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Ristorante Grand Cafe Al Porto

via Pessina 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
+41 91 910 51 30
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good38%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“cakes” (22 reviews)
“pastry” (10 reviews)
“sophia loren” (2 reviews)
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Italian, Swiss, Cafe, European, Central European, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
via Pessina 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely ambiance. If you can get a table outside, have a coffee and watch the flow of people. Read about previous guests including Clark Gable and Sophia Loren, and about the secret meeting between the Germans and the allies in 1945. Admire the more than...More

Thank nytraveller2020
Reviewed 16 June 2018

Located right off Lugano's main square, the Gran Cafe al Porto is the perfect place for tea and pastry, in a space dripping with Old World elegance yet tolerant of the casually dressed. The pastry case (as with so many in Lugano) is mouth-wateringly tempting,...More

Thank Kirk E
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

This was Old place of great historical interest. Really classy but casual atmosphere. Great food. We had really nice green pea soup, Dover Sole basted in butter, rolled and grilled. Tomato soup and pasta bolognese great too. Deserts to die for.

Thank TheDotdog
Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

The service here is impeccable and the food is delicious ! The asparagus risotto was perfectly prepared and the choice of either small or large portions is a great help for the not-so-hungry or smaller eater. The atmosphere in this old world cafe is quite...More

Thank JHerlig
Reviewed 22 March 2018

We arrived in Lugano around 11 am and headed to this cafe for some breakfast. The service was quick and we had the croissant with juice. The place was quite full at that time. They have a lot of scrumptious pastries so i can see...More

Thank Yuggibear
Reviewed 8 February 2018

Cafe al Porto Is one of the landmark of Lugano. It's a legacy of the town, quite posh and chic venue. Generally crowded and appreciated by the locals, I liked the ambience, especially the wood ceiling part, quite old fashion. Café al Porto offers a...More

Thank cerith
Reviewed 6 September 2017

very well known for his pastry and cakes, it is also a nice lunch spot in the city center. few plates, well done and delicious.

Thank cinziasak
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Is one of my favorites restaurants in town. Quite always crowded but 1 table is not difficult to find. Many dishes at lunch (fine dining) and in the afternoon with many many delicatessen and snacks. The local also offers a great choice of pastries and...More

1  Thank GianluGMG
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Great cafe. A wonderful setting in grand style. Superb hot chocolate (two types), good coffee, and excellent pastries.

Thank MaecenasOggi
Reviewed 29 May 2017

I can recommend the pastry shop but not the restaurant / coffee shop. there are better, friendlier and cheaper places nearby. Going for morning tea I asked for the Darjeeling, priced at chf 4.20 for a cup or chf 5.20 for a "portion" meaning in...More

1  Thank LuganoPirate
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I think so..they're very professional and flexible too. in any case pls contact with them in order to clarify.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
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
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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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