Restaurants

Top Choice Osteria in Bardolino

Il Giardino delle Esperidi

Holidaying gourmets should head for this intimate little osteria, where sourcing local delicacies is a labour of love for its sommelier-owner. The intensely flavoured baked truffles with parmigiano reggiano (Parmesa…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Malcesine

Vecchia Malcesine

The lake views from the terrace at hillside Vecchia Malcesine do their best to upstage the food. But the Michelin-starred menu wins; its exquisitely presented, creative dishes might include trout with horseradish, s…
Top Choice Cafe in Garda & Punta San Vigilio

Taverna San Vigilio

With an olive-tree-shaded garden and tables strung out along a tiny crab-claw harbour, the Taverna San Vigilio is one of the most atmospheric bars on the lake. Nibbles include lobster, veal and prosciutto crudo (cur…
Seafood in Lazise

Alla Grotta

The resemblance of this harbourside restaurant to an aquarium is perfectly apt as the menu here offers almost exclusively seafood. Don't even think of asking for a lake-dweller to be grilled for you lunch – they sim…
Barbecue in Malcesine

Speck Stube

Catering for northern European tourists, the specialities at this family-friendly place 2.5km north of Malcesine are wood-roast chickens, sausages and pork on the bone. Help yourself to hearty portions and mugs of b…
Ristorante in Torri del Benaco

Restaurant Gardesana

The artfully lit arches of Hotel Gardesana's restaurant make a romantic spot for dinner as the sun sinks over a pink-tinged lake and the distant mountains beyond. The food is understated but excellent – try the perc…
Veneto in Torri del Benaco

Trattoria Bell'Arrivo

The excellent, if somewhat pricey food at this local harbourside trattoria is served by very attentive staff in a simple, undistracting dining room. The pastas here are particularly good, and the wine list is local.
Veneto in Bardolino

Osteria Al Capitel

Despite its roadside situation, Al Capital features a lovely shady garden, a warm rustic interior and serves a commendable Veronese menu. Lake fish are well represented alongside Venetian and Veronese specialities s…
Gelato in Bardolino

Cristallo

The best ice cream in Bardolino has been scooped at this family-run parlour since 1969. Choose your flavour before joining the fast-moving queue as the solo italiano servers don't wait around.