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Grotto del Pep

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Swiss, Barbecue
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via Arbostora 18, Lugano 6913, Switzerland
+41 91 994 43 36
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Lugano, Switzerland
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Traditional grotto in Lugano, famous for its costine (ribs). Friendly service and good red wine. We go pretty often. What more could anyone want for?

Thank Jasm1ne000
Lugano, Switzerland
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66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you go to a "Grotto" you know already the kind of food you are expecting to find. Here, the quality of the grilled meat is really high, with juicy large bites always well cooked. But also the different "pastas" are tasty, well prepared and presented. The wine list priviledges the Swiss production, which is in line with a "Grotto"... More 

Thank Mauro V
Lugano, Switzerland
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

We went a few times to this restaurant and every time the food was superb! The polenta, the meat, the mushhrooms, everything delicious. I recomend that if You visit Switzerland , try the grottos, where you can find tipical swiss cuisine.

Thank alecami1026
Lugano, Switzerland
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Posso consigliare questo ristorante, cucina buona, carne è perfetto. Tasty meat, nice service, I can recommend to visit this restorant espeshilly to whom who liks grilled meat.

Thank irensokolova
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

One can taste the grandma food at this place, is not fancy or sophisticated but the food is really good. It is difficult to get a table sfter 7 pm so you really have to reserve in advance. Do not offer spaguetti in case you have a kid that is s total fan of this typd if pasta, is more... More 

Thank Mayte A
Pura, Switzerland
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

NOT FOR VEGETARIANS!! If you like meat, here you will enjoy the best ribs (puntine) you have ever tasted in your life! They will serve a giant amount of them with excellent potatoes on the side. Great outdoors seating in the summertime.

Thank Donata G
Lugano, Switzerland
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The place is really nice and worth visiting. Beautiful to eat outside under the trees during the warm season, cozy inside. The food is great, meat is excellent and the grill master is a real expert. Only disappointment is you hardly find a table if you do not reserve well in advance.

Thank Guglielmo C
Lugano, Switzerland
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

I can't explain how good the food was here, the costine which are normal summer fair in ticino but it's famous for a reason....they were AMAZING, and I don't even like normally- but at pep I was eating seconds. Prices are good and the desserts, especially the panna cotta with red fruits, again, not one of my favourites, but passing... More 

Thank Laura Elizabeth A
Arnhem, The Netherlands
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70 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We had a lovely meal, the food was served quickly and was definitely of very good quality even though simple. We were there earlier than our friends and started with a few rounds of drinks, it would have been really nice to receive a little aperitivo next to them ;) Service is kind even though it could be more attentive.... More 

Thank NLvale
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

The ribs at Grotto del Pep are fantastic and it was really nice being able to sit outside, during the summer months. The ribs were well seasoned and melted in our mouths. So good, that we ordered another serving to share! By Swiss standards, the 55 CHF per person (we were a group of 4) may not be considered pricey... More 

Thank Holly S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$40 - US$60
Swiss, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: via Arbostora 18, Lugano 6913, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
  • Phone Number: +41 91 994 43 36

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?