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Despite the wealth evident around the shores of Lake Geneva and the presence of a number of Michelin starred restaurants, the city isn’t lined with only high-end restaurants. Instead visitors to this beautiful city will discover a wealth of traditional and modern Swiss and European restaurants designed to meet a varying level of tastes and budgets. Indeed one of the most celebrated elements of Geneva is the plethora of exquisite dining options and the quality and ingenuity of their gastronomy.
The best restaurants in Geneva vary quite significantly in menu options, size, atmosphere, clientele and price. Therefore selecting a complete list of THE FIVE best restaurants in Geneva has been a tough challenge. We think there is something for everyone in our guide to the five best restaurants in Geneva.
Located in Hotel Edelweiss close to Lake Geneva, Restaurant Edelweiss offers an excellent traditional Swiss dining experience and specialises in fondues. The menu consists of traditional Swiss recipes developed using an exclusive selection of the best local products including cheese or meat fondues, raclette, "émincé" or thinly sliced meat in a sauce and chocolate fondue. Each is as divine as the next and incredibly affordable in comparison to similar offerings in Geneva.
While you enjoy your meal, entertainment is provided by a folk band playing typical Swiss songs and demonstrating the famous yodel. With mountainous décor the icing on the cake, Restaurant Edelweiss is the place to go for a “real” Swiss dining experience.
The second inclusion on our list is also hosted inside a popular Geneva hotel. Il Lago at the Four Seasons Hotel offers both traditional Italian specialties and the best of Mediterranean gastronomy all under one roof. A Michelin star restaurant, Il Lago promises one of the most luxurious dining experiences you’ll ever experience. Enjoy their incredible lobster risotto, pasta dishes cooked to perfection or their signature tiramisu in extraordinarily lavish surroundings. With intricate brocades, French doors, chandeliers and an outdoor dining terrace lined by centennial olive trees, Il Lago at the Four Seasons in Geneva ensures a dining experience you will never forget.
Are you looking to sample some authentic Indian and Asian cuisine on your trip to Geneva? Rasoi by Vineet is not just one of the best restaurants in Geneva but one of the best Asian restaurants in the whole of Europe. Created by renowned chef Vineet Bhatia, the restaurant offers an incredible gastronomic journey into the world of contemporary Indian cuisine. Inspired by traditional Indian cuisine and cooking techniques, Chef Bhatia Bhatia uses his imagination and creativity to blend the flavours and textures of traditional Indian cuisine in a new, intriguing modern way.
To complement the innovative blend of modern Indian cuisine at Rasoi, the restaurant has also achieved the perfect backdrop. Just like the cooking, the décor of Rasoi offers modern twists on traditional Indian design. Vibrant red and sleek black colours are used to create a dramatic interior. This restaurant is contemporary, modern and different to any other Indian dining experience you will encounter.
Considered by many to be THE best restaurant in Geneva, Bistro de la Tour offers the perfect dining experience - quality wines served around a traditional bistro cuisine made with seasonal ingredients. Fan favourites include a squid ink risotto, free farmed pork rib, seabream taradito and their incredibly delicious M&M’s chocolate dessert. This is bistro gastronomy at its finest. With a menu unlike anything you’ve ever seen, Philippe Beaucourt and Francis Hoffmeyer have created a truly unique yet utterly brilliant bistro experience.
Set in the cosy atmosphere of a city apartment, the restaurant includes a hidden fine wine cellar with hundreds of bottles of Swiss and French wines. Those who visit Bistro de la Tour always make it their business to return.
From the outside, this restaurant may not look very impressive and that’s what makes this eatery a true find. Located in the Paquis neighbourhood and famous for its incredibly diverse selection of
eateries and snack bars, Parfums de Beyrouth offers an incredibly delicious, authentic Lebanese dining experience. The menu includes a vast variety of Lebanese dishes, all with distinct Beirut fragrances, flavours and aromas, including mixed lamb shawarma and the Lebanese mixed plate: lamb, chicken, hummus, labneh and salad Fatayer and Kebbe.
Don’t miss out!
Whether you are venturing into the world of Lebanese cuisine for the first time or are a seasoned Lebanese food connoisseur, Parfums de Beyrouth will blow your mind. From back street eateries to Michelin starred restaurants, the best five restaurants in Geneva are incredibly diverse in their offering. However they also have one thing in common – an incredible standard of food and dining experience. If you’re visiting Geneva, ensure your to-do list includes a trip to one of the aforementioned five restaurants.