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“Nothing to write home about...”

Hostellerie de Geneve (Restaurant)
Ranked #25 of 104 Restaurants in Vevey
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Morges, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nothing to write home about...”
Reviewed 9 August 2013

After having visited the charming (small) old town of Vevey and walked along the lake promenade, seen the fork, Chaplin's statue, and the Alimentarium museum (I highly recommend doing one of their cooking classes - they're great), we decided to stop for a late bite to eat. The Hostellerie served food until 15:00, so that was in our favour - hence our choice to eat there. While the location is indeed lovely - right on the market square, with views out onto the lake - the food isn't anything to write home about, to be honest. We had four dishes - 2 pasta dishes, a fresh goat cheese salad (that was good, actually), and the fish dish of the day. It was okay, but nothing extraordinary. The portion sizes were good, though - I'll give them that. The service was hot and cold: while the waitress initially came very quickly, getting her attention in an otherwise almost empty restaurant was nigh on impossible at times, given that she was off on a smoking break or busy futzing. The waiter was, in contrast, friendlier and less disgruntled. I don't want to be mean... Everyone is entitled to having an off day, and I just ended up feeling bad for asking for butter for our bread, for example - a little 'extra' that our daughters love. I'd say that I wouldn't recommend this restaurant outright for anything spectacular, but if you're just wanting to sit down for a decent warm meal and selection of dishes, then it's certainly passable. Prices are typically Swiss. I think we paid CHF 120 for 4 mains, 2 waters, and 2 iced teas... A bit steep, given the quality of the food/service, but then again... it's Switzerland, right?

  • Visited August 2013
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Zurich, Switzerland
Level 6 Contributor
180 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Understated decor with quality local cuisine”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

We walked into this restaurant with no reservations and the hope of having a Lac Leman speciality....and our expectations were more than met. We were lucky to have arrived when we did as the tables filled up quickly at dinner time and those without reservations who inquired later were turned away.

We had the Vitelli tonnato, tomato & mozzarella, and green salad with chèvre to start. All were excellent. For our main course we all ordered the filet de perche which was extremely generous portions and served with French fries. The evening was lovely and warm and we enjoyed people watching in the square from our table. Great location with good menu and wine card.

  • Visited August 2013
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Winchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
304 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“Busyy restaurant with ouside seating in Market Sq, close by the lake”
Reviewed 18 July 2013

Nice location (the square is a car park) with view of the lake and mountains behind.
Reasonable choice of French Suisse food
I had six snails, oriental chicken on a skewer and half a bottle of Dole wine. Total CHFr 63.50 {2013} ~ reasonable.
Worth a visit if in town, not worth a special journey

  • Visited July 2013
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Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
371 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
“Good food fair price”
Reviewed 27 June 2013

Now everyone please remember how expensive Switzerland is and how rubbish the exchange rate is due to our appalling financial management! Then put that to one side and...
You get good straight forward fare reasonably priced with friendly service.
Traditional Italio/Swiss restaurant at the bottom of the Hotel in the main square.
No fuss no bother OK... good?

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Keith M
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Boca Raton, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
508 reviews
287 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“Surprise by the lake...”
Reviewed 2 June 2013

This unpretentious little place on the main square in Vevey, serves truly wonderful food. Top notch ris de veau, marvelous roesti in various guises, vitello tonnatto, and the best tarte tatin ever. Local wines are a pleasure to try. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and the prices (for Switzerland) represent very good value. An excellent place for lunch or dinner. Great food without the Michelin-star pretense.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank johncgore
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