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The Great Escape

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18 rue de la Madeleine, Lausanne 1003, Switzerland
021 312 31 94
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1:30 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 1:30 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating

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  • 63
    Excellent
  • 95
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Authentic American Burgers

Fun place to go for great burgers! The chips they serve alongside are crispy and delicious too. A tasty, fresh, light, garden salad also comes with it. Vast bier selection. College like atmosphere (fun/hip; not crazy) We were there at lunch time. Pleasant staff. A bit pricey ($18 for a burger is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 3, 2015
Joanna T
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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Venice, Italy
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

In the centre of Lausanne,you can have a cold beer and hang out in the beautiful terrace.One of my favourite pubs in Lausanne..Good vibes

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

Fun place to go for great burgers! The chips they serve alongside are crispy and delicious too. A tasty, fresh, light, garden salad also comes with it. Vast bier selection. College like atmosphere (fun/hip; not crazy) We were there at lunch time. Pleasant staff. A bit pricey ($18 for a burger is a bit much by US standards) but it... More 

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Thank Joanna T
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

Spent many a night here. Love it. Decent food and the outside area in summer is very vibey. Great for expats. Don't enjoy yourself too much or you'll get pepper sprayed.

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Thank HonestTruth99
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

it's a great place to have a beer or an humburger it's the place to be espially in summer when it's so hot and you really need a cold beer. .

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Thank Reinhard A
Singapore, Singapore
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142 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

The directions to this restaurant is somewhat different from GoogleMaps. We had to get someone on the street to guide us but it was worth the search. It is a large restaurant, with variety of burgers and chicken wing. There is also good beer selection, and this is a favorite of students from IMD.

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Thank Szewee1968
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

Great Terrace for.a summer.apero with friends. Centrally located in Lausanne and good selection of drinks. Lots of young people if you're looking for fun.

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Thank Denys T
Lausanne, Switzerland
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

One of my favorite bars in Lausanne, always lively and even better in the Summer when it's possible to fully enjoy the terrace overlooking Place de la Riponne. Live music on the terrace stage adds to the fun. Hamburgers are good too.

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Thank AgneseMar
Reading, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

There is a very buzzy atmosphere here. The locals come in the summer, the older ones i suspect to feel studenty, with drinks at reasonable prices in local terms.

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Thank Jonathan D
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

And the food is great too! Immagine this: summertime, warm evenings, sunlight until 10, cold beers and a very cool terrace - its the great escape! This bar is alwas overcrowded, but it never serms too much as the underlying vibe of the regulars is very good. Yiu feel good being there and even if you wait 10/15 minutes to... More 

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Thank Joaoarosopereira
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

I lived in Lausanne for a year and this was definitely my friends and my meeting point, specially when it was warm outside. Great ambiance, good music and cheap (i mean, for Switzerland) beer. The food was also good. I totally recommend.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 18 rue de la Madeleine, Lausanne 1003, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Vaud  >  Lausanne
  • Phone Number: 021 312 31 94

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 17
  • Cuisine: Pub, French, American, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
1:30 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 1:00 am

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