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Ristorante Grand Cafe Al Porto

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Via Pessina 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Gran Cafe Al Porto)
091 910 51 30
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8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
One of the great cafes

A perfect spot to drop bye for a casual snack and experience of of my favorite cafes. The style and decor is very nice and the items are very very good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 5, 2015
Geneva, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
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67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had spotted this picturesque café during an earlier visit to Lugano, but it was on this occasion that we decided to have our dessert-coffee here. They have a patisserie section for take away and a big dining room for guests. The service was exquisite, fast and charming, and we got a table within minutes. Decoration is warm and charming,... More 

Thank Hausa
Zurich, Switzerland
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

The place look quite traditional and classy but it wasn't as good as it seem... The cake ladies at the counter were nice and friendly but the male waiters weren't nice and friendly at all... We ordered a cappuccino and a hot chocolate these were not good at all .... they were also not hot ... The pastries were just... More 

Thank Tedwong1977
Zurich, Switzerland
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

We were queuing as asked and when our turn came up we were told by the lady serving the bread behind the counter (who has nothing to do with attending) that we had to let other people by as she insisted they had asked her....we cannot say we were treated fairly as the method of preference instead of fairness was... More 

Thank R S
Geneva, Switzerland
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494 reviews
303 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 673 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

A perfect spot to drop bye for a casual snack and experience of of my favorite cafes. The style and decor is very nice and the items are very very good.

Thank Lechiffre1
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

It's my favourite place to have a coffee, a delicious "Desiderio al cioccolato" and a little chat with my best friend! It's such a lovely place! The food is great, waiters are fantastic, the location is super, everything is perfect there!

Thank Anna G
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

The best patisserie in town. Great atmosphere, good service delivered by professional and friendly people. Perfect for breakfast, brunch a light lunch - also for business - or a tea.

Thank GourMatteo
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Actually it is a 3.5 stars. It is almost very good, but not beyond. Central location, stylistic, pleasant space but coffee quality really average. Deeply disappointed with it. Fine cakes. Correct waiters and fast service. In summary, it is not "Grand" cafe at all. If you abstain from coffee drinking you might really enjoy the place!!

Thank Ad A
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

This historic café has been an eating place for over two centuries. Beautifully restored, it has preserved all the original features, including the great stone fireplace with the date 1802 on it. Food refined, cakes delicious, service at times slow, but if you are very hungry it could be rather dear! Best just for coffee/tea and cake! Don't forget to... More 

Thank DuchessadiNapoli
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

excellent deserts but a bit expensive for lunch. we had fish carpaccio with veggies and fruit...a bit too sophisticated and complex. fruit cake was great.

Thank Maria Antoniett... P
Mies, Switzerland
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 via mobile

I had the day to myself for a little peace of mind and since it was my first time in Lugano, I wanted to get lost in the city; blend in... After wandering around for a couple of hours I came across this place. At first I hesitated, thinking it would be too touristic but as soon as I saw... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Pessina 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Gran Cafe Al Porto)
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
  • Phone Number: 091 910 51 30

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm

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