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Ristorante Al Portone

) #33 of 336 Restaurants in Lugano $$$$ French, , European
viale Cassarate 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
+41 78 722 93 24
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Overview
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“lamb” (2 reviews)
“fine dining” (6 reviews)
Closed
All hours
CUISINES
French, Swiss, European, Italian, International, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
viale Cassarate 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
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1 - 10 of 124 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It has been more than 2 weeks since my family and I had dinner there and yet we still talk about it. That is how deeply impressed we are about Al Portone. The experience actually feels like a visit to the home of a Michelin...More

Thank SYZSoh
Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear SYZSoh Thank so much for this beautiful comment, it was a real pleasure meeting you and share with you this lovely evening. Hope to see you soon. Best regards Patricia and Francis Carré

Reviewed 11 September 2016

We wanted to eat a Michelin quality meal in a homely set up without the five star fuss. Ristorante Al Portone didn't disappoint. Run by a French couple, hostess and chef, Patricia and Francis, the exotic food combinations rustled from the freshest ingredients in their...More

Thank vanduvandy
Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2016

Dear Vanduvandy, Thank you so much for this beautiful comment, it was a real pleasure to meet you and share with you our passion for enogastronomy. Hope to see you on your next trip in Lugano. Best regards. Patricia & Francis Carré

Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Unexpected private dining in this amazing restaurant. Every dish is well balanced and the combination of ingredients risky and exciting. Who ever thought peach/wasabi sorbet could be this wonderful. The home made brioche, mouthwatering. The recommended wines were phenomenal. Both hostess and chef make you...More

Thank Rene V
Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2016

Dear Rene V. Thank you very much for this beautiful comment and lovely description of all the dishes you have tasted... It was a real pleasure to meet you and share our passion for enogastronomy with you. Best regards, Patricia & Francis Carré

Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

The 7 of us were the only ones in the restaurant for lunch, and we were warmly welcomed by the chef and his wife. The food was excellent. Dishes were prepared in classic French style with a twist. The food, while expensive was an excellent...More

Thank scrutinizing
Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2016

Dear Guests, Thank you so much for this beautiful comment. It was a real pleasure to meet you and to share our passion for enogastronomy. Hope to see during your next trip in Lugano. Best regards, Patricia & Francis Carré

Reviewed 8 July 2016

We proved to be the sole diners when we visited this friendly if pricey restaurant. Our meal of shared foie gras pate, shared crab ravioli, a rib-eye steak, a loin of lamb, and shared chocolate mousse was pricey due to the wine essentially foisted on...More

Thank mtdrpm
Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2016

Dear mtdrpm, We would like to thank you for your comment. You started your lovely dinner with a Glass of our Champagne grand Cru, while making your choice of menu for your evening. Regarding the wine by the glass, maybe this was a misunderstanding between...More

Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Always a pleasure to visit the Carre's. Great food and a superb wine list. The trick is to keep going back. A true delight. Too many great dishes to choose from.

Thank Hans B
Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2016

Dear Hans B., Thank you very much for this beautiful review. It is always a pleasure to share with you our passion for enogastronomy. Hope to see you soon. Best regards, Patricia & Francis Carré

Reviewed 23 January 2016

If you are looking for a really nice restaurant and if you are aiming for "fine dining" - Ristorante Al Portone is the place in Lugano. Always fantastic food and the ambience is very cosy, you feel like at home from the moment you step...More

Thank Fredrik S
Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2016

Dear Fredrik S Thank you very much for your beautiful review, it is always a pleasure to share our passion for enogastronomy. Best regards Patricia & Francis Carré

Reviewed 3 January 2016

Our daughters choice, we entered this refined place and spent a memorable night with amazing tastes and good talk. You can truly taste the passion Mr. Carré puts in all his creations.

1  Thank Christoph B
Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2016

Dear Christoph B, Thank you very much for your beautiful comment, it was a pleasure to meet you and your family. The next time I will prepare you more homemade lemon ice tea!!! Best regards Patricia & Francis Carré

Reviewed 23 September 2015

We made a reservation at Al Portone online some weeks before we arrived. They stayed open just for us; we were the only customers for the evening. Put it down to the slow season, although the owners (Patricia and Francis Carré) did mention they had...More

Thank FunTimes030
Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2015

Dear FunTimes030, Thank you very much for this beautiful comment and the compliments. It was a real pleasure to meet you and to share our passion for enogastronomy. Hope to see you in Australia!!! Take care and best regards. Patricia & Francis

Reviewed 28 August 2015 via mobile

It is with great pleasure that I submit this glowing review of the most charming restaurant we came across during our sojourn to lovely Lugano. I was looking for a fancy dining establishment for my fiance's birthday, but did not know exactly how to go...More

1  Thank DrGelato
Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2015

Dear Dr.Gelato, Thank you very much for this beautiful comment. It was our pleasure to share with you this special moment and make sure that it was a memorable dinner for the two of you. Hope to see you for your next trip in Lugano....More

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Judy65
Is there a dress code?
6 September 2015|
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Response from Francis C | Property representative |
Good morning dear Judy. The dress code is smart casual. Best regards
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$51 - US$123
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
18:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
18:30 - 21:30
Thursday
18:30 - 21:30
Friday
18:30 - 21:30
Saturday
18:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: viale Cassarate 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
  • Phone Number: +41 78 722 93 24
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.
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