Lake Como Restaurants Eating out on Lake Como
Food and drink is at the very heart of Italian culture. Lake Como boasts some of the very finest Italian cuisine, and is home to a number of world-class restaurants.
With good food and family being the cornerstone of Italian life it is no surprise that there are restaurants to suit every occasion and budget.
Whether it be for family (Italians adore children), fine dining for romantic couples or rustic charm, the choice is mouth watering.
Our selection of Bella Como favourites is by no means exhaustive and you are assured of great food wherever you go.
Red and White - Tremezzo
Usually closed on Wednesday
Via portici sampietro, 18
Tel +39 0344 40095
Ristorante Azalea - Tremezzo
The personality of this fabulous bar and restaurant merits its inclusion in our review even before you lift a knife and fork; JP and his staff see to that. Located on the lakefront in Tremezzo, you will not find a better location for tucking into great Italian food and drink or just for relaxing with drinks in the bar. The menu is extensive and delicious. The Azalea can also cater for wedding parties of up to 50 people.
Via Portici Sanpietro
+39 0344 40424
Ristorante Red Bay - Menaggio
This restaurant with stunning lake view is at the end of the promenade on Menaggio’s lakefront. The outdoor eating area is on a promontory ensuring uninterrupted views up the lake. The food is fresh and locally sourced with delicious salads and pizzas - but don’t miss out on the rest!
Lungo Lago Castelli (near the Lido and the crazy golf)
+39 0344 32259
Ristorante da Paolo - Menaggio
Da Paolo is located directly on the main square of Menaggio with crisp white tablecloths, elegant silverware and excellent table service. Here you can try classic Italian dishes with a twist and an extensive wine list. Cooking classes can be arranged on request.
Largo Cavour 5
+39 0344 32133
Pizzeria Balognett - Tremezzo
The best pizza on the lake by as reported by the Guardian Newspaper (see link) Your hosts Franca and Melo extend the warmest of welcomes and offer a great selection of pizzas with organic, home grown ingredients. A pizza take away service is also available.
Via delle Mele 5/a Tremezzo
+39 0344 41333
Al Veluu - Tremezzo
Al Veluu is a family run restaurant and has some of the very best local, homemade cooking on the
This restaurant is an absolute family favourite of ours and we think no visit to the lake would be complete without dinner or lunch at Al Veluu.
Booking in advance is advisable.
+39 0344 40510
El Timon - Tremezzo
The bar is quintessentially Italian where you will find locals relaxing after a hard day's work over a glass of Prosecco.With a well considered menu of well cooked dishes, the restaurant has very quickly become a favourite with the locals as it is open all year round except for February.
Via Portici S.Pietro, 12, Tremezzo
Helvetia - Tremezzo
Via Portici Sampietro, 16
Cantina Follie - Tremezzo
Not strictly a restaurant but a lovely wine bar tucked behind the main bars in Tremezzo. Run by Joost and Deborah they will talk you through the local wines which you can enjoy by the glass accompanied by a gorgeous selection of cold meats and cheeses from the region. They also hold wine tasting sessions starting at only €20 per person.
Tel. 0039 344 42311
Imperialino - Moltrasio
Perched right on the waterfront in the elegant surroundings of Moltrasio, Imperialino really does tick the boxes for a stunning location and beautiful food.
The spacious restaurant and terrace are the perfect setting to enjoy fine dining in a more formal atmosphere, although the interior is a little tired. However, with dishes including Lobster with aniseed and Handmade Tortellini Surprise you truly won't be disappointed with the food.
Book in advance for this one.
Via Durini 22010 moltrasio
Bar Ambrosiano - Como
Piazza Cavour, 8 Como
Tel. 0039 3939649602
Locanda dell'Isola Comacina - Isola Comacina
This amazing restaurant is as legendary as is its charismatic owner! The tiny island of Isola Comacina is only accessible by small boats as it lays nestled close to the shoreline of the lake.
The fixed menu is an experience that is not to be missed and will have you talking about it for years. 'Google' Locanda dell'Isola Comacina for lots of reviews and stories.
Booking in advance is required.
Il Gatto Nero - Cernobbio
During the summer we recommend you ask to be seated on the restaurant's balcony where you can enjoy world-class Italian food and one of the world's greatest vistas. It really does not get any better than this.
Highly recommended and very exclusive, booking in advance is an absolute must.
Via Monte Santo 69, Cernobbio
The tables are crisply presented with white linens and glistening glasses. The menu is classic regional dishes that are seasonal and very well prepared. In particular we like the Al forno (roasted dishes) and the pizza, which come courtesy of a dedicated pizza chef and a proper wood burning pizza oven.
Price wise its very reasonable and for either lunch or dinner you will definitely feel you have had your moneys worth. Le Colonne is very popular with the Italians so it must be good!
Piazza Mazzini 12
Antica Trattoria del Risorgimento
Marco and Vittoria are the team behind one of our favourite restaurants at lake Como. This has to be the most romantic restaurant we know. Situated in the alleyways of Azzano in Mezzegra, the restaurant is in a beautiful old building that dates back centuries.
The interior is a stunning blend of antico Italian styles, with high ceilings and stunning arched stone windows draped in silk. The food is of the fine dining variety and not only looks fantastic but tastes just as good too.
Marco is a trained Sommelier and a certified foodie, so expect a commentary on your choice of food and drink as he adds to the experience with his extensive knowledge. In the winter it is lit with candles and the roar of the fire, and in summer its cool and comfortable. If you want a romantic evening, then this has to be the place.
Via S. Abbondio 8 22010
Porto Vino - Colico
We recently stumbled across this small cosy restaurant just off the main square of Colico. We knew it was going to be great because it was full of Italians. The warm and inviting atmosphere promised honest Italian
If you visit Colico you simply must eat here.
Via Montecchio Nord, 2 Colico (Lecco)
Here is a great selection of some of the finest restaurants on the lake that we have yet to review. All of these are said to be of the very best standard on lake como by people we trust. If you eat in one please let us know! your review would be greatly appreciated.
La Figurida - Tremezzo
Via Regina, 73 22010 Brienno (Co)
tel 0039 031 814 038
Ristorante Pizzeria Orso Bruno - Carate Urio
Navedano - Como
Castello di Casiglio - Erba
Ristorante Al Torchio di Carimate - Carimate
Tenuta Sant Andrea Ristorante Albergo - Montorfano
Trattoria del Glicine Cernobbio
Via Rodari, 6 - 220100 Como
Locanda La Tirlindana - Sala Comacina
Touring Cafe - Como
Bella Como, 2011