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Osteria Penel

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Italian, Swiss, European
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Via Moncucco, 35 | Sorengo, Lugano 6924, Switzerland
+41 91 967 10 70
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

Had dinner with friends in February, the food was amazing, so we went back in April, still great food and professional waiter. It's now June and the menu is still exactly the same as in April, that's why I haven't been back. Wish they would change the food offerings more often.

Thank ninaw422
Province of Turin, Italy
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90 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2016 via mobile

I have been positively surprised by this small place in a hidden corner of lugano, courtesy staff and nice menu. The first course pasta was absolutely delicious, tasting and different choices with fish meat or veggie Only one remark: the grappa on the sorbetto was too strong, but is really a minor thing. Prices are reasonable, wine by glass average,... More 

Thank fil r
Berikon, Switzerland
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75 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2016

This is a small restaurant with a familiar flair. The ambience is typical for Ticino. The meals are very delicious. The staff is very friendly, helpful and smart.

Thank Lowrider78
Canton of Ticino, Switzerland
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2014

My favorire spot in Lugano, we dine there on a regular basis, always finding genuine, fresh, tasty food and a warm welcome. Definitely recommended!

Thank Lapo11
Lamone, Switzerland
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65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

The place is not that easy to be found, it is in a hidden road behind an hospital, but once you are in you feel really good. warm colors on the walls, good welcoming, nice fornitures in old style. It is a mix of old and new. the wine chart is good enough, and the menu ca n satisfy all... More 

Thank Giulio M
Lugano, Switzerland
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172 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

This place is definitely off the beaten track! But it is a great find. It has both traditional and unusual food. When we went, they had two portions of bull on the menu! They also had horse, but that is not unusual in this area. The appetizers were excellent, including the mixed dried meat which included the famous lardo di... More 

Thank Mehdi J
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

Romantic and cozy, good food, good cuisine and has an excellent wine cellar, however, recommend it :-)! We'll be back for sure! ;-)!

Thank Eva L
Tel Aviv, Israel
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122 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

Osteria Penel Restaurant is located in a quiet residential neighborhood and if you don't know about it there is no chance that you'll accidently walk by it and decide to check it up. Fortunately, I read about this lovely and very pleasant restaurant on TripAdvisor, and made a dinner reservation. Karen, our wonderful waitress, explained everything about the menu, recommended... More 

Thank GiladIsrael
London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

Osteria Penel is an extremely cute restaurant just outside the city centre. The menu is presented on a black board and keeps changing throughout the year. Both the mean and fish dishes are very good even though the prices might be a bit high. The service is precise and the restaurant is very clean and well taken care of. If... More 

1 Thank LuxuryWorldwide
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84 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

We visited this restaurant during our short stay in Lugano. Karen, the hostess for this evening, was just amazing. She managed to answer the phone and give us driving instructions, to explain us the menu in great details, to serve, to ask us how was our food, and do all this while keeping smiling. I would not be surprised if... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$28 - $49
Italian, Swiss, European
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Moncucco, 35 | Sorengo, Lugano 6924, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
  • Phone Number: +41 91 967 10 70

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?