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21 rue Royale, 74000, Annecy, France
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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Hong Kong
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

Thank laurentHK
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank SandzKinn
Cranford, New Jersey
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39 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

Thank Paul J
Orebro, Sweden
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

We had lunch on Saturday in this little restaurant. The food is absolutely delicious. We did not like cheese so we got two starters instead. We would certainly go back again.

Thank Jennifer Z
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

A good friend had arranged for us a table which is not easy. The place is small but the people are very nice and even dough the cutlery might be overdesigned and difficult to use, the tastes and the creativity is excellent! Amazing what is presented and made out from simple, regional food! This is not just a good Restaurant,... More 

3 Thank patfreund
Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

This 18-cover restaurant is situated in the Main Street of old Annecy and is obviously popular. The husband cooks and the wife is assisted by a competent and helpful wait-person. The sense of being welcomed was real and warmly felt. Smiling, helpful service was complimented by wonderful cooking. My 'surprise' table d'hote dinner consisted of a beautifully fresh and inspired... More 

2 Thank Bob T
Veyrier-Du-Lac, France
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The husband/wife team serves up a consistently excellent offering of fresh French food. Very accommodating to non-meat eaters as well.

Thank CDelf
Tweed Heads, Australia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Tucked away from the busy tourist area. Small, but not overcrowded. Made to feel special, not just a number. We chose the 'surprise' menu which the chef uses their inspiration for each dish, it did not disappoint. The staff were all very pleasant & welcoming, we asked them to choose the appropriate wine for the dishes. I think they even... More 

Thank Sttam

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$24 - $67
French, European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
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  >  Rhone-Alpes  >  Haute-Savoie  >  Annecy
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?