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Pinte Besson

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Swiss, European, Pub, Fondue
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rue de l'Ale 4, Lausanne 1003, Switzerland
21 312 59 69
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9:30 am - 12:00 am
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Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 109
    Excellent
  • 96
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Fondue

Went for dinner with two friends. Staff were friendly and quick to serve. Centrally located. Food was very good and at a reasonable price for Switzerland. Would come again when visiting Lausanne.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Denys T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Went for dinner with two friends. Staff were friendly and quick to serve. Centrally located. Food was very good and at a reasonable price for Switzerland. Would come again when visiting Lausanne.

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Chester, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We visited on a Tuesday evening, excited for a Swiss Fondue based on other reviews on here. Unfortunately the service was absolutely terrible. The lady serving us apologised once stating she was one her own, but in the 2.5 hours we were there she could have called for extra help? One hour after finishing our fondue it was cleared away,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This is a very informal bar/restaurant on the edge of the pedestrian part of the old town. Charming interior that looks as though it has been there since medieval times, with an outdoor eating area at the front. Very small menu - basically steak, two fish dishes, or their cheese fondue speciality. One of us had the steak Parisienne with... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This place didn't really live up to expectations judging by some of the high ratings. We didn't have fondues however. Two rostis and one steak. I felt the rosti's were a bit lacking in imagination - but perhaps that is how they are. The potatoes were pleasant enough but there wasn't much else, apart from the topping of sausage pieces,... More 

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SoCal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

When in Lausanne, I always get fondue from Pinte Besson. It is cozy, has its regulars who seem permanently toasted but it's not a dive... The fondue is so great and the service is excellent. I remember going to Pinte Besson when people were still smoking in the restaurants. That used to be my only con about this place. Now... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

It was our last night it Switzerland and we decided we needed to try cheese fondue here before we left. We got two of the "Fondue Menus", which includes a green salad, serving of fondue and a meringue desert. We could not finish all of the fondue, I'm thinking we would have been ok just ordering one serving and sharing... More 

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Hove, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I went here with my family on a Friday night. The restaurant was fairly busy but not every table was occupied. Still, service was very slow. Our drinks order took about 20 minutes to arrive, and was followed by the food 2 minutes later. The drinks order was wrong, and we had to ask for water 3 times, eventually arriving... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We had to try the traditional (cheese) fondue half and half 24.- before we left Switzerland. We shared one serve between the 2 of us and its more than enough! They only serve bread (a massive basket) with the fondue. It was a bit much for us to eat all that cheese and bread and we'll probably never eat it... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Went here for a dinner with my wife. The environment looks good, with soft atmosphere. We had a very good fondue with a plate of regional meat. Price was reasonable, compared to the average of Swiss restaurant Only advice: book your table at least one week in advance!

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Feurs, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Nice place with cute decor. Service very pleasant and sweet. Congratulations to the two very upbeat waitresses. Unfortunately the stuffed vegetables needed more cooking. Historical venue, good for a meal.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: rue de l'Ale 4, Lausanne 1003, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Vaud  >  Lausanne
  • Phone Number: 21 312 59 69

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Swiss, European, Pub, Fondue
Open Hours
Monday
9:30 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
9:30 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
9:30 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
9:30 am - 12:00 am
Friday
9:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
9:30 am - 12:00 am

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