Review written by Sophie Couard, February 25, 2016.
The town of Annecy is a popular tourist town in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region. It offers rich architectural and cultural heritage, which also earned the town the label of City of Art and several other distinct names. Annecy is also a unique place for entertainment and leisure, and features the Impérial Casino of Annecy that offers many services. The casino is located in a complex that also features a hotel, restaurants and bars, as well as several reception rooms. The Casino in Annecy offers a whole world of fun and entertainment with a slot machine room featuring devices of different types, multiple tables for traditional casino games, and a poker room that can accommodate different tournaments and cash games.
Impérial Casino in Annecy : a whole universe of gambling
The Casino in Annecy offers the three most popular game categories that you can find in most of the world's casinos. You can play on more than 160 slot machines, enjoy the thrilling atmosphere of traditional table games, and live the thrills and excitement of playing poker against other players.
The slot machines
The Casino in Annecy offers over 160 slot machines for fans of one-armed bandits. To make everyone happy, the hall features all categories of machines, ranging from traditional devices with mechanical reels, to video slots with reels and video poker games. The modern devices allow you to experience thrilling games and you can quench your thirst for adventure, especially with the multigames technology and the many bonus games.
The casino offers slot machines ranging from €0.01 to €2, which allows you to have full control of your budget and you can also control how long you want to play. Fans of a single poker game can enjoy video poker devices with denominations ranging from between €0.20 to €10.
You can choose between 30 machines with mechanical reels, 100 video slots and more than 30 video poker devices. The slot machine room is open Sunday to Thursday 10 am to 2 am, and on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 10 am to 4 am.
The traditional games
The Impérial Casino in Annecy also invites you to enjoy the thrills of traditional games. The casino offers the most popular table games in a fantastic atmosphere. Fans of traditional games have two options: blackjack tables and English roulette tables, including traditional and electronic versions.
The casino has two blackjack tables for fans of card games. The tables are served by professional and attentive dealers, and you can experience an unforgettable time at these tables, whether you win or you lose your game. Beginners are also welcome here, as the dealers of the room can also help to learn the basic rules of the game, and possibly also teach new players some game strategies in a short introductory session.
The minimum bet at a blackjack game at the casino is €5. High rollers can even bet up to €2,000 on a single hand if they feel lucky.
Both blackjack tables of the casino are open Sunday to Thursday from 8 pm to 2 am, and Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 8 pm to 4 am.
If you are passionate about real games of chance and the thrills they offer, the Impérial Casino in Annecy is able to satisfy you. The casino has three English roulette tables, two traditional tables and one electronic table.
Lovers of the traditional game can take a seat at one of the two traditional English roulette tables. These two tables at the casino are often the scene of action in the games room.
To enjoy the English roulette game and to try your luck you only have to bet a minimum of €2. The casino does not impose any table limits, which allows you to raise your stake and get the chance to win even more.
The electronic English roulette table is quieter but just as exciting, and you can experience the same thrills of this classic game. The game works with the latest innovations in technology. You will be seated in front of a touch screen allowing you to control the game without any intervention of a dealer or a third person.
Unlike the two traditional English roulette tables your stakes will be limited. The minimum bet is €0.20 and the maximum you can play is €1, which can also be seen as an advantage, as these limits allow you to play longer.
The English roulette tables at the casino are open from Sunday to Thursday from 8 pm to 2 am, and Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 8 pm to 4 am.
The Poker Room "Le Cercle"
Poker enthusiasts will also not be left out at the Impérial Casino in Annecy. The establishment offers a dedicated room called "Le Cercle", a room with three poker tables. On the first two are cash games and Texas Hold'em tournaments, while the third is reserved for Ultimate Texas Hold'em, a variant of the classic poker game that was recently added to the poker room.
Texas Hold’em Poker
The casino offers two tables with Texas Hold'em poker, and both tables feature cash games and regular tournaments.
To participate in cash games you must meet the conditions, such as the minimum buy-in of €100, a maximum buy-in of €1,000 and blinds of €2 / €4. These games are held daily at both tables from 8 pm.
The casino also organises two major tournaments. The Shark Attack tournament is held every Monday. It has a buy-in of €75 + €5, a total of 8000 chips and a round lasts 20 min. You can register for the Bloody Sunday tournament every Sunday. It has a buy-in of €55 + €5, a total of 8000 chips and a round lasts 20 min.
Whether you play cash games or tournaments, the Poker Room Le Cercle is open from Sunday to Thursday from 8 pm to 2 am, and on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 8 pm to 4 am.
The restaurants and bar at the Casino in Annecy
The Impérial Casino in Annecy has 4 restaurants and a bar to give customers the opportunity to try many carefully prepared dishes. The establishment offers different types of cuisines, from regional specialties to the finest gourmet dishes, as well as snacks and a brasserie kitchen.
Restaurant La Voile
The restaurant La Voile is worthy of the best gourmet restaurants, and it meets all the demands for you to enjoy an incredible cuisine. When you enter the restaurant you will probably feel a sense of tranquillity and friendliness going through you, and the reason for this is the intimate atmosphere and the harmonics of the room. You can also enjoy a large terrace overlooking an idyllic view of Lake Annecy depending on the season and the weather.
The chef and his team offer a fine cuisine with delicious dishes. You can also find a varied menu and set menus that the casino calls Voyage Gourmand between the lake and the mountains.
The breakfast menu is available from 8 am to 11 am. Other menus include four different set menus, such as the Menu Creation for lunch from Wednesday to Friday, which includes a starter, main course, dessert and the dish of the day for €40, the Menu Tradition that has a starter, a fish or meat main course and dessert for €55, the Menu Grande Tradition that is priced at €75 and includes a starter, fish, meat and dessert, and the Menu Dégustation for €95.
Food lovers and gourmets can browse the restaurant's menu looking for a dish that will really tickle their taste buds. The menu offers a wide selection of starters, such as Utah Beach oysters in a dashi with parsley iodine herbs, duck foie gras with red love apple sauce, brioche made with spelt flour and smoked butter, Saint-Jacques of Normandy with chervil and black truffles, and Fario trout in Savoie style smoked at the Imperial with black garlic, Oxalys and green sorrel condiments. The main courses include several fish dishes, such as very light mousseline sauce and pike from the lakes, lobster and crayfish, and Focaccia with herbs from the garden of Thomas, or the Lotte de Bretagne "Comme une Matelote" in Mondeuse style with silky chervil purée and brussels sprouts. The meat dished include "Pot au feu", a black Bigorre pig stew with orange butternut squash, Vosges cherries and chestnut bread, or farmer's veal of Limousin Label Rouge with a side and chard leaves with truffle. You can also try the creations of Maître Fromager Alain Michel with the Pain Impérial de Pan & Gato, as well as many desserts, such as the Parfum d’Hiver between chestnuts and Red Love apples, Chocolat Grand Cru de Papouasie Kalapaia, Marmelade de Yuzu, and many more.
The restaurant La Voile offers a breakfast service from 8 am to 11 am, lunch from 12 pm to 2 pm and dinner from 7 pm to 9.30 pm. It is closed every week on Sunday evenings and Monday and Tuesday.
The Brasserie is the perfect place to have fun either alone, with friends or even your family. This restaurant offers a harmonious blend of flavours with fresh local produce and a warm and welcoming atmosphere that is enhanced by a large front terrace and a garden in front of the lake.
The restaurant offers so many options, including a la carte dishes and set menus. The Brasserie creates special menus for the holiday season, and you can have a great time with your loved ones there. These menus are, for example, the Christmas menu for €40, including three starters, three main courses and a dessert buffet. The regular set menus are available from €16,50, such as the lunch menu and the gourmet menu, and your children are not left out either with the P’tits Loups for €13. You can also enjoy other menus, such as the Sunday Brunch for €40, which is open from 12 pm to 3 pm with a comprehensive buffet, Live Cooking or Aperitivo, Christmas Tapas for €25 and the Ardoise Savoyarde for €22.
The regular menu of the La Brasserie restaurant offers a wide selection of salads, including the American for €14 and €24, the Gourmet and the High Savoyarde for €16; starters from €12, such as slightly creamy lobster bisque and shell oil or Carpaccio of Saint-Jacques with citrus and passion fruit; seafood dishes, such as seafood including Gillardeau N° 3 oysters, Marennes d’Oléron for €22 and €32 and Olivier Gazeau N° 2 Fine de Clair oysters for €19 and €27; main casserole dishes from €16, such as risotto with porcini mushrooms, beef with candied prunes, almonds and saffron potatoes; main courses starting from €20, such as linguine with prawns, hand cut Charolais beef tartar with fries, or scallop, mussels, salmon and spinach gratin; vegetarian dishes from €10, such as a Caesar salad, crunchy Thai vegetables with basmati rice or risotto dishes. You can also get a cheese platter for €10, the Atelier Gourmandises and Bonbons for €9, a gourmet café for €11, a glass of champagne Moineaux Cuvée Tradition NM and 3 mini-desserts from the buffet for €18, or different ice creams for €8.
La Brasserie restaurant is open every day from 7 am to 10.30 am for breakfast, Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 2 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 2.30 pm, Sunday to Thursday from 7 pm to 10 pm, and on Sunday from 1 pm to 10.30 pm. Brunch is available every Sunday from 12 pm to 3 pm.
The Hip Bar
The Hip Bar is the place for when you want to take a breaks between the games at the Casino in Annecy, or you just want to relax a little. The bar is attached to the Impérial Palace hotel and offers a fantastic atmosphere in chic and contemporary decor. Depending on your preference, you can choose between the terrace and splendid views of the lake, or the sumptuous inside which looks like a living room.
The Hip Bar is managed by experienced and talented bartenders, and they are able to serve you your favourite drink, from juice to prestigious champagnes, beers, whiskeys, cocktails, and many more.
The Hip Bar is open from Sunday to Thursday from 8 am to 11 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 8 am to midnight.
Additional services of the Impérial Casino in Annecy
When you visit the Casino in Annecy, you will also be able to enjoy a range of other services and benefits that will make your stay, your weekend trip or your visit unforgettable.
In fact, in addition to the restaurants and bar, the establishment also has a hotel with 91 luxury boutique rooms and 8 suites, as well as various modular rooms for private or corporate events, such as weddings, birthdays, seminars, congresses, conferences, product launches, galas and many others.
You can also have easy access to different events and shows organized by the establishment. These activities are, among others, The Revue Impériale, a dinner show that takes place once a month, the Hip Jazz Club at the Hip Bar, that offers theme nights with different famous artists, and many other events.
Address and access
Casino Impérial d’Annecy, Allée de l’Impérial, 74000 Annecy, France.
By car via the motorway A41, exit Annecy Sud from Lyon and Marseille and exit Annecy Nord from Paris and Geneva.
107 km from Grenoble, 138 km from Lyon, 188 km from Saint-Etienne, 283 km from Dijon, 425 km from Marseille, 430 km from Strasbourg and 560 km from Paris.
Around 1.5 km from the SNCF and TGV train station of Annecy, TGV lines from and to Paris and TER lines serving the southwest to Aix-les-Bains, Grenoble and others, and the north to Annemasse, Saint-Gervais and others.
40 km from the International airport of Geneva-Cointrin, 40 km from the airport of Chambéry-Savoie and 120 km from the airport of Lyon-Saint-Exupéry.
Slot machines : Sunday to Thursday 10 am to 2 am, and on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 10 am to 4 am.
Blackjack tables : Sunday to Thursday from 8 pm to 2 am, and Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 8 pm to 4 am.
English roulette tables : Sunday to Thursday from 8 pm to 2 am, and Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 8 pm to 4 am.
Electronic English roulette tables : Sunday to Thursday 10 am to 2 am, and on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 10 am to 4 am.
Restaurant "La Voile" : breakfast service from 8 am to 11 am, lunch from 12 pm to 2 pm and dinner from 7 pm to 9.30 pm. Closed every week on Sunday evenings, and Monday and Tuesday.
Restaurant "La Brasserie" : every day from 7 am to 10.30 am for breakfast, Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 2 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 2.30 pm, Sunday to Thursday from 7 pm to 10 pm, and on Sunday from 1 pm to 10.30 pm. Brunch every Sunday from 12 pm to 3 pm.
The Hip Bar : Sunday to Thursday from 8 am to 11 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 8 am to midnight.