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Weinmarkt 5, Lucerne 6004, Switzerland
+41(0)418 28 28
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Ranked #5 of 270 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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90% Recommend
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  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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Top Contributor
286 reviews 286 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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
1 review
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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Sheringham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We recently enjoyed an excellent dinner outside on the terrace overlooking the lake. The hotel is well appointed and the staff efficient and friendly. Given that this is Switzerland the prices were reasonable for such a gourmet experience. They even laid on a spectacular storm with lightning flashing between the mountains.

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Hamburg, Germany
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This was my fourth visit to the restaurant in Hotel Balances and I can't recommend it highly enough. Twice we have eaten outside on the gorgeous riverside terrace and twice inside due to the weather. Always we have had excellent service and exquisite food. For this latest visit we were 6 ladies for lunch and it was cold and rainy... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We had lunch in Balances and were very impressed. I had the asparagus soup and a lobster appetizer. The Lobster was outstanding, I found the soup a little rich but my friends loved it. The restaurant is very attractive and the outdoor terrace is beautiful. The wait staff were very nice. I tried to order a glass of tap water... More

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Riehen, Switzerland
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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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Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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