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About The Matterhorn Swiss Restaurant

Located in the heart of San Francisco the Restaurant serves authentic Swiss cuisine in a smart Alpine setting. Our carefully crafted Fondue menu, extensive wine selections, impeccable service and elegant, yet cozy atmosphere brings the best of Switzerland to your dining experience.

2323 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Fondue, Swiss

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00PM - 8:30PM

Please note: we are giving only a certain amount of reservations to Open Table. If your Group exceeds 4 Guests please call us for availability! We will do our best to accomodate you!

Cross Street:
Green Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 885-6116

Website:
http://www.thematterhornrestaurant.com/

Public Transit:
Several Muni bus stops nearby.

Executive Chef:
Andrew James Thorpe

Additional:
Beer, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:



Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Please join us for Christmas Eve Dinner. Please note, no a la carte Menu will be available. For groups larger than 5 please call the Restaurant directly.

The Matterhorn Swiss Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.6

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100% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
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Cozy (6)
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Casual (5)
Fun (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Romantic (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Business Meals (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I have been wanting to try this restaurant for years and now that I have finally gone I am hitting myself as to why it took me so long. It was great. We had the beef fondue in oil. the sauces were delicious.

Tags: Fun, Authentic
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

The owner was very friendly and the fondu was perfect.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This place is a gem! Huge portions of the most delicious melty cheese! For me, it was heaven on earth...

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Parking was a bit challenging, but once we got inside this quaint and well decorated place, that experience faded and we enjoyed a nice fondue meal and a bottle of Fendant which is hard to find. Pricing was a bit steep, but we don’t do fondue regularly, so it was a treat! Food was great, and so was the service. We will be back!

Tags: Romantic, Casual
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Beautiful place, delicious food, excellent when you have Heimweh (Homesickness)

I loved it!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The Matterhorn has long been a favorite of ours. Their fondue is excellent and the optional morsels to dip are also great. The schnitzel is wonderful, too. (Just remember to call and make sure it is available that night as it sometimes isn't.) The ambiance is perfect, supported by the traditional Swiss blond wood, comfortable booths (or tables, if you prefer), and music. It is so nice to visit a classic like this and find it always delicious, satisfying in every way, an unmitigated pleasure--just as you remember it always being. In short, we love the place!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Casual
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Grüetzi. Ich komme aus der Schweiz. Ich wollte meinen amerikanischen Freunden zeigen, was Fondue ist. Sie waren sowohl vom Fondue sowie des Lokals sehr begeistert. Schade, dass Ihr in einem Jahr aufhört.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Romantic, Business Meals, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Came with my family and everyone enjoyed everything. It's too bad we didn't have more room in our stomachs, because we would have like to order more items!!

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent cheese (from various Swiss regions) fondue and fresh salad with very tasty dressing.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great service! Fairly traditional fondue presentation.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Visiting the city with friends and I picked this restaurant as I had been here before. It was perfect for our get together. The place was very quiet and we could talk among ourselves without distractingly loud music. The cheese fondue was awesome as usual and along with the wine was a perfect fit.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Terrific dining experience. Truly authentic Swiss down to amazing Swiss wines you can’t get anywhere else. Was like being transported back to Switzerland for a terrific dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Always special

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Wonderful everything about this authentic Swiss restaurant. Tried original cheese fondue, and beef Bacchus fondue. Dark choc dessert fondue. All perfection. Parking on van Ness difficult so rideshare in. Exceptional bar as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

4 Adults celebrated 2 birthdays with a fondue dinner. We ordered cheese for 2, and beef/scallops for 2. Plenty of food and only 2 people had room for dessert. We went with the Cote du Rhone wine recommended by the owner, and were happy with that choice. Delicious dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

We love the Matterhorn. We've been going for years. Very friendly service & great fondue. Feels very Swiss. Rumor has it that the owners are retiring soon. Go before it's too late.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Always top quality service and food. Never fails.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Brigitte was fabulous -- her recommendations were perfect! Food was fresh and delish!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Love the fresh bread authentic fondue ambience and owners

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Owners are great and so accommodating. My kids favorite restaurant and must go to place when we Visit the city.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Love this restaurant, and Bridgette (the owner)! She's always so warm and welcoming.

We dine here about 4 times a year and look forward to returning every time. We always order 'The Original' fondue with sausage, mushrooms, apple, and bread of course. We leave each time in the best cheese coma!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Perfect place. High quality. Nice ambience. Typical Swiss Cheese Fondue.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

We are from Switzerland and and the food was very good. We would come and eat here again.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 21, 2017

One pot of cheese, a couple of iced teas, a plate of sausage, a chopped up apple, and some uncooked standard mushrooms should not come out to $77. Not even if it's gold plated. When we told her I am gluten free, she wouldn't even throw in the mushrooms and still charged us the same for the baguette we didn't take nor eat. Said we should have brought BYOB bread with us. Tasty, but heavy on the highway robbery.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Food was good, though I did find it to be a bit expensive as fondue goes, even by San Francisco standards.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 11, 2017

A really fun, retro restaurant that has great fondue. A good choice for a change of pace.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 4, 2017

The Matterhorn Swiss Restaurant has become an event I look forward to when my daughter is taking me to the San Francisco Airport for my return flight home. It has a unique ambiance and excellent cheese fondue - which reminds us of a time past when this dish was a favorite family meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Love this place. Not great for kids, but great for adults. Totally genuine fondue experience. Reminds me of Switzerland.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2017

We love this restaurant and go for our "fondu fix."

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 12, 2017

The restaurant has a fun, unique alpine theme. Unfortunately, it was uncomfortably quiet and empty when we went and the food was okay but not too inspiring. I didn't think that Swiss food was just fondue.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Basic old timey fondue circa 1970. We had fun in spite of, well, mediocre food. If you have a friend who misses the plain food of days of yore this is your place. Would encourage a update to the menu and more effort towards a better fondue.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 21, 2017

We had a wonderful experience at Matterhorn. My husband treated me to a birthday dinner here. Service was exceptional and very friendly. We had a cheese fondue, and a chocolate fondue for dessert. The servings are large and we were absolutely stuffed. I highly recommend Matterhorn!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Wonderful experience! Delicious fondue and wine and warm hospitality! A new tradition for us:-)

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fun, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 16, 2017

It's always a pleasure to know you're going to get great service and a divine meal. Matterhorn delivers both! This is by far the best Authentic Swiss Fondue in the US.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2017

This is the most authentic Swiss restaurant I have ever been too. The decor and atmosphere as well as the food. Everything is authentic. It is run by a Swiss woman who is always there making sure everything is great! I love all the fondues that are served at this place! Makes me feel right at home. The food is great and it is a fun place to go with friends!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Perfect place for romatic dinner. Nice quiet atmosphere, excellent fondue. The choice of Swiss wines is not big, but enough for accompany fondue.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Love the waitress! Makes you feel totally at home

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2017

A really nice place, charming but definitely a bit odd, this brightly lit, sparsely furnished Swiss oasis on Van Ness. The menu is appropriately short, with just cheese or meat fondue offerings. No gimmicks - utilitarian. Very polite and attentive service from a woman (who seemed to be the owner) and the waitress. The fondue was well made and tasty. Nicely hot and bubbly. I recommend this place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2017

The day we went there was a large storm. We had a private place for2 hours. The owner has been there for 22 years. She is very nice and knowledgeable.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Because our first experience here with friends was so good, we decided to go back. Needless to say, the first time we were here we did not order the fondue.
Sadly, our second time around was less than stellar. We were seated in a different part of the restaurant; the fondue for 2 was not well presented; and the meal was not worth the price.

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