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Principe Leopoldo Restaurant

via Montalbano 5, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
+41 91 985 88 55
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“kidney” (3 reviews)
“tasting menu” (2 reviews)
Closes in 28 min
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Hours
Italian, Mediterranean, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
via Montalbano 5, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful situation on Lake Lugano but the service here is poor. We cannot recommend their restaurant for the food or service. The maitre de was rude and seemed to seat the Americans at the worst tables. The breakfast, however, was excellent.

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Thank Rudi-Isabella
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant is a special place with view on the Lugano Lake and the Mountains. Staff are attentive with impeccable service. The food is high-quality, well- cooked and displayed. The atmosphere is very pleasant with live-music piano and Sunset; romantic... We do appreciate the recommendations...More

Thank Gaihera
Reviewed 9 July 2018

I had met with a local earlier that day and asked where is the best place to eat in Lugano, he told me Principe Leopold so I looked it up and quickly made a reservation. We walked there from the Hotel Au Lac where we...More

Thank LisaSant
Reviewed 6 July 2018

My wife I recently had the pleasure of eating dinner at this restaurant. It was outstanding. The service is perfect and friendly. The food was incredible and the view was breathtaking. Pricey but worth every CHF.

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 4 May 2018

I was looking for a very special place to host a dinner for my best clients. After having evaluated several restaurants, I went back to Principe Leopoldo. The professionalism of everybody, from Mr. Claudio who answered the phone the first time I called from New...More

1  Thank Alessandro P
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Principe Leopoldo is one of the most beautiful place in the world which offers a very high level hotel and excellent dining! Most of all it is a unique place because of the wonderful and professional staff they have - the great chef Dario Ranza...More

1  Thank ציונה ק
Reviewed 1 April 2018

Best kidneys I had, cooked to perfection, with mustard and "aglio orsino". Impressive cheese trolley. Efficient and friendly staff, beautifully decoratedMore

1  Thank Calinnn2007
Barbara_Gibellini, General Manager at Principe Leopoldo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Dear Mr Calinnn2007, first of all let me thank you gratefully for your wonderful review! and the time to share it on Tripadvisor ! as for all of us it's really important to have such positive feed back from our valued guests! and it does...More

Reviewed 4 March 2018

We had a group of 12, and they put us in a private room comfortably. The service was excellent, and food quality was good. We were surprised to find that the price was very reasonable, considering that things were usually expensive in Switzerland!More

Thank Sunny C
Barbara_Gibellini, General Manager at Principe Leopoldo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Dear Mr Sunny C we are very grateful for your very positive comment: thank you for choosing us for your dinner and also for sharing your feed back on Tripadvisor. I have shared your words with all the staff as for us it's very important...More

Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

I had the 9 course 2,5 hours surprise menu. First thing it was a surprise that the price for this menu was 140 franks which considering that we’re talking about fine dining in Lugano is not much. All the dishes were very good, especially the...More

Thank KobeWhisperer
Barbara_Gibellini, General Manager at Principe Leopoldo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2018

Dear Guest KobeWhisperer I have shared your comment with the Maitre, the sommelier and the Chef and we all want to thank you for your very positive comment. We are especially grateful for your note about the "Menu' Sorpresa" with which the chef might demonstrate...More

Reviewed 25 November 2017

Beautiful place high above the city with unbelievable views of Lake Lugano and the city below. A little bit difficult to find, but worth the effort. The food,the atmosphere, and the service were all excellent.More

Thank jc19602015
Barbara_Gibellini, Direttore generale at Principe Leopoldo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2017

Dear Mr jc19602015 we would like to thank you for your wonderful review. All of us are so happy to read that your experience was completely extraordinary. WE wish to welcome you back to Lugano in our Restaurant or Piano Bar del Principe. Barbara Gibellini...More

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12 January 2017|
Response from Barbara_Gibellini | Property representative |
Dear Mariana, we do recommend to reserve the table in advance for dinner. The Hotel always has a special attention to the guest of the Hotel itself but the Restaurant is always almost fully booked. The fondue is not a... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 68 - USD 201
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: via Montalbano 5, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
  • Phone Number: +41 91 985 88 55
  • E-mail
  • This restaurant is at Villa Principe Leopoldo
he Principe Leopoldo Restaurant is not merely the Villa’s restaurant: it is, instead, a true landmark of Ticino catering and cuisine. In addition to serving the Villa’s guests, a long list of affectionate clients come here several times a year to enjoy an unrepeatable dinner among unique surroundings. Make yourself comfortable and let yourself be intoxicated by the flavours and breath-taking scenery; one of the most complete and rewarding experiences of your life is about to begin.
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