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Geneva’s top Michelin Star Restaurants

Surrounded by alpine peaks and crystal blue lakes, and home to the United Nations and a plethora of Swiss Chocolate shops, Geneva is a picture perfect European city.

Known for its cosmopolitan flair, it’s no surprise Switzerland’s most international city is also home to a more than 90 world class, Michelin Star Restaurants. 90!!

Here are some exclusive fine dining Michelin Star restaurants in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Tsé Fung

Cantonese cuisine reaches a fine dining, gastronomic experience with the only Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant in Switzerland, The Tsé Fung, located in La Réserve Hotel.

With more than 30 years culinary experience behind him, chef Frank Xu offers a high-end interpretation of classic Cantonese recipes, such as Peking Duck, with new and innovative twists.

The wine list is extraordinary, and diners can select from set menus or a la carte. The setting is in the ultra lux La Reserve Hotel, a favourite with diplomats, celebrities and bankers. The feel is opulent, modern Asia with views across the lawns of the hotel (in summer) to Lake Geneva.

The restaurant itself transports the diner back to a 1930’s Shanghai grand hotel, with a décor of red velvet, black lacquer and silk hangings.

Several dining areas are available, including the main restaurant, private rooms and a terrace that overlooks the Alps and Lake Geneva.

The Tsé Fung was awarded a Michelin star in 2017 and has previously been nominated as the best hotel restaurant in Europe in the 2016 Prix Villégiature Awards.

Domaine De Châteauvieux

A French gastronomic experience at a two star Michelin restaurant

Located in the Geneva countryside, 15 minutes out of the city, Domaine De Châteauvieux is a two-star Michelin restaurant that focuses on high-quality, contemporary French cuisine.

Head chef Philippe Chevrier has been described by the Michelin guide as a “culinary technician as much as he is an artist,” who presents natural flavours that reconnect with the basics.

Chevrier borrows heavily from the on-site vegetable gardens, and he centres his menus around celebrating the flavours of each season. Dishes are also often flambéd and carved at the table, creating an immersive dining experience.

A comprehensive cigar list and wine selection is also available to compliment the dishes.

A part of the Château de Peney, Domaine De Châteauvieux resides in one of the hotel’s outbuildings. Cobbled walls, exposed original beams and panelling, a traditional fireplace and solid wood furniture convey an atmosphere of 16th century architecture and traditional tranquillity.

It is located in Switzerland’s primary wine-growing region, Satigny, and the restaurant’s rustic charm encapsulates the vineyards outside.

Dining areas include a main dining room, a private cellar with only a single table where guests can dine amongst locally produced vintage wines, or the Chef’s table for up to six people, which is placed inside the kitchen itself for a unique dining experience.

Domaine De Châteauvieux is one of the only restaurants in Geneva to receive two Michelin stars and was also awarded a 19 out of 20 in the Gault & Millau guide.

Le Chat Botté

A combination of Mediterranean, Swiss and French flavours and atmosphere create the one Michelin star restaurant Le Chat Botté.

Housed in the impressive wine cellar of the five-star hotel Beau Rivage, yet still offering picturesque harbour views, Le Chat Botté is led by French chef Dominque Gauthier.

Menus are centred around truffles, seafood, and traditional French flavours reinvented, with Gauthier using French culinary techniques to create harmonious flavours inspired by the seasons.

Sommeliers expertly pair each dish with fine wines from the restaurants cellar, which contains over 40,000 handpicked and often rare bottles.

The dining room is elegant and features rich tapestries and upholstery, and in the summer months, al fresco dining on the terrace offers uninterrupted views of the Geneva Lake.

Le Chat Botté was also awarded 18/20 in the Gault & Millau guide.

 

Restaurant Bayview

The impressive wine cellar is an artwork

Located in the five-star Hotel President Wilson and offering panoramic views of the picturesque Geneva Lake, Restaurant Bayview is a Michelin star establishment headed by world renowned chef Michael Roth.

A master of French gastronomy, Roth presents a fine-dining menu of Swiss local products and flavours, combined with traditional French techniques and style.

Classical dishes, such as Potato Cappachio with Truffles or Warm Lobster Salad, are reimagined with creativity and subtlety, with Roth describing his cuisine as “based on seasonal products, classic yet contemporary at the same time.”

Décor is contemporary yet elegant with classic touches, with floor-to-ceiling windows of the Bay offering spectacular views. An elaborate in-house wine cellar adds to the elegance, providing not just an artwork, but allowing fine wines to be expertly paired to each menu item by a sommelier.

Restaurant Bayview was awarded a Michelin star in 2013 and also received an 18 out of 20 in the 2016 Gault&Millau guide.

 

La Bottega

Industrial Italian rustic charm

Located near the Grand Theatre and the Old Town, La Bottega is a reinterpretation of classical Italian flavours that focuses on quality, simplicity and freshness.

The 10-table restaurant is housed in a traditional building, with red bricks, stucco wall treatment, and industrial light fittings outlining the décor that was chosen by Italian architects and artisans. Oak tables and fine cutlery and glasses support the friendly, yet refined atmosphere that evokes true Italian heritage.

A glass window in the middle of the restaurant offers an open view into the kitchen of head chef Fernando Tommaso Forino, who is highly experienced in gastronomy, his cooking style using few ingredients designed to evoke memories linked to Southern Italian tradition.

A glimpse into the Chef’s kitchen

Tasting menus arrive in three, seven, nine or 12 courses and can be paired with matching wines.

First opened in 2015, La Bottega was awarded a Michelin star within the first four months of trading and has also received a 15 out of 20 in the Gault & Millau guide.

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