Lake Como Restaurants you can reach by boat

>Lake Como Restaurants you can reach by boat

Cruising Lake Como by boat is one of our favorite pastimes here at the Palazzo. There are myriad ways to mess about on the water – from the complimentary kayaks we keep at the Sun Terrace to chauffeur-driven water taxis and from public passenger boats, hydrofoils and car ferries to renting a boat for a self-drive adventure – and each of them has its particular charm. Of course, when you are at the helm of your own cruiser and the captain of your own adventure, you have the freedom to explore the coves and coastlines that you prefer and linger wherever you want for a quick refreshing dip or a particularly charming photo op. 

All of that boating, sooner or later, can really work up an appetite, but not every lakeside locale has docks for restaurant guests who arrive by boat. That’s why we have put together a handy list of the best restaurants to reach by boat, along with a brief introduction to what you can expect when you eat there and what specialties and local fare you just have to try when you do. 

Buon vento e Buon appetito!

Crotto del Misto

Of course, Crotto del Misto is one of our favorites – we’re practically neighbors! And even though you could theoretically walk there from the Palazzo, if you’re out and about on a boat, Crotto del Misto offers boat slips for private guests and is a great spot for a delicious lunch or a romantic dinner.

Crotto del Misto has been a favorite of Lake Como locals for decades. Back when the iconic Gombali boats dominated the lake, sailors knew that was exactly the spot to get melt-in-your-mouth homemade salami, the freshest fish and delicious wine aged in their own rock-hewn cellars. This cozy restaurant, with tables inside or on the lakeview terrace, remains a favorite of locals and tourists alike. While the local fish is the highlight of this menu – don’t miss the whitefish pâté starter! – the chef makes beautiful pasta dishes, meats grilled to perfection and delectable desserts. The wine list is packed with local vintages and a few surprises, and if you’re lucky, you might just get a tour of the 300-year-old wine cellar!

Crotto del Misto
Frazione Crotti, 10
22025 Crotto CO, Italy
+39 031 914541

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Trattoria del Porto 

We’ve raved about Nesso in this blog before – it’s a great destination for lovers of natural beauty and lovers in general! The quaint Romanesque bridge at lake level has featured in countless paintings, Instagram photos and romantic walks, and you’ll have a prime viewing position from your boat. You might want to come back to make the climb to the cascading falls that bisect this vertical village; they have charmed visitors for centuries (even da Vinci mentioned it in his Codex Atlanticus!) and provided the power for the industry that helped its citizens prosper. 

Just south of Nesso in the hamlet of Careno sits one of Lake Como’s best-kept secrets: Trattoria del Porto, with a dock for guests at the lake. And when you are lucky enough to arrive at this romantic outpost by boat, you can skip the 10-minute walk down (and back up!) from the village on the seemingly ancient stairs. As soon as you enter under the jasmine-covered arch, the welcome from the Zambra family couldn’t be warmer – they have been running this restaurant for years and are consummate hosts. There is no menu at Trattoria del Porto and the fixed-price four-course menu is heavy on fresh-caught lake fish (although they are happy to accommodate vegetarians!). Wine, water and dessert are all included in the very reasonable 35 euro price tag; the candlelight and lake views come for free. After you’ve had your limoncello, see if Signore Zambra will give you the keys to the quaint San Martino church next door – its belltower is one of Lake Como’s oldest!

Trattoria del Porto
26 Via Del Pontile
22020 Careno CO, Italy
+39 031 910195

NB: Trattoria del Porto does not accept credit cards

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Hotel Ristorante Vapore

The town of Faggeto Lario, like Lezzeno, is divided up into various hamlets – some high up on the cliffs, and others directly by the lake. The appropriately named Riva Faggeto (riva means shore!) is located on a little promontory jutting out into the lake with elegant villa gardens leading down to the lake and the quaint Hotel Vapore set back from the harbor and the cute little beach Lido di Faggeto. The hotel’s dock is signposted, where you can tie up your boat and walk up to the restaurant. 

The terrace is where you want to be when the weather is fine, and the striped awning provides welcome shade from the midday sun. Although lake fish in all its forms features widely on the menu – like fried perch on a bed of risotto or missoltini, which is first dried in the Lake Como sun – you’ll find a wide range of Italian favorites, from handmade gnocchi to steak in pepper sauce, as well as specials that change with the seasons. Don’t miss the delicious desserts, from a classic Tiramisù to a sinful chocolate cake. After your complimentary glass of grappa, you’ll be ready to laze about on the boat again…

Hotel Ristorante Vapore
Via alle Rive, 46
22020 Riva CO, Italy
+39 031 378700

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Aquadolce

Unlike its rustic counterparts along the lake, Aquadolce in Carate Urio has a decidedly upmarket vibe that oozes the inimitable Lake Como glamor that has attracted VIPs to its shores for centuries – like a certain Hollywood star whose stately white villa is a few minutes away. Don’t even try to pretend that Casa Clooney isn’t on the itinerary for your boat trip, it’s on EVERYONE’S! So after you try and snag a glimpse of the silver fox or his more famous guests, head down to the quaint village of Carate Urio, dock your boat at the slips provided and get your own celebrity treatment at chic Aquadolce.

The first thing you notice about this restaurant is its prime lakeside location – the elegant tables are lined up in a sleek glass box topped with a quirky Bedouin-tent top directly in front of an ancient stone balustrade. The sliding glass doors can be fully retracted to let in the lake breeze and the tables are topped with chic table linens. We’ve heard that the chef believes, “The eyes eat first!” and his exquisite dishes prove the point. Whether it’s the squid-ink ravioli filled with salmon and chives or the jumbo prawns in a bird’s nest of Pasta Kataifi, these mouth-watering masterpieces are (almost!) too pretty to eat. Add to that a wine list that reads like a who’s who of Italian vineyards and a view that never fails to fascinate, and you might never leave…

Aquadolce
Via Regina, 26
22010 Carate Urio CO, Italy
+39 031 400260

website

Crotto dei Platani

Here at Palazzo del Vice Re, we love giving guests insider insight into hidden gems on Lake Como and championing off-the-beaten-track destinations – but sometimes the most popular spots are popular for a reason. That is true for Crotto dei Platani, which could not exactly be described as a secret spot! It’s lovely lakeside location and convenient dock for guests arriving by boat make it a favorite of locals and visitors alike – and we heartily endorse making the trip to this hot spot between Brienno and Argegno at the foot of Mount Gringo. The quaint original structure – across the street from the lakeside veranda is built into the rock as is traditional for the “crotti” or grottoes we find so frequently on Lake Como. In fact, legend has it that the area’s most devious smugglers used the underground caves to store contraband during the 1930s and mingled with the loggers and local people who frequented the restaurant to escape police controls.

As popular as Crotto dei Platani is, it never really feels crowded – the seating is divided into four different settings, from the veranda with its sliding glass windows to the uppermost balcony and the elegant pebble terrace to the small so-called “Darsene” down at lake level just steps from the boat slips. The cuisine focuses on locally sourced, seasonal produce and fish (Whitefish tartare from the lake served with black truffle), but also provides delicious homemade pasta (Strozzapreti pasta with veal sweatbreads and artichoke pasta), classic Italian dishes made to perfection (Roasted rack of lamb with a black olive crust and pecorino) and some surprising flavor combinations that have to be tried to be believed (Amberjack filet with crispy vegetables and artichoke cream sauce with licorice). One thing is for sure, you won’t go away hungry!

Crotto dei Platani
Via Regina, 73
22010 Brienno CO, Italy
+39 031 814038

website

Sottovento

Located on the Lecco branch of the lake – which doesn’t get as much tourist trade as the rest of the lake – Lierna is a cute little town south of Varenna at the foot of the Grigna mountains. You’ll want to make time to stroll on its lovely lakeside promenade and maybe even wade in the lovely Riva Bianca beach on the north edge of town – one of the lake’s largest. Rounding Lierna’s little promontory jutting out into the lake by the beach is a picturesque look at what used to be an important fortification. Excavations reveal it was already inhabited during Roman times and featured prominently in the brutal battle between Como and Milan during the 12th century. The castle was ultimately dismantled around the 16th century and became instead a quirky jumble of cottages built almost on top of one another.

The restaurant Sottovento is in the center of town, a large imposing building right on the shore next to the Lierna ferry stop. The charming terrace is raised above the promenade for uninterrupted views of the Bellagio promontory and the Swiss alps beyond. Inside, the eggplant colored walls and clear acrylic dining chairs give a modern twist to this turn-of-the-century villa. In keeping with the lakeside theme, fresh-caught fish are a focus of this rather vast menu – as in the “Risotto Sottovento” that tops creamy risotto with lake perch filets marinated in pink pepper, thyme and lemon zest – but there are loads of different options for carnivores and vegetarians alike.

Sottovento
Via Imbarcadero, 3
23827 Lierna LC, Italy
+39 0341 740005

website

Cruising Lake Como by boat is one of our favorite pastimes here at the Palazzo. There are myriad ways to mess about on the water – from the complimentary kayaks we keep at the Sun Terrace to chauffeur-driven water taxis and from public passenger boats, hydrofoils and car ferries to renting a boat for a self-drive adventure – and each of them has its particular charm. Of course, when you are at the helm of your own cruiser and the captain of your own adventure, you have the freedom to explore the coves and coastlines that you prefer and linger wherever you want for a quick refreshing dip or a particularly charming photo op. 

All of that boating, sooner or later, can really work up an appetite, but not every lakeside locale has docks for restaurant guests who arrive by boat. That’s why we have put together a handy list of the best restaurants to reach by boat, along with a brief introduction to what you can expect when you eat there and what specialties and local fare you just have to try when you do. 

Buon vento e Buon appetito!

Crotto del Misto

Of course, Crotto del Misto is one of our favorites – we’re practically neighbors! And even though you could theoretically walk there from the Palazzo, if you’re out and about on a boat, Crotto del Misto offers boat slips for private guests and is a great spot for a delicious lunch or a romantic dinner. 

Crotto del Misto has been a favorite of Lake Como locals for decades. Back when the iconic Gombali boats dominated the lake, sailors knew that was exactly the spot to get melt-in-your-mouth homemade salami, the freshest fish and delicious wine aged in their own rock-hewn cellars. This cozy restaurant, with tables inside or on the lakeview terrace, remains a favorite of locals and tourists alike. While the local fish is the highlight of this menu – don’t miss the whitefish pâté starter! – the chef makes beautiful pasta dishes, meats grilled to perfection and delectable desserts. The wine list is packed with local vintages and a few surprises, and if you’re lucky, you might just get a tour of the 300-year-old wine cellar! 

Crotto del Misto
Frazione Crotti, 10
22025 Crotto CO, Italy
+39 031 914541

website

Trattoria del Porto

We’ve raved about Nesso in this blog before – it’s a great destination for lovers of natural beauty and lovers in general! The quaint Romanesque bridge at lake level has featured in countless paintings, Instagram photos and romantic walks, and you’ll have a prime viewing position from your boat. You might want to come back to make the climb to the cascading falls that bisect this vertical village; they have charmed visitors for centuries (even da Vinci mentioned it in his Codex Atlanticus!) and provided the power for the industry that helped its citizens prosper.

Just south of Nesso in the hamlet of Careno sits one of Lake Como’s best-kept secrets: Trattoria del Porto, with a dock for guests at the lake. And when you are lucky enough to arrive at this romantic outpost by boat, you can skip the 10-minute walk down (and back up!) from the village on the seemingly ancient stairs. As soon as you enter under the jasmine-covered arch, the welcome from the Zambra family couldn’t be warmer – they have been running this restaurant for years and are consummate hosts. There is no menu at Trattoria del Porto and the fixed-price four-course menu is heavy on fresh-caught lake fish (although they are happy to accommodate vegetarians!). Wine, water and dessert are all included in the very reasonable 35 euro price tag; the candlelight and lake views come for free. After you’ve had your limoncello, see if Signore Zambra will give you the keys to the quaint San Martino church next door – its belltower is one of Lake Como’s oldest!

Trattoria del Porto
26 Via Del Pontile
22020 Careno CO, Italy
+39 031 910195

NB: Trattoria del Porto does not accept credit cards

website

Hotel Ristorante Vapore

The town of Faggeto Lario, like Lezzeno, is divided up into various hamlets – some high up on the cliffs, and others directly by the lake. The appropriately named Riva Faggeto (riva means shore!) is located on a little promontory jutting out into the lake with elegant villa gardens leading down to the lake and the quaint Hotel Vapore set back from the harbor and the cute little beach Lido di Faggeto. The hotel’s dock is signposted, where you can tie up your boat and walk up to the restaurant. 

The terrace is where you want to be when the weather is fine, and the striped awning provides welcome shade from the midday sun. Although lake fish in all its forms features widely on the menu – like fried perch on a bed of risotto or missoltini, which is first dried in the Lake Como sun – you’ll find a wide range of Italian favorites, from handmade gnocchi to steak in pepper sauce, as well as specials that change with the seasons. Don’t miss the delicious desserts, from a classic Tiramisù to a sinful chocolate cake. After your complimentary glass of grappa, you’ll be ready to laze about on the boat again…

Hotel Ristorante Vapore
Via alle Rive, 46
22020 Riva CO, Italy
+39 031 378700

website

Aquadolce 

Unlike its rustic counterparts along the lake, Aquadolce in Carate Urio has a decidedly upmarket vibe that oozes the inimitable Lake Como glamor that has attracted VIPs to its shores for centuries – like a certain Hollywood star whose stately white villa is a few minutes away. Don’t even try to pretend that Casa Clooney isn’t on the itinerary for your boat trip, it’s on EVERYONE’S! So after you try and snag a glimpse of the silver fox or his more famous guests, head down to the quaint village of Carate Urio, dock your boat at the slips provided and get your own celebrity treatment at chic Aquadolce.

The first thing you notice about this restaurant is its prime lakeside location – the elegant tables are lined up in a sleek glass box topped with a quirky Bedouin-tent top directly in front of an ancient stone balustrade. The sliding glass doors can be fully retracted to let in the lake breeze and the tables are topped with chic table linens. We’ve heard that the chef believes, “The eyes eat first!” and his exquisite dishes prove the point. Whether it’s the squid-ink ravioli filled with salmon and chives or the jumbo prawns in a bird’s nest of Pasta Kataifi, these mouth-watering masterpieces are (almost!) too pretty to eat. Add to that a wine list that reads like a who’s who of Italian vineyards and a view that never fails to fascinate, and you might never leave…

Aquadolce
Via Regina, 26
22010 Carate Urio CO, Italy
+39 031 400260

website

Crotto dei Platani

Here at Palazzo del Vice Re, we love giving guests insider insight into hidden gems on Lake Como and championing off-the-beaten-track destinations – but sometimes the most popular spots are popular for a reason. That is true for Crotto dei Platani, which could not exactly be described as a secret spot! It’s lovely lakeside location and convenient dock for guests arriving by boat make it a favorite of locals and visitors alike – and we heartily endorse making the trip to this hot spot between Brienno and Argegno at the foot of Mount Gringo. The quaint original structure – across the street from the lakeside veranda is built into the rock as is traditional for the “crotti” or grottoes we find so frequently on Lake Como. In fact, legend has it that the area’s most devious smugglers used the underground caves to store contraband during the 1930s and mingled with the loggers and local people who frequented the restaurant to escape police controls. 

As popular as Crotto dei Platani is, it never really feels crowded – the seating is divided into four different settings, from the veranda with its sliding glass windows to the uppermost balcony and the elegant pebble terrace to the small so-called “Darsene” down at lake level just steps from the boat slips. The cuisine focuses on locally sourced, seasonal produce and fish (Whitefish tartare from the lake served with black truffle), but also provides delicious homemade pasta (Strozzapreti pasta with veal sweatbreads and artichoke pasta), classic Italian dishes made to perfection (Roasted rack of lamb with a black olive crust and pecorino) and some surprising flavor combinations that have to be tried to be believed (Amberjack filet with crispy vegetables and artichoke cream sauce with licorice). One thing is for sure, you won’t go away hungry!

Crotto dei Platani
Via Regina, 73
22010 Brienno CO, Italy
+39 031 814038

website

Sottovento

Located on the Lecco branch of the lake – which doesn’t get as much tourist trade as the rest of the lake – Lierna is a cute little town south of Varenna at the foot of the Grigna mountains. You’ll want to make time to stroll on its lovely lakeside promenade and maybe even wade in the lovely Riva Bianca beach on the north edge of town – one of the lake’s largest. Rounding Lierna’s little promontory jutting out into the lake by the beach is a picturesque look at what used to be an important fortification. Excavations reveal it was already inhabited during Roman times and featured prominently in the brutal battle between Como and Milan during the 12th century. The castle was ultimately dismantled around the 16th century and became instead a quirky jumble of cottages built almost on top of one another.

The restaurant Sottovento is in the center of town, a large imposing building right on the shore next to the Lierna ferry stop. The charming terrace is raised above the promenade for uninterrupted views of the Bellagio promontory and the Swiss alps beyond. Inside, the eggplant colored walls and clear acrylic dining chairs give a modern twist to this turn-of-the-century villa. In keeping with the lakeside theme, fresh-caught fish are a focus of this rather vast menu – as in the “Risotto Sottovento” that tops creamy risotto with lake perch filets marinated in pink pepper, thyme and lemon zest – but there are loads of different options for carnivores and vegetarians alike.

Sottovento
Via Imbarcadero, 3
23827 Lierna LC, Italy
+39 0341 740005

website
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