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Osteria Nostrana

Piazza Giuseppe Motta, Ascona 6612, Switzerland
091 791 51 58
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Ranked #11 of 56 restaurants in Ascona
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Swiss
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Melbourne, Australia
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212 reviews 212 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Obviously very popular for the position - sitting looking over the lake, but the food is also very good which is not often the case with scenic restaurants. Expensive by Italian standards but reasonable by "Lakes" standards Nostrana has a varied menu which should please everyone. My wife had pasta both times we dined here and I had the vegetarian... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Pretty much what you'd expect given the great location on the lakeside, i.e., crowded, somewhat slow service and pretty average food. In other words, they don't need to work to get a lot of customers. But a good place to while away a few minutes in front of the lake and watch the world go by.

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Singapore
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191 reviews 191 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

As a local I have been to this restaurant for all kind of events for over 30 years! It still is a point of reference and a benchmark for all locals as well. Today (Saturday night) for example we showed up party of 6 no reservation. No table free. No problem, wait 15 min at the bar, glasses of white... More

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Dubai
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319 reviews 319 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Osteria Nostrana is located in Ascona, on the "Piazza" with a splendid view on the lake. The decoration is authentic with a lot of pictures and objects inside the restaurant. In addition, there is a nice terrace where you can contemplate the lake. It's opened every day from the mid-morning to midnight. They proposed italian cuisine and some "ticino" specialities.... More

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Ascona, Switzerland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We live in Ascona and we go often to Nostrana because it is a steady pleasant place. It is always open, it has a simple card that offers traditional food. The quality of the food is good (don't expect anything fancy) and the service is always fast. The wine card looks a bit funny but it has some great wines... More

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Brütten
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Goid food at fair prices in a very original setting, all kinds of pictures - art, photographs, posters - covering the walls. Very touristy though, not many locals in the place. Friendly waiters and very good in-house baked bread.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We had dinner there (twice). It is really the best restaurant from the whole region. Fair prices, great and fresh food. Very nice and friendly service. I will go back there. I can really highly recommend the restaurant.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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74 reviews 74 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

We ate here a couple of times during our stay in ascona. I had read the mixed reviews beforehand so was pleasantly surprised when our first meal was in fact very good. It's a big restaurant with a lot of outside tables and possibly even more inside. Excellent location for people and lake watching. Sit outside if you can as... More

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Chisinau, Moldova
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

I dont know what people ate here but i guess i was in luck coz the bad reviews really surprise me I had pasta with gamberi which was huge and fantastic i had to leave half in the plate which i regreted about later :) Our friends had horse meat which was very nice! And risotto is to die for!... More

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Moscow, Russia
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109 reviews 109 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

We had a lunch here at the end of May. The location is fantastic with terrific view over the lake. The service was good, as well as the food. That was absolutely unexpected taking the fact that this is a popular touristic spot. We had a splendid tuna salad, grilled shrimps, lamb, beer and mineral water. The invoice amounted to... More

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