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Ristorante Al Portone

viale Cassarate 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
+41 78 722 93 24
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Overview
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“agnolotti” (4 reviews)
“confit” (4 reviews)
“truffle” (10 reviews)
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CUISINES
French, European, Italian, Swiss, International, Deli, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
viale Cassarate 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
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1 - 10 of 46 reviews

Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

Meant to celebrate a reunion of dear friends, our time at Ristorante al Portone became an unforgettable evening of exquisite yet accessible gastronomy. Madame Carré greeted us warmly and patiently. She also suggested a delicious local white wine to enjoy alongside our creative and perfectly...More

Thank Kim D
Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Dear Kim D. Thank you so much for this beautiful and clear comment. It was a real pleasure to share with you and your friends our passion for gastronomy and wine. Hope to see you during your next trip in Lugano. Best regards Patricia &...More

Reviewed 10 June 2018

We had the most lovely dinner tonight. The food was absolutely amazing and they could not have been more wonderful and kind hosts. We had the asparagus ravioli and the confit rabbit ravioli and salmon trout and chicken with truffle for mains which were all...More

Thank DL345
Francis C, Proprietario at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2018

Dear DL345, Thank you so much for this beautiful comment. It was a real pleasure to share with you our passion for enogastronomy. You're right, in our restaurant all is home made and minute made, no secret just passion. Hope to see you when you...More

Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We had an absolutely beautiful meal here when we visited. We had the entire restaurant to ourselves and the service was the best we've ever experienced. The food was wonderfully presented and tasted absolutely incredible. The wines were all perfectly paired with the food we...More

Thank Sara K
Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Dear Sara K. Thank you very much for this beautiful comment. It was a real pleasure to share with you our passion for wine and gastronomy. Hope to see you during your next stay in Lugano. Best regards Patricia & Francis Carré

Reviewed 22 July 2017

This is a wonderful fine dining establishment in Lugano. It serves contemporary French cuisine with additional influences from around the world in a warm, relaxed but classy atmosphere. We were made to feel extremely welcome by Patricia and her husband the chef Francis. Patricia helped...More

Thank laurensinlalaland
Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2017

Dear Laurensinlalaland, Thank you very much for this beautiful comment. It was a real pleasure to meet you and share our passion for gastronomy. Hope to see you on your next trip in Switzerland. Best regards Patricia and Francis Carré

Reviewed 3 June 2017 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 7 June 2017

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

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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

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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 188hansb
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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 50 - USD 119
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Private Dining, 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, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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
  • E-mail
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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