The Zermatt Room was a very special and unique experience, tastefully done. We enjoyed every moment from the cheese fondue (oh my gosh it was so good) to the dark chocolate dipping desert (great). We ordered the steak cooked on the Raclette grill with melted cheese and vegetables. We enjoyed it so much that we have decided to buy our own Reclette cooker and enjoy this at home too! This Restaurant (Chinook Tavern) is outstanding overall but dining in their Zermatt room was delicious, enjoyable and ....I just can't way enough...it's great a MUST TRY!
Our daughter wanted a special fondue night when her younger sister was at a sleepover. We normally go to another (think popular) fondue restaurant that is always packed. Couldn’t get a reservation at that restaurant until 10:00 pm, so gave Chinook / Zermatt Room a try. It was outstanding and not crowded at all. There was some confusion when we checked in, since the hostess sat us in the main dining room. Once we got that straightened out and moved to the Zermatt fondue / raclette room, everything was spot on. Really surprised about some of the critical reviews regarding service, our waiter (Erin) was outstanding, very efficient for fondue. This would be a great location to take a couple of families for a get together or party. I always think fondue is a bit expensive for what you get; but it was worth it at Chinook / Zermatt and we will be back.
We went for our day before wedding dinner.
We had Raclette in the Zermatt Room
As always it was awesome, we love this place, it is always consistent whether you’re there for happy hour, lunch, dinner, Raclette or fondue
GREAT family run business
We made a reservation for 3 people, and for some reason Open Table made the reservation for the Zermatt room, which focuses on fondue and raclette, at Chinook Tavern. It wasn't what we wanted, but management had tables available in the main dining room where the menu is broader, so they moved us there. The maitre d' mentioned that Open Table frequently assigns people to the Zermatt room for some reason.
We ate at 8 PM. Food was reasonably good, though the duck I ordered was very slightly on the dry side for duck. It seemed to have been prepared in anticipation of being served earlier that evening.
Noise level was pleasant and not loud until half-way through our meal, when music in the nearby bar area was ramped up for a group meeting and dancing there. There were maybe only 2 tables occupied in our dining room at that point, and many more people in the bar.
When I mentioned we had come to celebrate a birthday, the restaurant provided a free dessert for our birthday guest.
interesting set up fondue room regular dinning room varied menu enjoyed the weiner schnitzel pork shank was very good excellent desert service was friendly and efficient
our server was hard to find and we sat waiting for a check for about an hour. food was very good! wine selection is primarily by the bottle and drink options are good. We had a large party and sat at a square table which was perfect and quite comfortable.
If service were better I could give this 5 stars
Wife's Birthday, her choice, my two son's and I enjoyed it as always!
It was date night for my husband and me. We traveled in from Nebraska and found this wonderful restaurant on Open Table. We chose the fondue menu and it was great! What a wonderful relaxing evening we had. Our waiter Nick was very attentive and helpful with our choice of food.
We will definitely be returning!
We were in the Zermatt room. Waiter was slow and forgetful. The food was OK, but nothing special. When a group is loud the whole room is noisy. Been in the regular restaurant which was a better experience.
Awesome Fondue and Raclette! Nice change from solid German food we usually go there to eat. Generous portions, large number of choices and options tailored to you tastes and hunger. Our server was one of the best we have encountered. Great for dates since less crowded and secluded tables in corners.
We eat fondue a few times a year and love traditional raclette. This was our first visit to Chinook and now understand why our friends couldn't recommend or recall their experiences. We waited over 15 minutes from the time we were seated until we saw a waiter. It then took over 30minutes until our first fondue course was served. The food was ok, but I'd never return or recommend.
Good, but raclette not entirely authentic. Server could have informed us that the extras on the side would be way too much food.
Unluckily for us, there was a party of 15+ 30 somethings. They seemed to be calm when we arrived, then proceeded to get very loud. The fondue room is small and pretty cozy, much quieter then the rest of the restaurant. We still enjoyed the fondue, but it was a relief when that party finally left. We only stayed another 20 minutes or so.
It was a Saturday night, and quite busy. Not a place for an intimate dining experience, but then that seems difficult to find.
This is the first time I have done fondue and the second time I have visited the restaurant. The service has been amazing both times! The table is set with burners to keep the fondue warm. This can be an obstacle, but the food is worth the challenge. The restaurant was also very good about accommodating for food allergies. My girlfriend suffers from celiac, which can make food choices hard, but the waiter was knowledgeable and worked with us to find the best options including desserts. This is not an everyday hangout, but I do recommend if you are in the mood for something different.
We went here to celebrate two birthdays were warmly greeted by the owners upon our arrival. From that moment on our experience was exceptional. Since we had not been here before, we had several questions about both the menu and the process. Our server, stumped by some of our unusual questions/requests, went in search of answers (thanks Kathryn!) and accommodated all our wishes. Her service was attentive without being obtrusive.
The food was simply marvelous. We began with Tuna Tartar (fresh and delicious) and also tried the fried Brussel Sprouts - which were absolutely amazing. From there we ordered the new Tillamook Cheddar Fondue. The fondue was prepared with leeks and mushrooms and was simply one of the best we have tried. It came with a delightful and generous assortment of apples, new potatoes, zucchini and mushrooms. Oh! And some of the best bread I have ever had in a restaurant. We chose to add on their special sausages which were flavorful and excellent. Dessert consisted of a to-die-for apple strudel, and berries with creme anglaise...both were simple perfection.
This was simply one of the best restaurant experiences we have had in a long time. We cannot wait to return and sample more of the menu. Special kudos to Kathryn, Ali and Christopher for helping to make the evening beyond memorable.