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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 24
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 15
    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
Unexpectedly good

While roaming through Lugano we were looking for a place to have lunch. Cafè federale seemed ok, albeit one of the usual restaurants in the square, a tourist trap with ok to bad food and high prices. However, We were pleasantLy surprised. The food was quite good (not michelin good though). We had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Popped in here which on a day trip to Lugano. Seemed a nice little spot by the main square. Busy so thought all these customers can't be wrong. Only had a dessert and my partner had an Italian dish. Both were fantastic. Real quality ingredients and presentation was spot on. Great atmosphere and the staff were faultless. Prices were what... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We stopped here for lunch and I was very happy with this place. I ordered gnocchi with a tomato & basil sauce and my partner had a dessert....although a bit pricey for what we had, it was gorgeous and we were in Switzerland after all.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

While roaming through Lugano we were looking for a place to have lunch. Cafè federale seemed ok, albeit one of the usual restaurants in the square, a tourist trap with ok to bad food and high prices. However, We were pleasantLy surprised. The food was quite good (not michelin good though). We had gnocchis which seemed hand made, risotto which... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The food and location of this resturant was not bad but that was over shadowed by the waiter who basically was very grumpy and provided very poor service. We were going to find the manager but apparently he was not available . I will not be coming back on my next trip to lugano

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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 286 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Situated at the charming Plaza Riforma and with a vue to the lake, it is hard not to sit down here for lunch on a sunny day. So that was what we did. I had a chickensalat, which was quite alright. However the charme, the vue and the sun was shadowed by the grumpy and unpleasant waiter. Next time I... More 

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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Charming square in the middle of Lugano close to the Lago. We had a salad and a pizza for lunch - and a bottle of water. The salad was fine - so was the pizza, but not the real Italian stuff with a thin and crusty bottom. This was more american like, and thick! The place is nice - you... More 

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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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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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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Additional Information about Cafe Federale

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

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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, Pizza, Pub

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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