Just a few miles south of the Austrian border, Merano (also called Meran) is an old spa town. About half the residents here speak German, the other half Italian. Take a dip in one of the thermal baths, or try Merano’s famous “grape cure” by imbibing - what else? - lots of grapes. The South Tyrol Museum of Tourism is located in Trauttmansdorff Castle, the former holiday pad of Austria’s Empress Elisabeth. Merano 2000, a ski resort that’s actually in the village of Hafling, is linked by cable car.
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4 based on 176 reviews
Pizzas were delicious. The pizzas may be the most delicious ones in Merano. We couldn't try pastas but they look delicious too.Thank you very much for your compliments! We hope you enjoy your stay in Merano at the Cavallino! Best regards David Prantl Owner
4.5 based on 217 reviews
THE FINE ART OF TRUE PLEASURE "Nourish the body well so that the soul will want to reside there" is a saying apocryphally attributed to Winston Churchill. He would have truly loved it here, as we cook nourishing and refined gourmet cuisine in the finest sense of the word. A defiant fusion of hearty Alpine fair and Mediterranean opulence. In our gourmet restaurant, we love to amaze and astonish our guests. No matter how many times we step out onto our glass loggia and look out over the parapet of the Panorama Terrace at the stunning, cinematic views of Merano, we always find something new to marvel at in the ravishingly beautiful natural surroundings. There couldn't be a more ideal setting for the exquisite dishes prepared by our head chef Christoph Terschan. A culinary virtuoso, Christoph fuses the many facets of regional cuisine with the memorable delicacies he has encountered in far-away lands in the course of his career. These reinterpretations make for immensely rich and creative food. Whether it's an agreeable lunch you partake of, or a sumptuous gourmet dinner, you will invariably have a sense of savoring life to the full. The sublime cuisine is of course rounded off by impeccable yet affectionate service and the excellent advice of our sommelier when choosing from the fine wines in our cellar.
The location of this restaurant in Castel Fragsburg above the town of Merano is excellent. The views from the restaurant balcony are stunning.
We had the five course dinner menu four evenings - included in your room rate. A different menu each evening. Superb and innovative food. If you want you can replace any of the five courses on the menu of the evening with something from the small regular menu. Extensive winelist. Good service.
This was our second stay here and we would love to come back, but I do have some issues - detailed below.
1. We were a group of four couples with a great interest in wine and food, coming to Merano for the food, wine and landscape. One of these four couples has stayed at Castel Fragsburg 10 times previously. They had discussed with the management when making our Reservations that we would like a nice dinner table on the balcony with a great view. The first two mornings and evenings we had a crap table by the interior wall with close to no view. They complained and we got a nice table, but after that the head waiter totally ignored all eight of us. Extremely unprofessional. I do not know how stern they were with the head waiter, but I do not like to be ignored. I do understand that Castel Fragsburg has many repeat customers and have to try to make the best for everyone, but still.
2. Service. The service is good and attentive, but not at Michelin one star level. Too few waiters, that are really busy. They do not run in the dining room/balcony but they for sure walk as fast as it is possible to do without shifting over to a slow jogging. If you drop a fork or knife or your napkin you have to pick it up again yourself and ask for a clean piece of cutlery as this isn't automatically offered to you.
I think that they do single couples better than a party of eight.
3. Food. The food is great, innovative and varied but not Michelin one star level. E.g. when we all had foie gras as a starter at least one of us eight received a totally overfried piece of goose liver or when we had fish at least one got completely overcooked fish and the same with meat at least one of us received an over-fried piece of meat. You do not complain about things like this when you are a group of friends having a nice dinner, you simply notice them. And the kitchen of course knows that Guide Michelin inspectors never visit in groups of eight.
This said we would love to come back, but then as two or four persons, as I do not think that Castel Fragsburg handles larger groups in a good way.
The sommelier Riccardo arranged two excellent pre-dinner wine tastings for us in a separate room, one with local wines from Alto Adige and one with wines from Southern and Eastern Italy. Really great and interesting. And presented by Riccardo in a most charming and educational way.
4.5 based on 892 reviews
Charming probably pre-World War One restaurant in central Meran. The dining room is elegant with art nouveau touches and has well-separated tables, proper white linen table cloths and napkins and nice old cutlery. The large windows were open when we visited leaving the restaurant agreeably cool. The food was excellent, including the complimentary amuse-geueles of delicious 'liquid pizza'. We also really enjoyed the smoked mackerel and ravioli. Friendly efficient service from the multi-lingual wait-staff. Not cheap at €87.50 for two, but a very pleasant experience.
4 based on 253 reviews
Visited twice, both times when they were cooking outdoors to order. Really friendly, good food, reasonable value, good location. All in all worth going, and worth returning. Probably our equal top restaurant location in Merano - from our trip at least!
4.5 based on 450 reviews
The location is central, in walking distance (the entrance is at the end of the promenade). For cars, there is a safe and convenient parking next by in the courtyard. There are tables in and outside. We recommend to make reservation. Sunday is closed. They...MoreDear guests, thank you so mutch for you wonderfull words, i hope i see you again, best regards Restaurant Kallmünz
4 based on 222 reviews
Everything here was great. The service was great. The food was great (bruschetta, homemade gnocchi, thick homemade spaghetti). The wine was great. Where we sat was great. Like I said, everything was great. It was slightly pricey but very reasonable. You don’t get great for nothing. Plus, the city is great (better than Bressanone and a whole lot better than Bolzano). This is the shortest review I’ve ever written but what more can I say? It was great.
4 based on 237 reviews
We ate here our first evening in Meran and were very pleased. There is good wine and beer and a nice area to sit outside. They not only do pizza and Italian standards but local specialties -- we started with an enormous plate of speck and sausage and cheese and then had a trio of dumplings (Knödel) -- spinach, cheese and speck ones. The service was good and friendly.
4.5 based on 191 reviews
during a short break 2 weeks ago I went with some friends Merano. We visited inter alia the restaurant “Rametz”.
Not only the ambience was very appealing also the price performance ratio was excellent!
The menue and wine list is well chosen and clearly for everyone.
In my circle of friends there were no complains. All were satisfied to the utmost with the food.
Especially noteworthy was the service: friendly, attentive, courteous and unobtrusive, and very professional – particularly in advising food and beverage selection.
In a next stay in Merano I will definitely visit again restaurant “Rametz”.
This restaurant is especially recommended.
Many thanks for the pleasant hours !!!!
4.5 based on 173 reviews
We went to this restaurant with my husband's elderly parents and they were delighted. There were also many young people eating there.The food was presented so well and originally and tasted fantastic. They bake fresh bread samples that they supply with the meals, and we had a salad and little entre taster as a " gift from the kitchen"! The staff were very attentive and friendly. It was not cheap, but also not outrageously expensive. Quite a homely atmosphere where you can feel pretty comfortable.
4.5 based on 404 reviews
We have been to Merano many times, always during Autumn. We visited Lalessandra many times, food way always great and the location nice and tradional (a classical Italian Fish Restaurant, with the owner going around and giving advices about what to eat and to drink). We have been there now again some days ago, and: the food war terrible, and the owner very unfriedly. Needless to say that this was a bad surprise. Won't go there anymore for sure!
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