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Antica Osteria Il Malatesta

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Via dei Pescatori 8, Muralto, Locarno 6600, Switzerland
+41 91 730 15 24
Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thu - Mon 6:30 pm - 12:00 am
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

We had dinner at Malatesta on a Saturday evening. We were expecting high prices, and excellent food, as well as excellent service. However, as soon as we sat down there were a bunch of ants wondering around the wall next to our table. As soon as we let the waiters know, they just moved our table (about 10cm) from the... More 

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Canton of Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016 via mobile

We've done all of the so-called greats in the area. Il Malatesta is a gem. We know. We live here. Yeah, sure, it's on the train tracks. But, don't judge a book by its cover. The interior is cozy and welcoming - especially by the fireplace. In the summer - ask for a table on the homey terrace. The food... More 

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Bex, Switzerland
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

Malatesta is a beautiful, warm and cosy restaurant. We ate by the fireplace, service was great, the chef came to introduce himself at the end of the meal. Food was delicious from start to finish, fine, tasty, original. We will definitely go back to this restaurant should we come back in the region

Thank Luciiie_lu
Bakersfield, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

My wife and I returned to spend 2 weeks in Locarno at the beginning of Nov. We ate 3 times at this restaurant during that time. Each time the food and service was excellent. We ate different dishes each time and were happy with them all. Fall is wild game month in the region but we didn't try the venison... More 

1 Thank Jeffrey F
Porthmadog, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

We came to this restaurant after a very long and rainy day. We were tired and hungry and needed to sit down, warm up and be fed. We wandered into the restaurant and were greeted warmly and shown quickly to a table despite having no reservations. The prices are completely reasonable for Switzerland (as we learned over the few days... More 

Thank Jess M
Fribourg, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Definitely the best restaurant in Locarno. Relatively modest menu card (which is a usually good sign). All dishes we had were very tasty and nicely presented. Nice outside seating place, although you may wish to put on a mosquiito repellent on some summer days...

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I always enjoy dinner in this osteria. The menu offers something for everybody, from the traditional rabbit with polenta to more audacious combinations. My daughter especially loved the risotto with blueberries.

Thank mfg25
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I absolutely loved "Il Malatesta." From the moment I stepped in to the moment I left. The food was absolutely delicious and the service amazing. I can't recommend thus restaurant more.

Thank norcalheidi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

We liked the decoration and the terrace but the food was nothing special and over-priced. Salad dressing was ghastly(sweet!)

Thank Diane Z
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Buongiorno Voglio presentare l'orribile insalata in questione servita con un aceto dolciastro....così descritta dalla nostra carissima cliente che invitiamo nuovamente... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We were recommended to this restaurant from our hotel receptionist, and on walking there (very close to station) were concerned that it was away from the lake in an area without any view... The food and service, however, were absolutely superb! Although a little expensive, the attention to detail in the preparation of each dish was exceptional! Whoever is the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Italian, Mediterranean, European, Gluten Free, Swiss
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via dei Pescatori 8, Muralto, Locarno 6600, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lake Maggiore  >  Locarno  >  Muralto
  • Phone Number: +41 91 730 15 24

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