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viale Cassarate 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
+41 78 722 93 24
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18:30 - 21:30
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mumbai
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We wanted to eat a Michelin quality meal in a homely set up without the five star fuss. Ristorante Al Portone didn't disappoint. Run by a French couple, hostess and chef, Patricia and Francis, the exotic food combinations rustled from the freshest ingredients in their backyard and the best imported meat and local fish are to die for. It was... More 

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Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Dear Vanduvandy, Thank you so much for this beautiful comment, it was a real pleasure to meet you and share with you our passion for enogastronomy. Hope to see you on your next trip in Lugano. Best regards. Patricia & Francis Carré More 

Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Unexpected private dining in this amazing restaurant. Every dish is well balanced and the combination of ingredients risky and exciting. Who ever thought peach/wasabi sorbet could be this wonderful. The home made brioche, mouthwatering. The recommended wines were phenomenal. Both hostess and chef make you feel welcome in their "house". This restaurant deserves to be booked out all weekend, every... More 

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Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Dear Rene V. Thank you very much for this beautiful comment and lovely description of all the dishes you have tasted... It was a real pleasure to meet you and share our passion for enogastronomy with you. Best regards, Patricia & Francis Carré More 

new york, ny
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124 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 301 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

The 7 of us were the only ones in the restaurant for lunch, and we were warmly welcomed by the chef and his wife. The food was excellent. Dishes were prepared in classic French style with a twist. The food, while expensive was an excellent value for the money and the restaurant was friendly towards all ages.

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Thank scrutinizing
Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Dear Guests, Thank you so much for this beautiful comment. It was a real pleasure to meet you and to share our passion for enogastronomy. Hope to see during your next trip in Lugano. Best regards, Patricia & Francis Carré More 

Los Angeles, California
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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

We proved to be the sole diners when we visited this friendly if pricey restaurant. Our meal of shared foie gras pate, shared crab ravioli, a rib-eye steak, a loin of lamb, and shared chocolate mousse was pricey due to the wine essentially foisted on us (~350 CHF). We were brought two glasses of Sauternes we did not order and... More 

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Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Dear mtdrpm, We would like to thank you for your comment. You started your lovely dinner with a Glass of our Champagne grand Cru, while making your choice of menu for your evening. Regarding the wine by the glass, maybe this was a misunderstanding between you and Patricia. After having made your choice regarding your menu and having a look... More 

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48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Always a pleasure to visit the Carre's. Great food and a superb wine list. The trick is to keep going back. A true delight. Too many great dishes to choose from.

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Thank Hans B
Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Dear Hans B., Thank you very much for this beautiful review. It is always a pleasure to share with you our passion for enogastronomy. Hope to see you soon. Best regards, Patricia & Francis Carré More 

Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland
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61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

If you are looking for a really nice restaurant and if you are aiming for "fine dining" - Ristorante Al Portone is the place in Lugano. Always fantastic food and the ambience is very cosy, you feel like at home from the moment you step inside.

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Thank Fredrik S
Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Dear Fredrik S Thank you very much for your beautiful review, it is always a pleasure to share our passion for enogastronomy. Best regards Patricia & Francis Carré More 

Bern, Switzerland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016

Our daughters choice, we entered this refined place and spent a memorable night with amazing tastes and good talk. You can truly taste the passion Mr. Carré puts in all his creations.

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Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Dear Christoph B, Thank you very much for your beautiful comment, it was a pleasure to meet you and your family. The next time I will prepare you more homemade lemon ice tea!!! Best regards Patricia & Francis Carré More 

Melbourne, Australia
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223 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2015

We made a reservation at Al Portone online some weeks before we arrived. They stayed open just for us; we were the only customers for the evening. Put it down to the slow season, although the owners (Patricia and Francis Carré) did mention they had a busy lunch time that day. Patricia on the tables, Francis in the kitchen. The... More 

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Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Dear FunTimes030, Thank you very much for this beautiful comment and the compliments. It was a real pleasure to meet you and to share our passion for enogastronomy. Hope to see you in Australia!!! Take care and best regards. Patricia & Francis More 

San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015 via mobile

It is with great pleasure that I submit this glowing review of the most charming restaurant we came across during our sojourn to lovely Lugano. I was looking for a fancy dining establishment for my fiance's birthday, but did not know exactly how to go about it since we'd be traveling. I did not know where to go, who to... More 

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Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Dear Dr.Gelato, Thank you very much for this beautiful comment. It was our pleasure to share with you this special moment and make sure that it was a memorable dinner for the two of you. Hope to see you for your next trip in Lugano. Best regards. Patricia & Francis Carré More 

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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2015

Imagine yourself being so lucky to be invited to the home of a known chef and his wife. Where the focus is on you and only you. This is what we experienced on a beautiful July evening in Al Portone. With the chef Francis in the kitchen and his wife Patricia serving the table, you felt like in their own... More 

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Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone, responded to this review

Dear Eythor, Thank you so much for this beautiful comment. It was a real pleasure to meet you and we are happy that you have felt like at home in our restaurant. Sharing our passion for gastronomy and wine is not work... is a hobby... Best regards Patricia & Francis More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$50 - US$119
Cuisine
Swiss, European, Italian, French, International, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
18:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
18:30 - 21:30
Thursday
18:30 - 21:30
Friday
18:30 - 21:30
Saturday
18:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: viale Cassarate 3, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
  • Phone Number: +41 78 722 93 24
Description
Chef Francis offers fine dining in the legendary restaurant with the historic entrance gates. A quiet space where you can have lunch and well furnished with colleagues, friends or dine by candlelight. Come and discover the different tastes proposed and accompanied by fine wines selected by our sommelier. At the gates is the ideal destination to make a break in life, to spend a moment out of time to get pampered palate.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?