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“Grotto San Michele in Castelgrande: Terrific setting and fair-priced menu”

Ristorante Castelgrande e Grotto San Michele
Ranked #5 of 82 Restaurants in Bellinzona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$45
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 10 June 2014

TripAdvisor has a single listing for Ristorante Castelgrande and Grotto San Michele, apparently because they are both part of the Castelgrande. However, they are really two separate entities. The grotto emphasizes Ticenese dishes, while the restaurant might be described as Italian-Mediterranean at prices 2-5 times those of the grotto. My wife and I have eaten three times in three years at Grotto San Michele. Their 3-course daily menu, at CHF 31, is a terrific value, especially since the food is really good and decent dining in Switzerland is generally pricey. Every dish is at least average, and most are much above average. The “castle”, i.e., house, merlot is also above average and good value. Service has always been friendly and professional. But perhaps the best thing is the setting: on a nice day, you can sit outside on the terrace, which hangs off the side of the Castelgrande, with a wonderful view over the top of the old city, the Castel Montebello, Castel Sasso Corbara, and snow-capped peaks beyond. On a cold rainy day (which we have experienced here too), you are seated inside the castle (but on the opposite side from the restaurant). Some might think of this as the dungeon, but we found it warm and comfortable. I recommend a reservation: just specify the Grotto, not the Restaurant, when calling.

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Reviewed 13 September 2013

We were looking for a special place to bring a business guest from Middle East and the Grotto San Michele (the summer, open-air version of the Restaurant Castelgrande) ended up to be a great choice.
The food was good, the service scored higher than my expectations and being on the top of a medieval castle with a nice view on the town of Bellinzona did the rest.
We particularly appreciated that our special meal requirements (e.g. no alcohol in the preparation of the food) were very seriously took into consideration by the staff.

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1  Thank ATV-Suisse
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

The restaurant is set inside the castle in a somewhat dark, yet cosy room. Weather permitting, there is also seating outside (concrete benches with cushions), with a nice view over downtown Bellinzona. We came to the restaurant with a large group and -after some e-mail exchanges with the owner- the chef suggested a meal of three courses of local foods, which all could then sample. The portions were more than sufficient and the food was amazing: from risotto with blueberries to home-made gnocchi with ratatouille to a desert of tiramisu and passion-fruit pudding. This was all offered to us for a very reasonable price and once for which you'll be hard-pressed to find an alternative of this quality. Kudos to the chef and the team: highly recommended.

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Reviewed 23 March 2013

I had an exquisite meal in this lovely restaurant. I relied on Simone, who provided great service (thanks!), to recommend my menu. His selections were fantastic. Not only was the food wonderful, I loved the presentation. I thoroughly enjoyed the meal in the serene, beautiful surroundings in the tower of this medieval castle. I will go there again when my business travels take me to Bellinzona.

1  Thank Kim W
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

This lovely restaurant is actually in Castlegrande. You don't often dine in a 14th century medieval castle! Unlike many restaurants located in unusual, interesting places, this one has wonderful food. The cuisine is mainly authentic Italian, service is great. One caveat: this restaurant is not handicapped accessible.

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Castelgrande_SSAT, Direttore at Ristorante Castelgrande e Grotto San Michele, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2012

Dear guest,
we would like to thank you for taking the time to write this comment and we hope you will share your experience with friends and relatives.
We know there are some troubles accessing the terrace of the Grotto but i assure you that our staff will offer full support to help you reach the spot with one of the best views in Ticino.
Hoping to welcome you soon,

Didier Werner
Gerente, Ristorante e Grotto Castelgrande

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