I am extremely picky when it comes to GOOD restaurants. When I say GOOD restaurants, I mean those places that offer healthy yummy food, offer that little “extra” unique experience and just make you feel at home. On top, the quality of food and the gastronomic experience are at the top of my list. In this article I promise you to share my top 3 organic and slow food restaurants near Geneva, Switzerland in Haute-Savoie, France. Trust me, they will all be worth it!

After having lived in France for the past 8 years, you learn a thing or two when it comes to dining out. Fine food is like a ritual that needs to be respected and dining out needs to be done in style. Therefore, when it comes to eating out, we have a couple of rules and standards before trying out a new place. You can call it our Food Bible. Some rules have even been inspired by Gordon Ramsay 😉

  1. You shall NOT enter a restaurant that has pictures on their menu (just like the good old Chinese restaurants) 
  2. You shall NOT enter a restaurant that has more than 3 menu pages (I can guarantee when there is too much choice the food is NOT fresh) 
  3. You shall NOT enter a place if there is a host or hostess trying to invite you inside (A good restaurant doesn’t need someone outside convincing you to come in, it would be fully booked with people lining up) 

If a restaurant ticks one or more of the above boxes… YOU SIMPLY RUN! 

I can guarantee that my top 4 must-try local restaurants in Haute-Savoie (near Geneva) do not tick any of these boxes. Besides, you will find me here weekly!

Chez Marie Jo
Roti Chicken with Vegetables – Chez Marie Jo

4 Must-Try Local Restaurants in Haute-Savoie

1) Chez Marie Jo in Fillinges

Now I don’t put this place on number 1 because it’s a walking distance from my home, but we truly love Chez Marie Jo’s concept. It’s literally our home away from home. They put all their love and energy inside this place and transformed their home into a family-owned restaurants serving you traditional inspired “grandmother” cooked delicacies. All their dishes are organic, sourced from local producers and their menu changes weekly. You can be pleased to know that all their food is 100% fresh, and their dishes are inspired by local produce of the season. To top if off, you have an incredible view dining in front of the Mont-Blanc.

Chez Marie Jo
Chez Marie Jo

Some of our favourite dishes are the Fresh Trout with avocado or the Filet Perche, a local fish from Lake Geneva. They also serve an amazing collection of local wines sourced from local producers from Haute-Savoie. On Sundays, you can enjoy an amazing 3-course Brunch menu for only 40 euros.

Chez Marie Jo
Starter at Chez Marie Jo
Chez Marie Jo
Chez Marie Jo

In the summer, you can join after work for their weekly Guinguette party having a cocktail or Aperol Spritz overlooking the beautiful French Alps.  

2) Le Bistrot de Madeleine in Lucinges

Another place you will find me at least once a month is Le Bistrot De Madeleine. A tiny local restaurant found in the heart of Lucinges, a cute local village just a short drive from Geneva, Switzerland. You can’t leave this place with trying their home-made signature Aperol Spritz to start off you’re evening in style. Their menu is also 100% organic, changes weekly and is inspired by the local produce of the season. 

4 Must-Try Local Restaurants in Haute-Savoie 
Starter at Le Bistrot de Madeleine
4 Must-Try Local Restaurants in Haute-Savoie 
Main Course at Le Bistrot de Madeleine

I highly recommend trying out their chef’s 4 or 5 course tasting menu starting at 59 euros. The combination of flavors is just incredible.

3) Restaurant L’Aromate in Mieussy

A true hidden gem in Mieussy, a local town in Haute-Savoie that you cannot miss when driving towards the ski areas from Geneva, Switzerland. L’Aromate is a local family owned restaurant serving local and fresh dishes from the region. The family is incredibly kind and their passion for cooking and local food is definitely seen back in the great plates they serve, just delicious!

Their quality vs price is just unbelievable offering a 3-course dinner menu at only 37 euros! You will find me eating there often 😉

4 Must-Try Local Restaurants in Haute-Savoie 
L’Aromate Mieussy
4 Must-Try Local Restaurants in Haute-Savoie 
L’Aromate Mieussy

4) Chez Mosse in Cornier

When it comes to having amazing lunch at an affordable price, Chez Mosse is your place to be. Hidden away in the countryside of Haute-Savoie in Cornier, this place offers organic, home-made and locally inspired dishes. We have lunch here almost weekly as they offer a beautiful 3-course “Plat du Jour” for only 22 euros! Do note that the “Plat du Jour” is a surprise and one-of-a-kind lunch menu. Just let yourself be pleased by local organic flavours, chosen by top chefs. 

Chez Mosse Plat du Jour
Chez Mosse Plat du Jour
Chez Mosse Plat du Jour
Chez Mosse Plat du Jour

Enjoy and Bon Appetite!

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