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“Beautiful food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Grotto della Salute

Grotto della Salute
Via Madonna della Salute 10, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
+41 91 966 04 76
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Ranked #41 of 241 restaurants in Lugano
Price range: $23 - $91
Cuisines: Italian, Swiss
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Hard to find but thanks to Google Maps we got there. In the end the effort was worth it. Not cheap but excellent food in basic surroundings. The steak was delicious. Avoid sitting downstairs as it is a bit dingy. Would go back sor sure.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Athens, Attiki, Greece
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent dinner with perfect service in extremely pleasant atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

The title says it all...definitely a restaurant for enjoying good food and service, and enjoying oneself.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Engadine, Switzerland.
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“The best place to eat in Lugano”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

You can dine in grand style at the 5 star hotels in Lugano, but if you want outstanding local Swiss cuisine go to Grotto della Salute. A lovely old Ticino house, completely unpretentious, and you can dine outside in the summer. It is in an old residential quarter above the railway station and very difficult to find by car unless you know the area; forget sat nav. Take a taxi if you wish to enjoy the extensive wine list of high quality Ticino Merlot. Daily specials include roast suckling pig, roast rabbit, roast veal, leg of lamb, fresh perch from Lake Lugano, fresh artichoke salad etc, and there is a menu of traditional Ticino/Italian dishes, with truffels in season. Desert- try home made lemon sorbet with Limoncello. Service is friendly and efficient and they have a sense of humour. The quality of the ingredients is outstanding and generous and priced accordingly; CHF about 80 pp for 3 courses including wine.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Geneva, Switzerland
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60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 68 cities Reviews in 68 cities
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
“Up to its reputation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

I have been there a few times and always enjoyed it. The setting is cozy, the food simple and delicious. Pasta is home made of course, and everything is fresh and just perfect.
The customers are affluent people judging from the cars parked outside, the place is definitely not cheap, but in the normal Lugano price range.
The only downside is the fact that they are closed on saturdays and sundays....

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Switzerland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Go in summer and eat outside in the garden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Excellent food. The setting is sublime - eating outside under the big trees with a cool breeze on a hot summers night.

Good wine selection. Good choice of food
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The service could easily be improved but nothing annoying.

I recommend the tagliata di manzo (beef strips) with garlic and chilli (very delicately done)

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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