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Osteria Nostrana

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$$ - $$$
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Piazza Giuseppe Motta, Ascona 6612, Switzerland
+41 91 791 51 58
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7:30 am - 12:30 am
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tue - Fri 7:30 am - 12:30 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 12:30 am
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Basel, Switzerland
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We go to this restaurant regularly since 25 years and each time it's a delight. The place is always crowded, but if there are no free tables you're quickly handed a glass of wine and some olives to shorten the wait. The waiters are the same since decades and they're always very friendly (and efficient!). But most importantly, the pizza... More 

Thank Meredith100
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

Very nice lake front restaurant. Very popular and serving tasty Italian cuisine, especially Pizzas. Quite relaxing and one can keep watching the Promenade adjacent to the lake and of course also the beautiful Maggiore lake itself.

Thank sbk1954
Milan, Italy
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81 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

Very characteristic and old restaurant in the area. Famous for being always open (365 days a year?) and with a very constant quality. The service is quick, professional and friendly!

Thank simon m
Truro, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

It seems that anyone who is anybody famous has sat down in this restaurant right on the lake front. Warm and welcoming staff who were attentive and helpful serve good quality local specialisms with pride in what they do. We would certainly go back.

Thank 899Jackie
Varca, India
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86 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

This restaurant has an outside terrace in the main square overlooking Lake Maggiore. Sitting on a table in the terrace was a good place to see people strolling by as well as enjoy the the lake view. Not feeling really hungry, I ordered just a gazpacho soup. It was served with their own bread and was delicious. My wife ordered... More 

Thank 1939Travelguy
Croydon, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant was busy all the time whilst I was in Ascona. I thought this must be a good sign so I went for dinner one evening to find it very much like a tourist restaurant. The service is quick and the food appears quickly as well, not a restaurant to sit back and savour where you are....not that they... More 

Thank Susan1908
Zurich, Switzerland
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142 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

It seems that during the October school break Ascona is overrun by tourists who eat dinner very early. Given they don't take reservations we went there for 6.30pm and where rather surprised to find the place already full to the brink. We only got a table because my father is a local. This time we went it was unpleasantly noisy.... More 

Thank foodbliss2014
Sao Paulo, SP
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142 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

Excellent pasta. Good service and fast. We ate spaghetti pomodori and a spaghetti with rucula and mozzarella di buffala. Awesome combination. Each plate costs around 20 euros. Plus 2 glasses of wine and dessert we spent 50 euros.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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67 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

Osteria Nostrana was recommended by a local Swiss fella. The service was on cue and food excellent. Portion size was very generous. Sitting out side provides pictures back drop for the full dining experience.

Thank Pat F
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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86 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

We stop for a break while walking and admiring ascona. This restaurant has been there for years as per my friend and tried their food if still up to mark. The carbonara and pizza were very good! A bit pricey because of location and awesome service but worth it.

Thank AnnaDXB_12

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Swiss, Mediterranean, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Scenic view, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8:00 am - 12:30 am
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7:30 am - 12:30 am
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7:30 am - 12:30 am
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7:30 am - 12:30 am
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7:30 am - 12:30 am
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Piazza Giuseppe Motta, Ascona 6612, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lake Maggiore  >  Ascona
  • Phone Number: +41 91 791 51 58

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