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“No views at night!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Le Petit Lac

Restaurant Le Petit Lac
14 Quai de Corsier, Corsier 1214, Switzerland
022 751 11 44
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Ranked #2 of 3 Restaurants in Corsier
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
london, england
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“No views at night!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

There are no views at night so you have no choice but to concentrate on your food, surroundings and company. The company must come first because, on a winter's night and a fair drive from Geneva through lots of roadworks, first iimpressions are of a dismal back parlour in some northern English town, the lighting dim, the tables very close together. Fortunately, the food is more rewarding than the setting but pricey for what you get. Surprisingly, fresh perch from the lake - sold by weight so know how much you can eat - is one of the most expensive dishes on the menu. It is brought to table on platters with mounds of really delicious chips. If this is your choice, you will need no starter or desert, just a good bottle of chilled white wine. But be warned, for three of you with a liqueur or two tio finish, you will not get away for much under 400 Swiss francs. That''s real money. Oh, yes, the salad. Don't order the salad unless you enjoy a tired and soggy melange of whatever the kitchen seemed to have left over. One day I will go back to see the view.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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petitlacprop, Owner at Restaurant Le Petit Lac, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
dear gdavipd from london, we are really sorry for your deception following your dinner in our restaurant. What can we say. At night the lake is not lighted ? You hava had a really poor feeling of the setting of our restaurant ? Well most of our guest really like the way we have redone it 2 years ago. We can agree on the tables maybee too closebut you could ask for an another table. You say the food is good except for the salad. we apologize: for the price just to inform you that the cost of the perch from the lake is 52.-- SF a kilo which make this fish one of the most expensive one over all the sea fish or lake fish on the market. we don't sale the perch by the weight and the price is 50 SF the plate of 200 gr including the salade. To end with a bill of 400 .- SF you must have had more than one bottle of wine. Price list of the drinks: Liqueurs 10 SF each, most expensive geneva white wine 54.-SF, coffee 3.80 SF: So there is a mistake on your bill and we agree to give back to you the difference. To finish we have been tested by a swiss television journalist last year concerning the perch from the lake. Among all the restaurant tested in geneva only 5 or 6 where certified serving real perch from the lake and we where one of its. the cost of imorted perch from Estonia or Russia range from 17.- SF to 28.- SF That may explain the différence for the price you expected for the perch.We would be very happy to invite you if you come back in geneva in our restaurant at our charge and we will be very pleased to talk with you and served you the best way and listen yours advise for the decoration. kind regards. Claude Marullaz
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English first
Guildford, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Lovely food and setting.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We have been to Petit Lac a lot. We have never been disappointed with the food. It is the place to go on a summers evening or a cold winters night. There is also a kids menu.

This restaurant is worth going to with its spectacular views!!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Geneva, Switzerland
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20 restaurant reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Great summer or winter”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Nice characterful restaurant. Like all those by the lake it is great in the summer, but unlike most others it also has a charming interior which is very cosy in the winter. Highly recommended.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“Le Petit Lac: where even stunning views can’t distract you from the bland food http://thegreengourmande.wordpress.com/2013/06/20”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

It was a glorious Sunday afternoon, sun blazing above us in a dark blue sky, a soft warm breeze in the air…. what an incredible relief after all the rain we’ve had dumped on us this year! Euphoria! And after a week of eating at home to save some cash, the inevitable finally happened: we deserved a reward! And we wanted filets de perches du lac! What a feel good way to end a feel good day, right?

With such short notice, we got concerned about getting a reservation. On a Sunday evening. On a sunny terrace. In June. In Geneva. To have good perches du lac. Surely it would be a challenge. We acted fast, scanning through the handful of restaurants that are known to have all of the above qualities, and snagged a table overlooking the lake at Le Petit Lac in Corsier-Port. We breathed a sigh of relief knowing our cravings would soon be satisfied.

But they weren’t. The restaurant may be in a beautiful (really, stunning!) location, with a fantastic (really, breathtaking!) view… but they know that’s the main attraction. With a view like that, why bother making an effort on the food? The proof is in the plate: what comes out of their kitchen is slow, bland, and overpriced. 150chf+ for two starters, two mains, a dessert, and 3 glasses of wine. Granted, for Geneva, maybe not so shocking, but for that poor quality? I’d rather pic-nic by the Jet d’Eau (But the location is gorgeous!)

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Riols, France
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“It's all about the setting; the good food is a bonus.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Have been a few times and still cannot get used to the view; you cannot really get closer to the lake without getting wet;-)

Previously they've catered for me for a work function and dished up great fingerfood, the "unusual" mixing perfectly well with the stallwarts and all of it finger licking good. Most recently I've had dinner there with 5 colleagues (and friends lest I offend!) and again they dished up the rather basic fare with aplomb. The rack of lamb was perfectly prepared and melt in the mouth good. "Moorish" comes to mind as the portions could have been bigger, but then I didn't have a starter. The fish that someone else had also got a lip-smacking so....

As with all things Geneva, bills are rather sizeable, but as Geneva goes this was actually fairly reasonable. All in all then it is definitely worth a visit!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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