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Ristorante Grand Cafe Al Porto

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Via Pessina 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Gran Cafe Al Porto)
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a great place with charm and history. Goode olde Lugano. The selection of cakes and other sweets is "too much".

Thank EventMassagno
New York City, New York
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60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Needing a mid-morning lift, we entered this cafe because of the enticing desserts displayed in the window. The lady behind the pastry counter smiled warmly and graciously answered all our questions regarding the different treats we were interested in. I had the hardest time deciding, until the lady asked me if I liked chocolate. Because of my immediate positive response,... More 

Thank Gene S
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247 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Wonderful old world style cafe to come in from the rain. The cafe corretto hits the spot when it's cold and rainy outside. Yummy hot chocolate. And let's not forget the delicious and beautiful pastries! Do try the black forrest cake.

Thank dissolvedgirl
Manila, Philippines
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

Located at the city center, this place (established in 1803 and played a role at the end of WW2) is a must try for anyone traveling to Lugano. The coffee, cakes & pastries are of the finest quality and it would be good to visit the cafe after a morning of walking around the city and the nearby Lake. I... More 

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Lugano, Switzerland
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125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

This place is popular with locals and the more upscale tourists. Located on a very elegant pedestrian street. Excellent for a coffee and pastry, or lunch. There is also a quieter upstairs restraint upstairs that is very elegant and beautiful.

Thank Paul B
Honolulu, Hawaii
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121 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

This centuries old location in the center of the old city serves very fine pastries and terrific coffees in a relaxed but classy atmosphere. The pastries are old world delicacies that should not be missed. They can be taken away, but it is best to sit and savor -- service, while a little stiff, is friendly and responsive. Prices are... More 

Thank paul r
Saarbrucken, Germany
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

We dropped by while on a city trip for some soup and salad and were very pleasantly surprised. I strongly recommend visiting the place if you happen to be in town!

Thank Qnan
Zurich, Switzerland
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81 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016

We had spotted this picturesque café during an earlier visit to Lugano, but it was on this occasion that we decided to have our dessert-coffee here. They have a patisserie section for take away and a big dining room for guests. The service was exquisite, fast and charming, and we got a table within minutes. Decoration is warm and charming,... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

The place look quite traditional and classy but it wasn't as good as it seem... The cake ladies at the counter were nice and friendly but the male waiters weren't nice and friendly at all... We ordered a cappuccino and a hot chocolate these were not good at all .... they were also not hot ... The pastries were just... More 

Thank Tedwong1977
Zurich, Switzerland
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52 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

We were queuing as asked and when our turn came up we were told by the lady serving the bread behind the counter (who has nothing to do with attending) that we had to let other people by as she insisted they had asked her....we cannot say we were treated fairly as the method of preference instead of fairness was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cafe, European, Italian, Swiss, Gluten Free
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Pessina 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Gran Cafe Al Porto)
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
  • Phone Number: 41919105130
Right in the heart of Lugano, the Grand Café Al Porto Restaurant delight its guests at any time of day. A great day begins at the Grand Café 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 Ristorante 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 banquets for 10 to 80 persons. All day long a great selection of sweet or savoury creations from the "Confiserie Al Porto" counter. Lugano's salon... since 1803.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?