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Ristorante Grand Cafe Al Porto

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via Pessina 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Gran Cafe Al Porto)
+41 91 910 51 30
08:00 - 18:30
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Pfaeffikon, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Grand living room of Lugano dating back to 1803. In the heart of city, few steps from the Piazza Riforma and the lake, it is unquestionably grand and dignified yet friendly and welcoming place , and a real delight for the lovers of all things sweet and beautiful.

1 Thank ElenaNW87RL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very old and chic place, lovely choices of dessert and coffees, the waiter was so polite, the decoration of the place is very unique , toilets were impecable , price a bit expensive for a piece of cake and cappuccino

Thank Ljubica B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We walked in by chance and glad we did. This is a nice, quiet and somewhat posh coffee and cakes shop in the old town. The staff is friendly. Coffee was nice and cakes were tasty. Worth a visit.

Thank Brian J
Coquimbito, Argentina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just a cup of coffee, but what a delightful place. Didn't try the pastries, but they looked excellent. There is surprising meeting room upstairs, excellent to impress.

Thank ManuelLucero
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

There is a history to this lovely, gentile salon which still lingers in the atmosphere of buzz and focus on the best food and superb service. We got much more than we asked for; a simple glass of wine is excellent as it is their house white and it comes with elegant hors d'oeuvres. An oasis into which it is... More 

Thank HeddyLamarr
Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is an expensive restaurant as all is in switzerland. It is although a great spot for people watching , coffee and dessert. It has been there for ages and it feels like you are in a time capsule. It is certainly charming. they have a daily menu in case you want to eat.

1 Thank kcanavan2010
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Absurd, they sell you wonderful cookies and pastry but then there are no places to sit down. After about 10 minutes we're gone. Unfortunately moment or bad management....

1 Thank Andreas V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Although it is quite expensive, such desserts you won't eat anywhere else. The location itself is luxurious and the sweets will make you forget about gaining extra pounds. Fabulous cappucino as well.

Thank Ladrum P
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We stopped here because it is so charming and historic. We had a little appertivo of aperol spritz. The served it with cheesy breadsticks, savory seasoned nuts and an amuse bouche of salami and cheese. Very classy. The desserts looked tempting as well.

Thank bbbuttercup
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

If U want delicious sweet or good espresso you have to Visit the minted Cafe, yes he made delicious cappuccino and perfect croissant.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Swiss, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: via Pessina 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland (Formerly Gran Cafe Al Porto)
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
  • Phone Number: +41 91 910 51 30
Right in the heart of Lugano, the Grand Café Al Porto Restaurant delight its guests at any time of day. A great day begins at the Grand Café with an aromatic "espresso", a nice breakfast or a delight from the Confiserie Al Porto. At lunchtime be tempted by the "Flavours of the month", the daily changing "Chef's specials", and from 2.30 p.m. onward by a special afternoon menu. All day long a great selection of sweet or savoury creations from the "Confiserie Al Porto" counter. The Ristorante is open from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. It can be reserved in the evening for receptions and banquets for 10 to 80 persons. All day long a great selection of sweet or savoury creations from the "Confiserie Al Porto" counter. Lugano's salon... since 1803.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?