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Jul 8, 2011 10:38 AM

Geneva - Need Recommendations!

Going to be in Geneva for four days and need help finding some special restaurants - looking for those special places that shouldn't be missed. Don't know when/if I will ever be back to Geneva so want to make it count. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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  1. As a resident of Geneva, I can say most of the restaurants aren't anything special. If you're not on an expense account, it will blow your mind how expensive everything is. Considering I've lived here for almost three years, I've yet to try a restaurant in Geneva that I think is amazing.

    You're better off driving 25 minutes to Annecy and eating at some of their Michelin starred restaurants.

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    1. re: S_B_Russell

      Thank you - we have a day planned in Annecy so will make sure to have dinner there.

    2. I was recently in Geneva for a couple of days and it seemed tough -- lots of undistinguished restaurants, and all terrifyingly expensive.

      I did have one absolutely fantastic meal, but it might not be what you had in mind. There is a little restaurant called Le Corail Rose just behind the main train station. They only serve one thing -- "gambas a gogo", which I would call camarones a la plancha. You have to love a place that makes only one dish and does a phenomenal job. They just bring you a platter of big, head-on, shell-on shrimp sauteed in garlic and accompanied only by french fries. Indeed, the smell of fried garlic wafts from this place, and permeates the air halfway down the block. We found it just by following the smell to its source. The shrimp were intoxicatingly good, and the dinner was truly among the best I've had this year.

      However, such pleasures do not come cheap in Geneva. If I remember correctly, one plate of gambas for two, one beer and one mineral water cost 89 euros. Keep this in mind when they offer to bring you a second platter...

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      1. re: CathleenH

        The address:
        Restaurant Le Corail Rose
        10 Rue Montbrillant at Passage des Alpes

        1. re: CathleenH

          Thank you for the recommendation - we all love shrimp so we are going to give it a try.