.
How about some kind of comparisons on this subject. What about posting the cost of recent meals both here and abroad
I know that when I was last in UK we went to a Spanish pub/restaurant which was part of a chain ,
There a bottle of beer was £3.25, glass of wine £3.75, 50cl carafe of wine £10.
Entrees were around the £6 mark, Rib eye steak was £16 and fillet of Salmon was £13.
All those prices appear to be in line with Swiss prices. (or lets put it this way, I didn’t get the bill and say hey that’s much cheaper than in Switzerland)

In France in an average restaurant a beer is €3.90, a small carafe of wine €8 an entrée is about €8 a steak about €18 .

At my local restaurant here in Fribourg a beer is chf 3.60 , martini chf 4.60 5dl pinot noir CHF 17.50 an entrée ranges between CHf 8 -14, steak,chips and salad CHf 28, Thai red curry (beef)with rice and salad CHF 23 , Chicken curry CHF 23, fillet Salmon CHF26 chicken in a basket, chip and salad CHF 19, Emincee pork with mushroom CHF 27 .

All in all I don’t see a huge discrepancy between eating out here and eating out in either France or UK.
If you want fine dining then a gourmet menu of 6 courses in a very good restaurant will set you back about CHF90 per head plus wine ie about CHf 280 for two .

Anyone else got some recent bills from here or elsewhere in Europe to compare?

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Old 27.11.2008, 14:26
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Re: Eating out in CH -is it really costly?

Nothing recent, but I know that eating out in the Netherlands can be pricy. Not as much as in Switzerland or the UK, though.
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Re: Eating out in CH -is it really costly?

With CHF<->GBP @ 1.80 and CHF<->EUR @ 1.50 you are correct.

When the Franc was 2.5 to the Pound then Switzerland seemed 30% more expensive.
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Re: Eating out in CH -is it really costly?

decent restaurant: about CHF 150 for two.
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With CHF<->GBP @ 1.80 and CHF<->EUR @ 1.50 you are correct.

When the Franc was 2.5 to the Pound then Switzerland seemed 30% more expensive.
Is that the right way around?

a 100 CHF meal now costs £55.55 instead of £40.
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Re: Eating out in CH -is it really costly?

When in France, I often get the menu which is usually three courses and may be Euro 25 or less. I haven't seen the same concept applied in Switzerland at least the Swiss German part, I can't imagine gettiing the same qualitfy of meal, with three courses for 40 Francs.

If I just order from the menu in France it tends to be much more equivalent in price to Switzerland.
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Re: Eating out in CH -is it really costly?

I do not think that anybody questions that you can spend a lot on dining wherever you go. Up market restaurnats are expensive everywhere. That the Spanish place you mentioned is part of a chain does not neccessarily make it cheaper... I only say "Starbucks" or "Vaipiano".

However, and I think this is the cause for the many complaints on the forum, in Switzerland the "cheap" places are expensive as well. In Germany a "Döner Kebab" costs between 1.5 EUR and maybe 3.50 EUR. Here I pay around 8-10 CHF. A Asian snackbar offers an average dish in Germany around 5-8 EUR. Here it is something between 14-22. Same goes for Pizza...

The differences in price get smaller the more expensive the restaurant gets. So if you enjoy fine dining, Switzerland is not that much more expensive...
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When in France, I often get the menu which is usually three courses and may be Euro 25 or less. I haven't seen the same concept applied in Switzerland at least the Swiss German part, I can't imagine gettiing the same qualitfy of meal, with three courses for 40 Francs.

If I just order from the menu in France it tends to be much more equivalent in price to Switzerland.

In general, I find the price for quality ratio is lower in Switzerland....this is probably due to a) high cost of service and b) high cost of meat.....

For example, I was in Annency recently, and had a seafood platter with clams, mussels, shrimp, etc. All fresh and it was more than I could eat and for Euro 25. I would be hard pressed anything close to that in Switzerland and it is not like Annency is so much closer to the sea than say Geneva. My guess was something like that if I could find it would cost me more than 100 francs-
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Re: Eating out in CH -is it really costly?

The way I gauge it is by looking at how much more it costs to go to a restaurant rather than cook at home. In that regard Switzerland is not that bad.
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Re: Eating out in CH -is it really costly?

Yesterday evening at Rest. Hohenegg in Seefeld (4 persons):
total CHF 230.00 (4 starters, 1x Wiener Schnitzel / 1x Duck / 2 x Roast Chicken, 2x Dessert, total of 9 beers, coffee). Breaks down to roughly CHF 57.00/person. Food good/atmosphere very good/price good - everybody happy
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a 100 CHF meal now costs £55.55 instead of £40.
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Is that the right way around?

a 100 CHF meal now costs £55.55 instead of £40.
or a £40 meal only costs CHF78

I agree with Treverus, maybe the lower end here is still quite pricey compared to other places, here a doner is about CHF 8 and a pizza take away CHF 10-15

On the subject of a set menu, I think this is mostly offered for the lunch time trade, you can often get the menu de jour here for CHF 12-15 ish (starter and main course) . Being a university town Fribourg has lunchtime deals for the students Pizza and drink for CHf 9 or 10 ditto doner kebab
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or a £40 meal only costs CHF78

On the subject of a set menu, I think this is mostly offered for the lunch time trade, you can often get the menu de jour here for CHF 12-15 ish (starter and main course) . Being a university town Fribourg has lunchtime deals for the students Pizza and drink for CHf 9 or 10 ditto doner kebab
Maybe I need to move to Fribourg.. I usually pay Chf 12 for a small sandwich here....then again, central Zurich so what do I expect...
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Re: Eating out in CH -is it really costly?

As we are quite near the french border we often go over to France for supper.
The other week we were stopped at the border and asked where we were going , I replied that we were going out for a meal and were returning later in the evening. "Why are you not eating in Switzerland"? I was asked. He then proceeded to delay us as much as he could looking around the car, checking passports etc before letting us go.
I breathed a sigh of relief when coming back as there was nobody at the border
 

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