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Seafood, Italian, Contemporary
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Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 18 August 2023 via mobile

The place is very nice, overlooking lugano lake and the beautiful city of Porlezza. Food is good, maybe not exceptional but okay. Service is fine, bill average. A good place to eat dogging in relax, without too many expectations

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 2 August 2023 via mobile

Lovely evening at this restaurant with an excellent location and a terrace on the lake, staff is very kind and food is good. Strongly suggested !

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 July 2023

Unfortunately this was a dispointment to me. Having had many lovelly evenings else where, we were in and out of here in around 45 minutes here. We ordered swordfish and steak as the main and a desert. The mains were out within about 5 minutes...of ordering. Though the food was not poor. The service was OK. What disappointed me was that we were out before everyone else, that were in before us. When spending a lot of money and on holiday this was so annoying as other parties were there for much longer. It was such a shame as the location by the lake was stunning and the restaurant appearance was nice. I truly felt that as we were tourist and we wouldn't be a regular they didn't care. Bread was literally dumped on our table by the waiter and though he spoke good english. There was no interaction. Though the owner/ manager was friendlier than the waiter however. I would personally avoid this restaurant and try several other places in or around this area. The service and food will be far far better than this place.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 26 June 2023

We had a good meal, in a beautiful setting right on the lake front. The food was really nice but not exceptional, when comparing to the other meals we had at Bistro Lurati and Trattoria della Vigna. However, it was a lovely experience, added to...by our really helpful waiter. They also accommodated our rather large dog without complaint! I recommend booking. We had tried for the night before and it was booked up when I phoned, and we saw a number of people turned away on the night.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 25 September 2022

I was here for dinner with my family in the evening. A very nice venue, right on the waterfront. Food and wine very enjoyable, plates and taste definitely remarkable. The quality of certain ingredients is certainly outstanding. Our waitress was a super nice young lady,...kind and extremely helpful, definitely a high quality professional. All this good experience was unfortunately spoiled by a rude man (the owner?) who verbally attacked me and started to answer ironically as I kindly expressed my initial different expectations on a plate. Really a pity to see the hard work of an entire team spoiled by such an impolite behaviour.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 13 July 2022 via mobile

Excelent food, great serving and an outstanding view over Como lake. Fine dining. The perfect place to enjoy dinner with family and friends.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 August 2021 via mobile

I wanted have a good dinner for my one day visit in porlezza...the restaurant is nice on the lake,staff are friendly too..the entree are poor some kind of jar composted , i order trenette see urchin and clams venus, i got linguine in see urchin...powder and 8 pcs of small clams .....i order lamb chop on the grill i wait for 30 minutes and come cold and no flavours at all...when i complain the owner a fat man with glasses looks like Lucio Dalla italian singer with an attitudinal of a body gard told me that i spoke to much , i want remember that in Italy are a freedom of speech...if you like a good food Italian with passion and flavours this is not a good place to go... I do not like to write this review but according to the two owner i am complaining while i am chef my self and all chef complaining are the same.....i bay a aperitifs and was a taste portion i order a bottle of wine to enjoie a good food ..i was very disappointed because i love my job to much and when i cook i image my guest enjoyed it ...that should be the way....More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 15 October 2020

We've been going there for lunch for a few months now and enjoy the friendly staff and owner, the location, easy parking and the view. In summer they have a wonderful terrace next to the lake with great views. The restaurant is both modern and...stylish and there is a relaxed atmosphere as you enter. The food is very good, with a varied but not excessive choice. It is Italian cooking at its best with something for everyone on the menu. Everything was fresh and my grilled Branzino was superb. Though Game is not my choice of food, it's on the menu for autumn. My wife enjoys it though and spoke highly of the dish she was served. This is definitely on our must go to list and I can highly recommend it.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 20 September 2020

From the time you enter the restaurant to the time you leave the attention to detail is amazing. We sat outside overlooking the lake which in itself was breathtaking. Then the food! We were served by Max who is an asset to the business he...explained the menu to us and answered any questions we had about different meals even explained how the prawn risotto was made which was the best risotto I have ever tasted. Definitely going to try and replicate this when I get back to the UK. My husband had the seafood pasta which he said was amazing, first time eating some of the seafood too. We both opted for the lamb which was so tender it hardly needed any chewing. I had the warm raspberries with vanilla ice cream and my husband had the apple pie which were the perfect compliment to the meal. They also make a wicked gin and tonic. Great value for money only wish they had a restaurant in the UK. So glad we visited and hope to return again.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 25 August 2020

Wonderful food, sat outside by the a quiet corner of lake. Ample room to park the car - the best Hugo I have ever had - and great food and service

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 3 September 2019

Visited a few days ago. Friendly staff and owner. made every effort. Basic dishes like aubergine parmasen are hard to find in Italy. Mostly dry and tasteless. Not here. It was superb. The chocolate cake was the best we have ever had too. It was...genius. Worth the short walk from porlezza along the lake.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 19 August 2019

We went there for lunch with the kids. The view on the lake is just fabulous. The staff is good albeit maybe a little too discreet (but it could be the language). All dishes were very good from main courses to desserts. Wine selection and...advice appreciated too! Shame we went there too late during our stay as we would have liked to go back once but unfortunately we won't have time now :( I strongly recommand it. Prices are reasonable too compared to the quality.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 12 August 2019 via mobile

We had a Sunday night dinner at Il Ritrovo, the place was very busy outside and quieter inside, but still with good views of the lake. My 6yo and 5yo enjoyed the chicken Milanese. The restaurant is very nice, and we felt comfortable with 3...young children. The service was good, with recommendations which worked out well. The food arrived very well prepared and promptly. The waiter did forget the second dish for our children, however due to the size of the first dish it wasn’t an issue and we didn’t ask for it. Simple communication issue when speaking English to Italian 😉. The restaurant was clean; bathrooms are always a telltale sign of hygiene standards and these were good. There was free parking onsite. We would recommend this restaurant and would also go back.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 10 August 2019

We loved to stay near the lake with a perfect view to Porlezza village. Service was slow and fish frozen, no special food at all.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 20 July 2019 via mobile

Came with my friends for a dinner. Must say we have been here last year and we came back. Good service and tasty food. The atmosphere is amazing with the lake view.

Date of visit: July 2019
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