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Weinmarkt 5, Lucerne 6004, Switzerland
+41(0)418 28 28
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Ranked #5 of 272 Restaurants in Lucerne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $39 - $158
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: In Balances restaurant, Luzern, head chef Andy Fluri creates culinary masterpieces with great success. This master chef, who has been awarded 14 points by the prestigious Gault-Millau guide, takes his guests on a flight of fancy for the taste buds, with delicacies such: as cream of parmesan soup with basil Espuma and beef fillet steak carpaccio; braised veal cheeks in a truffle jus, served with a potato and onion mash and savoy bacon; or dumplings filled with chocolate and nuts, accompanied by apple mousse with sour cream and banana ice cream. All meals are prepared with only market fresh produce and everything is produced according to the season. Guests are welcomed with historic flair, which is also in keeping with modern design and makes for a stylish establishment decorated in warm, natural tones. This extraordinary ambience is even more enhanced by the terrace, which looks directly on to the Reuss, which sets the mood not only for the romantics, but for all diners, as there is a sense of being on the Venecian Grand Canal.
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English first
Top Contributor
327 reviews 327 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We ate on the terrace right by the river with a magnificent view of the beautiful buildings along the river and with swans swimming right by us. As night settled the lights came on for a different but just as enchanting a perspective. Our starter salads were beautifully prepared and delicious and the accompanying breads offered were especially tasty with... More

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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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28 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Good food, good service and for Switzerland, not too pricey. Breakfast on the Terrace was to die for. Locals were in evidence for both breakfast and dinner, always a good sign.

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East Lothian, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The old adage "you get what you pay for" , is never more true than at this restaurant. Lucerne has many fine ( & some not so fine ) restaurants , but here at Balances we found what we consider to be the best meal which we have had ANYWHERE in Europe. The service & setting are second to none... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I've visited on severeal occasions over the year the restaurant of the Hotel de Balances and was Always surprised by the high quality and refinement of the kitchen, they have several mediteranean specialities worth ordering, service is good, and the view from the terrace next to the Reuss river is breathtaking !! just make a reservation to be sure you... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Perfect dinner, perfect service, amazing view. We will come back again, as we always liked the dinner. The staff is so very friendly. Just perfect!

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

We decided to come here after a search on TA showed that it was highly ranked, on the water and the menu seemed interesting. And we were not disappointed. Balances' entrance was from the old town. Numerous murals on the buildings offered some interesting photo opportunities before sunset. We had a table right next to the water and as we... More

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Hong Kong, China
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15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

on the border of the river Reuss you will find a very good Restaurant with a nice view to the old City of Lucerne. the Food is very good, Prices for the wine Little expensive and the staff extremly friendly. it's a pitty that Smoking is forbidden on the terrace

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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We've eaten here four times from both the set menu and the a la carte menu. Each meal has been absolutely delicious and the service just right - there when we were looking for it. We'll keep on coming back and look forward to our next visit

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215 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Came here by accident. I had been walking around the town and wanted a drink as it was hot and I was thirsty. Did a check on "near me now" and this place came up. It was only when I got the menu did I realise I might be somewhere special. Anyway, I had the tasting menu and sat on... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I came across this restaurant on the website http://www.luzern.com/en/restaurant-guide as I was searching for places to eat during our two day stay in Lucerne. On short notice (1 day) I was able to make a Sunday night reservation for seven people. I really wanted to sit outside, but figured with my reservation on short notice for such a large group... More

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