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Balances

Weinmarkt 5, Lucerne 6004, Switzerland
+41(0)418 28 28
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Ranked #6 of 253 restaurants in Lucerne
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Zurich
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We ordered US beef fillet with Canadian lobster as the main course and a Ticino merlot red wine. The beef was cooked exactly as had been ordered, the lobster was perfect and the wine superb. The restaurant with 14 Gault Millau stars is located at the old wine market of Lucerne, a very picturesque locality. Since it is much in... More

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Geneva
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81 reviews 81 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

The place is very cozy, nice decors, the staff extremely professional and friendly and the food leaves no room for complaints. The waitress offered to take a picture of us because she thought that we had a good time, which we did. We were about the last ones to leave but no one pushed us to get the check. Just... More

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

It was my wife's Birthday and wanted something special. I called the Hotel Balance restaurant and they reserved a lounge table right by the window overlooking the Ruess.

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Arlington, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Great breakfast buffet; wonderful variety and high quality for lunch and dinner; interesting mix of traditional dishes and adventurous ones, from the simple to the imaginative; always great service in a classy setting;

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Boston, Massachusetts
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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

If you come, make reservations and see if you can request to sit at a table right on the water. You can't get much of a better view! There isn't a pedestrian way that runs by the restaurant so your views are unobstructed. The menu was a bit odd, the appetizers and entrees were not laid out in a clear... More

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Perth, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We stayed at the Hotel Balances for the last 2 days of a 3 week holiday in the historic part of the town. We were upgraded to the suite which was the best room in the hotel and had a magnificent view of the lake, shops and activity. The rooms was absolutely amazing, one of the best I have ever... More

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Lucerne, Luzern, Switzerland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Went for an anniversary meal with the wife last night (Sat 29th Sept) to Balances Restaurant. Fantastic, modern restaurant & Bar. The food was absolutely fantastic. Service was personal, professional & friendly; Some really nice touches - aperitifs on arrival Location is stunning. Set directly on lake Lucerne. Price-wise, it's fairly typical of eating out in Switzerland. But Balances is... More

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London
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88 reviews 88 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We had a wonderful lunch in the restaurant, the weather not being good enough to sit outside. However the room is lovely and food and service to match. The dishes were beautfiully presented with an interesting variety of flavours and some really innovative combinations. There was a wide array of dishes to choose from and it meant that any size... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Had an excellent lunch on the riverside terrasse enjoying the city view. The food was cooked to perfection and served in a manner which was food for the eyes, too. The lunch cost a lot even for Switzerland, but then again we felt welcome guests through the lunch as the friendly staff made our visit a very pleasant one and... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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174 reviews 174 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Ideal riverside spot if you can get a table on the balcony beside the Reuse. Classic service July 2013 prices Soup CHFr 17 Main CHFr 49. Two balls of ice cream CHFr 8.50 50dcl local red CHFr 37.50 Al well prepared and enjoyed in the 'almost empty' indoor dinning room

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