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The Great Escape

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
American, Bar, European, Pub
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rue Madeleine 18, Lausanne 1003, Switzerland
+41 21 312 31 94
11:30 - 01:00
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Sun 13:30 - 01:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 01:00
Thu - Fri 11:30 - 02:00
Sat 10:00 - 01:00
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Robina, Australia
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190 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For a good lunch in the city, look no further than The Great Escape. The location outside is truly amazing and plenty of entertainment around during the Euro Cup! The burgers were delicious! Thank you!

Thank Shane T
Bucharest, Romania
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice atmosphere and very good food. I ate the house specialty hamburger, potatoes and beer for 22 chf, so the price is good for switzerland.

Thank Ertan T
Lausanne, Switzerland
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The hamburgers are really good. Very small seating area. In Summertime there is outside seating. Easy location.

Thank Nessy2014
Biel, Switzerland
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is excellent. The salads and the potatoes in particularly for me. My boyfriend prefers the burgers ... he's a man :-) . What I appreciate here it that the souses are home made , very tasty and healthy, the meat quality is very good. And in the weekends / evenings are great parties ... especially in the summer... More 

Thank adelinul2000
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

This pub has everything. Nice beers, nice food, happy hour after 22.00 ( only 4 Franks the big one ), screens for watching football. The stuff that is working there is excellent. Many thanks for the wonderful night and the snaps :)) Au revoir !!!

Thank Ορφέας Γ
Saignelegier, Switzerland
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Cool bar in a very nice location. Went there on Thursday evening, was still warm enough to stay outside. It was really busy but still got quickly my drink at the bar.

Thank Marc B
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Can say that I felt uncomfortable having that beer there. Music so bad and loud. Hopefully was not the permanent DJ.

Thank Jari A
Geneva, Switzerland
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

This is a great place for expats and locals alike to enjoy a beer, some food, sport or just to catchup through the day with a coffee. The burgers, priced around 14 CHF with chips are great tasting and good value for Lausanne. The pints of beer, at around 8CHF are great value and wide selection. One of my favorite... More 

Thank Bryanajones
Lausanne, Switzerland
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100 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

It's great because it has all sport events you wish on tv, but gets extremely crowded especially in summer, so if you're claustrophobic, it isn't a good idea, but if you want to drink and watch sport, it's perfect !

Thank Julien B
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

My favorite pub in Lausanne! Beer is always cold, the ambiance is super nice. I've tried burger and salads and I was never disappointed, I love their burger. A place to go with friends, as a couple, to meet new people... Full of expats. I recommend to many people and always get good feedback.

Thank Julia A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$17
American, Bar, European, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
13:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: rue Madeleine 18, Lausanne 1003, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Vaud  >  Lausanne
  • Phone Number: +41 21 312 31 94

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