Fodor's Expert Review Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville

$$$$ Lausanne French Fodor's Choice

Since the tragic loss of world-renowned chef Benoit Violier, his determined widow, Brigitte, has continued to oversee the three-Michelin-star restaurant, propelling it to even higher accolades. Chef Franck Giovannini is winning hearts—and stomachs—with his fresh twist on haute cuisine. Giovannini draws on his decade of experience with the famed chef to uphold the restaurant's well-earned reputation as one of the best in Switzerland. It's a quick drive west from Lausanne to this understated manse. The service is spectacular, the staff is friendly, and the food is absolutely stellar. Giovannini creates imaginative combinations of flavors plus stunningly refined presentations. For these finely orchestrated prix-fixe menus the ingredients are key—lamb raised in the Pyrenees, cardoons (an artichokelike vegetable) grown in the village. Pace yourself, making sure to leave time and room for selections from the immense cheese cart or celestial desserts. Reserve as far ahead as possible—lunch may be your only option.

French Prix-Fixe Lunch Dinner $$$$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

1 rue d'Yverdon
Crissier, Vaud  1023, Switzerland


Known For:
  • Finely orchestrated prix-fixe menus
  • Consistently ranked one of the best restaurants in the world
  • Exceptional service with a smile that is rare for such establishments
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., Reservations essential

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