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“Quite good food, nice atmosphere, but too expensive” 3 of 5 stars
Review of l'Opera Bouffe

l'Opera Bouffe
5 av. de Frontenex, Geneva 1207, Switzerland
+41 22 736 63 00
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Ranked #84 of 1,226 Restaurants in Geneva
Price range: $0 - $88
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Reservations
Sulmona, Italy
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Quite good food, nice atmosphere, but too expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

It is a very nice brasserie, not too big and with a cosy and nice atmosphere. Food is generally good to very good: Italian with an international touch. Wine list is also good. However, i found the place a bit overpriced for what you get. Geneva is always expesnsive, this is true but I still think this place charges too m,uch. If however pricwe is not an issue, it is a place i could reccomend.

Visited November 2010
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Geneva
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27 reviews 27 reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
“One of our favorites in Geneva”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

L' Opera Bouffe is one of my favorite restaurants in Geneva. It seems to be a family-run bistro with well-prepared seasonal food that strikes a perfect atmospheric balance. With shelves of old books, candles, frosted lighting, and opera memorabilia, it's both homey and elegant. It feels special and intimate, without being stuffy or uptight. The menu is seasonal, the food is prepared with care, and we've simply never had a bad meal. In winter, the blanquette de veau is rich and wonderful, the fresh fish in summertime is prepared without fussiness, and the steak, parmentier (a sort of shepard's pie -- I hope I'm spelling it right), chicken, and pasta have always gotten strong reviews from our friends. The wine list is decent, and the welcome is warm.

Food in Switzerland is insultingly, ridiculously expensive. While this restaurant is costly for Europe (or anywhere else in the world, frankly), it's well within the average for Geneva. Sometimes service is slow (as it often is in Geneva as well), but it's friendly (which it isn't always here). I can't help but wonder if the restaurant had different owners or a different chef when the reviews here were written four or five years ago. In my experience, the place is a gem.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“good food and nice atmoshere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2011

Very nice bistro/french restaurant atmosphere with very good service. Prices are average for Geneve so medium to high end for Europe. The food quality is good the winelist as well.

  • Visited February 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“ouaich..surfait..pas trop mal”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2007

ouaich..surfait..pas trop mal

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