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James Joyce Pub

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, European
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Pelikanstrasse 8, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
+41 44 221 18 28
11:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 11:00 - 18:00
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Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

This restaurant takes you back in the twentys. The Ambiente is really nice, you feel well just by entering. A lot of banker take their after work beer, so don't be fooled by all the suits, you can go in with your jeans ;-) We've ordered the James Joyce hamburger with fried egg, bacon and backed onions. My partner ordered... More 

Thank BerryvanD
Zurich, Switzerland
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240 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

James Joyce is an institution in Zürich for bankers enjoying a pub beer and juicy burgers. At lunch it's a mire sober environment but after work the beer flows and the bankers relax from their day. Unlike some other pubs in Zürich, James Joyce is less of a place to watch football, and puts their attention more to their menu.

Thank stephenjason
Zurich, Switzerland
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

I go to this bar once a month and meet some friends there. The order is always the same, the "Complete" burger. It's very tasty and filling. This is our favourite place.

Thank davidO8013CE
Vienna, Austria
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

We have been at this pub with 13 people for business lunch and they dealt with our group in a perfect way. Drinks and food were served in sync. The food selection (fish, sandwiches, etc) was good and all of us enjoyed it. They also serve nice local white wine from Zurich. We were sitting at the terrace which is... More 

Thank JohannesSt
Ottawa, Canada
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Despite the beautifully restored bar which was saved from the Dublin trash heap and brought to Zurich, the historic bar is set inside a very cheesy environment which kills pretty much any residual charm the old pub might have had.

Thank Enrico P
Sao Paulo, SP
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

James Joyce offered a great variety of beers and delicious burger. Fair price. Very nice for happy hours.

Thank nataliasallum
Zurich, Switzerland
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160 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

This is not your ordinary Irish pub. It's a faithful recreation of a hotel bar in Dublin which when the hotel was dismantled, a bank bought the fittings and brought them over to Zurich. So it's plush green leather, stained glass and Guinness. Food is decent but unremarkable: you will get better burgers nowadays elsewhere (such as at Helvti Diner).... More 

Thank John R
Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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147 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

James Joyce is a great place for a business lunch in downtown Zurich. Stop by the Tesla shop which is next door. It has a pub like atmosphere, good food and attentive/friendly service.

Thank Manuel E
Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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497 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

Came here last Friday evening and very lucky to get a table. Was about 8oc and place was really busy! Very nice gentleman waiter looked after us. We both had different burgers and they were delicious. My meat was proper beef, really tasty. First timers here and wound recommend 😊

Thank Toyah1
Zurich, Switzerland
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391 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015

We stayed here for a dinner with the whole family shortly before Christmas. The place was very crowded but somehow we managed to get a small table at the bar. We ordered Hamburger (they say this is the best in town) and sandwiches. The food was really good, the Gin Tonic excellent. Nice place with some history about the interior.... More 

Thank Werner W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Bar, Pub, European
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Pelikanstrasse 8, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Zurich  >  Zurich
  • Phone Number: +41 44 221 18 28

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?