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Weinmarkt 5, Lucerne 6004, Switzerland
+41(0)418 28 28
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Dining options: Breakfast, Coffee & Tea, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
Description: In Balances restaurant, Luzern, head chef Andy Fluri creates culinary...
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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  • 124
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  • 53
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great meal, Great location

Wonderful meal, amazing presentation, great service. The location is very romantic and staying at the hotel it was even better. The only thing is that they charged 15 Euros for the tap water?!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Georgiana C
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Montreal, Canada
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Montreal, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Wonderful meal, amazing presentation, great service. The location is very romantic and staying at the hotel it was even better. The only thing is that they charged 15 Euros for the tap water?!

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Newark, UK
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92 reviews 92 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The restaurant offers good food & service in a relaxing atmosphere with some tables having river views (in summer alfresco dining alongside the Reuss is possible). Fairly expensive but most are in Lucerne. On this visit it was better than the Scala at the Montana but not as good as Wiederkehr which was exceptional.

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San Francisco, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The food was excellent and imaginative (we did the five course prix-fixe) and beautifully plated. The wine pairings expertly imagined and the staff extremely nice and engaging. And in a country where a mediocre meal at a pizza joint can set you back $100, this excellent $250 meal with wine in a luxurious setting seemed a relative bargain. If you... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

If you like to have a fine meal directly on the canal, this is the place to go. Good food, a little pricey for Lucerne but at least the quality is good. Enjoy the atmosphere and the food. All in all, very good restaurant. We will come back.

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Buffalo, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We had 10 in our party so we had to split tables but were right next to each other . Food/service very good , menu has a good variety however unlike 75% ( seemed like anyway ) of eating spots not much of an Italian pasta selection . Steaks were very good as was the lamb and veal chop .... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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162 reviews 162 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Here the kitchen has a modern approach to cooking but without what often passes for so-called Michelin standard food. We had a most delightful & beautifully imagined luncheon that had professional service coupled with fine table presentation...if you add a view to the river that is to die for set in a gorgeous & comfortable diningroom, should you not be... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This restaurant is located in the Hotel des Balances. The food and service is outstanding. We enjoyed our first night meal here and was so impressed that we booked a second night meal also. Although rather expensive you get what you pay for. Try the seafood selections that's what we prefer.

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Prilly, Switzerland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Delicious tasty food in a beautiful restaurant with view on the lake. They also offer a vegetarian menu. Prices are very decent for the food quality.

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Pleasant Hill, Ca.
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40 reviews 40 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Everything was wonderful. The food, table and service met or exceeded our expectations, which were quite high to begin with.

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MILANO
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236 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Ok so finally went here for dinner and must admit they really can cook a steak. The beef is Prime and so is the service. The food is really to die for. From the salad to the bread it was a treat. The Swiss Beef Filet was cooked perfectly medium like I asked. The server was very nice, coming out... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Weinmarkt 5, Lucerne 6004, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Lucerne  >  Lucerne
  • Phone Number: +41(0)418 28 28

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 39 - 158
  • Cuisine: European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients

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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