Lake Garda restaurants conjure images of exquisitely prepared Italian dishes served by the world’s top chefs all with a stunning backdrop of rolling hills and vineyards. For the epicures among us, Lake Garda will not disappoint. Your Lake Garda escape promises an unforgettable culinary adventure, from lakeside restaurants with panoramic views to hidden trattorias serving up local delicacies.

Come with us as we guide you through everything you need to know about restaurants on Lake Garda so each meal will be as delicious as the last.

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Lakeside Dining: Top Picks for Waterfront Restaurants

There’s something undeniably special about dining with the gentle lap of Lake Garda as your soundtrack.

Here are a few of our favourite restaurants overlooking Lake Garda for a truly unforgettable experience:



A true wonder for the discerning palate, Ristorante Esplanade in Desenzano del Garda has had a Michelin star since 1992 for a reason. This restaurant offers a beautiful lakeside setting, with both a charming outdoor terrace and sophisticated indoor dining spaces. Chef Massimo Fezzardi’s menu showcases the freshest ingredients prepared with modern flair and an emphasis on classic Italian flavours.

Aura | Food Art & Tradition​


For an experience that elevates both food and atmosphere, Aura in Peschiera del Garda is a must-visit. Located at the Vision Hotel, Aura offers stunning lakefront views, with some tables positioned poolside for a truly unique dining experience. The menu showcases the chef’s creative flair, using local, seasonal ingredients to create innovative and mouthwatering dishes. Definitely one of the most romantic restaurants on Lake Garda.

La Voglia

La Voglia​

Take a seat on the terrace at La Voglia in Val di Sogno and soak up the breathtaking lake view. This elegant restaurant transforms fresh, seasonal ingredients into culinary masterpieces. Don’t miss their signature mixed fish dish “La Voglia” or the melt-in-your-mouth tagliatelle with veal, pesto and goat’s cheese.

Osteria del 4​

osteria garda lake

For a slice of authentic Italian charm, head to Osteria del 4 in Torri del Benaco. This restaurant boasts the perfect lakeside location and a menu brimming with regional specialities. Every season the menu changes to incorporate the freshest ingredients. Their homemade pasta dishes are legendary, and the grilled seafood is always cooked to perfection. Pair your meal with a glass of local Bardolino wine for an evening of pure indulgence.

View more of the best restaurants in Torri del Benaco.

Taste of Italy: Must-Try Local Dishes at Lake Garda

Any trip to Lake Garda would be incomplete without sampling the region’s culinary treasures.

We’ve highlighted a few local specialities you simply must try:

  • Bigoli: These thick, spaghetti-like noodles are a Lake Garda staple. Typically served with a rich meat sauce or a lighter tomato and sardine ragù, they’re a delicious way to experience the local cuisine.
  • Carne salada: This air-cured beef is a regional speciality with a unique flavour profile. Thinly sliced and served with a simple dressing of olive oil and lemon juice, it’s a delightful antipasto.
  • Tortelli di zucca: These delectable pumpkin ravioli are a true autumnal treat. Filled with a creamy pumpkin puree and often drizzled with melted butter and sage, they’re a taste of pure comfort food.
  • Missoltini: For the more adventurous palate, try Missoltini – tiny sardines cured in olive oil and then grilled over an open fire. They have a strong, salty flavour best enjoyed with a glass of local white wine.

Vineyards and Vistas: Combining Scenery with Fine Dining

Lake Garda is also a wine lover’s dream, surrounded by rolling hills adorned with vineyards that produce world-renowned wines like Bardolino and Valpolicella. To accompany your dining experiences, why not plan a trip to a local vineyard for a wine-tasting tour? 

Here are a few of the best vineyards in the area that offer exceptional wine-tasting experiences:

Villa Calicantus​

Villa Calicantus​​

Step back in time at Villa Calicantus, a historic estate located in the heart of Valpolicella. Explore their vineyards and learn about the traditional methods used to cultivate grapes for Valpolicella’s esteemed wines, including Amarone. Enjoy a self-guided tour or book a tasting to sample their unique expressions of this iconic wine.

Guerrieri Rizzardi Azienda Agricola Cantina Wineshop

Guerrieri Rizzardi Azienda Agricola Cantina Wineshop​

Immerse yourself in the world of Bardolino at Guerrieri Rizzardi. This esteemed winery in the Bardolino hills offers not only delicious wines but also guided tours and tastings. Take in the panoramic views of vineyards stretching towards the lake as you learn about the winemaking process and savour their renowned Bardolino and Chiaretto di Bardolino wines.

Cascina Maddalena​

Cascina Maddalena​​

Sustainable viticulture takes centre stage at Cascina Maddalena. Explore their organic vineyards in the Lugana DOC wine region and discover their commitment to eco-friendly practices. Take a self-guided tour or inquire about purchasing bottles of their highly regarded Lugana wines directly from the source.

Le Morette - Az.Agr. Valerio Zenato​

le morete wine

For a taste of Lugana’s finest, head to Le Morette winery. Family-run for generations, they specialise in crafting exceptional Lugana DOC wines using time-tested traditions. Explore their vineyards and learn about their dedication to quality, or simply purchase a bottle to savour the unique character of Lugana wines amidst the scenic backdrop.

Feast Your Way Around Lake Garda

Whether looking for Lake Garda restaurants with views overlooking the lake, a taste of authentic Italian flare, or a wine-tasting experience like no other, Lake Garda has something to tantalise your taste buds. 

So, relax, unwind, and indulge in a culinary adventure during your trip to Lake Garda. Book your stay with Domus Rental for luxurious accommodation options, including apartments, villas, and houses. With exclusive holiday rentals throughout the Lake Garda region, you’ll feel right at home on your Italian escape.