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By Chris | February 5 2007
Geneva has a plethora of Michelin-starred restaurants that have won many prestigious Gault & Millau awards for the quality and ingenuity of their gastronomy. Indulge your mind, body and soul at some of the best restaurants in the city. These are our picks of the best restaurants in Geneva.
Il Lago, the main restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Des Bergues, is a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds. Subtlety is not part of this Michelin-starred restaurant’s repertoire. The bold and grand interior featuring intricate brocades, French doors and chandeliers is reminiscent of the lavish imperial era. Magnificently decorated with Italian frescoes the living room is elegant yet welcoming, while the blue room, though somewhat more formal, is a great destination for business lunches. The menu is a perfect marriage of traditional Italian specialties and the best of Mediterranean gastronomy. Surrounded by centennial olive trees, the terrace is a wonderful place to dine. Combined with the legendary Four Seasons service, guests are ensured a flawless and memorable dining experience.
Only 15 minutes west of central Geneva, the menu is extravagant, with a price tag to match, but it’s thanks to the chef’s creativity and insistence on selecting the best seasonal products that Domaine de Châteauvieux remains at the top of its game. The ambiance created by the original beams and paneling, cobbled walls, a period fireplace and solid wood furniture invokes an atmosphere of calm and tranquility; the perfect setting to enjoy gourmet dining at its very best. Immerse yourself in 16th-century architecture in the main dining room, and for a more intimate experience the cellar features a single dining table, where guests can enjoy their meal among displays of internationally prestigious and locally produced vintage wines. This room has access to a bar and smoking room that offers the best Havana cigars. If you are seeking something special, then we recommend the Chef’s Table.
Traditional Swiss cuisine with a nod to the Orient, Sens Restaurant offers a gourmet menu that prides itself on local provenance and choosing ingredients in season.
The filet of Simmental beef served with apple purée and wasabi is a perfect example of this East-West fusion. The striking interior was designed by Marc Hertrich & Nicolas Adnet Agency and, like the food, is a blend of surprising yet balanced contrasts. Between May and October, guests can dine on the small outside terrace.
Within the historic walls of Swissôtel Métropole Geneva, Gusto restaurant offers diners Italian dishes with a touch of French flair. Decor is contemporary for an upscale experience, and guests can also enjoy an al fresco meal on the restaurant’s outdoor patio.
Thomas Byrne and Gilles Dupont have been described by Relais & Châteaux as the “tightrope walkers and choreographers of gastronomy”. Set in a tantalizingly soothing location with views over Lake Geneva, the esthetics of their cuisine is creative and streamlined. If the mesmerizing views on city and lake are the frameworks, then the savory dishes are undoubtedly the paintings. Maintaining a smart and classical decor, Auberge du Lion d’Or amplifies the attention towards the dishes.
Overlooking the lake, Living Room Bar & Kitchen at Hôtel de La Paix Geneva upholds the Ritz-Carlton fine dining tradition. Seasonal produce inspires fare from Italy, Spain and Switzerland for dishes that also incorporate Japanese cooking philosophy. Main courses include catch of the day, free-range chicken casserole and scampi with homemade gnocchi.
The luxurious Hotel President Wilson features three restaurants and three bars onsite. Facing the magnificent panorama of the Alps and Lake Geneva, discover Bayview by Michel Roth, a gastronomic restaurant and unique culinary concept boasting one Michelin star. Alternatively, escape to L’Arabesque and enjoy the subtle flavors of Lebanese cuisine. Umami by Michel Roth is the third option, centered on Japanese cuisine with French flair.
The Windows Restaurant is open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers award-winning cuisine, having earned a Michelin plate. Be guided through the extensive wine list by the resident sommelier and enjoy an intimate dinner or a celebratory banquet. True to its name, the venue boosts wooden floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors for maximum panoramic views over stunning Lake Geneva. The warm, intimate atmosphere extends into the L’Observatoire, a secluded wing of the restaurant available for exclusive private functions and gatherings.
The very first fine-dining Indian restaurant in Geneva, Rasoi by Vineet has earned itseld a Michelin plate for its ethnic cuisine. Created by Chef Vineet Bathia, who describes his award-winning cuisine as “evolved Indian food that never stops evolving.” Balance and a sophisticated use of spices are Bathia’s signature while he gives traditional Indian cuisine a unique and contemporary twist and an exceptionally modern presentation. The restaurant’s decor features a vibrant color scheme in accents of reds and purples, with embossed silver leaf set into rich woods and beautiful stone surfaces. A contemporary tandoori oven stands as a proud centerpiece.
Dine in this 18th century mansion located among the vast greenery of the Parc des Eaux-Vives. La Brasserie serves a combination of French and Genevan-inspired cuisine crafted from sustainable ingredients. Signature chef’s dishes include thyme-flavored rack of lamb and a dessert of chocolate fondant with caramel cream.
At Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, Izumi sits on the on a rooftop to provide 360-degree views over the city and nearby Mont Blanc. Izumi serves Japanese-fusion cuisine in a sleek urban atmosphere, complete with contemporary furniture. Dine on sashimi or sushi pate with truffles while taking in the Swiss surroundings. The restaurant has earned a Michelin plate
Epicureans will enjoy Les Armures restaurant, recognized as one of the oldest in the city. Situated within the Hôtel Les Armures, this brasserie-style restaurant features all-day dining and serves Swiss specialties such as delicious cheese fondue and raclette. Enjoy quality French cuisine all served in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with a comprehensive Swiss wine list and gourmet local produce, Les Armures restaurant is an unforgettable experience for discerning diners.