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“The best dinner experience we have ever had”

Ristorante Al Portone
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Ranked #37 of 434 Restaurants in Lugano
Price range: $50 - $120
Cuisines: Deli, French, International
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Chef Francis offers fine dining in the legendary restaurant with the historic entrance gates. A quiet space where you can have lunch and well furnished with colleagues, friends or dine by candlelight. Come and discover the different tastes proposed and accompanied by fine wines selected by our sommelier. At the gates is the ideal destination to make a break in life, to spend a moment out of time to get pampered palate.
Reviewed June 3, 2014

This restaurant is too good to be true. The cuisine is the best that we have had in many years, and is comparable to the top restaurants around the world. If you are in the Ticino area and looking for an exquisite, romantic dinner, this is the place. The owner was extremely pleasant, and provided outstanding wine recommendations to go along with each course of our meal. It was very clear to us that they make it a priority for each of their customers to have a memorable experience. We would travel halfway around the world again just to dine at this restaurant. The truffle agnolotti and the torta are truly unique and beyond words to describe the
experience. We look forward to our next visit to this wonder in Lugano.
Brent & Tracey - visited in June 2014

Date of visit: June 2014
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Francis C, Owner at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2014

Thank you very much for this beautiful comment. We are really happy that our restaurant was a great experience for you... for us it was the same and it was a real pleasure to meet you. Maybe see you soon...
Best regards
Patricia & Francis Carré

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Reviewed May 22, 2014

The restaurant is beautiful and the food is absolutely phenomenal. It is a very expensive place but it is worth every Swiss Franc.

Date of visit: April 2014
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Cibo_dasogno, Owner at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2014

Thank you very much for your great comment. We are pleased to see that you had great moment in our restaurant. Hope to see you on your next visite to Lugano.
Best regards
Francis & Patricia Carré

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Reviewed March 22, 2014

I was looking for a restaurant to enjoy a nice family meal with my parents who were visiting Lugano and we found this suggestion on Tripadvisor. This was absolutely the best choice I have made in a long time, great service (The chef's wife was a very friendly and charming host) and the food was amazing! Every dish had its own mix of flavors that really left you wondering what the secret was! If you're in Lugano, definitely stop by to try this charming restaurant!

Date of visit: March 2014
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Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2014

Dear Mrs Eva,
Thank you very much for this great comment. We are glad that you & your family had a wonderful momment discovering our restaurant. We always try to offer the best with quality products in the elaboration of our dishes. Hope to see you an other time for other surprises...
Best regards,
Francis & Patricia Carré

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Reviewed February 2, 2014

I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Ristorante Al Portone and would highly recommend it if you are in Lugano. The ambiance is elegant but unpretentious and the food was delicious. I began with a complimentary amuse bouche -- a surprising sweet and savory eggplant mousse -- followed by agnolotti with ricotta and truffles, lamb, a local Ticino merlot and tiramisu for dessert. Each dish was excellent and it was one of the best meals I've had. What really set Al Portone apart, however, was the warm and impeccable service. Soon after being seated, Mrs. Carré came to the table, welcomed me by name and spent a few minutes in conversation. I was dining alone and throughout the meal service was exquisite but not overbearing. At the close of dinner, Mrs. Carré brought Chef Carré to the table and we spoke a bit more about the meal, the restaurant and my visit to Lugano. They called for a taxi and Mrs. Carré saw me out, even holding an umbrella as I dashed for it in the rain. This is fine dining with the warmth of a family restaurant. Buon appetito!

Date of visit: February 2014
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Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2014

Dear Mrs Christie,
Thank you very much for this beautiful comment. For us it is always a pleasure to offer to our guests the better food and service like we expect when we are guests. It was nice to meet you and to help you to enjoy this evening in Lugano.
Take care and hope to see you again soon.
Best regards
Francis & Patricia

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Reviewed November 23, 2013

My wife and I visited in early september 2013. Dinner was a phenomenal experience. This may have had to do with us being the only ones in the restaurant that evening, but service was amazing. Our waiter was highly attentive without being obtrusive. The menu is vegetarian friendly and the truffle agnoliti is not to be missed. We had a bottle of excellent ticinese wine. We've dined at l'arpege and other restaurants and found this fine dining experience more enjoyable. Considering returning to Lugano for another dinner here!

Date of visit: September 2013
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Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2013

Thank you very much for this beautiful comment and the great comparison between us and the Arpège. After this one with The Bernardin from NY it is very appreciate. Hope we will see you soon al Portone di Francis Carré.
Best regards.
Patricia & Francis Carré

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