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Ristorante Al Portone

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Viale Cassarate 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
+41787229324
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions
Description: Chef Francis offers fine dining in the legendary restaurant with the...
Chef Francis offers fine dining in the legendary restaurant with the historic entrance gates. A quiet space where you can have lunch and well furnished with colleagues, friends or dine by candlelight. Come and discover the different tastes proposed and accompanied by fine wines selected by our sommelier. At the gates is the ideal destination to make a break in life, to spend a moment out of time to get pampered palate.
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  • 80
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
One of the best in Lugano

If you are looking for a really nice restaurant and if you are aiming for "fine dining" - Ristorante Al Portone is the place in Lugano. Always fantastic food and the ambience is very cosy, you feel like at home from the moment you step inside.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Fredrik S
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Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland
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Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking for a really nice restaurant and if you are aiming for "fine dining" - Ristorante Al Portone is the place in Lugano. Always fantastic food and the ambience is very cosy, you feel like at home from the moment you step inside.

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Bern, Switzerland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Our daughters choice, we entered this refined place and spent a memorable night with amazing tastes and good talk. You can truly taste the passion Mr. Carré puts in all his creations.

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Melbourne, Australia
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179 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

We made a reservation at Al Portone online some weeks before we arrived. They stayed open just for us; we were the only customers for the evening. Put it down to the slow season, although the owners (Patricia and Francis Carré) did mention they had a busy lunch time that day. Patricia on the tables, Francis in the kitchen. The... More 

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Thank FunTimes030
Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Dear FunTimes030, Thank you very much for this beautiful comment and the compliments. It was a real pleasure to meet you and to share our passion for enogastronomy. Hope to see you in Australia!!! Take care and best regards. Patricia & Francis More 

San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 via mobile

It is with great pleasure that I submit this glowing review of the most charming restaurant we came across during our sojourn to lovely Lugano. I was looking for a fancy dining establishment for my fiance's birthday, but did not know exactly how to go about it since we'd be traveling. I did not know where to go, who to... More 

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

Dear Dr.Gelato, Thank you very much for this beautiful comment. It was our pleasure to share with you this special moment and make sure that it was a memorable dinner for the two of you. Hope to see you for your next trip in Lugano. Best regards. Patricia & Francis Carré More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Imagine yourself being so lucky to be invited to the home of a known chef and his wife. Where the focus is on you and only you. This is what we experienced on a beautiful July evening in Al Portone. With the chef Francis in the kitchen and his wife Patricia serving the table, you felt like in their own... More 

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

Dear Eythor, Thank you so much for this beautiful comment. It was a real pleasure to meet you and we are happy that you have felt like at home in our restaurant. Sharing our passion for gastronomy and wine is not work... is a hobby... Best regards Patricia & Francis More 

Zug, Schweiz
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164 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant is WOW and AMAZING, food is excellent, menu only with the best of the best. Wine card is complete, atmosphere is amazing and service is perfection.

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

Dear RasmusGP, Thank you very much for this beautiful comment, it is always a pleasure to share with our guests, our passion for enogastronomy. Hope to see you during your next trip in Lugano. Best regards, Patricia & Francis Carré More 

Unteraegeri, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

My husband and I spent last weekend in Lugano and found Al Portone through a google search on the internet. What a find!!! From start to finish our meal and the whole dining experience was fabulous. Everything was cooked from fresh produce and the attention to detail was incredible. Home made bread, an amazing asparagus based amuse bouche, fois gras... More 

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

Dear Pauline, Thank you very for this beautiful comment. It was a real pleasure to share with you our passion for enogastronomy. Hope to see you on your next trip in Lugano. Best regards Patricia & Francis Carré More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

By far the finest meal we had over 3 weeks traveling through Switzerland. Everything from the service, food and ambiance was superb. A wonderfully warm and delightful experience we spent about 3 hours working through a wide variety of dishes each with a unique presentation and flavor. It was recommended to us by a friend who has relatives in town... More 

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

Dear Neill A, Thank you very much for this beautiful comment. We are glad that our restaurant had leave to you good records from this fantastic part of Switzerland. It is always a pleasure to share with our guests our passion for enogastronomy. Hope to see you on your next trip in Lugano. Best regards, Patricia & Francis More 

Lugano, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

My visit to Al Portone was accompanied by my two sisters and we all agreed that this is definitely one of the best restaurants we have been to, ever. We were there twice a week during their visit, that explains how much we had fallen in love with Patricia's amazing hospitality and Francis' fantastic cuisine.

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Thank doris114
Francis C, Proprietario at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Dear Doris, Thank you very much for this beautiful comment... It is always a pleasure to share with our guests great enogastronomic's moment. We are proud to see that you had a fantastic time dinning in our restaurant. It was a pleasure for us to make you feel like at home. We hope to see you in a near future!!!... More 

Lausanne, Switzerland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Excellent service and excellent food. This is a very personal restaurant run by a husband and wife team, we really felt we were welcomed warmly. I put average for value as the price was as I expected, it's not ridiculously expensive but it isn't cheap either :) I would be surprised if I found a better restaurant anywhere around lake... More 

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

Dear David, Thank you very much for this nice comment, we appreciate your opinion regarding our philosophy in giving our exclusivity of each of our guests. Would be a pleasure to see you again on your next trip in Lugano. Best regards. Patricia, Francis & Gaël More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Viale Cassarate 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
  • Phone Number: +41787229324

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 51 - 123
  • Cuisine: French, Italian, International, Mediterranean, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

Description

Chef Francis offers fine dining in the legendary restaurant with the historic entrance gates. A quiet space where you can have lunch and well furnished with colleagues, friends or dine by candlelight. Come and discover the different tastes proposed and accompanied by fine wines selected by our sommelier. At the gates is the ideal destination to make a break in life, to spend a moment out of time to get pampered palate.
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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