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Ristorante Al Portone

Viale Cassarate 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
+41 78 722 93 24
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Ranked #6 of 225 restaurants in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $50 - $150
Cuisines: Delicatessen, French, Vegetarian, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: 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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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Lugano, Switzerland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I was looking for a restaurant to enjoy a nice family meal with my parents who were visiting Lugano and we found this suggestion on Tripadvisor. This was absolutely the best choice I have made in a long time, great service (The chef's wife was a very friendly and charming host) and the food was amazing! Every dish had its... More

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

Dear Mrs Eva, Thank you very much for this great comment. We are glad that you & your family had a wonderful momment discovering our restaurant. We always try to offer the best with quality products in the elaboration of our dishes. Hope to see you an other time for other surprises... Best regards, Francis & Patricia Carré More

Basel, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Ristorante Al Portone and would highly recommend it if you are in Lugano. The ambiance is elegant but unpretentious and the food was delicious. I began with a complimentary amuse bouche -- a surprising sweet and savory eggplant mousse -- followed by agnolotti with ricotta and truffles, lamb, a local Ticino merlot and tiramisu... More

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

Dear Mrs Christie, Thank you very much for this beautiful comment. For us it is always a pleasure to offer to our guests the better food and service like we expect when we are guests. It was nice to meet you and to help you to enjoy this evening in Lugano. Take care and hope to see you again soon.... More

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

My wife and I visited in early september 2013. Dinner was a phenomenal experience. This may have had to do with us being the only ones in the restaurant that evening, but service was amazing. Our waiter was highly attentive without being obtrusive. The menu is vegetarian friendly and the truffle agnoliti is not to be missed. We had 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 and the great comparison between us and the Arpège. After this one with The Bernardin from NY it is very appreciate. Hope we will see you soon al Portone di Francis Carré. Best regards. Patricia & Francis Carré More

Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

the food is good, well cooked but perhaps they use too many sauces in all the dishes. the menu is too short the problem is the service not very professional , they serve very slowly or perhaps the problem comes from the kitchen

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

We have some doute that your comment are about our restaurant. First you are commenting on our carte been too short who is not the case, just have a look on our website... Secondly you are pointed that our dishes are full of sauces again is not the case and finally you are using the plural for our service but... More

Lugano, Switzerland
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

I was part of a group of about 20 people that had dinner at Al Portone. The food was excellent (many people especially liked the carpaccio), as was the service (also they spoke English). Everyone had a good time. We probably had too much wine. The only downside was that it was a bit expensive.

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

Thank you very much, it was a real pleasure for us to receive you and your friends. (lot of wine is not a problem when the dinner is fine!!! but of course the price...) ;-) See you soon... More

Studio City, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

On the basis of TripAdvisor reviews, my wife and I visited Al Portone. The restaurant seemed good from the outset, its physical presence seemed worthy of all the praise from TripAdvisor. The service indeed, was impeccable, as was the ambiance. The wine list was excellent. So where did it go wrong? The food. My wife had the salmon tartar which... More

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

If it did exist a website where the restaurant and the staff could write some note about all the guests, we would have attributed a 5/5 to you and your wife, because you were great with us and you have made a lot of wonderful comments during the dinner, about the restaurant, the atmosphere and the food too!!! All the... More

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

Based on a mention in a travel guide we decided to hunt down Al Portone in Lugano. That said, we were hungry so if after a few circles of the area we did not see it, we would have just winged it on the waterfront -- I am glad the third time was a charm and we spotted it on... More

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

What a beautifull comment! Thank you for this! Hope that "Le Bernardin" will be happy like us of that!!! :-) See you soon for other times of culinary delight Al Portone. More

Geneva, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

We was in lugano for a romantic trip for our first wedding anniversary. We found Al Portone because the hotel where we was tell that it is the most better restaurant in Lugano centro. The I don't know because I don't know a lot of restaurant in Lugano but I sure that the best where I have eat. I was... More

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

Thank you for this comment, it is always a pleasure to serve people who likes good food. See you soon. Best regards More

Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

When you enter the restaurant, you really feel welcome. They speak italien, french, english, ... so you really feel like home. Also, they're very discrete. About the food, we were delighted.They brought us (for free) several appetizers that were so tasty.Then I had a griled salmon with green cury sauce and it was absolutly wonderful. The taste was very inventive.... More

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

Thank you very much for this comment, it was a pleasure to serve you in our restaurant. See you soon. More

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