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“Not even trying for a 2nd Michelin Star?”

Ristorante Galleria Arte al Lago
Ranked #1 of 402 Restaurants in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$62 - US$207
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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 May 2013

Sometimes you come across a bargain, a 1 michelin star restaurant that is trying so hard, that it is actually a 2, it just isn't recognised yet, and you get better food and service at a relatively lower price. Arte is not it. Whilst some of the dishes on our four course menu were impressive, the restaurant lacked some important finishing touches that took the edge off the overall experience. No-one greeting you as you enter, embarrassing short wait before we noticed. Plates of fine food arrived, no explanation of the dish, just a bon appetite from the waiter as he walked away. Wine menu is not that extensive, but some excellent Swiss whites. No cheese trolley with wide variety of choices, just a preselected plate. Again, no explanation. Poor choice of desserts. Not a wide variety of ingredients used, am all for fresh seasonal produce, but 3 of my four dishes had spring onion and pea puree, thankfully it wasn't the dessert!

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4  Thank Ian L
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Gianora, Director of Sales at Ristorante Galleria Arte al Lago, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2013

Dear Ian,

We appreciate your honest feedback and we would like to apologize if your visit in our restaurant did not satisfied you.
We have of course taken good note of the mentioned points of which we will work on.
We hope to welcoming you again in a near future in order to change your impression of our restaurant.
Best regards,

Letizia Gianora
Sales & Marketing Manager

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Reviewed 2 February 2013 via mobile

Probably one of the top 3 restaurants in Lugano. If you like well presented dishes, an amazing atmosphere, nice wines and if you don't mind spending a bit much for a night, then this is the place. Very romantic too!

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Thank MarianBader
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Gianora, Director of Sales at Ristorante Galleria Arte al Lago, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2013

Dear Marian,

Thank you for your nice feedback and we are pleased to hear that you categorize us as one of the best 3 restaurants in Lugano and that you appreciated your dinner in our restaurant.
We are looking forward to welcome you again in our restaurant, and do not forget to try our other restaurant “Le Relais”!
Best regards,

Letizia Gianora
Sales & Marketing Manager

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Reviewed 6 December 2012

Excellent restaurant located on the lake. Beautiful décor: modern with lovely pastel colors and lage windows overlooking the lake. Top notch service, with a special mention for the wine attendant/Maître d' who also spoke four languages (English, French, Italian, German) with no problem.
Excellent food served in a minimalist way. A real treat well worth the price.

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Thank SylvieR84
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

The restaurant is modern and has large windows looking out over the lake towards Lugano. We had a wonderful dinner with a good bottle of wine. The atmosphere was very nice.

Thank Move61
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

modern/classic restaurant on the lake, beautiful views if sitting by the large windows. pleasant atmosphere, swiss elegant-a-bit-stiff, in a smart setting of modern art - sculptures and paintings, with modern-a-bit-trying-too-hard menu, but always great presentations and quality, with remarkably fantastic service. maybe a bit expensive, but... that's lugano!

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Thank marco56italy
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