An evening at Chez Gouzer is like being in a New York City bar on the coast of Bretagne. On a typical evening, jazz standards play as the sommelier pours wine from their beloved collection, while the bartender rhythmically shucks the main attraction: oysters.
It’s also something of an extended family business, opened by some of Geneva’s own young prodigies (in fact, it’s run by some of the same good people as another one of my favorite spots, The Hamburger Foundation (THF), with oysters sourced straight from one of their uncle’s farms in Bretagne.
That family vibe extends to your hosts. Like good parents, the sommeliers love their 50 wines equally (and don’t you dare ask ’em to pick favorites). But rest assured, not one of them has ever disappointed.
I hear you, oysters aren’t for everyone. Chez Gouzer still has you covered, with lobster rolls, wild smoked salmon, Spanish sardines, organic Swiss caviar (what??), and creamy St Marcelin cheese. Lemon tart provides a sweet finish. A live jazz band plays from time to time.
When you’ve had your fill of the ocean, walk back to the outer shell for a burger at THF, and you’ll have just had yourself a surf and turf dinner.
Totally cool for groups or singles, and dogs, it turns out, are welcome.