Situated in Carouge, Au Vieux Carouge may just be the best fondue place in Geneva. And not just for the food, but also because of the hospitality of the owners Jacky and Maryda. If they recommend the fondue with tomatoes, take their word for it. The fondue is consistently excellent, as is the memory of the café owners; you don't need to be a regular customer for them to recognize you. It does get crowded around meal times so it's advisable to call ahead and reserve a table.
Crazy for pasta and risotto? Then do drop in at Il Lago restaurant located in the opulent Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues. The decor punctuated with rich carpets and chandeliers has a European influence. Relish the authentic Italian fare prepared with the season's freshest produce. Il Lago is the place for you to pep up the gloomy morning with a low-fat breakfast, gorge on the Cheese Ravioli Scented with Lemon dish and Mint or the White Truffle Tagliolini, or to get the much needed sugar rush with the chocolates served with hazelnut ice cream.
Gelato Mania is touted by many to be the best ice-cream parlor in Geneva. Serving simple gelato in a variety of interesting flavors, this place will strike a chord with every ice-cream lover. Their flavors are largely seasonal, meaning you will always get to taste the freshest melt-in-your-mouth gelatos. Some combinations such as pineapple-ginger and pineapple-basil may sound strange, but go together perfectly. Grab your cuppa today!
Located in the Beau Rivage, Patara restaurant is one of the finest Thai restaurants in the city. The menu offers an extensive choice of Thai specialties from well-loved classics, to the kitchen's inventive creations. The interiors are vibrant, with dark wood creating a nice contrast and silk elements adding an ethnic touch. The ceiling fan-lamps are brightly lit, giving the whole place a lovely charm. Reservations are highly recommended
The language isn't the only part of France you'll find in Geneva; among the French restaurants represented in the city, La Perle du Lac is a gem. Perched right next to the lake, this restaurant affords breathtaking views along with its delectable cuisine. There is seating on a terrace overlooking the water and also tastefully decorated dining rooms inside. With a platter of different menus to choose from (including prix fixe and seasonal menus), La Perle du Lac is a fine choice for a classy dinner.
Luigia has earned the reputation of being one of the best Italian restaurants in Geneva, with an extensive wine list and every Italian meal imaginable. The house specialty is Luigia's Pizza Petals, five dough bowls packed to the brim with cheese and mushrooms, topped with delicate black truffle shavings. The interior is spacious and industrial, with brushed metal and large skylights. The kitchen is exposed, and the chefs can be seen flipping their pizza dough back and forth between them. For the children, there is a corner decorated with Disney characters. Weekends can be quite packed and noisy, so opt for a lunch or a weekday dinner.
Facing the busy Boulevard Georges-Favon, Sushi Shop is a small sushi restaurant as the name implies. The interiors of the restaurant has a modern appeal with limited wooden tables and small stools. The menu has distinctly-flavored sushi rolls as well as salads and soups. The place is majorly a take-out and they also offer delivery service.
Café Cuba is an oasis of salsa music, caipirinhas and a reasonable, albeit somewhat limited, menu. After sipping cocktails on the sidewalk terrace, head inside to absorb the lively atmosphere, either upstairs or downstairs, while eating South American dishes. The salsa music gives the place a real Latin feel, and the ambiance is lively and down-to-earth. Call for additional information.
Bai-Toey is a small Thai restaurant serving simple and authentic Thai dishes. The seating area is limited but not cramped. The room is brightly lit and decorated with large, red tulip stickers on the wall, which make the place look adorable. The service at Bai-Toey is very attentive and friendly. Their red curry, duck dishes, and thin rice noodles come highly recommended. The restaurant serves generous portions and is adequately priced.
Les Trois Verres is named after the Italian wine guide. The restaurant's decor is quite modern and the ambiance is always lively. The food menu reflects traditional culinary delights of Italy made from fresh produce sourced from local markets. Menu offers a variety of pastas, risotto, seafood, meat, poultry specials and delectable desserts. Food can be complemented with Swiss as well as Italian wines. Reservation is mandatory at Les Trois Verres. The restaurant operates slightly on the expensive side but the quality of food and impeccable service makes it worth the trip.
With its bustling brasserie atmosphere, Café Lyrique is a reliable and consistent restaurant serving quality food. The seating is split over two areas, the largest zone situated in a splendid baroque-like interior. The restaurant is well-equipped to handle express dinners as many clients will be heading for concerts at the nearby Victoria Hall or Grand Theater. Customers are also welcome to stop by for a drink only.
A traditional Swiss restaurant, popular with locals and tourists alike. This is the place to go if you fancy a real Swiss meal. The restaurant has been designed to resemble a typical Swiss mountain chalet. The wooden tables are covered with colorful checked red and white tablecloths. Traditional Swiss dishes such as cheese fondue, raclette (slabs of melted cheese served with pickles, boiled potatoes and bread) and viande séchée (very thinly sliced air-dried beef) are served here. The wine list includes a number of good local wines.