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“Food and service not so great, beautiful location”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Restaurant Seven

Restaurant Seven
Ranked #16 of 70 Restaurants in Ascona
Price range: $29 - $129
Cuisines: Mediterranean, European, Grill, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Built on one of the most inviting spots of the Piazza of Ascona, overlooking the vistas of the Swiss Alps and the waterfront of Lago Maggiore, Ristorante Seven reflects much of the region versatility. Catering business lunches and romantic dinners to clientele who enjoy the fun and excitement of exploring new culinary experience born out of love for basic raw substance, the restaurant offers fresh and seasonal ingredients and the rich tastes of Mediterranean cuisine. Our chef brings with his young team a bevy of unique inspirations to the menu, allowing guests to explore creative & traditional combinations: Mediterranean antipasti exalting shellfish-flavors, raw fish and meat, fresh homemade pasta and rainbow of risottos – all prepared a la carte. For lovers of grill, we offer a wide variety of cuts from the best Swiss farms prepared in high temperatures to achieve slightly smoky flavor, ensuring a perfect grilling in Josper oven.
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72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Food and service not so great, beautiful location”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

My wife and I had dinner at Seven on a spectacular evening. Considering the fame of Ivo Adams and the cost of the dishes we had very high expectations.
Location is beautiful, especially outdoor. The problem outdoor though is that we were seated by some high tables designated for drinks and as a smoking area (cigars). This smoking area should be kept in the bottom lounge, not near the dining tables.
Service is friendly and kind, but not as professional as you would expect in a place like this. We had four waiters alternating which at times was chaotic about who was eating what. The expensive sparkling water was warm and it is unacceptable at this price level that waiters do not know how they are supposed to hold a bottle when serving water and wine.
A while after ordering when I was wondering if Ivo Adams banned bread from his menu, we finally got it: it was good and served with excellent olive oil.
I ordered the four courses surprise menu which should have been where Ivo Adams gets to express his talent. The amouse bouche was a spoon topped with a foamy-lemony mousse: not such a great start when you get something that looks and smells like soap dish.
The appetizer was interesting, but not good: a combination of delicate fishy smokey mousses. Then came the first main course: a taste of cod in a foamy very delicate sauce. At this point I really had enough of light foamy mousses. Luckily the second main course was veal with a creamy sauce. This was a small yet excellent dish with very interesting flavors. Finally I got two little scoops of ice-cream, good but not so special.
So, we spent 200 francs a person to eat good bread with good olive oil and a bottle of wine. Of the four very small dishes served in between my bread eating I had an excellent one, two so so, one bad.
I would not rate it two stars if it wasn't for the location and for the beautiful company.

  • Visited July 2012
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5 Thank Viclugano
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Lugano, Switzerland
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Excellence doesn't come cheap!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2012

We usually visit Seven in Ascona three of four times a year. It's a real treat! The setting is fabulous, just overlooking the lake, the inside decor is modern, lots of glass and stone, yet warm and welcoming. The staff is very kind and attentive, tables have the right distance between each other, that is if you are looking for some privacy. Now, the FOOD... Everything is cooked and presented to perfection, most of the vegetables, cheese, meat they use are produced locally. I kicked off with the most delicate fish soup, followed by some delicious tortellini filled with pork meat presented with a foamy sauce, light, delicate, tasty.
I just can't forget to mention the fresh lobster, with an again light and delicate vanilla sauce. All the food here is cooked and prepared in a way that you will hardly find anywhere else. Forget about heavy dishes, full of butter, parmigiano cheese, creamy sauces. This is the temple of delicious food, for a special night out. It doesn't come cheap, but is worth every penny.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank michelle m
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Canberra, Australia
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Not a good experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012

We are a couple and were seated downstairs in the middle of a shared table with two groups of four on either side of us. We had no common language and we were opposite each other across a wide table.. There is a very garish mirrored light hanging at eye hieght and I ended the night with a headache and the request to be moved resulted in the light being turned off but it still hung in line of site. The food is fancy and may have been lovely but I was not in the mood. It was very expensive and we were most disappointed having expected a nice romantic dinner for our last night in Switzerland.

  • Visited May 2012
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3 Thank Carst
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rhode island
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148 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“Inventive dining in a chic atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012

The food is delicious and portions just right. The owner is a well regarded chef in Switzerland and that reputation is well deserved. Very nice location and the decor of the place was well above average.

Visited June 2012
1 Thank soxfan
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Zurich, Switzerland
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47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Good food - but service to be ashamed of”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2012

This is a Michelin starred restaurant with a stunning view over the lake. Presumably the Michelin inspectors did not receive service as awful as ours when making their inspection. Waiters storm between tables; trays are swung around so you have to duck out of the way.  Our 'service' culminated in an ignorant waiter smashing a chair into our table while rearranging furniture.  In some restaurants this might add character to the place, but when you're paying 200 francs a head it's disgraceful.  The female maître d' just about keeps things functioning - without her the whole operation would collapse. 

Against my better judgement my other half insisted on a drink in their lovely bar the next evening. We were ignored for 15 minutes, had to order at the bar and dirty glasses were left on our table. When I tried to pay the guy was nowhere to be seen. 

The food verges between very good e.g. Foie Gras variation and ok e.g. Zander fillet with dominating corn sauce.  In truth the standard of cooking is high but out of the 6 Michelin starred restaurants I have visited the food here ranks lowest.  And unimpressively the table next to us sent their mains back, as they were too cold. 

Overall, the chaotic, unprofessioional and, sometimes, rude service is the main problem with this place. 

  • Visited April 2012
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5 Thank planetjones
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