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I Calafatari

via Antonio Fusoni 18, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
+41 91 921 08 76
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
Travelers talk about
“shellfish” (2 reviews)
“fresh fish” (3 reviews)
“pasta” (4 reviews)
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European
$$ - $$$
via Antonio Fusoni 18, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
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1 - 10 of 17 reviews

Reviewed March 24, 2018

well this place is not located in an attractive place of Lugano. It used to be a lot of "ethnic" restaurants, all shabby and desperately empty. What a change! Now rather full with elegant and distinguished customers, only problem the walls covered with dark wood...More

Thank Giorgio K
Reviewed July 22, 2017 via mobile

Excellent service and excellent seafood. Italian menu but the waiters can speak a number of languages (including English). They're extremely helpful and have good recommendations on food and wine when we asked. Just ask! We stayed for 2.5 hours out of choice and loved every...More

Thank Tom M
Reviewed June 16, 2017 via mobile

First evening solo with suggestions of the owner: nicely done tuna with parts of the fatty 'waste' and gratined mussels. Second evening with international colleagues. Ideal seafood restaurant with flexible menu and staff. Vegetarian options are possible; even though it's not their trademark they do...More

Thank Basoeka
Reviewed April 20, 2017 via mobile

The restaurant was cozy, fast service and the staff were very attentive and nice... Fresh food, the portion of pasta is good, like eating at nonna's house... Italian portion indeed! 😉

Thank beezee_mum
Reviewed April 12, 2017

The whole atmosphere in this place is mediterranean managed by a Sicilian cook and his wife at the front. Specialized in fish and sea food; always fresh. My prefered dishes are raw fish as a starter and pasta with shell fish as a main course....More

Thank n0rbert07
Reviewed December 25, 2016 via mobile

The very best fish place... so fresh and authentic! We went for Christmas Eve with family (and 4 year old)... service, ambience, food impeccable! This place has become a tradition for us. Merry Christmas to Calafatari team, see you again soon!

Thank ChristineGGK
Reviewed August 23, 2016

I recommand this restaurant for its fresh and nicely cooked sea products. All is made to please you.

Thank emma B
Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

A Sicilian food oasis in Lugano. Really good ! Nice and neat decoration and ambiance Appealing menu Great food, especially the fish is fresh and well prepared Great wine card, even if very Sicilian Perfect and kind service A place to go!

Thank Stefano E
Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

I Calafatari, with their good food and smiling waiters is the best fish restaurant in Lugano. They have a variety of fish cooked in various manners. We had a red mullet carpaccio and a scorpion fish carpaccio as starters, and a umbrine with fresh potatoes...More

Thank Er K
Reviewed June 22, 2016

If you are a seafood lover - look no further. Did I say it was Sicilian seafood? Felice, the owner of the restaurant, gets the freshest seafood delivered from Sicily every day. He greeted us personally, recommended a few dishes having listened to our special...More

Thank Vlad R
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: via Antonio Fusoni 18, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
  • Phone Number: +41 91 921 08 76
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