Dinner on the lake
7 top lakeside restaurants where you can enjoy fish dishes
Fish-based recipes are one of the strong points of Italian cuisine. Besides well-known sea fish, there are many menus based on lake fish, such as whitefish, with its top-quality meat, char or the renowned lake trout, one of the “must-eats” of lake areas. You can order them in many restaurants, but we assure you that eating them directly on the lake gives them a truly special flavour.
The Lake Garda area, boasting many restaurants where you can enjoy excellent Italian cuisine, is very popular. Well worth trying are also the restaurants on the Caldonazzo and Levico lakes - a 30-minute drive from Trento - or a restaurant on Lake Tovel, in the wonderful setting of the Brenta Dolomites.
If you need some advice on where to go, check out our selection of lakeside restaurants below. Buon appetito!
Ristorante La Terrazza, Lake Garda
One of the best-known Trentino restaurants on Lake Garda, in the village of Torbole. A perfect place to try traditional Lake Garda cuisine (but not only this) very close to the lake. Excellent seafood, an ideal setting ... what more do you want?
Info: Via Benaco 24, Torbole - Tel. +39 0464 506083
Bastione Lounge & Restaurant, Lake Garda
This stunning location, with its breath-taking panorama over the town of Riva del Garda and Lake Garda, can be reached from the historic centre of Riva in just 3 minutes thanks to the new inclined lift. The restaurant beside the town’s historic Bastion offers cuisine that covers everything from the traditions of Trentino, with an emphasis on local ingredients like extra-virgin olive oil from Garda, cheeses and carne salada cured meat, to Mediterranean cooking with a special focus on fish dishes.
Info: Via Monte Oro 26, Riva del Garda
Tel. +39 0464 07 68 61
Ristorante Ca’Rossa, Lake Caldonazzo
This is the best choice if you want to eat on the lake without travelling too far from Trento. It takes about twenty minutes from the city centre to reach the restaurant on the banks of Lake Caldonazzo, in Pergine Valsugana. House specials are fish dishes, but you can also order traditional food or a pizza.
Info: Via Valsugana 26, Pergine Valsugana - Tel. +39 0461 530840
Ristorante Taverna, Lake Levico
A well-kept restaurant with a panoramic terrace just a stone’s throw from the blue waters of Lake Levico. The menu includes fish-based dishes as well as many Trentino traditional specialities, such as carne salada (thin slices of high-quality beef, served raw or slightly griddled) or canederli (dumplings). It is just perfect for a relaxing evening, caressed by the lake breeze.
Info: Viale Belvedere, Levico Terme - Tel. +39 0461 706590
Ristorante Castel Toblino, Lago di Toblino
If you have a romantic dinner in mind with a touch of elegance of days gone by, this is where you should come, just a twenty-minute drive from Trento. The gourmet restaurant is housed in the halls of a Renaissance castle, set on a peninsula in the centre of the lake. It is perfect for a candle-lit dinner, toasting to the moon. Prosit!
Info: Localita' Castel Toblino 1, Calavino - Tel. +39 0461 864036
Chalet Tovel, Lake Tovel
From the romance of castles to a restaurant that brings us close to nature. The Ristorante Chalet Tovel is situated in the heart of the Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta (Nature Park), on the banks of Lake Tovel, a small lake in the Dolomites. Traditional Trentino dishes and excellent lake fish. P.S.: Open for lunch, reservations are required for dinner.
Info: Località Lago Tovel, Ville d'Anaunia - Tel. +39 348 062 7003
Rifugio Lago Nambino
Let’s remain in the midst of nature, to follow a path that will take you to a beautiful Alpine lake and to the mountain hut on its banks. A forty-minute hike takes you to Lake Nambino. The route is not difficult but, as it is a bit uphill, it is not suitable for strollers. Once you arrive at the hut, just sit back and order an excellent trout.
Info: Via Adamello,11, Madonna di Campiglio - Tel. +39 0465 441621