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21 rue Royale, 74000, Annecy, France
+33 4 50 44 80 59
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Tue 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

L'Esquisse is the first Michelin star restaurant I have visited. The restaurant is small so I would reccommend to order a table some weeks in advance. Both my girlfriend and myself ordered the surprise menu including fish and meat. The salad we got looked like a piece of art. I was a bit surprised that we were served pig as... More 

Thank Morten K
Annecy, France
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361 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small restaurant in the center of Annecy is very cozy and the food is quite delicious. The service on the night we visited was a bit slower than what I find comfortable. The cup of foamed mushrooms and the chocolate trio dessert is standard each time we have visited. The chef deserves his Michelin star.

Thank heartstoyou
New York City, New York
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77 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

Wow, this is the most amazing place. It's very tiny with only about 12 or 15 seats and the chef chooses the menu for you. The dishes are presented in beautiful manner and there was a mushroom stew dish that was heaven. Tip: make a reservation WAY in advance and be aware during Annecy Animation Film Festival you need to... More 

2 Thank EasternTraveler1921
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

We read a couple of great reviews and now are so glad that we went. Fair warning- this place, like most of Geneva, is not cheap. However, the food from apps to dessert is delicious and worth every penny. It is candlelit and the room feels warm. The servers were lovely. The tables are exceptionally close- so much so that... More 

1 Thank dollyria
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73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

This is a tiny Michelin-starred restaurant, only 18 seats. The service is warm and friendly, and the food is creative and delicious. We took the chef's surprise menu and every element was superb. Absolutely delightful.

1 Thank Clementine6
Saint-Nazaire, France
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

Are you looking for experimental molecular cuisine combined with a total lack of culinary basics ? if you answer YES..this is the place. However if you wish to be genuinely surprised by mouthwatering dishes, with a proper texture (The esquisse Chef seems to be a firm believer (or just recently discovered them ?) of expuma...all the dishes have in common... More 

1 Thank laurentHK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

we had dinner and took the surprise menu. The restaurant is small - about 6 tables in the old city (there is a public parking nearby). The menu is relatively not expensive for a michelin star restaurant and the food was good. portions were a bit small. The staff was very nice and welcoming.

Thank offirb2014
New York
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72 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

Small, intimate, friendly place. Exceptional quality and presentation of food, very good wine selection. Very reasonable prices for what you get, great value for a Michelin star restaurant. Would love to go back.

Thank piterskiiNewYork
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016

We ate at this restaurant 2 years ago and visited Annecy again specifically to return. We were not disappointed. It is not just the food, it is the whole dining experience where the chef chooses what to cook from his fresh ingedients on the day based on what your likes or dislikes are - there is no menu. Each dish... More 

1 Thank SandzKinn
Cranford, New Jersey
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37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

Very small place so reserve well ahead of time. If you are adventurous, go for the 5 course surprise menu. One of the dishes was the best calves liver I've ever eaten. Very attentive service as well.

1 Thank Paul J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$22 - $63
French, European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 rue Royale, 74000, Annecy, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes  >  Haute-Savoie  >  Annecy
  • Phone Number: +33 4 50 44 80 59

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?