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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Verbano

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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

If you want to eat well on this little tourist trap island on Lake Como, you could do much worse than walking round to find this place. Turn right off the ferry and keep going (only 200 yards or so) to the tip of the island. Here you can dine on the hotel terrace with stunning views of Isola Bella.

The cooking was surprisingly refined. Four of us shared a good bottle of Lugana and had a main course each plus a truly fantastic dessert (all different), water and coffee for 148 Euros or 37 Euros each. It was a few notches up from good. Service was friendly and efficient and they coped well with the sudden surge brought on by some not before time sun that day.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Malvernman
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“You must try it !!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

Top quality cooking and service with an unforgetable lake view.
The unique access by shuttle boat gives a romantic italian touch

Visited April 2013
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Thalwil, Switzerland
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“Easter Sunday Lunch”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

The food was very good, but the serving staff were stressed. getting the bill took forever and this is because the place was packed. I would recommend a reservation, this is what we did.

We had the lake fish and the grilled sea bass and both were very good. Views are of course stunning. When it gets warmer, it will be nice to sit on the terrace.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Big_Chilli
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Beautiful view and food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

On an island full of restaurants, this one was on the far end of the island with a spectacular view of Lake Maggiore! Relaxed atmosphere...

Visited September 2012
Thank carefree_traveler
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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“a peaceful lunch with wonderful views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

We had been recommended this restaurant by our hotel conciege who suggested that an evening meal using the restaurant's own shuttle boat from the lake shore to this island loction was a wonderful experience, and I'm sure it would have been. However we were on the island at lunchtime and, having walked around and found it crowded and far too 'touristy' we came across Verbano, perched as it is on the end of the island in a slightly detatched way. We had not made a reservation and they were expecting a huge party to arrive who had reserved most of the main large terrace overlooking Isola Bella. However, around the back of the restaurant there is a further terrace, narrow allowing only for tables for two and overlooking Isola Madre and this is where we were placed. It was a perfect, shady spot and we were served a lovely lunch. We only had two of the many courses on offer and a half bottle of wine but we were not rushed in any way and you would be hard pushed to find a nicer way of removing yourself from the crowded, narrow and extremely commercialised streets of this picturesque island. I did not feel that it was overly expensive given the setting and the fact that this is a tourist hotspot and that all supplies, except the fish, have to come from the shore by boat.
Highly recommended, a delightful spot, exactly what one hopes for and rarely finds in this achingly romantic part of the world.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank tjmutch
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