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Places to Eat in Geneva for an Unforgettable Dining Experience

Check out these restaurants the next time you’re in this gorgeous Swiss city.

Geneva is the second-largest city in Switzerland. This beautiful city is famous for its Old Town, Lake Geneva, Bains des Paquis, and more.

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My favorite part about my recent trip to Geneva was finding the unique restaurants. I love food and so does my husband, so we wanted to make our next adventure together about food.

We found the best restaurants in Geneva and put them together for you so you can visit them on your next trip!

Planning can be overwhelming when you are going to a city you have never been to before. We make it easy! Check out my list of the best restaurants in Geneva below!


Living Room Bar & Kitchen

Quai du Mont-Blanc 11, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 909 60 65
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Right off of the water of Jet d’Eau sits the Living Room Bar & Kitchen. This chic residential restaurant has both lake and mountain views—the best of both worlds!

It serves local dishes, including plant-based options with an emphasis on keeping things fresh and local to be as sustainable as possible.

My husband and I shared a two-course brunch basket. It included two hot beverages, one wine glass, or two fruit juices per person.

They had an extensive menu to choose from for your brunch meal. I picked from the Chef’s Favorites, getting the Beef Tagliata.

The Beef Tagliata was Swiss beef, arugula, pecorino cheese, and sundried tomatoes. It was delicious!


Restaurant Les Armures

Rue du Soleil-Levant, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 818 71 71
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After a morning touring the Cathedrale Saint-Pierre Geneve in the heart of Geneva, I was ready for some lunch.

Nearby my husband found Restaurant Les Armures. I am glad he did! It’s a charming restaurant that made me feel like I had stepped back in time into the medieval period.

All of the names on the menu were in French, but thankfully the descriptions were in English! I tried a dish from their pasta menu.

It had fresh tagliatelle from Geneva that was served with summer vegetables, rocket salad, and basil. Though I have to say, if you’re only going to try raclette once, try it here. It was creamy, warm, and delicious!


Bayview

Quai Wilson 47, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 906 65 52
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After staying a couple of nights at the Hotel President in the center of Geneva, my husband and I kept passing a restaurant called Bayview.

We kept saying we wanted to try it, then on a lazy night in, we decided to give it a go. Bayview takes pride in serving dishes made with local ingredients and cuisine, so I was tempted to choose the signature menu.

However, I wanted to experiment, so I ended up picking things a la carte. I tried a dish with zucchini flower with a curry and Imperial caviar from Sologne, with a surprise of Montreux. You could tell the fish was fresh!

My husband tried the Swiss veal tomahawk served with green beans and roasted apricots, with an almond-scented jus.

We finished our meal with a rhubarb and strawberry gariguette and rhubarb hibiscus sorbet. The cooling dessert was the best way to end our night.


Café du Centre

Pl. du Molard 5, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 311 85 86
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This historical restaurant is located in the heart of Geneva. It is one of the oldest restaurants in the city, dating back to 1933.

We started our meal with the Scottish Salmon Smoked in Geneva off of the appetizer menu. It was served with delicious horseradish cream that added a velvety texture and bit of kick the salmon needed.

After our big appetizer, my husband and I decided to share the main course. We had the Bone Prime Rib off of the Butcher’s Corner menu as it was specially designed for two.

It was the most tender, the best-tasting prime rib that has ever been in my mouth.


Il Lago

Quai des Bergues 33, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 908 71 10
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Right across from the picturesque Geneva Lake Deck sits the stately II Lago, built in 1834 in the neoclassical style.

You can get a taste of Italy while on your trip to Switzerland at one of Geneva’s finest Italian specialty restaurants.

Chef Sena puts a seasonal twist on all of their dishes, keeping the experience eco-friendly and fresh.

This Tasting Menu included Roasted Scampi, traditional Vitello tonnato, wild sea bass carpaccio, bone-in roasted turbot, swiss lamb chops, pasta and patate, and LL Lago revisited tiramisu to finish the meal.

There are no words to describe how tender the meat was, how flaky the fish, nor how perfectly creamy the tiramisu was.


IZUMI

Quai des Bergues 33, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 908 75 25
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My husband and I attended church at Eglise Anglaise Holy Trinity Church one Sunday afternoon, and after the service, we were ready for some lunch.

After eating decadent European food for most of our trip, I was ready to switch things up a bit and have something lighter but no less tasty.

We found the best Japanese restaurant just blocks from the Holy Trinity Church. I had the IZUMI style beef with sauteed potatoes for my main course, with miso soup on the side.

The savory, umami Japanese flavors were unmistakable. My husband tried the baby chicken Tatsuta age with a vegetable assortment topped with teriyaki sauce, with a green salad on the side.

Of course, we had to share the chef’s selection of nigiri and sushi, which was mouth-wateringly fresh.


l’Adresse

Rue du 31 Décembre 32, 1207 Genève, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 736 32 32
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l’Adresse occupies former artists’ workshops but resembles an old cabaret, making this contemporary bistro a unique setting.

We got away from the hustle and bustle of the city beneath us on our visit to l’Adresse. I was even able to do some shopping at the boutique located in the same space as the bistro!

When we were there, my husband and I both got the beef meatballs with sweet and sour onions, pearl barley, herbs, and lemon verbena oil.

It was one of the best meals I had on our entire trip! We ended the meal with a delightful yuzu cheesecake that I’ll be dreaming about for months to come.


Café du Soleil

Pl. du Petit-Saconnex 6, 1209 Genève, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 733 34 17
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Located at the front of the Petit-Saconnex’s Church, Cafe du Soleil has a religious feel. This restaurant was constructed before the church, being older than 400 years old!

We try to get different dishes when we go out to eat so we get to try more things, but my husband and I both got the Prime cut of beef in green pepper sauce served with country potatoes and salad.

This hearty meal filled us to the brim, giving us leftovers for lunch the next day! Of course, we couldn’t leave without trying dessert!

We split the Catalane creme brule and the panna cotta, with an Irish coffee each.


Chat-Botté

Quai du Mont-Blanc 13, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 716 69 20
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After dinner at a nearby restaurant, we enjoyed our dessert on the splendid terrace at Chat-Botte.

I had ice cream (which was crunchy raspberry) while my husband had an in-season apple tart made by the pastry chef!

Though we both swore we were full to the brim, we went ahead and ordered the three cheese seasonal plate. Paired with a glass of wine, there was no better way to end the evening!


Domaine de Châteauvieux

Chemin de Châteauvieux, Peney-Dessus 16, 1242 Satigny, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 753 15 11
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This beautiful Villa is owned by Philippe Chevrier, just off the Chem. de Chateauvieux, near the Rte de Peney-Dessus.

Since he was just a boy, Philippe had always dreamed of being a chef. He has greatly achieved this goal by creating one of my husband’s favorite meals from the trip!

He had the filet mignon served with a salad dressed in a vinaigrette. He wants to go back to Switzerland just for this meal, though with every season, the chef changes the menu to keep the offerings in-season.


Fiskebar

Quai du Mont-Blanc 11, 1211 Genève, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 909 60 71
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Nordic flavors come together beautifully at Fiskebar thanks to Chef Francesca Fucci. The restaurant itself has gorgeous views of Lake Geneva, so we made sure we came for an early dinner to watch the light dance on the water.

We came for some drinks and light food to enjoy before taking an evening stroll on the lake. We had the lobster rolls and french toast off of the Scandinavian Bites menu.

They were perfect for an afternoon paired with craft cocktails!


Final Thoughts

Whether you are going to be in Geneva for one night, a weekend, or weeks, be sure to try some local food!

Geneva is a wonderful place to explore many different things, with food being high on the list. Be sure to visit one of the best restaurants in Geneva on your European adventure! And if you’re headed towards Montreux, be sure to eat at these amazing places while you’re there!

Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave us a comment, and we’ll check it out!


Best Restaurants in Geneva

  1. Living Room Bar & Kitchen
  2. Restaurant Les Armures
  3. Bayview
  4. Café du Centre
  5. Il Lago
  6. IZUMI
  7. l’Adresse
  8. Café du Soleil
  9. Chat-Botté
  10. Domaine de Châteauvieux
  11. Fiskebar

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Written by Brian N

Brian has been an influencer in the food and beverage industry for over 20 years. He not only loves to eat and drink at restaurants on a regular basis, he also knows the business inside and out.