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“Nice restaurant at the lake side”

Antica Osteria del Porto
Ranked #47 of 384 Restaurants in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Spreitenbach, Switzerland
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice restaurant at the lake side”
Reviewed 29 April 2012

A bit aside from the down town and not very crowded.
It is nicely situated by the lake side near the harbour.
We had a dinner there and I guess everyone was happy.
Once you order your dish it takes little until it's done, but it's worth waiting.
They have a variety of seasonal dishes, variety of meat and fish dishes and many desserts.
I choose risotto with shrims and it was fantastic.
Staff was friendly and helpful.
Moderate prices and good quality.

It makes sense to make a reservation to make sure you get a table.
In case of bad weather you have bunch of space inside as well.

  • Visited April 2012
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Lugano, Switzerland
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56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Am not impressed by the food. Service is good”
Reviewed 5 April 2012

We have been here many times, but I am still not happy about the food. It is typically Ticinese, but not as good as many other places in the area. The service is however very good.

Visited February 2012
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Sudbury, Canada
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164 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“mixed review, but my host was very attentive, the italian way, like the best we see in movies.”
Reviewed 31 January 2012

overall, an average note. To start with the weak sides, there is decor. The evening I went, the glass-walled dining room seemed to be the only option. That contrasts with the name of the House. So, no antique atmosphere. It is located by the lake, but in the evening in January, you do not see anything outside but darkness. The other weak areas are the wine list and tastiness of my fish dish. My main dish ( bocconchici di lucioperca al bianco di merlot ed erbette fresche) is a white fish filet dish, with white sauce with fine herbs. Easy to eat, pleasant, by a bit bland. The first course of Ticino ( Swiss province where Lugano is located) dried meats gets a better mark. My wine was good ( a red wine from the italian province of Marche ), but I could not find a swiss wine on the list. Switzerland is a big wine producer for the domestic market. They export very few of their wines, but local wine lists are usually at least 50% Swiss. Wine is one of the reasons some visitor like to come back ( especially that they are hard or impossible to find at home). Moreover, Ticino is a wine producing province of Switzerland. But no swiss wine, not even tecinese, in sight. It would have been nice to be offered the choice, especially for a traveller who actually did not make the choice to visit Italy this time. Perhaps this agrees with what other reviewers are saying: this is a restaurant where locals go, and their taste is for italian stuff. That`s what the demand is for.
The strong side: service. That evening, I observed two waiters there. Different styles. The other one was more extrovert. But the one who attended to me was a gem. Mostly unilingual italian, but attentive like you see in italian movies. Did his very best and was patient with my approximative italian. Had that calm, quiet availability, and desire to be helpful ( in a quiet way ). I saw an excellent waiter in an italian movie one day, and I was struck by that performance. That man at l`Antica Osteria del Porto, the quiet one, masters that great art.

  • Visited January 2012
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Lugano, Switzerland
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72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Nice cozy place by the lake”
Reviewed 31 October 2011

I have visited this restaurant several times... been there recently with my spouse and my parents for a sunday lunch.
Good choice of meat and fish. Portions are adequate and the food quality is pretty impressive. Good wine list, with prices in line with the local average.
Service is very good (we had our dog with us and they immediately brought some water!), attentive but discreet. The place is very nice, cozy and comfortable yet somehow elegant.
All in all a very pleasant experience. On average you are going to spend 50 Chf (excluding wine). Definetely worth a try!

  • Visited October 2011
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Thank MrVigo
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Tucked away but well worth searching out”
Reviewed 23 October 2011

Tucked away down by the Lido, it's a fair walk, but you'll be well rewarded with a warm welcome, a cosy ambiance and a menu of robust seasonal flavours.

Visited October 2011
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