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All 249 Lugano Restaurants

Osteria Penel

Via Moncucco, 35 | Sorengo, Lugano 6924, Switzerland
+41 91 967 10 70
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Ranked #17 of 249 Restaurants in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $28 - $49
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Ticino, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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!

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Lamone, Switzerland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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

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Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 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! ;-)!

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Tel Aviv, Israel
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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

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London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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

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Tel-Aviv
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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

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Sugar Grove, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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.

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Lugano, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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.

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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

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