Located on the shoreline of Lake Geneva is the famous Montreux Casino known to host the Montreux Jazz Festival. The casino was rebuilt in 1971 after it was burned down when a fan set the venue ablaze during a Frank Zappa concert, the incident is memorialized in English rock group, Deep Purple's song, "Smoke on the water". The casino has been a popular venue for many great symphony orchestras and renowned conductors. Today the casino serves as an event venue and is home to one of the best contemporary restaurant and bar in Montreux.
Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, the vision of its namesake chef, holds the distinction of being a Michelin star awarded restaurant. This high end restaurant makes use of local produce to create dishes that are more complex and contemporary than we can imagine, still staying true to its Swiss roots. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant has a fixed set of menus for one to choose from, consisting of dishes such as Guanaja chocolate, slow cooked sole, Sobacha shellfish, blue lobster, and a lot more. The wines complement the dishes perfectly, while the staff is truly professional. The prices are quite steep, but well worth the experience.
Visitors should not take the name of this restaurant and cocktail bar literally, although the food is quite good. A worldly tapas bar, Eat Me serves international cuisine on small plates. The goal is to have diners sample diverse cuisines in bite-sized portions, from street foods to sophisticated dishes from the globe over. In many cases traditional dishes are reinterpreted with modern flair. Dinner served here satisfies the most experienced traveler. Skagenröra, a Swedish seafood and cream soup, is offered along grilled Ibèrico pork steak, for example. The menu, in fact, is organized by world region, from the Americas to Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. The restaurant is a perfect place to pair a dish with a “culinary cocktail” and tell old travel tales.
This Swiss style restaurant is situated in a small forest, north of the city. Being high up, Le Chalet Suisse offers a beautiful view of the city and the mountains below. Decorated with traditional red and white checked curtains and wooden tables, the restaurant has a warm and friendly atmosphere. The menu mainly consists of traditional cheese specialties such as fondues. Different types of cheese fondue offered here makes this place popular with the crowd. However, the menu also includes various meats, fish and salad dishes. Bon appetite!
This old brasserie, with its elegant interiors, is very famous in Lausanne. Cafe Romand is situated in the very center of town, in the Place Saint François. Of all the great typical dishes on offer, the cheese fondues remain the most celebrated. The establishment's clientele is quite varied, one first comes to the Romand as a student, and keeps coming here well into retirement.
One of Lausanne's most popular restaurants, this Italian eatery has lots of character, charm and most importantly, a friendly staff. The place gets busy, although there is no need to book for a family of four or less. Choose to dine indoors or out on the large street terrace, another reason for the restaurant's popularity. The menu consists of all main Italian dishes, and is reasonably priced.