A romantic dinner in Geneva
It is said that a romantic evening is best enjoyed over dinner…
To seduce or simply please your other half, here’s a selection of the best establishments in the city for a romantic dinner, from elegance to gourmandise.
A menu brimming with Tuscan flavours and a cosy atmosphere awaits at the Puccini café, the bistro next to the Michelin-starred Tosca restaurant. Here, nothing is left to chance and attention to detail is the order of the day. Enjoy the unmissable Ravioli del Plin or the delicious Rigatoni Cacio e Pepe, all this under a sumptuous fresco by Marco Borgianni.
This is certainly the most atypical of the city’s starred restaurants. The gourmet establishment on the right bank charms and dazzles with its unique atmosphere and the prowess of its chef, Armel Bedouet. Awarded a star in 2021 and a 17/20 in the prestigious Gault&Millau Switzerland guide, L’Aparté offers a unique sensory experience in a place that can only accommodate 15 privileged guests. Remember to book your table ahead!
Within the sumptuous Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, Il Lago transports you to northern Italy for a wonderful getaway. Chef Massimiliano Sena seduces with his refined, elegant and breathtaking creations in a magical, velvety and intimate setting. Among the chef’s signature dishes are Pappardelle with Breton lobster or Rack of lamb from Vessy with parmesan ice cream.
Jeu de l’Arc
Candlesticks, white tablecloths and soft lighting… Located in the heart of the Eaux-Vives district, Jeu de l’Arc is a true gastronomic institution. For more than 70 years, the establishment has charmed its guests with timeless Italian cuisine and a slightly vintage and very warm atmosphere. The specialities of the restaurant include truffle-based dishes such as the Entrecote Orlani with truffle butter.
This bistronomic establishment, awarded 14/20 in the 2022 Swiss Gault&Millau, welcomes you for a gourmet meal in a hushed atmosphere and a most charming setting. This ode to love and contemporary elegance is reflected in the increasingly subtle creations of chef Andres Arocena. The plus: a wine cellar with more than 100 vintages!
The most romantic of Italian restaurants reveals its finest gems in Rue de Montchoisy, a stone’s throw from the lake. Here, the elegant decoration marvellously enhances the Sicilian-inspired, colourful and gourmet dishes of chef Mattia Gabbianelli. A must in Geneva for all lovers of Italy and fresh, homemade pasta.
If you want to impress your other half, head to Roberto’s, one of the most prestigious Italian restaurants in the city. Behind this establishment lies a family history, that of the transmission of ancestral know-how through generations. The excellence of Italy’s gastronomy is sublimated here with mouth-watering, traditional homemade recipes made with premium products.
The establishment undoubtedly has some of the finest wines in the city. Five hundred prestigious vintages are available for the most demanding wine lovers and epicureans of all kinds. At Arakel, refinement and the awakening of all the senses are the order of the day. Chef Armando Falco offers elegant and exotic dishes to share. Indulge in the young lamb and its artichoke or the daikon ravioli with morels!
With its romantic and slightly utopian, shaded terrace, the establishment serves as a gourmet haunt, only a few minutes from downtown Geneva. Located in Lancy, Café Zinette delights foodies and epicureans with a delightful, flavour-filled menu and serves French classics, boldly revisited with ingredients such as asparagus, pastrami and sea urchins.
Travel to the five continents for dinner! In the Eaux-Vives district, Eat Me will charm your head and your belly with high-flying cocktails and shared dishes filled with international flavours. Original and colourful creations await in an urban and elegant atmosphere. To top your evening, don’t forget to try the Chocolate Brownie Crush…
Located in the very elegant and plush Hôtel Longemalle, on the square of the same name, in the heart of the Rues-Basses, Balila transports you to Lebanon in a chic and cosy setting. Chef Hussein Hadid offers a subtle marriage of traditional oriental recipes with contemporary codes and constantly renewed creativity. For dinner, opt for the Discovery Menu, which offers a wide range of the chef’s inspirations.
On Place du Molard, N#ice will delight you with a Mediterranean-inspired, refined selection of dishes to share, featuring original and modern creations for an aperitif at the end of the day or a late dinner at night. Enjoy salmon tartar with iced horseradish, frozen tapas specials or black ravioli with shrimps and bisque. The best part? On sunny days, the restaurant opens its magnificent terrace on Place du Molard!