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Restaurants in Geneva

Haute cuisine is served at lakefront La Perle du Lac, while fiery Thai curries are on the menu at avant-garde Patara on Geneva's Right Bank. Bohemian Pâquis district provides everything from steak-frites to Mexican enchiladas. In the medieval Old Town, order the famous pigs' trotters at Au Pied du Cochon. Carouge offers alfresco dining in summer. Try L'Olivier de Provençe for rustic Provençale dishes. Last orders are usually 10pm. The bill generally includes a 15% service charge.

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  1. 1. La Perle du Lac - Top-end: (More than SFr90 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    La Perle du Lac, Geneva. © La Perle du Lac

    La Perle du Lac restaurant stands in Mon Repos Park overlooking Lake Geneva. A saunter along the lakefront creates an appetite for fine French cuisine from pigeon breast to slow-cooked lamb shanks. Well-dressed locals dine by candlelight in the elegant salon, or on the flower-draped terrace as dusk light makes the Alps blush.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 12pm-2pm & 7pm-10pm

    Address

    Parc Mon Repos, 126 rue de Lausanne, Geneva 1202

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 22 909 1020

    Transport

    Bus 1 to Jardin botanique

    Website

    La Perle du Lac Website

  2. 2. Patara - Top-end: (More than SFr90 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Patara, Geneva. © Patara

    Innovative Thai cuisine is served at Patara, an avant-garde restaurant in Hotel Beau-Rivage on Geneva's Right Bank. Purple walls inlaid with marble lotuses, teak carvings and snowy white linen set the scene. The smiling staff bring exquisitely presented dishes such as rock lobster in red curry and spicy crabmeat dumplings to the table.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm & 7pm-10pm; Sat & Sun 7pm-10pm

    Address

    Hotel Beau-Rivage, 13 quai du Mont Blanc, Geneva 1201

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 22 731 5566

    Transport

    Bus 1 to Monthoux

    Website

    Patara Website

  3. 3. L'Olivier de Provence - Top-end: (More than SFr90 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    L'Olivier de Provence, Geneva. © L'Olivier de Provence

    L'Olivier de Provence is worth the short trek to Carouge. With exposed beams, terracotta tiles and an open fire, the restaurant recreates the warm ambience of a rural gîte. The seasonal menu might include flambéed sea bass or tender guinea fowl with fresh morels. Diners retreat to the tree-shaded terrace in summer.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 10am-9.45pm; Sat 4pm-9.45pm

    Address

    13 rue Jacques-Dalphin, Carouge, Geneva 1227

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 22 342 0450

    Transport

    Tram 13 to Armes

    Website

    L'Olivier de Provence Website

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  1. 4. Café des Bains - Mid-range: (SFr50-90 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Cafe des Bains, Geneva. Courtesy of Cafe des Bains

    Opposite MAMCO gallery in Geneva's Plainpalais district, Café des Bains serves world flavours in a 21st-century bistro setting. Bold prints, cube-shaped lanterns and muted tones create the backdrop for dishes from curried mussel soup to duck in teriyaki sauce. Nip across to the lime-green bar for an after-dinner coffee or cocktail.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 11am-3pm & 6pm-1am

    Address

    26, rue des Bains, Geneva 1205

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 22 321 5798

    Transport

    Tram 13 to Cirque

    Website

    Café des Bains Website

  2. 5. Au Pied du Cochon - Mid-range: (SFr50-90 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Au Pied du Cochon, Geneva. © Au Pied de Cochon

    In the cobbled lanes of Geneva's Old Town, Au Pied du Cochon is an institution for fans of its namesake pieds de cochon, pigs' trotters. The delicious smell of roast meat curls around guests entering the wood-panelled bistro, where locals polish off hearty Lyonnaise staples from garlicky snails to andouillettes sausages.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-10pm

    Address

    4, place du Bourg-de-Four, Geneva 1204

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 22 310 4797

    Transport

    Bus 8 to Molard

    Website

    Au Pied du Cochon Website

  3. 6. Bistrot du Boeuf Rouge - Mid-range: (SFr50-90 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    An Art Nouveau-style brasserie in Geneva's trendy Pâquis district, Bistrot du Boeuf Rouge serves gastronomy from Lyon. Dark wood panelling and soft lighting create an intimate setting for Beaujolais-drinking and signature dishes like rillettes (potted pork) and boudin blanc (white sausage). A favourite with hungry foodies.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm & 7pm-10pm

    Address

    17, rue Alfred-Vincent, Geneva 1201

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 22 732 7537

    Transport

    Bus 1 to Monthoux

    Website

    Bistrot du Boeuf Rouge Website

Budget

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  1. 7. Chez Ma Cousine - Budget: (Less than SFr50 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Liking chicken is a prerequisite at Chez Ma Cousine in Geneva's Old Town - it's the only thing on the menu here. The spit-roasted chicken is consistently delicious - crisp, tender and served with Provençale potatoes. The décor is mock rustic with tiled floors, wood tables and antique-style portraits. Locals pack in for comforting dinners.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11.30am-11.30pm

    Address

    6, place du Bourg-de-Four, Geneva 1204

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 22 310 9696

    Transport

    Bus 8 to Place du Port

    Website

    Chez Ma Cousine

  2. 8. Alhambar - Budget: (Less than SFr50 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Popular with young trendsetters, Alhambar is an arty café, bar and restaurant rolled into one. Set above a theatre in Geneva's Old Town, the high-ceilinged venue reveals its retro side with maroon velvet armchairs and vintage lamps. Good-value staples include tortellini with Parma ham and Caesar salad, plus daily specials.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon 12pm-2pm; Tue & Wed 12pm-2pm & 5pm-1am; Thu & Fri 12pm-2pm & 5pm-2am; Sat 4pm-2am; Sun 11am-12am

    Address

    10, Rue de la Rôtisserie , Geneva 1204

    Telephone

    +41 (0)22 312 1313

    Transport

    Tram 16 to Molard

    Website

    Alhambar Website

  3. 9. Café de Paris - Budget: (Less than SFr50 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Situated on Geneva's the Right Bank, Café de Paris has mastered the art of steak-frites (steak and chips). In an elbow-to-elbow bistro, this institution serves fine entrecôte steak. Dapper waiters serve the steak with crisp fries and the famous herb-and-butter sauce that Mr Boubier created in 1930. The exact ingredients remain a closely guarded secret.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-11pm

    Address

    26, rue du Mont-Blanc, Geneva 1201

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 22 732 8450

    Transport

    Tram 13 to Gare Cornavin

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