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“One of the best” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Geissmatt

Restaurant Geissmatt
St. Karlistrasse 13A, Lucerne 6004, Switzerland
413611313
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Ranked #1 of 277 Restaurants in Lucerne
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Haworth, New Jersey
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79 reviews 79 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“One of the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

There is good food and then there is great food. This was great food. The menu is 5 courses and is pre-set. Along with a chef's offering, there is salad, pasta, entree, cheese and dessert. The entree we had was veal with potatoes and arugula. It was the best, most tender veal I think I have ever had, with a sauce that was rich, but not overpowering. Had a very enjoyable 2+ hours. Couple of notes...a cab from the center of town should not cost more than about 12 Swiss francs (we were grossly overcharged on the way there), also be patient with the staff, English is not always their first language and there may be some miscommunication. I was able to speak German to them and it was much easier.

While the name sounds Swiss/German, I believe the cooking is Italian based, with the menu written in a chalk board in Italian. This restaurant has found a delicious and unique niche in a world where people expect really fresh food, wonderfully cooked.

Visited July 2014
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Delray Beach, Florida
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Long walk from hotel well worth it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Luckily we found this gem, as we were walking from the hotel Montana and happened upon 3 men 2 of whom of whom were Tuscan wine producers and the other was the rep..and were headed there. We walked in with them .got inside and was like old home week..warm greetings

while the outside was booked up weeks in advance, we sat inside and the 1st course of the set one price menu was soon upon us..owner allowed us the courtesy of bringing in our own champagne for our anniversary..no corkage fee, every one of the 5 courses set before us was outstanding..we were. Craving a salad we really enjoyed the 2nd course which was literally a big bowl of fresh greens & everything else you want in a salad....FYI. they even make their own very excellent water concoction with berries,mint, lemon lime, and dragon fruit, served in a carafe..

Pasta was great as was beef entree & potatoes....the tiramisu was delicious..took a very
Leisurely almost 2 1/2 hours for dinner = a totally relaxing evening. And for sure we..needed that long walk back,

Owner and his wife were very friendly & attentive .... last reviewer must have Been a late night demanding a-hole as I could not see these owners being rude as the went overboard to make you feel welcome

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Paris, France
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“not really welcoming”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

the restaurant is supposed to be open until late. the opening hours on the doors are until 11pm. I arrived there at 9.50 and they refused to sit me. they were neither welcoming nor helpful. the 'late night' mention should be removed.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sale, Victoria, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“An Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The food is delicious, great wine and the staff are excellent. The owner is a real character who will entertain you. Try their local Geissmatt beer if they have it in stock.

Visited May 2014
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“very nice - if you know what to expect”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Great italian traditional/family food, one menu (possible variations for vegetarian), a lot of food overall. Make sure you're very hungry, flexible (since you can't really chose what you eat) and expect high quality family food, not gourmet food.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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