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Ristorante Grand Cafe Al Porto

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Right in the heart of Lugano, the Grand Café Al Porto Restaurant delight its guests at any time of day. Start the day with an aromatic "espresso", a nice breakfast or a delight from the Confiserie Al Porto. At lunchtime be tempted by the "Flavours of the month", the daily changing "Chef's specials", and from 2.30 p.m. onward by a special afternoon menu. All day long a great selection of sweet or savoury creations from the "Confiserie Al Porto" counter. The restaurant is open from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. It can be reserved in the evening for receptions and dinner parties for 20 to 80 guests. "Lugano's Salon... since 1803"
$17 - $68
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Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks
Italian, Cafe, European, International
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

Lovely and cozy place in Lugano. Great pastry shop and an excellent restaurant. Not cheap but worth it.

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank AlexFateev
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

The food was just good. Not very delicate flavors. The ambiance is not great either. As for the service, one of the waiters was very kind and other not so. For its prices, it should be flawless. But it is only fair

Date of visit: October 2018
2  Thank ferrosario66
Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

Sit and people watch outside, and enjoy coffee and delicious cakes. Not cheap, but definitely an experience!

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Deb M
Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

I have been a regular visitor of this beautifully restored historic cafe and restaurant with a distinguished and highly attentive service. The lunch menus with a selection of meat, fish, venison or vegetarian local dishes is highly recommended and good value. We had fresh garden...More

Date of visit: September 2018
2  Thank Experience582708
Reviewed September 3, 2018

Located in the heart of Lugano, this beautifully decorated old townhouse is not only full of interesting history, it also is a very nice place for lunch. Its traditional dishes are of good quality and the service is pleasant and efficient

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank n0rbert07
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Classic and stylish cafe with beautiful decor including frescoes and coffered ceiling. The selection of cakes was limited at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. We got the impression that we had the last pieces of our respective cakes, and our cakes were a bit dry....More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank 820lener
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Very central location. Good cuisine and lively atmosphere. Perfect place for lunch or dinner. Friendly service with normal Swiss prices.

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank Yvette S
Reviewed July 23, 2018

Lovely ambiance. If you can get a table outside, have a coffee and watch the flow of people. Read about previous guests including Clark Gable and Sophia Loren, and about the secret meeting between the Germans and the allies in 1945. Admire the more than...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank nytraveller2020
Reviewed June 15, 2018

Located right off Lugano's main square, the Gran Cafe al Porto is the perfect place for tea and pastry, in a space dripping with Old World elegance yet tolerant of the casually dressed. The pastry case (as with so many in Lugano) is mouth-wateringly tempting,...More

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank Kirk E
Reviewed April 21, 2018 via mobile

This was Old place of great historical interest. Really classy but casual atmosphere. Great food. We had really nice green pea soup, Dover Sole basted in butter, rolled and grilled. Tomato soup and pasta bolognese great too. Deserts to die for.

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank TheDotdog
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February 4, 2015|
Response from giannerini | Reviewed this property |
I think so..they're very professional and flexible too. in any case pls contact with them in order to clarify.
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