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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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Terrace Restaurant is great lunch spot

We reserved a table on the Terrace beside the River. A great spot for a leisurely lunch with friends. Lovely view over the river and the iconic covered bridge. Staff were friendly, professional and multilingual. We tried the Fast Lunch with your choice of starter, main course and a surprise dessert... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
Balvine
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Berkshire, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We reserved a table on the Terrace beside the River. A great spot for a leisurely lunch with friends. Lovely view over the river and the iconic covered bridge. Staff were friendly, professional and multilingual. We tried the Fast Lunch with your choice of starter, main course and a surprise dessert served together on the same tray. Sounds bizarre but... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Along with the meal we were given a small appetizer and a tray of four chocolates and a linger cookie. Tax is included in the price. So, considering all that the quoted prices on the menu include more that the entree, it is not as expensive as it initially seems. Also, tipping here is much less than in the U.S.... More 

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Osaka, Japan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

I visited this restaurant on recommendation from my nearby hotel Hotel Crone. The dishes are all above the average in regards with its taste, but your experience at a restaurant is also decided by the manner of your server(s.) Yes, it is true without slightest doubt that all of them are professionally trained, but their attitude is also extremely business... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We had a wonderful dining experience here with great food and service. We were served a wonderful amuse bouchée to start. We then split an appetizer sampler that had great tastings of appetizers. I had the rack of lamb and my husband had the seared tuna. The tuna portion was huge. We were then served a small tray of chocolates... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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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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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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Address: Weinmarkt 5, Lucerne 6004, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41(0)418 28 28
Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Lucerne  >  Lucerne
Average Prices: USD 39 - 158
Cuisine: European

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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: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions, Bar scene

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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