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“Good food, mediocore service” 3 of 5 stars
Review of le 3 Rive Gauche

le 3 Rive Gauche
3 Grand-Rue, Geneva, Switzerland (Cité)
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Ranked #156 of 1,251 Restaurants in Geneva
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Neighborhood: Cité
fribourg
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“Good food, mediocore service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2010

The interiors are quite trendy, and give an elegant feel to the place.
The food was delicious, however the service was quite mediocore.
We had to wait for the waiters to get their attention, even though we're on a Tuesday night, with the restaurant being fully packed, there were only 2 waiters., we had to fill our own glasses of wine ourselves, because they were too busy!

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Geneva
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Superb contemporary food in an Old Town setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2010

As our dessert arrived at Le 3 Rive Gauche, my companion declared himself to be utterly replete with meat and unable to consume another thing. However, after sampling the minty ‘broth’ of mandarin and orange with sweet mint sorbet, he had to concede that it was indeed a refreshing and aromatic end to a fantastic feast of flavours that included foie gras, truffle, cider and sausage.

Enhanced by the unmistakeable whiff of black truffle, my partner's steak tartare starter was so exquisite that he was rapturously wishing it didn’t have to end. My foie gras was similarly sensational, cut into a neat oblong with a strip of duck meat in the middle and accompanied by a crisp green salad with hazelnut dressing.

Peering over at the next table’s beef – when the presentation is this good, diners can’t help but be fascinated by other people’s plates – we wondered if we should have ordered the côte de boeuf; our fears were soon allayed when we saw my scallops Saint-Jacques neatly perched atop clumps of green basil risotto, surrounded by a cider and beetroot sauce. The scallops were of course scrumptious, although for 42 francs I might have expected more than four.

My partner declined my offer to try one because his palate, still in truffle tartare ecstasy, was so overwhelmed by the robust flavour of his smoky Vaudois sausage. Not to mention the accompanying green lentils, somewhat livened up with fiendish foie gras.

Other than Le 3 Rive Gauche’s position in the heart of the Old Town and the century-long history of the building – lovingly detailed on the website – there is nothing old-fashioned about this deservedly popular restaurant. The service is slick, the décor is de rigueur with funky glassware and chunky cutlery, and I particularly like the option of half-size starter portions for more modest appetites. Most importantly, however, the delectable and daring menu is a tasty triumph that has certainly made a lasting impression.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Istanbul, Turkey
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Very elegant spot of the old city Geneva. Super food with a great service comes with reasonable bill. The sea-bass is...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2009

Very elegant spot of the old city Geneva.
Super food with a great service comes with reasonable bill.
The sea-bass is my favorite.
If you are in the city for business you can enjoy here a great atmosphere and eat superb food.

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