Restaurants in Geneva
Eating out in Geneva is a gratifying affair. The city offers a
fantastic selection of traditional and local fare, as well as
excellent international and ethnic cuisine.
Local Geneva specialities include fresh fish from the lake and a
variety of pork dishes, including petit salé
pork) and longeole
(pork sausage). While Swiss cheese is
enjoyed worldwide, Geneva has copious amounts of Raclette,
Emmenthal and Gruyere, among other well-known cheeses on offer.
These can be tasted in the quintessential Swiss fondue. Traditional
Swiss restaurants can be found throughout the city but Place du
Cirque and Quay Turrettini host some of the best.
Diners eating out in Geneva will find a variety of international
restaurants offering modern, traditional, ethnic or fusion menus.
There are good French restaurants in the hotels on Quai Du Mont
Blanc and Chemin du Petit Saconnex and on Rue de Lausanne. For
Italian eateries, travellers should try Rue de Fribourg, while
Spanish food is best on Rue de Coutance. Rue du Prieuré has
a delightful Indian restaurant, and there are great cafés on
While the prices at top restaurants can be astronomical, the
standards are just as high. There are also fixed-price menus
available to lighten the load. A 7% service charge is included in
all restaurant bills. Many Geneva restaurants close on weekends and
especially Sundays, so travellers should call ahead to enquire;
reservations are recommended.
||$$$$$ | Local
Those in search of authentic Swiss cuisine prepared to
perfection need look no further than the Les Armures. This renowned
eatery located in the 5-star Hotel Les Armures features three
dining rooms for patrons to choose between, namely the Terrace,
Salle des Artistes and Carnozet and serves Swiss favourites with a
French flair and elegance. Patrons should try the wild mushroom
soup, sliced breaded veal or the roasted duck breast served in a
raspberry vinegar sauce. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Address: 1 Rue Puits-St-Pierre;
Telephone: +41 22 818 71 72
|Café des Bains
||$$$$$ | Café
A warm and friendly bistro situated opposite the Museum of
Modern and Contemporary Art in the trendy Plainpalais district,
Café des Bains serves fresh innovative dishes from all over
the world. With a varying daily lunch menu, patrons can expect
mouth-watering quality dishes, prepared with only the finest
ingredients, which are creatively presented. They can take lunch at
the bar area where they can access free wifi or just sit back and
enjoy a freshly brewed coffee. In the evenings patrons can choose
from an attractive a la carte menu that is accompanied by a good
winelist. For a relaxed dining experience in Geneva, travellers
should head to Café de Bains. Open Monday to Friday for
lunch and dinner, and Saturday for dinner.
Address: Rue des Bains 26;
Telephone: (0)22 320 21 22
|La Perle du Lac
||$$$$$ | French
Popular with tourists and locals alike, La Perle du Lac is the
only restaurant in Geneva that is situated directly on Lac Leman.
Known for its large flowered terrace overlooking the Alps mountain
range and the tranquil lake, guests at La Perle du Lac easily
unwind whilst relishing the flavours of their pan fried escalope of
duck liver with apple or the much loved slow-cooked lamb shanks.
Situated in pretty Mon Repos Park, La Perle du Lac has been serving
five star French cuisine to diplomats and businessmen for over 30
years. Open Monday to Sunday for lunch and dinner.
Address: Rue de Lausanne 126;
Telephone: (0)22 909 1020
|Café du Soleil
||$$$$$ | Local
Situated about three miles (five kilometres) outside of central
Geneva, city slickers and tourists alike cannot help but gravitate
towards Café du Soleil. With a leafy outside sitting area
dotted with blood red tables and a simple interior with antique
wooden chairs and elaborate framed mirrors adorning the bare white
walls, the frank décor of Café du Soleil only
highlights the scrumptious cuisine. Regarded as one of the oldest
restaurants in Geneva and one of the best fondue restaurants to
boot, there is no uncertainty over what to order. For a light
lunch, patrons should try their brochettes or freshly prepared
salads otherwise the sirloin and rump steaks are a good bet. Open
daily for lunch and dinner.
Address: Place du Petit-Saconnex 6, Petit-Saconnex;
Telephone: (0)22 733 3417
|Auberge de Floris
||$$$$$ | French
Ideal for a business lunch or gastronomic night out, Auberge de
Floris is a sophisticated terrace restaurant overlooking the lake
in the picturesque village of Anières, 15 minutes southwest
of the city. Claude and Inès Legras warmly welcome patrons
to this Michelin star restaurant known for its delectable seafood.
Patrons should try the tuna carpaccio starter drizzled with orange
zest and olive oil and follow with pecorino-stuffed calamari in
octopus ink sauce with chorizo potatoes and steamed courgette
flowers. Next door is the bistro, offering less complex but still
inventive dishes at slightly cheaper prices. Open Tuesday to
Saturday for lunch and dinner.
Address: Route d'Hermance 287;
Telephone: (0)22 751 2020
|Les Papilles de Lavinia
||$$$$$ | Spanish
A haven for wine lovers, Les Papilles de Lavinia is a new wine
and tapas bar that combines the sweet and savoury dishes with a
wonderful selection of wines from leading producers around the
world. Guests can sit intimately at a table for two or join a
larger group around the heavy wooden tables. With tasteful
décor and a trendy wine bar atmosphere, Les Papilles de
Lavinia is ideal for a sophisticated lunch or after-work drink.
Open for lunch and early dinner from Monday to Saturday.
Address: Rue de Coutance 3bis;
Telephone: (0)22 732 2222
|Parc des Eaux-Vives
||$$$$$ | French
The elegant Restaurant du Parc des Eaux-Vives is situated in a
historic mansion dating back to the 18th century in the picturesque
Parc des Eaux-Vives along the lake. The gourmet restaurant,
decorated with two Michelin stars, is overseen by talented chef de
cuisine Julien Schillaci whose refined menu is composed according
to the produce of the season. The art deco dining room is
complimented with world-class wines and outstanding service. In
summer, the Parc des Eaux-Vives terrace is one of the most
beautiful settings in Geneva. Ideal for business or leisure, the
Parc des Eaux-Vives is open daily for lunch and dinner.
Address: Quai Gustave-Ador 82;
Telephone: (0)22 849 7575
||$$$$$ | Moroccan
Met by an ornate fountain in the entrance way and draped in rich
ochre, red and orange décor, this cosy Moroccan restaurant
features rugs, cushions, tapestries and belly dancers on Saturday
nights. A popular eatery with locals and almost always bustling, La
Mamounia serves traditional Moroccan dishes and delicious tagines.
Rooms with different colours and décor can be booked for
private parties and large tables. The flagship dish, the chicken
'Mamounia' with toasted almond sauce is not to be missed.
Reservations accepted. Open daily.
Address: 3 Avenue de Frontenex;
Telephone: (0)22 736 27 27
||$$$$$ | French
Serving some of Geneva's finest French cuisine, Le
Chat-Botté boasts renowned chef Dominique Gauthier, who
prepares innovative and delicious gourmet food night after night.
Located in the Hotel Beau Rivage, this stylish and sophisticated
restaurant is tastefully decorated and boasts one of Switzerland's
finest selections of wines. Patrons should try the tartar of
slipper lobster with lime and ginger, coco milk and citronella
gaspacho, or the Pyrenean spring lamb and polenta fries served with
a delicious light cream. Whatever guests choose to eat, Le
Chat-Botte does not disappoint. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Address: Quai du Mont-Blanc 13;
Telephone: (0)22 716 69 20
|L'Ange des Dix Vins
||$$$$$ | French
Located in the leafy green suburbs of Carouge, this bustling
classic restaurant has fast become one of Geneva's favourites. The
ever-changing art adorning the walls and wine list allows patrons
to sample some exciting new additions while dining on traditional
French fare. Open Monday to Friday from January through August and
Monday to Saturday September through December. Reservations
Address: 31 Rue Jacques-Dalphin;
Telephone: +41 22 342 40 10