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Ristorante Grand Cafe Al Porto

via Pessina 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
+41 91 910 51 30
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good38%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“cakes” (23 reviews)
“pastry” (10 reviews)
“panettone” (2 reviews)
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Italian, Cafe, European, International, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
via Pessina 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

1  Thank ferrosario66
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

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

1  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

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

Thank Lene R
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.

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

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

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.

Thank TheDotdog
Reviewed April 12, 2018 via mobile

The service here is impeccable and the food is delicious ! The asparagus risotto was perfectly prepared and the choice of either small or large portions is a great help for the not-so-hungry or smaller eater. The atmosphere in this old world cafe is quite...More

2  Thank JHerlig
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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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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Average prices
$17 - $68
Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
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: +41 91 910 51 30
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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"
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