Lausanne’s best restaurants

Searching for a good restaurant? Lausanne has a huge range, from casual lunch options to luxury gourmet dining

By Caroline Bishop |
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Anne Sophie Pic, Lausanne restaurant, Time Out Switzerland
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It’s only a small place, so when it comes to finding a restaraunt, Lausanne doesn’t have as diverse a range in Switzerland’s bigger cities, but there are plenty of good places to eat here if you know where to find them. While there’s an abundance of café-restaurants serving modern Swiss bistro fare such as beef tartar, burgers, salads and perch filets, it’s also possible to hunt out decent Chinese food, an Indian curry and an Argentinian t-bone steak. Traditionalists can opt for classic Swiss cheese dishes at several dedicated places including Pinte Besson and Café Romand. And of course with Italy so close by, Lausanne is peppered with good Italian restaurants. Eating out anywhere in Switzerland isn’t a cheap affair, and Lausanne is no different. So if you’re going to blow your budget you may as well do it in style at somewhere like Le Cinq. At the other end of the scale a smattering of restaurants such as the Chinese Chez Xu offer real value for money, and most places offer a competitively-priced lunch menu which won’t put too much of a dent in your wallet.

Restaurants, Italian

Chez Mario

Ville Marché
4 out of 5 stars

There are plenty of pizzerias in Lausanne, but this one, opened in 1958, claims to be the very first in Switzerland.

Restaurants, Indian

Nandanam

Ville Marché
4 out of 5 stars

It takes a bit of effort to find a good curry in Switzerland, but this Indian restaurant near Lausanne’s main train station is the business. 

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Restaurants, Italian

Da Carlo

Ville Marché
3 out of 5 stars

This neighbourhood Italian inspires loyalty from its customers for its reasonably priced menu of comfort food – classic pastas and pizzas which are satisfying in both flavour and size.

Restaurants, Contemporary European

Le Cinq

Ville Marché
5 out of 5 stars

Drawing on seasonal, local ingredients, the food is delicate, original and classy without being over fussy. It’s all served up in a stylish dining room drawn in rich, dark colours, while an intimate wood chalet-style outdoor area off the kitchen is a fun choice for a small group on a special occasion or a romantic dinner à deux.

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Restaurants, Contemporary European

Café des Artisans

Ville Marché
4 out of 5 stars

Usually packed with a young, studenty crowd, this place has a friendly, intimate atmosphere, particularly in winter when the low-lighting and house mulled wine make you reluctant to step back out into the cold.

Restaurants, Contemporary European

Hôtel Restaurant Le Raisin

Ville Marché
3 out of 5 stars

Le Raisin is well worth a stop off whether for coffee, lunch or an evening meal. The large menu comprises steak tartar, pizzas, pasta, fish and meat dishes and local ‘la chasse’ dishes in hunting season. 

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