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Grotto Baldoria

Vicolo S.Omobono 9 6612, Ascona, Switzerland
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Ranked #15 of 56 Restaurants in Ascona
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

The only thing you can chose are drinks, all the food is put in front of your nose by the waiter or passed who asks to pass it on to the next table when you served yourself. Cool popular friendly ambiente, 5 course menu for little more than 20 francs. We love it!!

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Ramat Gan, Israel
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

A must if you are visiting Ascona and want a very informal, cheap meal in typical local style!The owner squashes in as many people as possible from the long queue for the 7 or 9 o'clock sittings, so that we shared a table and made new friends.The food is simple, plentiful -7 courses ! - and tasty , the cold... More

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We were invited by friends to experience a traditional grotto restaurant. Everything about this Baldoria makes it worth a visit, the menu is set, so no need to decide, you can expect one delicious serving after the next! The atmosphere is buzzing and the staff work hard to make sure you enjoy your evening. My only tip would be to... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

What a surprise this restaurant was! Very very down to earth - the owner serves the food himself (even if he looks like a grumpy old man). However don't judge a book by its cover. Just good Swiss Italian food served without an bling bling! A true gem in Ascona!

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Muralto, Switzerland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

The Grotto Baldoria is a must in Ascona. It is a typical swiss italian restaurant in a familiar atmosphere. It has had the same menu every day for 22 years. Swiss italian food served in a rustical way. Very cheap and definitely worth it. It is always really crowded, be sure to reserve your table at 19:00 or around 21:00.... More

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Ascona, Switzerland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I'm a local and this is the first place I take friends out when they come and visit. It's cheap (iirc, 16 CHF for salami+salad+first+second+dessert, drinks not included) and tasty. You won't be able to choose: there's only ONE menu that changes every day. You'll be sitting at one of their tightly packed tables, which you'll probably share with other... More

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Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

The biggest plus for this restaurant is its menu-free approach. There's just the house menu, which I am told doesn't change much, or at all. Open with some bread and salami, which is passed around. Move onto some carpaccio, which topping up the wine. Then a pasta round. And finally the meat course, with polenta on the side. Soak up... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Switzerland isn't the cheapest place to visit at the best of times, and the lakeside town of Ascona in particular doesn't offer much in the way of bargains - so it's always a pleasure to find good value when it comes to food and drink. Grotto Baldoria provides exactly that, combined with a unique and authentic dining experience. As other... More

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Cape Town
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

The simplicity of this restaurant is so refreshing :) My first trip to Ascona, and it was an unforgettable one indeed, with Grotto Baldoria being top of the list. I visted during the Ascona Jazz Festival and had dinner at the Grotto. From the first course to the last sip of coffee and slice of cheese, this was a truly... More

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Montgomery, Alabama
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162 reviews 162 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

A local friend took us here, and we were very pleased. It is situated in a grotto up the hill from the lake. The cool shade was welcome on a very hot and humid day. There is no menu, just the plate of the day. First, we were served with a variety of salamis and bread, then a generous salad... More

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