Where to Eat in Morcote: The Best Restaurants and Bars

February 1, 2018 Kandra Bartel

Morcote is a municipality in the Swiss canton of Ticino situated about 10 kilometres from Lugano in the district of Lugano on the shore of Lake Lugano.
Things to do in Morcote

1. Al Bocc

La Piazza | Vico Morcote, Vico Morcote 6921, Switzerland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Italian Dinner HK$133 - HK$337 +41 91 980 26 27
Excellent
46%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

Al Bocc

Reviewed By John N - Cary, North Carolina

Here is arguably the best 'fast food ' on the dreary shopping strip of this vastly over-rated town..Oh the setting IS wonderful..& IF you're lucky enough to live in a fantastic villa/apartment overlooking Lake Maggiore ~ well that's your good luck..but all the 'famous' names in high street shopping in Zurich (inc surprisingly GLOBUS) a vibrant retail shopping experience doth not make--style & substance cannot be found here.
Tired & outdated mostly, fashion (such as it is ) barely rising above mediocrity..this is no place to waste your time..a walk down to the water's edge a far better occupation..I suggest you cut your losses & quickly dash across to Ascona where TRUE style awaits..trust me!,... I've just done it!
PS you'll most likely eat better there also

2. Trattoria al vecchio faggio

Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 8, 21050 Cuasso al Monte, Italy Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 0332 938040
Excellent
35%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 153 reviews

Trattoria al vecchio faggio

Reviewed By CuriousClaudio - Orlando, Florida

Chose this trattoria because of it long-standing Michelin status. Hearty, fine Italian dining at a really good price. Good wine list. Try their Risotto - its perfect! They could expand their dessert menu a little, but otherwise a lovely little trattoria worth visiting! Meal for 5 cost us €120 with wine!

3. Trattoria del Tempo Perso

Piazza Bossi 17, 21050 Porto Ceresio, Italy Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Italian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 0332 917136
Excellent
32%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
8%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 105 reviews

Trattoria del Tempo Perso

Reviewed By Tualie - Varese, Italy

Located in Porto Ceresio, is a little cute lakeside town with a nice boardwalk on the lake very close to the Swiss border, well just in front of the lake is located the town of Morcote, already the Swiss part...
There are not many restaurants in this town, around 5 (2 or 3 restaurants, 2 pizzeria eateries, 1 Sandwich eatery) and they are always full... Outside of this “trattoria” is just like a normal inviting lakeside restaurant with no direct lake view but hidden behind plants, with their menu exposed; inside nice ambiance, clean, pretty decorated and inspiring... the prices are just those average for a lakeside restaurant, of course not cheap for Italian mid-class standards but maybe good priced for Swiss or German standards ...
Regardless of the prices, their small proposal as classic Italian homemade cooking, well, let's discuss it... We had fried pumpkin blossoms which was just OK (oily); main dish cheese and pepper pasta (bucatini cacio e pepe): the pasta noodles were over-cooked well maybe some people like over-cooked not “al dente”; the ravioli was just OK even though I had the impression that they were not fresh but defrosted but the sage and butter sauce (a classic sauce for the ravioli) noticed that the sage leaves were not fresh but made from frozen (shrink) leaves and currently is summer so plenty of fresh sage leaves can be found... and the “acciughe prezzemolate” which translated literally mean anchovy fillets with parsley.... we expected fresh anchovies cooked or marinated whatever way with parsley or whatever herbs instead they were those taken out from those anchovy fillets in oil jar or can, widely available at the supermarkets... and no trace of parsley... we know very well their flavor since we have those at home too... this dish (cost 9.00 euro and in the supermarket can get them at 3.00 euro more or less and still left over) I would consider it an insult... The dessert? They offer “homemade” cakes but they are those taken out from those ready-to-serve cakes sold widely at the supermarkets (funny because had a slice of that exact cake days ago at home!), so another insult... The wine offered (a white Arneis from Piedmont) is good, selection of wines not bad as well as the service...
Fantastic for those who don't know how Italian cuisine should be; no offense for those who liked and appraised this place as great but in my opinion (and ironic the name of the place as “Time lost” or better “time wasted”) better have a pizza and avoid this place...

4. Ristorante Da Candida

Via Marco, 4, 22060 Campione d'Italia, Italy Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, French, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +41 91 649 75 41
Excellent
73%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 191 reviews

Ristorante Da Candida

Reviewed By Moshe D - Tel Aviv District, Israel

After an unsuccessful business trip I decided to spoil myself and have a lunch in this restaurant (my evenings were all work so I couldn't come for a proper dinner) before returning home. Everything about this place lace is perfect, amazing, too good to be...MoreWe are very happy, that you enjoied your lunch in our restaurant. many thanks for your visite. best regards Bernard Fournier

5. Vicania

Alpe Vicania, Vico Morcote 6921, Switzerland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Italian, Swiss, European, Central European, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$337 - HK$581 +41 91 980 24 14
Excellent
53%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 158 reviews

Vicania

Reviewed By Fabio T - Switzerland

Nice and lovely location. They arrange a very tasty breakfast based on home-made cakes and fresh fruit juice, followed from high quality brunch with several tipical salumi from the region, well cooked risotto and cosy selection of desserts. Very good quality. Friendly and kind staff contribute to sucessful day. Need to come back for a private dinner.

6. Ristorante Battello

Riva Dal Drera, Morcote 6922, Switzerland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Italian, Swiss, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +41 91 996 12 60
Excellent
53%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 78 reviews

Ristorante Battello

Reviewed By weberwest - Bellingham, Washington

Nice ambience outdoors while still under the vaulted ceiling of this typical Ticinesi arcade. Friendly staff and good service. Our group of four had a variety of their offerings, such as spaghetti carbonara and spaghetti pesto, Lasagna of the house while I enjoyed their Polenta con Coniglio (Rabitt). Good rich food, friendly service. Unfortunately we were seated inside as all tables outside were taken. But that did not hamper our enjoyment of the food, wine and service. With the coffee we were even served complimentary cookies. Good experience!

7. Grotto Pojana

via Poiana 63, Riva San Vitale 6826, Switzerland Reservations, Waitstaff Lunch, Dinner +41 91 649 74 31
Excellent
32%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 109 reviews

Grotto Pojana

Reviewed By Healdsburke - Healdsburg, California

Somewhat out of the way, however worth the effort. Recent lunch was excellent. Bruschetta with tomato and basil and stuffed zucchini flowers were spectacular. Risotto ai funghi was classic and one of the best I have had. Try the Turriga red wine from Sardinia-also excellent.The restaurant overlooks Lake Lugano and has a small number of outside tables. Inside the tables are typical family style. Excellent parking, which is rare in this area. Overall a wonderful experience.

8. Molino del Torchio

Via Molino del Torchio 17 | fraz. Cuasso al Piano, 21050 Cuasso al Monte, Italy Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 0332 920318
Excellent
53%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 239 reviews

Molino del Torchio

Reviewed By Em_Poros_12 - Milan, Italy

The place is located in a very suggestive environment, with Gardens really well maintained together with the old building completely and perfectly rehabilitated.
The menu is pretty creative and made with local products.
The quality of the food is excellent and its preparation is well made.
Wine is a bit expensive and the "menu degustazione" as well.
However I would recommend a visit.

9. Cantinetta Caprese

via Maroggia 5, Bissone 6816, Switzerland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner +41 91 649 73 74
Excellent
52%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 139 reviews

Cantinetta Caprese

Cantinetta Caprese born from the passion of its founder for the Catering and the authentic cuisine of fresh fish from the South. Variety of dishes to feast cooked respecting ancient recipes handed down from generations to bring to the table the true flavor of the Sea. Cantinetta Caprese follows with care and love every detail: from preparation to Mise en place dishes, recreating the atmosphere of the local harmony and the scent of the South ... A paradise to enjoy in peace and be pampered by the sweet music Capri ... Excellent and inviting fresh fish dishes, delicious homemade cakes and can not miss the excellent pizza sourdough unique in Switzerland for his goodness, created by magic hands of our Master Pizzaiolo. We are happy to welcome you for lunch and for dinner .... To take care of you ... With taste and liking!

Reviewed By 200PTC

Long two days working, finishing off with a nice dinner. Was pouring with rain, yet the greeting in reception with a selection of breads and pizza was exceptional. The waiters were charming, and the good that followed completely met expectations. Uniquely presented, ham on a mini-washing line, fab pizza and pasta. Good desserts and wine finished it off!

10. Ristorante La Sosta

via Principale 55, Carona 6914, Switzerland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Mediterranean, European, Italian Dinner, Lunch +41 91 649 98 60
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Ristorante La Sosta

Reviewed By Francis K - Lenzburg

La Sosta is the a la carte restaurant belonging to the Villa Carona Hotel. It is also an historic place and a gorgeous environment. The have a choice of excellent food prepared with fresh ingredients and a large choice of very good wines, especially local wines (Merlot). The food is excellent, the service very attentive and fast. A place to go more than once.

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