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Ristorante Grand Cafe Al Porto

Via Pessina 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Gran Cafe Al Porto)
091 910 51 30
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Ranked #17 of 237 restaurants in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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85% Recommend
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Bath, United Kingdom
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332 reviews 332 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This place was recommended for our visit to Lugano and it lived up to its reputation. The historic restaurant is comfy with a good atmosphere and friendly service. The coffee's are good but the real star in this place is the vast array of delicious cakes and pastries. Have a diffetent one each day for a week and you will... More

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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

If you are in Lugano, you must go to the Grand Cafe Al Porto. To be in a place with such an interesting history is incredible by itself. But the sweet goodnesses behind the glass case are so pleasing to the eye and even more delicious to the tastebuds. As you sip your delicious coffee and savor your tasty choice... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Best thing to say, I would love to go back! Food, service and ambiance was top quality. Only little 'crib' - it can be very noisy when full.

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Lugano, Switzerland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Tired of walking? In need for a nice place where to drink a good coffee, or a cup of tee, eating something small but " wow". You found your place! This historical restaurant will offer you a place inside, or some small tables outside. Their sweet are the most beautiful in the city, and the athmosphere is the same as... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This is one of the best places in Lugano to stop and have a café and a pastry. Each pastry is elegant and delicious. The pear tart is a favorite... but there isn't one that any of us have tasted that isn't a favorite. Their pastries are a bit pricey, but so is everything in Lugano. They are really worth... More

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Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

After reading the reviews, we decided not to eat here but bought the panettone and chocolates to take away. The lady at the counter was really friendly and walked us through the entire range of chocolates. We decided on the Grand Cru Praline and was not disappointed. The panettone which we had for breakfast the next day was sublime! But... More

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Turku, Finland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Went for a breakfast because the Grand cafe was recommended by Lonely Planet. Unfortunately the service was unfriendly, and the menu only in italian. Coffee was good but not exceptional, all in all not good value for your money and not that nice experience.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

My mom and I visited the cafe last December. The ambiance really attracted us. We did not receive nice welcome from the staff who seat us. He looked at us from head to toe before he seat us which we found extremely rude and inappropriate. We shared a mille-feuille and it was really tasty. But when we it comes to... More

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London, United Kingdom
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163 reviews 163 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We stopped by for a quick brunch. It was admittedly very busy, no excuse for the staff to be so rude though. They should be able to manage volume more effectively. Food was very good, and atmosphaire very nice, they whole experience was a major disappointment though

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

When visiting family in the area we also pop in here for a treat. The ambiance is very relaxing and quaint, if you like modern then don't go. There is an excellent choice of pastries and cakes all beautifully presented. The coffee is very nice, never had a bad bean yet! The staff are friendly and accommodating your every need.... More

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