Where to Eat in St. Gallen: The Best Restaurants and Bars

November 3, 2017 Christa Meece

St. Gallen or traditionally St Gall, in German sometimes Sankt Gallen ( Sankt Gallen (help·info); English: St Gall; French: Saint-Gall; Italian: San Gallo; Romansh: Son Gagl) is a Swiss town and the capital of the canton of St. Gallen. It evolved from the hermitage of Saint Gall, founded in the 7th century. Today, it is a large urban agglomeration (with around 160,000 inhabitants) and represents the center of eastern Switzerland. Its economy consists mainly of the service sector. Internationally, the town is known as the home of the University of St. Gallen.
Things to do in St. Gallen

1. focacceria AG

Metzgergasse 22 | 9000 St.Gallen, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Mediterranean, Delicatessen, Healthy, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$55 - HK$628 +41 71 220 16 15
Excellent
55%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 228 reviews

focacceria AG

Reviewed By Milena S - St. Gallen, Switzerland

Fully recommended!!
You select what you want in your Focaccia: size, cheese/meat, 2 antipasti and a salad. The focaccia bread is freshly baked and all ingredients are delicious. I had Parmesan, olive pesto, zucchini and spinach. One of the best sandwiches ever!
To drink there is wine, beer and 2 types of ice teas home made: ginger and hibiscus. I had the ginger and was really good!
They have also food to order such as pasta, salad...
Simple place, nice people, good prices (Swiss comparison) and delicious food!
What more you want?
And you can also drop without reservation or take home...

2. netts

St. Jakob-Strasse 35 | 9000 St. Gallen, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Swiss, Brew Pub, International, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$63 - HK$463 +41 71 242 66 77
Excellent
52%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 277 reviews

netts

Reviewed By elegantraveller - Gloucestershire, England

We very nearly missed out by assuming there'd be a table for us at 6.30pm on Friday evening and were lucky to have the last one - we didn't take any more chances and made sure to reserve one for Monday. Just as well, too! It's hardly surprising that netts was usually busy - the food is excellent, the staff delightful and there's a very comfortable buzz about the place. Not stuffy at all, but great service and an interesting menu offering both traditional and more contemporary dishes. We don't normally return to a restaurant twice in a weekend, but simply couldn't resist a second evening here. Highly recommend.

3. Candela

Sonnenstrasse 5, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Swiss, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +41 71 246 46 46
Excellent
60%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 218 reviews

Candela

Reviewed By Loretta B - Perth, Australia

During our visit to St Gallen we stumbled across this gem. The food was amazing and the wine selection impressive. The ambience of the restaurant and hospitality and professionalism of the staff made this a special dining experience.
We will be back when next in St Gallen.
Highly recommend!

4. La Vigna

Engelgasse 12, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Italian, Mediterranean, European, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$181 - HK$722 +41 71 245 00 88
Excellent
64%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

La Vigna

Reviewed By lyricskipper - Portland, Maine

There are bigger, hotter restaurants in St. Gallen. Certainly there are restaurants that are more expensive. But somehow La Vigna is just right. It's cozy, charming, great food, outstanding wine list, warm but correct service, central location -- what a nice combination. I've been twice now, and both were great experiences. Last time I had a local chicken dish that was superb. Highly recommended.

5. Wirtschaft zur Alten Post

Gallusstrasse 4, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Central European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +41 71 222 66 01
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 173 reviews

Wirtschaft zur Alten Post

Reviewed By AnthonyXXXXXXX - Kingston, Canada

The inside of the restaurant isn't all that nice but the patio is great--sitting out in/near Gallusplatz. The food is very good quality and the service is excellent. Prices reflect that. We shared a salad and a main course and they added CHF 13 to our bill which I had mixed feelings about. They did split it for us into nice portions (which we didn't really ask for) and the presentation was very nice. In any case, I would highly recommend this if you are looking for a very nice Swiss dining experience.

6. Restaurant Lagerhaus

Davidstrasse 42 | 9000 St. Gallen, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Steakhouse, Grill, Mediterranean, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +41 71 223 70 07
Excellent
44%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 206 reviews

Restaurant Lagerhaus

Reviewed By apptobi - Switzerland

The restaurant staff is not very professional and seems rude at times. Additionally they fill the floor with too many tables, so that you are sitting elbow to elbow with strangers. The menu is not original at all and the food is overpriced.

7. Fondue Beizli

Bruehlgasse 26, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Swiss, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +41 71 222 43 44
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 169 reviews

Fondue Beizli

Reviewed By DjGLove - London, United Kingdom

We went to Beizli a cold snowy afternoon and we really wanted something tasty to eat! Half-half fondue was there, waiting for us. Very distinctive taste that was perfectly accompanied by an unfiltered local beer.
Our meal could not be complete without a chocolate fondue so we said yes to this too. Not as good as the cheese one but it was fine.
We’ll certainly be back.

8. Zum Goldenen Schaefli

Metzgergasse 5 | 9000 St. Gallen, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available French, Swiss, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +41 71 223 37 37
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 133 reviews

Zum Goldenen Schaefli

Reviewed By CBuhrman - Bangkok, Thailand

This was a charming restaurant near the center of St. Gallen in a traditional setting whose slanted floor only adds to the authentic atmosphere. The food was excellent with a focus on traditional dishes, some with a modern twist. Service was efficient and friendly. The wood floors and ceilings accentuate the local feeling and I can highly recommend this restaurant for business, family and friends.

9. Facincani

Gallusstrasse 39, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +41 71 222 27 46
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 103 reviews

Facincani

Reviewed By Jemina024 - St. Gallen, Switzerland

This is a very good Italian restaurant serving quite authentic Italian cuisine - it is not a pizzeria (of which there are anyway many ;-)
The food was always good and the products they use to cook are of high quality.
The two owners (which are brothers) care for a very close and warm-hearted relationship to their guests, attentive and lively. The restaurant is very often fully booked and reservation well advised. It can therefore be inside a bit crowded and louder, however, the Italian way. At warmer weather there are tables outside, very nice for the location of the restaurant is in the old town, a perfect location. We always enjoyed our visits there, not just once.

10. Gaststuben zum Schlossli

Zeughausgasse 17, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Swiss, European, Healthy, Central European, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +41 71 222 12 56
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 76 reviews

Gaststuben zum Schlossli

Feinschmecker-Restaurant mit regionaler Frischküche und grosser Auswahl an selektionierten lokalen Weinspezialitäten. Verschiedene historische Stuben und Säle laden zum Lunch, Dinner und Bankett ein. Die Lage des 450 Jährigen, unter Denkmalschutz stehenden Stadtschlosses ist mitten in der St.Galler Altstadt im UNESCO-Klosterviertel.

Reviewed By jacquelinem449

Joined the lunch meeting of Rotary Club Rosenberg, St Gallen held in this 15th century castle. We had an excellent meal with excellent service and I will go back one day for more! Beautiful rooms as well!

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