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Just a short distance from Lausanne, this restaurant, referred to simply as "Crissier" by its regular patrons, has a long and illustrious history. Sinc...
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Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Franck Giovanini is a great chef, having been with 3 other great chefs of Hotel de la Ville Crissier. I have returned several times since he took over after Chef Violier left. I was always ecstatic enjoying a great meal. Just recently, I found something...odd with the spices. They are overdone, much too many mixtures hiding the top ingredients of the fish both with my colleague and our fish choices. I actually got sick eating my meal. My stomach was totally upset, I prayed at least not get sick and throw up til I got home. I plan to return for my birthday and be clear on the spices for the dishes I will choose. Of all the restaurants I have been to, his ingredients are the top, with some exceptions in Hawaii.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

On arrival, you are personally greeted outside the front door of a beautiful building. A wonderful touch, as is the way all the staff seem to stop and welcome you during your walk through to your table. A faultless start! Throughout the evening, the service...was excellent, if a touch perfunctory. Onto the food, which was well presented and of high quality but lacking in inventiveness and a Wow factor. It felt like the weight of history of this storied establishment has resulted in the chef being very safe and cooking to retain their third star. We could imagine this food being served 20 years ago. Not a criticism; an observation. Maybe this is why a number of ’world’s best restaurants…’ lists are now considered the pinnacle of modern cuisine?More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had one of the finest dining experiences here, and it's no surprise that it's considered one of the best in the world. The service was outstanding, and each of the nine courses we enjoyed was meticulously prepared and a true delight for any lover...of French cuisine. We also had the pleasure of meeting Franck Giovanni, the renowned 3-star chef at this restaurant. I highly recommend this place.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Frédy Girardet is a legend and all his successors were cooking on a very high level, too. So does Franck Giovannini with his team. His food is excellent and the presentation is also first class. After our arrival the Service was not attentive at all....It took them much too long to come to our table. We were sitting there at least 15 minutes without any support. Most of the waiters were talking to each other behind the service desk because the restaurant was not full yet at that time. After our complaint it became much better and we were served quickly. The Interior Design ist always depending on the individual taste. We don't like. For our taste it's too tacky and not classy. But unfortunately, it fits to the clothing of the guests. Besides me there were only two other men wearing a blazer in our room and next to us was a guest sitting in a dirty black T-Shirt full of stains. What a shame! A Restaurant on this high level should have at least a minimal dress code. Even the "Kronenhalle" in Zürich has it and it's not a 3 star Restaurant. Nevertheless, due to the outstanding dishes we would go immediately again to this fabulous gourmet temple and I also have to mention that the prices are very fair.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 March 2024 via mobile

Just an amazing culinary and gastronomique experience! To est here is not “just” to go out for dinner but to travel a journey of flavours and artistic creation in a wonderful ambience with impeccable service. Indeed the staff are very professional but so well trained...that they have an ease of informality that makes the evening even more personal. Then to cap it off to be able to converse with the out of this world chef, Franck Giovannini, in English……just WOW!!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 7 October 2023 via mobile

My wife and I had lunch here. We were glad we came for lunch instead of dinner as the meal lasted approximately 4 hours. Given that the building is pretty old I was surprised how modern and sharp looking the interior was. It’s very stylish...with various framed posters and artwork throughout the building. We had an interesting poster of Tyrone Power as Zorro overlooking our table. The restaurant has several different meal options. We had the choice of a la carte, classic tasting menu, surprise menu and a game menu. We chose the surprise menu which provided some flexibility in terms of choosing the main dish. I ordered hare from the game menu while my wife chose beef. We had 8 dishes plus a bonus dish of sweets at the end. The vast majority of the dishes were outstanding with an emphasis on high-end ingredients like white truffles, foie gras and lobster. There were a lot of highlights but my personal favorite was the cheese cart. It consists of approximately 40 cheeses and you can choose as many as you want. I was also blown away by their breads - a huge variety and uniformly excellent. It was probably the best bread I’ve ever had. The only dish we didn’t care for was a scallop dish. The sauce was too thick for our liking. Also, the desserts were a mixed bag. A few were excellent but several were bland. Service was tremendous. They have a large staff and all were friendly and helpful. We also talked to the chef and his wife (separately) towards the end of the meal which was a nice touch. Overall we had a great lunch - one that Tyrone Power would surely approve of. I’d love to return and try their game menu some day.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 15 July 2023

This restaurant is good for a romantic evening or celebration. The restaurant has several rooms, each to denote a different tone. We liked the fact that, whilst no music, you couldn't overhear patrons. The chef came out at the end of the meal, and we...had a great conversation with him. We spoke to him about his appreciation of textures and combining ingredients we wouldn't have expected. And then there's the cheese board with at least 15-20 cheeses.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 19 March 2023

We have dined here on a number of previous occasions and on the whole the food has always delivered with beautifully plated dishes comprising lots of different elements that showcase a vast array of techniques and are all brought together by deep, complex sauces. This...restaurant has always delivered cooking at the highest level, and that was no different on this visit, although given it was winter rather than spring or summer, the seasonal menu was never going to be quite as strong without all of the fresh seasonal produce that one can enjoy later in the year. That said, the food didn't disappoint, other than perhaps the pre-dessert which felt a bit too one dimensional, tasting primarily of passion fruit. The biggest disappointment was the service. In a 3 star restaurant one would expect to be served by someone who can explain each of the key elements in the dishes. Whilst our waiter may have been able to do this, he could not do it in English. Language barriers have never been an issue when dining here before. He apologised for his lack of English, however, his manager should have either asked someone else to serve us or arranged some sort of workaround. When you are paying upwards of four figures for dinner for two in a three star restaurant, this is not acceptable. The diner needs to know that they have more than meat and sauce on the plate. This waiter was also somewhat inexperienced and when deboning fish tableside (a nice touch of theatre) he dropped a piece rather inelegantly on the board. At this level, precision matters. Equally, a number of dishes sat around waiting to be served for longer than they should have done. Again, at this level, this is not acceptable. In recent years, there have been a lot of new faces on the front of house team, which is great, but the management need to ensure that standards are still being maintained, and indeed should always be looking to improve things further. We are looking forward to returning at the start of the summer, and hope that the service issues will have been ironed out by then.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 29 September 2022 via mobile

I joined this famous restaurant’s one day cooking school. It was fabulous. The world class chef Franck Giovannini greeted us ( super welcoming btw!) in the restaurant kitchen where we could see everything that is behind the scenes in 3 star dining. We spent the...next 7 hours learning many dishes upstairs in the schools intimate kitchen ( 5 people maximum) with one of his very accomplished and detailed chefs. We ate each dish just after we prepared it and then continued with the next one. A break to go back down to be in the main kitchen during the height of lunch so we could see more action. They sent us home w recipes and a parting gift not to mention a new awareness of all that goes into this pinnacle level of food and experience! Loved it!!!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 27 September 2022

Having chosen the Gastronomic menu as it lokked very interesting and in order to taste a bit of everything, we were disappointed. There was no equilibrium in any of the dishes, Always one thing that overtook the taste of the other things. Very unpleasant foie...gras, taste as well as consistancy. This was unfortunately a great dissappointment for all of us ( 4 persons). The staff was not very kind or professional either. We had to ask to get the bread, ask to get the water several times. A shame, won't be going back.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 3 May 2022

For my husbands 80th birthday we took our whole family for dinner to Crissier ! We had a menu it was exellent very balanced and not too much, the light deserts refreshing ! Chef Giovannini very modest hard working congratulation !

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 17 April 2022

We are fortunate to have dined at numerous 3* Michelin establishments, so have many other restaurants notionally at the same level from which to form the basis of a robust benchmark. L'Hotel de Ville is always a treat as the cuisine is classical - classical...is without question our preference over completely contemporary nordic style - and the dishes are exquisitely presented. Even with our high expectations based on previous visits, the restaurant really managed to excel themselves. We had their longest tasting menu which comprised dish after dish packed full of flavour, clever textures, perfect seasoning, and beautifully arranged components. It is relatively unusual to have a long tasting menu where every dish is of the same level as there are often misses here and there; this was hit after hit after hit. Every little detail had been thought about and unlike in so many of the contemporary style restaurants, hot food here is just that, served hot. The service is friendly, informative and above all, delivered with a real passion and pride for the product. This is what, as a diner, I want to see. The cheese trolley must have had over 40 different types of cheese from which generous portions were served; exemplarary. In fact, the whole experience here is one that feels very generous and is more than worth the price point. The quality of the technique and skill shown in every single dish has to be experienced to be believed. If I had to recommend just one 3* Michelin restaurant, without question, L'Hotel de Ville would be my suggestion; quite simply, food does not really get better than this.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 1 April 2022 via mobile

The Setting is Great the Food fabulons and the Food just delicious. It is always à pleasure to go back there

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 4 March 2022 via mobile

What else is there to say about a gastronomic experience at this Michelin 3 star gem in the unassuming town of Crissier? One could wax lyrical about the quaint ambience of the hotel (the house of a previous mayor if I caught that right). We...we so blessed to chance upon an available slot where the 9 of us were accorded a private room (otherwise booked full each day, as we were told). The room was simply decorated, the tableware minimalistically elegant. And we had a round table (which allowed for maximum engagement as a group). And do we need to mention the menu which was eight courses of delectable delights, surprise after surprise, unfolding like the plot of an intriguing adventure novel. If I had to pick a top three, it would be the scallops with caviar, the truffles on a foam of leek and the langoustines and artichoke. Tough choices. A strong ending is a given, with a wide array of cheese to select from, and two incredible desserts - a blood orange cocktail and a special apple tart. We needn’t highlight the warm service professional, down to the coordination of the plates landing in front of us. Our server also recommended a Swiss Bordeaux and a Swiss Merlot to complete the experience. All in all, an amazing experience that will long remain. Top tip: get a few friends and book the private room with a round table!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 11 February 2022

We were lucky to dine at Hotel de Ville Crissier and in Anne Sophie Pic in Lausanne in the span of 2 weeks. We liked the Hotel de Ville but ASP left a more lasting, "wow" impression on us. At HDV the flavours were simpler...and less surprising, the decor of the room and the tableware was simpler, and HDV was more expensive. Cardoons with truffle was our favourite dish, the most subtle and exciting combination of flavours. At HDV the chef came in and spoke to every table, but the conversation was very brief and not really engaging (he spoke longer with French-speaking guests). Overall, nice and good, but not great and memorable like ASP.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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I think one to three months, but at certain period it's already impossible to get a table, i.e. december
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No bar, thus seating at the bar is not possible Dress code : cocktail
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Cheese trolley is Swiss cheese oriented - tasting is CHF 40.-
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