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“The best place to eat in Lugano” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grotto della Salute

Grotto della Salute
Ranked #22 of 377 Restaurants in Lugano
Price range: US$16 - US$36
Cuisines: Italian, Swiss, Mediterranean, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Engadine, Switzerland.
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“The best place to eat in Lugano”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2012

You can dine in grand style at the 5 star hotels in Lugano, but if you want outstanding local Swiss cuisine go to Grotto della Salute. A lovely old Ticino house, completely unpretentious, and you can dine outside in the summer. It is in an old residential quarter above the railway station and very difficult to find by car unless you know the area; forget sat nav. Take a taxi if you wish to enjoy the extensive wine list of high quality Ticino Merlot. Daily specials include roast suckling pig, roast rabbit, roast veal, leg of lamb, fresh perch from Lake Lugano, fresh artichoke salad etc, and there is a menu of traditional Ticino/Italian dishes, with truffels in season. Desert- try home made lemon sorbet with Limoncello. Service is friendly and efficient and they have a sense of humour. The quality of the ingredients is outstanding and generous and priced accordingly; CHF about 80 pp for 3 courses including wine.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 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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1 Thank Expatriate35
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Geneva, Switzerland
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148 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Up to its reputation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2012

I have been there a few times and always enjoyed it. The setting is cozy, the food simple and delicious. Pasta is home made of course, and everything is fresh and just perfect.
The customers are affluent people judging from the cars parked outside, the place is definitely not cheap, but in the normal Lugano price range.
The only downside is the fact that they are closed on saturdays and sundays....

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Divehigirl
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Switzerland
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Go in summer and eat outside in the garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2012

Excellent food. The setting is sublime - eating outside under the big trees with a cool breeze on a hot summers night.

Good wine selection. Good choice of food
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The service could easily be improved but nothing annoying.

I recommend the tagliata di manzo (beef strips) with garlic and chilli (very delicately done)

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank nikeb
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Lugano, Switzerland
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The best restaurant in Lugano”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2012

Simply the best restaurant in Lugano.
Nice place even inside and outside in summer.
Wonderfull food, with fix plates (the classics) and with day plates (stagional)
Very good service.
Whatelse?

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 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 Od0gn0
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Lugano
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139 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Pleasant, not memorable”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

Have been there twice, last in a warm March noon and we could eat under the trees outside. The place is really nice, hidden in the hill of Massagno and it is a place one never finds unless going there purposely. They have a "dish of the day" with a small selection or a menu. Interesting, concrete and consistent although not charming for the choice.
We had asparagus alone with egg and cheese and in the lasagne, and a fresh water fish and a sminuzzato di carne. We had probably some over expectations but although we liked the food it was "no surprise" in the good and in the bad sense. A small amount of house wine was correct. The bill in line with what should be in Lugano, the service fair and quick enough.
I place I would l surely return but left no fascination. I am probably a difficult guest to make happy while probably tolerant on the other hand.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Carlo S
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