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Cafe Universal

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boulevard du Pont-d'Arve 26, Geneva 1205, Switzerland
+41 22 781 18 81
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12:00 - 14:30
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 14:30
Tue - Sat 19:00 - 23:00
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Geneva, Switzerland
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108 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Typical french restaurant that tries to be more than it actually is. The food quality is good but massively over priced for what it offers. I only came here once and did not return as you can find many alternatives with similar or better food at more reasonable prices. The service was good and the atmosphere ok but again nothing... More 

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Thank Nikolas V
Thoiry, France
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102 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

Gone a few times for lunch with friends. Food is ok and service is ok. If you would be on the terrace it's heavy traffic that can make conversation difficult.

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Thank TNEDER
Geneva, Switzerland
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95 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016

It's a bistro style place with a small menu -- mussels, steaks, salads. Nothing fancy. The food was nothing special. Given a price tag of CHF 200 for two salads, two mains, a dessert and two glasses of wine, I cannot say it was as inexpensive as I would have expected for the unexceptional meal.

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Thank lordbyron59
Geneva, Switzerland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 February 2016

a good over all restaurent, a good atmosphere and good food. The service is a bit slow but the staff is very nice

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Thank fred C
Thoiry, France
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102 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2015

have been there a few times for lunch. It's usually nice food and ok service, quite basic interior and not the most comfortable chairs. Price / value is good for this place

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Thank TNEDER
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101 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2015 via mobile

Based on the previous reviews I initially was a bit hesitating if I should go eating at Cafe Universal or not but in the end I do not regret. My wife and I had a burger which was pretty good. I had it with chicken, lots of cheese and foie gras - great combination and very heavy. So, don't take... More 

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Thank Patrick F
Geneva, Switzerland
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2015 via mobile

I've wanted to try Cafe Universal for some time, but unfortunately my first experience with a group of 10 people for a friends 30th birthday, was an absolute disaster! The restaurant simple can't deal with groups. The service was absolutely appalling! We waited over an hour to receive our starters, another hour to receive our main courses & 7 out... More 

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Nyon, Switzerland
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38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2015

I went there for a quick bite before theatre and the service was quick, efficient and very nice. The atmosphere is very cosy, Parisian brasserie style-very welcoming. We went for salads, they were very fresh and really huge! As desert I had the moeulleux au chocolat which was divine. I would like to go back to try more or their... More 

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Thank Ann-Kathrin V
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2015

We stopped at the Universal Cafe on a business trip recently in Geneva, looking for a place for relaxed dinner. I loved the atmosphere, the restaurant setting itself is lovely - wood abundant and quirky deco. We were seated at a cosy table for two. The dishes were fresh and generous, with interesting salads to add to the well balanced... More 

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Thank RuthMath
Lisbon, Portugal
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40 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2015 via mobile

I have no complaints about the food, which was really good. Specially the starters, which are huge as well. In any case, like most of the restaurants in geneva, it's overpriced. Good to try once.

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Thank Carlos D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$22 - US$89
Cuisine
French
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 - 14:30
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:00
Saturday
19:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: boulevard du Pont-d'Arve 26, Geneva 1205, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Geneva  >  Geneva
  • Phone Number: +41 22 781 18 81
Description
Born in 1903, The Café Universal is one of the oldest Brasserie in Geneva. From the Murano Chandeliers to the old benches of the CGTE, the ancestor of the public transport of Geneva (TPG), the restaurant offers a unique and atypical atmosphere. Homemade, local and seasonal products is our philosophy. For 2, groups or professional dinner, our team will be delighted to customize any offer!

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