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“One of the few but I really don't like the place” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of La buvette des Bains des Paquis

La buvette des Bains des Paquis
Ranked #37 of 1,667 Restaurants in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $89
Cuisines: Swiss, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Scenic view, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Neighborhood: Mont-Blanc
Geneva, Switzerland
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184 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“One of the few but I really don't like the place”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

Fine the location is great (literally in the middle of the lake) but.... really the infrastructure is terrible and the food is so so (you have better fondue other places). on top of that, you have to wait outside to place your order at the bar (and it's very slow) which is very unpleasant in winter....
I understand people go there with big groups (it feels a big like a canteen inside with very long tables) but apart from that, I don't really see a reason to go.

Visited December 2012
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Cully, Switzerland
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81 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A+ Location, Food, Value!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

Run by a not-for profit organization, Le Bain des Paquis is certainly worth a visit for all types. Serving an eclectic crowd in the summer as well as winter. Fresh salads, and lunch specials in the summer and fondue in the winter. Closest dining experience next to the Jet d'eau of Geneva.
A bohemian atmosphere of self service and very chill staff and patrons. Don't expect a fancy restaurant but a relaxing and fun place.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Geneva, Switzerland
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69 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Value for money”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

In a city where food (and everything else) is expensive, the buvette is a gem. Great view, great helpings of food at a great price. What else could one want?

Visited December 2012
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Thank JeyaWilson
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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65 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great for both lunch and dinner.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2012

Lunch: Great place in both summer and winter. Soup is CHF 8 included bread and cheese. Plat du jour (often fish) is between CHF14-18.

Dinner: great fondue! Around CHF 17.

I really like the atmosphere here. They clearly know what they are doing and it is simple but therefore great. I have never been disappointed!

This is a place that you will come back to!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mmsson
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NYC
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54 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“A unique Geneva experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2012

I take all of my out of town guests to Bain des Paquis for fondue. This place is a Geneva institution and purportedly serves the best fondue in town. It is also cheap for Geneva (the key part of that phrase is FOR GENEVA which is insanely expensive).

It is on a jetty in the middle of the Lake so the views are great. The restaurant itself is quirky and unique. You order your food at a window outside and the menu is very limited. It can be very lively as it is popular with large groups of colleagues, students, people having birthday parties, etc. It is a good idea to make a reservation on weekends or if you have a large group.

It is also nice to come here in the spring and summer to eat lunch outside on the terrace looking at the Lake. On summer weekends the entire jetty is packed with swimmers and people enjoying the Lake.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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