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Cafe Federale

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Piazza Riforma 9, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
004191923 91 75
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9:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 19
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
I'm in love with federale

The food is very tasty and the staff is welcoming. The atmosphere is very relaxing. If you go to Lugano you just have to come here, and try the tartar!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
Lisa H
via mobile
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

The food is very tasty and the staff is welcoming. The atmosphere is very relaxing. If you go to Lugano you just have to come here, and try the tartar!

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Ocala, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The title says most of it... 54 Euro for 1/2 pot of hot cheese and bread (fondu), and the wine was 45 Euro a bottle (1/2liter). The cheese was average, the bread was average, the service was very good.

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Stockport
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Most of the restaurants in this area seem to have almost identical standard menus so for something different (and probably cooked with more attention) I'd recommend choosing from the seasonal menu. We went twice and the meals from the specials were much more interesting. It took us a while to realise that they don't rush people through meals in Lugano... More 

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Bournemouth
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72 reviews 72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Excellent location on the piazza pricey but then this is Switzerland and it is a good location Was a bit disappointed in my pizza but my companion enjoyed theirs

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Vasa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We chose Ristorante Pizzeria Federale because of its nice location at the square. The food was average, and the service was the worst I have ever experienced. The owner (I guess it was) started screaming to us in Italian and grabbed my chair and started moving it while I was still sitting on it. Our own waiter gave us free... More 

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Geneva
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Very nice location, and kind waiters but very bland and average food. After having enjoyed several great meals near by, seems a shame to eat here.

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Puth
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

we ordered a standar pizza and were very disappointed with the quality that they serve here. the pizza Margherita is mentioned on the menu as tomato with basil: we found one tiny leave of basil on the whole pizza, not even dried herbs.

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California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The Caffe Federale is in the Piazza della Riforma, right in the heart of town.Here, as in most restaurants we encountered in Switzerland the service is excellent and professional. They greet you, help you order, and never take your plate or bring the check until you ask for it. And even after paying, there is no pressure to leave. They... More 

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Vevey, Switzerland
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73 reviews 73 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This café-bistro has been around since 1855 so they know what they are doing. It is right on the main town hall square in the centre of town surrounded by lots of other restaurants. My wife and I had intended only to have a drink whilst waiting for friends but the constant stream of free little snacks and the friendliness... More 

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Lugano, Switzerland
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167 reviews 167 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

It would be nice if tripadvisor introduce good too, as this restaurant didn't qualify to me to very good but good indeed and average is not fair. Food was good, service too. Very tasty decor. Right in the main Lugano square, it's a bit pricy but it's enough to read the menu carefully to find that a pizza margherita is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Piazza Riforma 9, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
  • Phone Number: 004191923 91 75

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 11:30 pm

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