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Cafe du Simplon

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rue du Simplon 17, Lausanne 1006, Switzerland
+41 21 616 31 04
07:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 00:00
Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Geneva, Switzerland
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2012

The restaurant is located near the Lausanne train station and is themed after the famous "Orient Express" train. Service is friendly and usually very fast. On the menu, you can find a variety of european food from all regions the Orient Express used to run through. The different pastas, salads, and meat dishes are always fresh and at a very... More 

1 Thank WoggyBear
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2012

Good food, great terrasse, really cheap for switzerland

1 Thank damsbarcelona
Singapore, Singapore
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2012

We came here for dinner on a Saturday night - surprisingly there was still seats because the cafe is usually full on a weekday night. The service was great - the waiter patiently translated the French menu for us to English. The place has a good relaxing ambience. Food was average though wine is cheap. Would be back here.

Thank JoyxLee
Paris, France
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51 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

I love this place. For two years in Lausanne this has been one of my favorite hangouts. The staff is very friendly and don't get their pants all in a bunch if you don't feel like practising your weak French when ordering. They like to recommend things, and when they do the local regulars tend to join in - I... More 

Thank arduinna
New York City, New York
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61 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2011

This dinner was after an EPFL architectural review, and was a highly enjoyable meal. The atmosphere brought closer to a mediterranean bistro, yet, had a high quality of french/swiss style. Overall, the cuisine was authentic to the Tanjines of which I tried. All of us had a taste of their Tanjines L'Aegneau and some of my colleagues had the Tanjine... More 

Thank adoptme
Nashville, Tennessee
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75 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2011

Ate here on a Saturday evening. I really liked the atmosphere here -- well-lit, racks of magazines and newspapers along one wall, and friendly service (the manager was chatting with some older men -- I think regulars -- when I approached the cafe, and promptly stood up to see if he could help me when I stopped to study the... More 

Thank Mechaieh
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2011

I went for the first time a couple of weeks back and loved the atmosphere, down to earth with a nice and simple look to it, the owner is very friendly, service isn't great because it seemed it was their first time serving. Great place to go eat with a group of friends.

1 Thank Frietje
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146 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2011

Had read some good comments about this little place and found that it was just down the stairs behind the train station. We had lunch and the menu was quite extensive and the price reasonable. The portions were adequate for us and we enjoyed the meals.The waiters were friendly and patient in explaining the menu despite being quite busy.

1 Thank humanH1N1
Chicago, Illinois
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129 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2011

I went there for dinner. i sat inside since out sides tables were overtaken by smokers. The service was awful. I don't know why people write good review about this place and not the cafe grancy down the road...literally around the block. The portion was very very small and overpriced and the ambiance grungy. I would not go there for... More 

Thank thenewstateman
Singapore, Singapore
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2011

When to go... for a decent quick bite during the day best the station. Cafe du Simplon had a surprising variety of dishes and the service is fast and no-frills, good. The food is fresh and very good value. The deco is practical with wooden chairs and table. On a sunny day like today, it's great to sit outside as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 14 - US$ 22
European, Swiss, Cafe, Mediterranean
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: rue du Simplon 17, Lausanne 1006, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Vaud  >  Lausanne
  • Phone Number: +41 21 616 31 04

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?