Review written by Sophie Couard, February 9, 2016.
The Casino in Evian is simply the largest gaming establishment in Europe, and they are obviously proud of it, as it is written all over their website. I must say that the casino is really nice. When you go there it is a little bit like a trip to Africa, as the decorations are very nice. The establishment is located at the edge of Lake Geneva, and they offer many interesting services.
The game selection includes more than 250 slot machines and fans of traditional games will be happy too, as the casino offers a great selection of different tables for blackjack, stud poker, English roulette and French roulette.
The establishment also has three different restaurants, a pub and a trendy music bar called the Purple Lounge. There is even an Italian theatre, a real jewel in neoclassical architecture with 280 seats.
In the review below you can find out a bit more about this place that is among the 20 largest in France in terms of turnover.
Games for every taste
When playing at the Casino in Evian you will not get bored. In fact, the game selection is very large and varied, and will please a wide range of players, as you will find out shortly.
The slot machines
The slot machines room is open from Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 2 am, and until 3 am on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays. The room is equipped with more than 250 devices offering minimum bets of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents or 1 or 2 Euros. You can find the following games in the beautifully decorated room :
- video slots, including fifty exclusively European,
- mechanical one-armed bandits with reels,
- 8 slot machines with progressive jackpots,
- video poker in 4 different variants (draw poker, wild deuces, joker poker and multi-lines).
The table games
The traditional games are available Monday to Friday from 8 pm and from 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. You can play at the following tables :
- English roulette from €5,
- French roulette from €5,
- blackjack from €10,
- blackjack 21 + 3 from €10,
- stud poker from €10.
Unfortunately, the Casino in Evian does not have a poker room. However, the establishment regularly organises tournaments. You can find out more about the tournaments on the website.
As it is always the case in France, access to the different game rooms is reserved exclusively for adults who are not prohibited from casino games, and it is necessary to present a valid identity document or passport for foreigners.
Three restaurants, a pub, a bar and a theatre
As gambling is not everything in life, the Casino in Evian also offers other services to attract customers. You can enjoy three restaurants, a pub, a music bar, and also an Italian theatre.
The Table du Baron
The Table du Baron is open for lunch Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 2 pm and for dinner from 7 pm to 10 pm, on Saturdays, Sundays and eves of public holidays from 12 pm to 2.30 pm, and in the evening for dinner from 7 pm to 10 pm, and on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays also from 7 pm to 10.30 pm. The restaurant uses fresh local produce for their dishes.
The starters include sausage, soup, salad, foie gras and smoked salmon. The main courses include a good selection of dishes, such as trout, sea bream, hamburgers or osso buco. The desserts include Saint-Marcelin, waffles, chocolate pie or gourmet coffees.
In addition to this attractive menu, you can also enjoy various set menus from €12.50 to €29.
The Savana is open every day is from 12 pm to 2.30 pm and from 7 pm to 11 pm. The spectacular restaurant is in a lodge on stilts and overlooks the slot machine room. The atmosphere was inspired by southern Africa. It offers an outstanding decor, as well as an exotic and traditional cuisine that combines cultures and flavours.
You can choose from several menus :
- the dish of the day for €9.90,
- main course and dessert for €15.90,
- a menu for €19.90,
- wine & buffet on Sunday at lunchtime for €27.
The other dishes include tartars, carpaccio, milling perch fillets, skewers or profiteroles.
The Baccara restaurant is located in the table games hall, and it offers a magical atmosphere in combination with the games room. The restaurant is open Monday to Friday from 8 pm to 11 pm. and Saturdays and Sundays from 7.30 pm. The place offers a creative cuisine with a fresh blend of sophistication and inventiveness. The menu changes with the seasons, except for a few timeless specialties, such as foie gras with a hint of ginger, roast lamb with pesto and spinach, and gourmet coffee.
Au Bureau is a real pub with an exotic Anglo-Saxon decor, and it welcomes you Monday to Thursday from 6 pm to 1.30 am, on Friday from 6 pm to 2.30 am, on Saturday from 4.30 pm to 2.30 am, and on Sunday from 4.30 pm to 1.30 am. The atmosphere is friendly and authentic, and the bar is an ideal place for a drink or a snack. You can find a wide selection of beers and cocktails (with or without alcohol) on the menu, as well as flammekueches, burgers and tapas.
The Purple Lounge
The trendy music bar The Purple Lounge bar is only open Friday and Saturday nights from 7 pm to 3 am. It is a very stylish place that offers a nice menu and an exceptional musical program. It is the ideal venue for entertainment after work into the late night.
The theatre at the casino
The theatre of the establishment is a true masterpiece of neoclassical architecture that offers an original decor that recreates the atmosphere of comedy and carnival. You can also see a painting on the ceiling that represents the four major cosmopolitan countries of the end 19th century: Italy, Switzerland, England and Russia. The theatre with 280 seats is open during the summer and hosts different boulevard shows.
The Casino in Evian is ideally situated in the Haute-Savoie, just 50 minutes from Geneva, near Lake Geneva, the largest natural lake in Western Europe at the border between France and Switzerland. The casino is nestled in a natural environment with a rich nature and green surroundings.
The original and very nice African atmosphere of the establishment creates a beautiful environment to play in, and the great game selection offers enough slot machines and table games to suit most players. Only Texas Hold'em fans may be disappointed by the lack of a poker room, although different tournaments are held regularly.
The resort offers several other services aside from gambling, and the 3 restaurants offer good value for money, the music bar is trendy, the pub is cosy and the theatre is simply amazing.
The Casino in Evian has a great and well-deserved reputation and unquestionably deserves to be discovered!
Motorway A40 - Exit 15.
Slot machines : on weekdays 10 am to 2 am, and until 3 am on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays.
Table games : Monday to Friday 8 pm to 2 am, and until 3 am on Friday and Saturday, and from 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.