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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
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Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
businee lunch

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

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.

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Mies, Switzerland
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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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Longview, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We indulged ourselves with pastry and coffee and it was worth skipping lunch, although lunch also looked to be very good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We had coffee and a wonderful chocolate dessert. Service was good and envirnoment was elegant. Just wish I could go again and again to try all the yummy looking desserts.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Definitely a place where the locals haunt for their morning cappaccinno/espresso with a fabulous bakery. I saw far too many well heeled slim women have a highly decorated tart/cake and espresso - I think this is all they must eat in a day! Steeped in history (secret world war 2 peace meetings) - I really do think this is a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Coffees were very good and the environment was pleasant. Staff was overall attentive. Sweets could be a little better in my opinion but also good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Had a great lunch for four of us. My teenage children love the food and definitely the cakes. Service and ambience were excellent, washrooms were clean. Pricy but worth spending for such a good meal.

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Noosaville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This ristorante in th stunning to. Of Lugano, Switzerland is not to be missed. Impeccable service and cakes to die for!! The coffee is of a high standard - most coffee in Italy is and Lugano is in the italian area of Switzerland. They had no problems welcoming is with a baby in large buggy. Fabulous and decadent!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This is a classic and super good pastry shop. Not to be missed for an afternoon coffee or tea. I did not pay attention if they serve meals, i believe so. I was too much focused on my dessert!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

I'm a local and I went there after having heard about it from friends... I found it expensive and the coffee and cake we had were not particularly good, for sure not worth what we paid for. You can give it a go because the interior is very nice, but otherwise there are many other better options if you find... 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
Open Hours
Monday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?