We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Osteria Penel

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Via Moncucco, 35 | Sorengo, Lugano 6924, Switzerland
+41 91 967 10 70
Website
Improve this listing
Add hours for Osteria Penel and help diners know when to go.
+ Add hours
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 134 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 55
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good location, good food!

The place is not that easy to be found, it is in a hidden road behind an hospital, but once you are in you feel really good. warm colors on the walls, good welcoming, nice fornitures in old style. It is a mix of old and new. the wine chart is good enough, and the menu ca n satisfy all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 7, 2013
Giulio M
,
Lamone, Switzerland
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
Add Photo Write a Review

134 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Canton of Ticino, Switzerland
Level Contributor
56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

My favorire spot in Lugano, we dine there on a regular basis, always finding genuine, fresh, tasty food and a warm welcome. Definitely recommended!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lamone, Switzerland
Level Contributor
42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

The place is not that easy to be found, it is in a hidden road behind an hospital, but once you are in you feel really good. warm colors on the walls, good welcoming, nice fornitures in old style. It is a mix of old and new. the wine chart is good enough, and the menu ca n satisfy all... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
124 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

This place is definitely off the beaten track! But it is a great find. It has both traditional and unusual food. When we went, they had two portions of bull on the menu! They also had horse, but that is not unusual in this area. The appetizers were excellent, including the mixed dried meat which included the famous lardo di... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Romantic and cozy, good food, good cuisine and has an excellent wine cellar, however, recommend it :-)! We'll be back for sure! ;-)!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tel Aviv, Israel
Level Contributor
103 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Osteria Penel Restaurant is located in a quiet residential neighborhood and if you don't know about it there is no chance that you'll accidently walk by it and decide to check it up. Fortunately, I read about this lovely and very pleasant restaurant on TripAdvisor, and made a dinner reservation. Karen, our wonderful waitress, explained everything about the menu, recommended... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Osteria Penel is an extremely cute restaurant just outside the city centre. The menu is presented on a black board and keeps changing throughout the year. Both the mean and fish dishes are very good even though the prices might be a bit high. The service is precise and the restaurant is very clean and well taken care of. If... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Tel-Aviv
Level Contributor
70 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

We visited this restaurant during our short stay in Lugano. Karen, the hostess for this evening, was just amazing. She managed to answer the phone and give us driving instructions, to explain us the menu in great details, to serve, to ask us how was our food, and do all this while keeping smiling. I would not be surprised if... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Sugar Grove, Illinois
Level Contributor
29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Restaurant was great. Tucked away in a neighborhood away from the main part of town. By the way, it was a bit less expensive than i expected. Pasta was around 18 fr and meat was 25 to 35. I loved the simple chalkboard menu and friendly service.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lugano, Switzerland
Level Contributor
40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Had dinner last night, short menu presented on a black board, good variety and excellent taste for the home made pasta dishes, they could improve on their dessert, they were slightly below par. Wine list could have more local wine and less Italian wines. Service efficient and very friendly. Would surely go back again when in the neighbourhood.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Charlottesville, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

We tried this place partly b/c of the other reviews, but also because we're staying on the uphill side of the train station and were planning to attend a concert at the music conservatory nearby, so this seemed the most convenient. The staff there was excellent, helped translate the entire menu into English (even though we were willing to take... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Osteria Penel also viewed

Lugano, Canton of Ticino
Lugano, Canton of Ticino
 
Lugano, Canton of Ticino
 

Been to Osteria Penel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Moncucco, 35 | Sorengo, Lugano 6924, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
  • Phone Number: +41 91 967 10 70

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 28 - 49
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Osteria Penel staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?