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“Charming Swiss Restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pinte Besson

Pinte Besson
rue de l'Ale 4, Lausanne 1003, Switzerland
21 312 59 69
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Ranked #15 of 461 Restaurants in Lausanne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Swiss, Fondue
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Montreal, Quebec
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Charming Swiss Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Excellent service, high quality value for money food and a unique setting as though you're dining in a grotto/cave distinguish Pinte Besson. We had the round table at the far end of the restaurant and were treated to a memorable dining experience. For the size of the restaurant the choice of dishes is impressive. We tried the cold cuts, cheese fondue with mushrooms, the daily fish and the breast of duck: very distinct plates, all well presented with appropriate accompanyments, and enjoyed by each diner. When they were out of the bottle of wine we had ordered (among the cheapest), the waitress apologized and substituted a well-chosen more expensive wine (charging the lower price). One of our friends had noticed "souffle" for dessert and had asked about whether it needed to be ordered at the start of the meal (generally needs a 45 minute lead time). When told no that later was fine, she waited and when it did arrive was disappointed that it was a frozen souffle, which while good was not at all what was anticipated. We would definitely return and strongly recommend Pinte Besson as a great place to experience local dining at a reasonable cost.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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148 reviews 148 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
“Nice, typical small restaurant serving special dishes from the canton”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

This little restaurant is offering a warm atmosphere, wine cave type with walls made of stones.
The staff is friendly and welcoming, family style.
Looking at the menu, the available selection of dishes is fairly limited but it is fresh and home made, tasty food.
Prices are affordable given the generally high prices quoted in restaurants of Lausanne.
I advise that you would choose the "papet vaudois" which is a delicious sausage served with marshed patatoes and leeks.
The deserts have nothing special.
Overall, the negative aspect for me was that there was poor ventilation inside and it became very hot, uncomfortable. The furnitures are quite old and the lighting is a bit dull.
Some renovation would be nice to have a more glamourous feel at it.
Finally, the toilets were not clean (even if the stairs were typical!)

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“typical restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

Small restaurant with specialties typical of the canton of Vaud and Switzerland (eg cheese fondue). Part friendly and welcoming. Prices very correct

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Cosy pub/bistro”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

We loved this atmospheric bar restaurant which has loads of character set back into an arch of sorts.Great food at sensible swiss prices and a really nice place to come.

Visited April 2012
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Chernex
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“traditions”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

traditional place to discover swiss food, quite small and crowded, I loved it

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