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Cafe Tivoli

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Swiss, European, Fondue
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Place d'Armes 18, Chatel-Saint Denis 1618, Switzerland
+41 21 948 70 39
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Restaurant-brasserie in the heart of Chatel-St-Denis, close to the public...
Restaurant-brasserie in the heart of Chatel-St-Denis, close to the public transport. The house also owns 4 bedrooms. The cheese fondue has been a family tradition for a century. In addition to its delicious fondue, the restaurant is famous for its inside, adorned with figures carved in wood. Each table is unique, carved or inlaid. And rather ironic, if the opposite of Tivoli is "i lov it" you do not come here by accident.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delicious.

We had a great dinner here. The fondue was terrific and the two salads we started with were great. Service was terrific and the owner is lovely. I will definitely go back the next time I am in the area. Delicious.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Palm Springs, California
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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We had a great dinner here. The fondue was terrific and the two salads we started with were great. Service was terrific and the owner is lovely. I will definitely go back the next time I am in the area. Delicious.

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Kilkenny, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We were recommended to eat at this restaurant when we enquired about tasting a good Swiss Fondue. We were not disappointed. The fondue was delicious and all we hoped it would be. Try one of their delicious desserts if you have room for it! The service was professional and efficient. We could see that Cafe Tivoli was packed with locals... More 

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Vitoria, ES
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

If you're in Montreux, Vevey or other city in this region, drive 20 min to this great restaurant. The cheese fondue is delicious and the decoration, made of wood, très sympa!

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Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The Tivoli cheese fondue is simply the best one we had so far in Switzerland (and any where around the globe). Both the "moitié-moité" (Gruyère and Vacherin) or the Vacherin only are the best in class. Do not call the Tivoli for a gastronomic meal or a stiff service. It is basic and efficient Still, you are served in a... More 

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Bondi, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Wow. Went here on suggestion of a friend and certainly not disappointed. Great cheese fondue, charming friendly service and the best dessert. Leave space after the fondue if you can. I wished I could return again just to try all the other dessert options. An authentic swiss experience in a beautiful old wooden panelled family owned and run restaurant in... More 

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Brno, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We ordered cheese fondue and I've to say only one thing. Order it too!!! You wants to try it and you have to try it if you're in Swiss. It's an old restaurant with woody interior and very friendly waitresses. I can't recommand you to sit down in front of the restaurant cause there is a street crossing with quitly... More 

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Châtel-St-Denis
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We go to the Tivoli for boeuf tartare, which is excellent and reasonably priced. Of course the cheese is good ( as all the previous reviews have stated). You can buy the same fondue cheese mix at the fromagerie across the street. The secret is the vacherin fribourgois, less salty and oh so creamy.

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Centrally located the place is beautifully decorated with wooden tables and chairs and many wooden engravings on the walls that add up to the local color. The service was typical Suisse, means not too many smiles and kind words but professional and to the point..The lady that served us when she realized that we couldn't adjust the flame in the... More 

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Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

New experience ever. This is my first time traveling to Switzerland. My friend took me to Tivoli right away, she said Tivoli serves the best Cheese fondue in town, and she was right!! Cheese was mild and good taste. Best way you should have tea while you're having cheese fondue, good for a digestion. Meringue with white cream is the... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

The fondue, in an exceptional atmosphere of all wood, carved tables, cow bells and other paraphernalia, is very good...but I have had better. (Across the market, for example and up the hill in Les Paccots). It is more or less full for lunch every day and so it was when we visited. We had the "moitié-moitié" (CHF24) and a demi-portion... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Place d'Armes 18, Chatel-Saint Denis 1618, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Fribourg  >  Chatel-Saint Denis
  • Phone Number: +41 21 948 70 39

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 31
  • Cuisine: Swiss, European, Fondue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Restaurant-brasserie in the heart of Chatel-St-Denis, close to the public transport. The house also owns 4 bedrooms. The cheese fondue has been a family tradition for a century. In addition to its delicious fondue, the restaurant is famous for its inside, adorned with figures carved in wood. Each table is unique, carved or inlaid. And rather ironic, if the opposite of Tivoli is "i lov it" you do not come here by accident.

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