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Antico Grotto Ticino

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$$ - $$$
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viale alle Cantine 20, Mendrisio 6850, Switzerland
+41 91 646 77 97
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77 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

My Husband and I "stumbled" on this restaurant and we have moved to Switzerland for just two months and i must say this was the best meal we have had in Switzerland. We ordered the small portion of the local pork lard ( we had no idea how the dish would be) it was delicious but it can get abit... More 

Thank Thomson-gal
Lugano, Switzerland
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408 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2015

We went for the "Rassegna gastronomica". Lovely meal, very attentive and friendly service, local and charming location. Worth trying. Tip: on a busy night if parking can be tricky, if you don't feel confident with your driving skills, leave the car at the beginning of the road that leads to the "grotti".

Thank Za036
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50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2015

Great place to try typical taste of this region. Well managed with care of details. We had dinner and tested cooking style as well selection of "salumi" and typical cheeses. Good quality of raws with origin form nearby area. Cooking style express continuity with homemade tradition. Good selection of wine from this area. Interesting to try.

Thank Fabio T
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75 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2014

This is almost a must for travellers to Lugano, to eat the traditional polenta and cured meat from the caves (grotto) that have been here for centuries. We did not have very high expectations because we were here on business, but the ambience was certenly authentic and the food acceptable. We learned that the north italians (this is the italian... More 

Thank Jan B
Lake Como, Italy
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72 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2014

Great Sunday Lunch! The appetizers are very good, the first dishes as home made ones, the main are great, dessert exceptional! All with an excellent local wines selection and the whole place...environment very nicely decorated!

Thank PinoVelardi
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2014 via mobile

We had a nice evening with the friendly staff and the good food (polenta and local cheese as dessert). Will come back on next visit to the area.

Thank msciascia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 November 2012 via mobile

High prices and not tailored to the dishes...!!!! Staff are not kind ...?!! Disappointed overall!!!!...

1 Thank FredLearson
Lugano, Switzerland
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2012

I went with some friends there and we ordered traditional food on the menu. The food was good, but the price are crazy. We spent nearly 100 Swiss franc each, that because we ask for a second portion and they made us to pay as was another plate. Awful!

4 Thank realswiss

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$103
Italian, Swiss, European, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: viale alle Cantine 20, Mendrisio 6850, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Mendrisiotto  >  Mendrisio
  • Phone Number: +41 91 646 77 97
Il grotto, costruito oltre un secolo fa ma rimodernato da poco, dispone di spazi ben distribuiti sia all'interno che all'esterno. La cantina dei vini é scavata in una roccia che garantisce ottime condizioni per il mantenimento dei numerosi vini.
La cucina si basa sulle antiche e gustose ricette ticinesi e lombarde, senza dimenticare produzioni e merci locali legate al territorio circostante.
Il ritrovo ideale per chi cerca la cucina di qualità e per gli amanti del buon vino.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?