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Ristorante Al Portone

Viale Cassarate 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
+41 78 722 93 24
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Ranked #43 of 267 Restaurants in Lugano
Price range: $55 - $166
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Lo chef Francis vi propone una cucina raffinata nel mitico ristorante con lo storico Portone all'entrata. Uno spazio tranquillo e ben arredato dove potete pranzare tra colleghi, cenare tra amici o al lume di candela. Venite a scoprire i diversi gusti proposti e accompagnati dai preziosi vini selezionati dal nostro sommelier. Al Portone e la destinazione ideale per fare un break nella vita, per trascorrere un momento fuori tempo a farsi coccolare il palato.Siamo aperti da martedi a venerdi dalle ore 12.00 alle ore 14.30 per il business lunch e "a la carte". Dal martedi al sabato dalle ore 18.30 alle ore 21.30 con proposte a la carte o menu. Per le vostre feste aziendali o private a partire da 10 persone vi proponiamo diversi menu specialmente elaborati seguendo le vostre richieste. Fra poco troverete sotto "Eventi" diversi.
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Berlin, Connecticut
Top Contributor
196 reviews 196 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

You all know the feeling when you finally find a place that exceeds your expectation. This was one such place for me. I have read good things about it on the net and put it on my list of restaurants to try in Lugano. We had only 1.5 hours for lunch before our flight out. It is small and inviting... More 

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Chicago
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

My colleague and I had dinner at Al Portone last night and had a wonderful experience. She had been there with a large group a few weeks before and enjoyed it so much she suggested we go back. It was a very quiet night in Lugano - snowy and low season here. The restaurant felt so homey and warm from... More 

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Francis C, Proprietario at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Dear AL, Thank you very much for this beautiful comment and for your trust. We are please to see that we are sharing the same vision of what should be a gastronomic restaurant. It is always a pleasure to meet people who enjoys gastronomy. Will be great to see you on your next trip in Lugano. Best regards Patricia &... More 

Geneva, Switzerland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Al Portone was recommended to me by a friend who praised the quality of food and friendly, family feel of the restaurant. The recommendation was spot on and in fact, my experience could have not been better; after a long day of driving, I was hungry and I decided to go with the degustation menu. Booking a table was a... More 

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Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Thank you very much for this beautiful comment. We are glad to see that you had a wonderful moment with us in our restaurant. Our goal is to share our passion and to make each one of our guest to keep in memory a special enogastronomic's experience... We hope to see you again in your next visit in Lugano. Best... More 

Dusseldorf, Germany
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Patricia and her husband as the chef are running the restaurant as family business. The food is top notch, similar to two star restaurant. Just not the formality of two waiters serving at the same time, but friendly Patricia..

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Francis C, Owner at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Thank you very much for this beautiful comment about our restaurant. This is helping us to follow the line that we have in order to make each of our guest feeling like at our home. Would be a pleasure to see again and to share a gastronomic evening. Best regards Patricia & Francis Carré More 

Zurich, Switzerland
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The previous tripadvisor reviews were spot on and it was exactly as expected. Or better.... Friendly welcome from Patricia in a smallish restaurant. We didn't make it past the tasting menu when we looked at the menu as all dishes sounded delicious and they delivered . Especially as we went with wine pairings that Patricia selected.... the fois truffles with... More 

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Francis C, Owner at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

We thank you very much for this beautiful comment and we are glad to see that you enjoyed each one of the dishes of the "Degustazione Menu" and the wine that we have proposed to you to accompagned your dinner. We hope to see you on your next visite to Lugano. Best regards Patricia & Francis Carré More 

Montreux, Switzerland
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63 reviews 63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The moment you step into this very quaint restaurant you feel so welcome. Patricia greets you at the door very warmly. Everything about this restaurant is caring, the preparation and execution of each dish, the personable service, the friendly atmosphere. At the end of dinner, your leave with the thought ' this was indeed worth the visit!'

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Francis C, Owner at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Thank you very much for this beautiful comment. It was a pleasure meeting you... We are glad to see that you had a wonderful moment with us in our restaurant and hoping to see you on your nest visit in Lugano. Best regards, Patricia & Francis More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is a gem of a restaurant. Between Patricia's hospitality and Francis' cooking skills, dining at Al Portone is a special experience. This is the perfect pairing of inventive fine dining food with the experience of spending the evening at a friends house. My wife, daughter and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner in July, 2014. We spent 4 hours slowly... More 

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Francis C, Owner at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Dear Lauren, Adri and Robert, It was a real pleasure to meet you and share our passion for gastronomy and wine. We hope to see you again when you will come back in Lugano. Best regards Patricia, Francis & Gaël More 

New Jersey, USA
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

As food lovers the title sums up my feeling to this restaurant. Upon arriving we were greater with a broad smile and handshake by the co owner Patricia. After seating us she explained that she and her husband Francis the chef treat customers as if they were guests to their home. And except for large catered affairs the limit the... More 

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Francis C, Owner at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Thank you very much for this superb comment. Our goal is to share our passion and to make each one of our guest to keep in memory a special enogastronomic's experience... We hope to see you again in your next visit in Ticino. Best regards Patricia & Francis Carré More 

Haworth, New Jersey
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79 reviews 79 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

If you want to feel like you are personal guests in the home of a top chef and are going to be treated to a special dinner prepared with top ingredients, then this is a place for you. Graciously greeted at the door by Patricia we were seated at a lovely table. As we spoke with Patricia, who served us,... More 

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Francis C, Owner at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

We would like to thank you very much for this beautiful comment. Was a pleasure to meet you and we hope to see you again on your next visite to Lugano... Best regards Patricia & Francis Carré More 

Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

My boyfriend and I drove to Ticino for the weekend. We stayed in Locarno but wanted to visit Lugano and have a nice dinner there. We wanted authentic Swiss Italian food and decided to pick a restaurant from TripAdvisor. Al Portone was our top choice, so we drove there. It's nestled in a building and you have to look out... More 

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Francis C, Owner at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Thank you very much for this beautiful comment. Our goal is to make each one of our guest to keep in memory a special enogastronomic's experience... We hope to see you again in your next visit to Ticino. Best regards Patricia & Francis Carré More 

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Additional Information about Ristorante Al Portone

Address: Viale Cassarate 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 78 722 93 24
Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
Average Prices: USD 55 - 166

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