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Grotto Baldoria

Italian, Swiss, Contemporary
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Vicolo S.Omobono 9 6612, Ascona, Switzerland
41917913298
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Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Simple but very, very good food. You will be eventually seated at long tables with other people. Service is super friendly and efficient.The food is delicious. You eat what is served.First a wooden platter where you cut off as much sausage as you like and pass it on. But keep in mind that there is more to come!We had salad... More 

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Alliston, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Grotto Baldoria was recommended by a local shop keeper. What a fun, rustic place to dine. Beside excellent food, you easily interact with other guests and share laughs and experiences. We met a couple who had visited this unique restaurant over 50 times. Spontaneously we booked a room from Mauro and enjoyed the Ascona Jazz scene that evening. Yes, the... More 

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Thank Helmuth K
Lucerne, Switzerland
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Where to begin...The grotto baldoria is a small restaurant in the heart of the borgo of Ascona. I'd basically describe this place as a chaotic, funny and all over "chill" restaurant. You don't get to choose what you eat as there is no menu, just the same old dishes (salame and bread, salad, tongue, pasta all'arrabiata, polenta and a sort... More 

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Varese, Italy
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268 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016

in touristy and expensive Ascona... After strolling their weekly market and under the heating sun, we just wanted to sit and lunch anywhere indoors and possibly with running a/c; lakeside restaurants were full so better look inner alleys and we found this “grotto”; it was full but still we asked if a table was available and we were seated... perfect.... More 

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Thank Tualie
Lausanne, Switzerland
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

We had no idea what to expect here, but it was brilliant! You get what arrives, sausage, salad, pasta, meat dish, then coffee, optional digestivo and tart! We spent 75 CHF between two including drinks and were stuffed (I think probably rare in Ascona). Great value and quality ingredients, where simplicity is the key to the dishes. I would definitely... More 

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Thank BelindaUK-CH
Portland OR
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Amazing experience. No preset menu, this is a family-style operation that churns out no frills, high quality fare . Stunning food, authentic environment, a joy. At the end of the meal, if you take their advice and order the "fire water", they bring out the bottles to your table and you serve yourself. Do it.

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Thank JimJamie
Locarno, Switzerland
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This is a 'one off' restaurant. The place is often totally packed out, crammed into a small place all ready for a set menu of seven course, no choice, take it or leave it, slice off as much salami or cheese as you want and then pass the platter onto the next table. Don't leave anything as it is the... More 

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Thank Paul H
Zurich, Switzerland
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69 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

This grotto does not offer a classic menu, you get what they cook in the kitchen, which was very delicious. I had food there which i have never had before. Everyhing is very good exept the staff which was not able to serve that many people in a appropriate time. Sometimes we tried to get the attention for more than... More 

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Thank Kirk_Hammett
Zurich, Switzerland
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94 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

I ate at this place on several occassions since 2009 and I still feel like coming back. The beauty of this place is in the simplicity of the meals as well as the whole surroundings. Dont expect extraordinary cuisine but the value (food +nice service) to price ratio is fantastic!

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Thank filipinka
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

Me and my friends had quita a bad experience there, would never recommend it! First, the staff is incredibly unfriendly, second the food is served and tastes like in a military canteen and in the end its a total rip off because they charge you for things that seem included. Also the location is dirty and way too many people... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Italian, Swiss, Contemporary
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Vicolo S.Omobono 9 6612, Ascona, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lake Maggiore  >  Ascona
  • Phone Number: 41917913298

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