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French, European, Healthy
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

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Chef Franck Giovannini has returned to take up the reins at this extraordinary restaurant. In charge of an impressive team (no fewer than 25 chefs! ), ...
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Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!
Extremely comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.
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Reviewed 16 October 2021

Writing in English because not enough comments! My my my.... the place is gorgeous but the food.....it's just impressive. Without a doubt it deserves its 3 stars and all the titles it has. It's a journey through gastronomy.... yes you can have some ingredients that...you might not like but even this doesn't matter. 4h wonderful with a team perfect.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 6 October 2021

Absolutely stunning. I was lucky enough to get a table during the game season, and their game menu is impressive. Seven different birds, some of which you will have trouble finding in other restaurants, including the exceptionally exclusive black grouse carved at your table (only...on pre-order and upon availability), which I was incredibly lucky to taste. A once in a lifetime opportunity, at least in this part of the world, which if ordered will be the piece de resistance of your meal there. To bring us to this amazing bird, we kindly asked the Maitre d' to advise us on starting dishes, so that it would build up nicely without anything overpowering it. He was most pleased to check in with Chef Franck Giovanni for a surprise menu that would achieve exactly that The sommelier also did an amazing job, with a selection of both local and foreign wines, that paired nicely with each dishes. Thanks a lot for Franck Giovanni and his team for this amazing experience, and to life which made me lucky enough to have the opportunity to eat there once. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g947015-d1015180-r813256862-Restaurant_de_l_Hotel_de_Ville_Crissier-Crissier_Lausanne_Canton_of_Vaud.html#More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 24 July 2021 via mobile

This is the only place where I can eat anything and I will never be disappointed. The surprise menu was perfect. The service is perfect. The place is wonderful too.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 23 July 2021

Only eaten at a 1 star before - to be honest, this was probably wasted on me. My poor palette cant distinguish between 1 Mstar and 3 Mstars Anyways, had a fantastic time with the tasting menu, best dishes were the fish and the lobster...Drinks - also excellent - im not a wine person but the experience with the wine was fantastic Dessert was good, but that was the only dish I wasnt blown away by! Service was exceptional - really outstanding, very impressive Its expensive, 2 people drinks and tasting menu 1200 CHF... I wont come back, but if you can afford it, its delicious, really a once in a lifetime experience!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 18 July 2021

We made a trip out to Switzerland just for l'Hotel de Ville Crissier and we were not disappointed. Service was amazing, the dishes were exquisite and overall we loved it. Tip: don't stay in Crissier. Make the trip to Lausanne because Crissier is really a...small town with absolutely nothing and Lausanne is pretty close, especially considering that you'll have to take a taxi to a hotel no matter how close the hotel since there is only freeway thereMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 14 June 2021

As the restaurant was fully booked for the actual date, we ended up settling for Friday, 11th June. The interior was welcoming, well lit and the tables well placed to give privacy as well as exuding warmth. We both opted for the Menu Découverte that...had 8 dishes, priced at 315 CHF each. The serving of the aperitif started on a comical note; after introducing it’s provenance, the waitress attempted to pour it without realizing that the bottle was still corked! We were asked what wine we would like with our menu. As it was a Menu Découverte, we asked the Sommelier to recommend a good red wine that in her opinion, would go well with the menu. We also mentioned that it should be fruity, with not too much tanin and a nice body. The wine was acidic, with no body at all and we ended up drinking this 180 CHF bottle (even at home I have better wines!). This time they remembered to uncork it but it didn’t stop them from spilling some of it on the table! From the first to the 4th dish everything was perfect. Every dish had it’s character and color, one could taste every ingredient in it and it was a delight to the buds. The 5th dish was a disappointment: it was a kind of small Coquille Saint-Jacques, swimming in the same sauce we had for the 4th dish, which was fish. The sauce was too salty and didn’t go well with the seafood. The 6th dish was beef, cooked to perfection. The only problem: the sauce again….too salty and almost sticky in consistency. We ate the beef plain without the sauce, which was just perfect (what is this obsession with sauces!!!). After the magnificent chariot of cheese, we had a pre-desert that could have wonderfully finished the meal in trio with a saffron ice-cream and raspberries. The main desert was interesting but we felt it was not as refined as the pre-desert. My wife ordered a vervain tea to finish the meal. For a restaurant of this reputation, the infusion was a pathetic disgrace. The water was not hot enough for the leaves to properly give their aroma to it and the tea had almost no taste (She grows her own vervain at home so she knows what she’s talking about). When the chef came to do his customary rounds of all the tables, we told him about the sauces that were too salty. He said: ah no, the sauces are not salty, they are ‘corsées’. Sorry but if by corsées he meant that they have a strong taste, this is the role of spices not salt. I was drinking so much water because of the sauces; a blunt proof that it was too salty. He then defensively said: ‘if it wasn’t to your taste, you should have just told me and I would have done it again’. So it was basically our fault, we didn’t open our mouths to tell the chef that he spoilt his sauce!!! For me, it should be perfect the first time round since this is a Michelin 3 Star restaurant……unless everyone eats with too much salt and don’t realize it anymore. Sadly, it was not the meal nor the experience we were looking forward to….a major disappointment for the close to 900 CHF we paid.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 13 September 2020 via mobile

Perfect experience, definitely worth its 3 stars. The service was flawless, they asked us if we were in a hurry and we were. I did not feel rushed but also did not feel I had to wait. The wines they served (we wanted by the...glass) were very good and matched the food. We took the tasting menu. Loved it, but wanted to underline the fish. I am very picky with the fish, often I don’t like it regardless of restaurant stars, but this one was perfect. As a last remark, a 3 stars restaurant in Switzerland will be expensive, but the quality/price ratio is very good.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 9 September 2020

Well, this restaurant has 3 michelin stars, 19 points Gault&Millau, was elected a couple of years ago as the best restaurant in the world...what one can add to this. It is really the excellence on so many aspects. We had the chance to have the...summer menu gastronomique by chef Giovannini and we enjoyed every single bite of every single dish. It was a very fresh menu, with lots of vegetables and seafood. The attention to details was spectacular, basically a piece of art. Worth mentioning is also the fantastic cheese buffet with probably more than 100 different cheese types that you can choose. Another special mention goes to the wine cellar of the restaurant: simply spectacular. Overall: it might not be the cheapest meal, but it is definitely worth every single penny! AmazingMore

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 28 July 2020

Extremely sophisticated dishes, but not overdone; beautiful location, very friendly and helpful staff. If only I could go back more often

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 15 June 2020

We expected nothing less than perfection when we ordered the most expensive menu in Switzerland, notably one of the most expensive countries in the world. And the equipe at Hotel de Ville in Crissier delivered perfection. The lunch started with delicios scallops in a white...wine sauce. They were followed by the two best vegetable dishes I have ever tasted: First, peas with olive oil and caviar, then, green beans with eggs and bottarga. Although not vegetarian dishes per se, the vegetables definitely played the main role in these compositions. The fresh and intense taste of the ingredients was just undescribably good! The following mushroom, fish, lobster, and lamb dishes were not able to top these two highlights, but were also absolutely mouth-watering. After an eclectic choice of cheeses, and tasteful, crisp bread, the two desserts were not on the same level as the rest of the menu, being rather blunt combinations of fruit, ice cream and chocolate. All in all, however, the food we were able to taste that day was well worth the trip to Crissier!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Yes there is a dress code, men’s in jacket and put on tie or bow tie. No jeans. Don’t know if single seating at the bar is possible.
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You can select the cheeses you want to try. If you do not know what you want or feeling adventurous, their cheese expert can make a selection for you and will describe each one. That's what I did. I wish I was an expert but... More
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Yes, there are options you should feel free to discuss with the maître d'. You can also order fewer courses. As a previous reader noted, flexibility is the key!
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Restaurant de l’Hotel de Ville Crissier is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5