Very nice ambient, people are very friendly and you will be more than welcome.
Dishes are fabulous and absolutely not expensive.
Also a very nice place for a romantic dinner with your wife or girlfriend, or just a girl.
After dinner you can just walk in the park near the restaurant for a fantastic view of the lake and what's all around.
Favorite Dish: Risotto with Mushrooms
Nice and familiar ambient outside the city center.
Delicious meat for lovers and prices in the range.
The specialty is grilled meat but you can choose between different kind of dishes (fondue, pasta, etc...)
Favorite Dish: 800gr. steak.
Before leaving Lugano I decided to go somewhere to have a hot chocolate with whipped cream. I had passed Grand Café Al Porto before so I went there . It looks like an old and expensive café. Grand Café was full and I didn’t want to wait. I started to walk up the hill towards the train station and then saw La Bottega Del Café. As I had only 30 minutes before I had to continue to the train station I ordered a hot chocolate with whipped cream as soon as I came in. I then sat down and waited, and waited. I waited 20 minutes for the chocolate. I think the guy behind the counter was alone so he had prepared the drinks for several people (arriving after me) before going to the tables.
Well the café is a nice place and if I had not been in a hurry I could have sat here for a while reading a book. On the menu there are a big variety of coffees, teas and hot chocolates. The hot chocolate was thick and rich (just as it should be), but I couldn’t make up my mind if I liked it or not. There was a flowery taste I was not prepared for, but in the end I decided it was good, but just not what I had expected. The hot chocolate with whipped cream was 7 CHF (February 2009).
If you want to eat pasta and you don't have the possibility or the time to go to the "Ristorante degli artisti" described above, you should try this place. It's in the center, between via Nassa and the Lakeshore, with a view on the lake.
There are some different specialities every day.
Favorite Dish: Everything you get here is good pasta. If you like seafood you definitely have to try the "spaghetti alla pescatore".
My other favorite dish is "spaghetti store special": spaghettis with porcini mushrooms, garlic, bacon, cream and tomatoes.
The food is very good, but the main reason that makes this place special is the party ambience in the evening, when people start dancing with maracas and sombreros, and the marqueritas and tequilas never stop flowing.
Favorite Dish: Patate olé (potatoes with sourcream and guacamole)
Fonduta latina (fonded cheese over tortillas)
This is a good value and it is open every day of the year in the city center.
If you order Salmon, it is their habit to give you 2 small pieces of salmon, which for me & a friend, is quite enough since you can scoop as many vegetables & rice or potatoes with the order.
My suggestion is to only order one lunch of salmon for two people. A salmon dinner is approximately CH15. So if 2 shared, it is half the price. Of course this won't work if you need large portions.
They have salads, soups, hot lunches, sandwiches, pizza, vegetables, pasta, fruit salads and dessert.
Everything is "very good" and superior to the food you will find in New York restaurants.
Favorite Dish: I like the grilled salmon and often they make two pieces, so one dinner was enough for me and my husband, as was a salad or Minestrone Soup.
They have a very good selection of fresh fruits, pastries, and good expresso.
If you are in Ticino you definitely have to go to a Grotto, a typical rural restaurant you usually find in the woods and where you can enjoy local specialities. This one is the cheapest Grotto around Lugano, and it's also one of the best! In Summer you can stay outside and eat under the trees.
Favorite Dish: Try Polenta (special made corn) with Porcini (mushrooms) and Horsesteak!
If you like pasta you have to go there! The romantic setting in the middle of old typical houses makes it even more special.
Open from 19:00 to 02:00 it makes an ideal place to eat if you are hungry late in the evening.
Favorite Dish: Pasta, pasta, pasta!!
Try the ones with seafood!
This restaurant is in the woods in Montagnola.It is opened from March to October and opened every day June, July and August. I believe it is closed on Tuesdays the other months. There is seating inside and outside. During the warm summer months it's nice to sit outside under the chestnut trees. They have a huge canopy to cover the outdoor area when it's raining, so you won't get wet! In the evening the bugs come out, so if having bugs buzzing about you bothers you, eat inside.
If you know who Hermann Hesse is, this is a grotto he patronized. His museum is in Montagnola.
Favorite Dish: Everytime I go I get the guancia di maiale (I think that's how you spell it). It's pork cheeks, okay, I know it sounds gross, but it is so tender and flavorful. It is served with polenta and topped off with a delish sauce. It is a big portion, just look at the picture.
My husband likes the filetto di cervo (deer). I have never tasted it, but if he keeps ordering it, it must be good, right? He has commented that it is very tender and cooked just right. I know they serve puledro (baby horse), my husband's co-worker has ordered it. No, I don't eat puledro, but it is a popular meat in Ticino.
Next time I eat here, I'll order something different, maybe!
The right place for a romantic dinner with your girlfriend or wife, or maybe with just a friend.
On top of the local Casino you will find this nice and warm restaurant with a big window right on the lake that will give you a nice view of the lake during the day and in the evening lights are reflecting on the water, creating a game of colours.
In summer there's also the possibility to eat outside.
In Parco Civico, close to the lakefront, there was a small stall selling coffee and other drinks. My mom wanted one, so we walked there - and I was so delighted when I discovered that they were selling sorbet!!!
As a vegan, I loved the sorbets in the UK, but they are not common in Germany. Thus, I was so happy to find sorbet in Lugano, especially on this hot and sunny day!
I decided for a strawberry one and we sat down by the lake and enjoyed a little break. My only warning is that you need some wet wipes, otherwise you will have sticky hands until you find a washroom ;-)
Unfortunately, being so happy about my sorbet, I neither wrote down the name of the stall, nor the exact price, but I remember that it was not expensive. I think it must have been about 2€.
Staff were also extremely friendly and spoke several languages.
Favorite Dish: I loved the strawberry one, but I wish I could have tasted all the different flavors!
Antica Osteria Italian Around Town
Grotto dei Pescatori Italian Around Town
La Tinera German/Austrian/Swiss Around Town
Locanda del Boschetto German/Austrian/Swiss Around Town
Mövenpick Ristorante Parco Ciani Mediterranean Around Town
Motto del Gallo Mediterranean Nearby Dining
Osteria Ticinese da Raffaele German/Austrian/Swiss Around Town
Principe Leopoldo International Around Town
Ristorante Orologio Italian Around Town
Ristorante Santabbondio Mediterranean Around Town
Ristorante al Portone German/Austrian/Swiss Around Town
Favorite Dish: MOTTO DEL GALLO
For a visual treat, visit this baroque house practically bursting with atmosphere. There's a collection of antiques and the tables are covered with lace. The restaurant is in a 15th-century hamlet that alone is worth the trip--8 miles (13km) from Lugano on the road to Bellinzona. The excellent menu features a selection of homemade pastas, including green tagliolini with scampi. Two types of risotto are offered, one of them cooked delectably in champagne. Fresh fish looms large on the menu, including a selection of "fruits of the sea" gratinée with zabaglione. Main meat dishes are likely to include a veal mignon, veal kidneys cooked with sherry, a mixed medley of meats, or perhaps alpine-style lamb roasted aromatically with fresh herbs. Instead of dessert, such as one of the cold soufflés, many diners prefer to end their meal with a regional cheese of the Ticino. The wine list includes some 500 wines from all over the world.
If you're looking for a romantic place to spend the night, there are three well-maintained suites here, which cost 235SF ($129.25) for two, including breakfast.
Hours Mon-Sat noon-2pm and 7-10pm
Location CH-6807 Taverne, Nearby Dining
Transportation Take the unnumbered bus or local train marked Taverne
Reservations Reservations required
Prices Main courses 29SF-49SF ($15.95-$26.95); business lunch 55SF-65SF ($30.25-$35.75); menu degustazione 108SF ($59.40); menu gastronomico 135SF ($74.25)
The cuisine of Ticino speaks in a rugged northern Italian dialect: soulful risottos, coarse polenta, braised meats, and busecca, a bracing tripe soup, are among the many specialties the canton shares with neighboring Lombardy. Uniquely Ticinese, though, are the grotti, village taverns whose prototypes were actual grottoes used for storing wines and salumi (cured air-dried meats).
Reached by a lulling boat ride from Lugano, Grotto dei Pescatori is completely besieged by regulars. You'll see why as you lounge in the shade of a linden tree, swooning over the setting (granite picnic tables on a terrace that nearly floats on the lake), the wine (vivacious local Merlot poured into dainty ceramic cups), and the food.
Favorite Dish: The salumi here are the gold standard of rustic charcuterie: dense, musky coppa, pancetta, and wild-boar salami, served with five-grain bread. From a small blackboard menu we order the lightly fried perch with a golden squirt of sage-flavored butter and tiny potatoes, and a dense grainy buckwheat polenta with brasato di manzo (braised beef). Afterward, the exhausted proprietor plies us with his famous walnut liqueur and torta di pane, a moist chocolate crumb cake studded with pine nuts.
We contemplate abandoning the car and hiking back to the airport.
Gasthaus Obermatt Obermatt, Ennetbürgen; 41-41/620-1323; dinner for two $50.
Park Hotel Vitznau Vitznau, Lucerne; 41-41/397-0101; dinner for two $100.
Old Swiss House 4 Löwenplatz, Lucerne; 41-41/410-6171; lunch for two $50.
L'Auberge de l'Onde St.-Saphorin; 41-21/921-3083; lunch for two $100.
Le Chalet Château-d'Oex; 41-26/924-6677; lunch for two $53.
Jöhri's Talvo 15 Via Gunels, St. Moritz-Champfèr; 41-81/833-4455; dinner for two $225.
Grotto dei Pescatori Caprino; 41-91/923-9867; dinner for two $47.
The following are also recommended:
Veltlinerkeller 11 Via del Bagn, St. Moritz; 41-80/833-4009; dinner for two $73. Authentic atmosphere and good regional food, such as pizzoccheri (gnocchi-like dumplings).
L'Etivaz Cheese Cooperative L'Etivaz; 41-26/924-6281. Take the $6 guided tour, and try the aged cheese called Rebibes.
Osteria Calprino 28 Via Carona, Lugano-Paradiso; 41-91/994-1480; dinner for two $66. A simple spot with wonderful antipasti, risotto al Merlot, and roast goat.
Don't miss the Festival of Wine Growers, a rare spectacular (it's happened only 11 times since 1727) taking place this year in Vevey (July 29-August 15; call 41-21/922-2020 for information).
Sayonara is a restaurant that proposes some traditional dishes from a north italian region(Piemonte),it is a good place.I know a restaurant called sayonara is supposed to cook sushi or sashimi but who knows why the owners wanted this name.
Favorite Dish: they have typical dishes like fritto misto piemontese or bagna cauda, but they also have pasta and pizza.