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“Very good menu”

Ristorante Galleria Arte al Lago
Ranked #1 of 412 Restaurants in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$60 - US$202
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Restaurant Gallery Arté is the only 1 Michelin Starred Restaurant in Lugano. A theme restaurant inside an art gallery, it offers a magnificent and unique view over the gulf of Lugano as well as a dainty cuisine. Signature dishes of our Executive Chef Frank Oerthle are entirely new and original. The menu stands out for Sweetwater and sea food specialties.
Reviewed 15 April 2012

This year our Easter's menu was excellence; could not do better at home!
Very nice restaurant with a great view on the Golfo di Lugano.
Looking forward to testing it again but next time à la carte.

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Thank Olilu
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

That 1* star Michelin is well worth it. Excellent experience!

Thank Clod13
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

THE PLACE
What really strikes of this restaurant is its location. The main room right on the waters of Lugano's lake. Completely surrounded by large windows facing one of the most romantic side of the gulf; right opposite of Monte San Salvatore. Having dinner there at sundown is quite an experience!
The restaurant itself is quite sober in its stile. Regularly you'll find some contemporary art exposition inside hanging from the walls or among tables.
But don't get fooled by all the above: this place is Snobbish; at his hearth.

THE STAFF
Being such a snobbish place ( I visit this restaurant regularly; this is not a "one shot" opinion) you'll be surprised by the courtesy of the waiters. Always friendly and well trained; top notch service!
On the other side... don't get on the "maître" wrong side! Disclaimer for folks who are not used to this kind of organization: this is the guy that supervise everything on the restaurant. Here's where the Snobbish heart lies. can you picture the kind of person that not only is always right and judge you by the watch you are wearing? There you have it! awkwardly The Arte had quite a turnover in "maître" over the years but, sadly enough, all made from the same mold.

THE FOOD
Food is good; really good! Oddly enough It should be even better. I never had to complain about anything I've tried in this restaurant. Nothing was less than excellent! Yet I can't help the feeling that the food doesn't have a direction; which is an issue for a restaurant of this level. It's like classic music played by technical interpreter: perfect but soulless.
Wine cart is excellent even if outrageously overpriced: have a look at it.

LONG STORY SHOT
excellent food, snobbish management, terrific location there you have it!

PS
Adjacent to the main room, there's an event room equal size, is not bigger: have a look at it; it's really nice!

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Reviewed 27 February 2012

Had a very enjoyable dinner here. Food is good, especially the amuse's and other 'compliments of the chef'. Great lake view.
For a 1 star restaurant the food is not amazing, but it's also at the lower end of the 1 star price range.

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Thank Rick_Zurich
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Reviewed 22 April 2011

The restaurant is located at the lake of Lugano. Staff is welcoming and responsive however, lacks minute subtlety expected from such a restaurant. Food is great but salty. Expensive and not value for money.
They seem creative, systematic but lacks passion in my opinion.
For two-third the price, one can visit a 2 Michelin restaurant within 100 kms for a truly enlightening experience.

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2  Thank perceptus
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