Feast on fresh fish at Fischer’s Fritz (reservations recommended), which shares the sloping lakeshore with Zurich’s only campground. The catch is hauled in daily by a local fisherman and served to a crowd of prosecco-drinking campers and city dwellers who loosen their ties and kick off their high heels. Start with the seasonal-vegetable basket ($30), accompanied by a tangy anchovy mayonnaise, followed by grilled pike and perch (starting at $31).
Watch the chef grill your steak in the open kitchen of the Steakhouse at Marina Lachen, the newest restaurant to open (two summers ago) at this breezy lakefront complex on the lake’s southern tip. In addition to serving choice cuts of roast beef ($49) and steak ($79), this sleek restaurant won the 2012 Best of Swiss Gastro Award, the country’s only dining award that’s voted on by the public.
Book in advance for dinner at stylish but often packed Seerose, which serves fresh seafood (from $48) including yellowfin tuna steak and Ora King salmon alongside top-shelf cocktails. For a more tranquil evening with equally stellar views, head three miles south to the elegant, lesser-known Tracht, where you can sit on the lakeside deck and dine on tuna carpaccio with wasabi panna cotta ($23) and tiger prawns spiced with Thai curry ($41).