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Cafe Universal

boulevard du Pont-d'Arve 26, Geneva 1205, Switzerland
+41 22 781 18 81
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good35%
  • Average17%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible6%
19 Oct 2017
“Worst ceasar salad of my life”
13 Oct 2017
“Pleasant experience due to great care and tasty food”
Closed Now
12:00 - 14:30 Hours
French, European, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
boulevard du Pont-d'Arve 26, Geneva 1205, Switzerland
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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Waiter way great. But the salad was terrible, and the price!!! (28.-) for something so fatty, a salad looking old, and tasteless, really bad experience.

Thank Adrien M
Reviewed 13 October 2017

From the first moment we entered the restaurant the waiter took invite us with a smile and took great care of us being well served. The food was delicious, interesting and plentiful. One should try the "café gurmand" as ending.

Thank popescugeorge2003
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...More

Thank Nikolas V
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.

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...More

Thank lordbyron59
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

Thank fred C
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

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,...More

Thank Patrick F
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...More

1  Thank Fifi_71_10
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...More

Thank Ann-Kathrin V
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$23 - US$94
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:00
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
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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