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“Lovely food, outstanding location” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel des Balances

Hotel des Balances
Ranked #1 of 391 Restaurants in Lucerne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$39 - US$159
Cuisines: Swiss, European, Central European
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Good for: View, Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: In Balances restaurant, Luzern, head chef Andy Fluri creates culinary masterpieces with great success. This master chef, who has been awarded 14 points by the prestigious Gault-Millau guide, takes his guests on a flight of fancy for the taste buds, with delicacies such: as cream of parmesan soup with basil Espuma and beef fillet steak carpaccio; braised veal cheeks in a truffle jus, served with a potato and onion mash and savoy bacon; or dumplings filled with chocolate and nuts, accompanied by apple mousse with sour cream and banana ice cream. All meals are prepared with only market fresh produce and everything is produced according to the season. Guests are welcomed with historic flair, which is also in keeping with modern design and makes for a stylish establishment decorated in warm, natural tones. This extraordinary ambience is even more enhanced by the terrace, which looks directly on to the Reuss, which sets the mood not only for the romantics, but for all diners, as there is a sense of being on the Venecian Grand Canal.
Toronto
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Lovely food, outstanding location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

We had lunch in Balances and were very impressed. I had the asparagus soup and a lobster appetizer. The Lobster was outstanding, I found the soup a little rich but my friends loved it. The restaurant is very attractive and the outdoor terrace is beautiful. The wait staff were very nice. I tried to order a glass of tap water which got a bit complicated. They offered me a free glass of tap water but if we wanted a carafe of tap water, it would cost 3 Francs which they would donate to a clean water fund. It was odd but everyone was good natured when I stuck with a single glass (we had ordered 4 bottles of water for the table, I just like water........)

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank RooneyToronto
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Riehen, Switzerland
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent food, wine, service and ambiance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

We ordered US beef fillet with Canadian lobster as the main course and a Ticino merlot red wine. The beef was cooked exactly as had been ordered, the lobster was perfect and the wine superb.

The restaurant with 14 Gault Millau stars is located at the old wine market of Lucerne, a very picturesque locality. Since it is much in demand, table reservations are a must in order to avoid disappointments.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TouristZurich
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Geneva
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250 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“What a nice experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

The place is very cozy, nice decors, the staff extremely professional and friendly and the food leaves no room for complaints. The waitress offered to take a picture of us because she thought that we had a good time, which we did. We were about the last ones to leave but no one pushed us to get the check. Just a very nice experience. Make sure you reserve in advance. That place is sold out each night for good reason.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Biddy_10
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Successful Birthday Dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

It was my wife's Birthday and wanted something special. I called the Hotel Balance restaurant and they reserved a lounge table right by the window overlooking the Ruess.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rene W
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Arlington, Virginia
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67 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Best hotel restaurant in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

Great breakfast buffet; wonderful variety and high quality for lunch and dinner; interesting mix of traditional dishes and adventurous ones, from the simple to the imaginative; always great service in a classy setting;

Visited September 2013
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Thank Christer A
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