The 2011 edition of the Gault Millau culinary guide has awarded Zermatt with 233 points. Last year, the guide listed 13 restaurants in Zermatt, but this year the number has increased to 17.
Gault Millau is one of the most influential French restaurant guides founded by two restaurant critics, Henri Gault and Christian Millau. The guide rates restaurants on a scale of one to 20, and points are awarded strictly on quality of food.
Four establishments are listed for the first time, with 13 points each: the Sonnmatten restaurant; the Hotel Cervo which is described as the Shooting Star of the season by Gault Millau; the mountain restaurant Chez Vrony; and the Lounge/Al Bosco in the Riffelalp Resort which was praised for its tapas and attractive wine list.
The highest number of points in the village was received by Capri in the Mont Cervin Palace, which achieved 16 points, and was praised as the best Italian restaurant in Switzerland.
Many restaurants received the same points as the previous year: 13 points was awarded to the Findlerhof mountain restaurant, the Chinese restaurant China Garden, Chez Heini, Heimberg, Portofino, and the Japanese restaurant Myoko; 14 points was awarded to Prato Borni in the Zermatterhof and the Grill Le Cervin in the Mont Cervin Palace; and 15 points was again awarded to the Gourmetstübli in the Hotel Schönegg and the Corbeau d'Or in the Hotel Mirabeau Alpine Residence.
Two restaurants increased their point tally: Zum See with now has 14 points and Le Gourmet in the Hotel Alpenhof now has 15 points.