Where to eat in Salò: a guide to the best restaurants
Lake Garda is one of the main tourist hotspots on Italy and visitors choose it as a destination not only for its natural beauty or its fascinating history behind every corner, but also for its rich supply in food and wine.
From typical products like olive oil, Bardolino and Chiaretto wines, and the local fish, to the top notch restaurants managed by international level prizewinning chefs, the Benaco is an excellent destination, and gourmet lovers that choose Lake Garda for their holiday are always satisfied.
Among the numerous options, some of the best restaurants in Lake Garda are in Salò, a town on the homonymic gulf where you can enjoy a mild climate all year round, and that for centuries has been a very important junction for the region.
To this day the most important products of the territory can be found, as they’re used and transformed into the ingredients of the delicious local cuisine, mouthwatering even to the demanding palates.
Lake view restaurants for a romantic dinner
The western coast of the lake has always been capable of offering the highest level of culinary experiences, and the town of Salò is an especially beloved by couples for its wide range of romantic restaurants on Lake Garda, that offer a beautiful view of the calm waters of the lake with s candlelit dinner.
Restaurants with a view of Lake Garda offer a big variety of dishes where you can almost always find lake fish, like perch, chub, and whitefish, but also meat dishes and dishes with mountain ingredients native to the fertile valleys that surround us.
In the town centre of Salò you can find different restaurants worth visiting to taste the delicacies in where international style melds with local products.
Some of the most famous restaurants in Salò
The choice of restaurants in Salò is very big and includes classic italian trattorias, pizzerias, agriturismi (farmhouse restaurants), osterie (taverns), and gourmet restaurants.
Let’s check out in further detail some of the best restaurants of Salò with an eye open for the best quality/price solutions:
- Ristorante Qb
The restaurant Quanto Basta (QB - just enough) is managed by Chef Bertani and his wife Irene Agliardi. After being opened in 2009, it has recently moved to porto della Sirena (mermaid port), on the lakeside boardwalk of Salò and has taken the name Ristorante QB Duepuntozero (Restaurant QB 2.0).It is one of the most renowned restaurants on Lake Garda, as it focuses on the quality of its local ingredients, always fresh and in season, sold at an excellent value for money.
- Osteria di Mezzo
The restaurant Osteria di Mezzo (Tavern in the middle) of Salò is in the Via di Mezzo alley, one of the oldest of the town, and offers a welcoming and intimate environment, with the goal of offering local traditional gardesan dishes interpreted with a modern eye.
- Locanda del Benaco
Locanda del Benaco (Benaco Inn) is a restaurant in Salò in the centre of the town, it offers a wonderful view of the lake, and is ideal for a romantic dinner, especially in the warm season due to the tables placed outside. The dishes are modern and the wine list is very well supplied.
- Osteria dell'Orologio
Osteria dell’Orologio (Tavern of the Clock) is close to Salò’s town hall, it offers homemade and typical regional dishes like fresh fish and bagoss, a local cheese. The classic tavern atmosphere attracts both local affectionate clientele and tourists.
- Antica Cascina San Zago
Antica Cascina San Zago (Antique Farmhouse San Zago) is a restaurant, a convention centre, and agriturismo in Salò, on the hill that overlooks the town and the gulf. The setting is that of a convent from the 1600’s that has since been converted and transformed into a welcoming restaurant were you can celebrate big events and taste local flavours, surrounded by stone walls and olive trees.
- Taverna Floriana
Taverna Floriana (Floriana Tavern) is a classic Lake Garda tavern that offers genuine dishes made with local ingredients. Here, tradition marries refinement perfectly, in a welcoming environment in the town centre of Salò.
Other restaurants and pizzerie in Salò we recommend are:
- The restaurant Capriceuno - beautiful location in front of the lake, good fish first courses and fried fish,
- The restaurant Don Pedro - enchanting position on the lake, delicious salads and wide variety of pizzas,
- the pizzeria Lungolago 64 - wide variety of pizzas and dough types, veranda open outside during the warm season,
- the restaurant pizzeria Papillon - fresh fish, decent pizzas, excellent wine cellar,
- l’Antica Trattoria alle Rose - intimate and refined restaurant, good food, great service,
- l’Osteria al Gallo - great money value between quality and price, abundant portions, good first course dishes and spiedo.
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