Lago di Lugano restaurants

Seafood in Lugano

Arté al Lago

This Michelin-starred restaurant at the exclusive lakefront Villa Castagnola is Lugano’s culinary star. Chef Frank Oerthle does remarkable things with fish and seafood, with ingredient-focused, deceptively simple-so…
Mediterranean in Lugano


One for special occasions, Metamorphosis is housed in Lugano's futuristic Palazzo Mantegazza, right by the lake shore. Chef Luca Bellanca walks the culinary high-wire, bringing simple, natural Mediterranean flavours…
Italian in Campione d'Italia

Da Candida

The plushest restaurant in town, Da Candida has been awarded a Michelin star for its refined ambience and menu playing up French-Italian flavours. The chef, Bernard Fournier, hails from Baccarat and puts his own inv…
Italian in Gandria

Ristorante le Bucce di Gandria

Climb the steps of Gandria's old town and you'll be rewarded with gorgeous lake views from this hillside restaurant. The menu keeps things regional and seasonal, adding a dash of creativity in dishes such as ravioli…
Swiss in Lugano

La Tinèra

Huddled down a backstreet near Piazza di Riforma, this convivial, rustic restaurant rolls out extremely tasty Ticinese home cooking. You might begin, say, with homemade salumi, moving on to polenta with porcini mush…
Gastronomy in Lugano

Al Portone

Bold artworks grace this contemporary gourmet haunt, while Francis plies you with such season-infused taste sensations as scallops and caviar on a bed of seaweed with passion vinaigrette, pumpkin ravioli with sage s…
Italian in Lugano


Follow the cobbled steps down from Via Cattedrale to this enticing little osteria. The candlelit, brick-vaulted interior is a wonderfully intimate setting for antipasti, homemade pasta bursting with flavour, and gri…
Italian in Lugano

Pasta e Pesto

Doing pretty much what it says on the tin, this cute little place near the cathedral has a pocket-size terrace for digging into fresh homemade pasta with a variety of toppings.
Italian in Lugano

Bottegone del Vino

Favoured by Lugano's downtown banking brigade, this place has a season-driven menu, with ever-changing lunch and dinner options scrawled on the blackboard daily. Expect specialities such as ravioli stuffed with fine…
Italian in Lugano

La Cucina di Alice

With an atmosphere that's both refined and relaxed and attentive service, this sweet little restaurant opposite Lugano's lakefront serves up classic homemade pastas alongside creative surprises like wild boar with d…