Ristorante Locanda al Lago
As far as location goes, you simply cannot do better than Ristorante Locanda al Lago. It’s located on Monte Isola – an island in the middle of Lake Iseo. Since 1948, the Soardi family has been running this restaurant which specializes in seafood from the fresh alpine waters all around. Order the antipasto di lago platter to try a variety of fish dishes such as trout carpaccio, seared whitefish fillet, and sardines with polenta.
Address & telephone number: Ristorante Locanda al Lago, Località Carzano 38, Monte Isola, Italy +39 030 9886472
Ristorante Le Margherite
If you’re looking to try more local fare that comes straight from the lake, head to Ristorante Le Margherite in Clusane, a lakeside town known for the popular dish tinca ripiena al forno. Tinca, or tench, is a fish related to carp that is found in abundance in Lake Iseo. At Le Margherite, it is baked in the oven and served along with polenta.
Address & telephone number: Ristorante Le Margherite, Via Risorgimento Traversa Settima 251, Clusane, Italy,+39 030 9829205
If you’re looking for an alternative to pasta, pizza and local seafood then 18B is where to go. Here, you can create your own burger with an assortment of different buns and fillings to choose from. If burgers aren’t your thing, there are other options to choose from – even sushi. Make sure to enjoy a cocktail and the scenic view, as 18B is located right on the edge of the lake.
Address & telephone number: 18B, Via Lungolago Guglielmo Marconi 18/b, Iseo, Italy +39 030 2033093
Il Castello Restaurant
Originally an ancient wine cellar, Il Castello Restaurant is a traditional trattoria with a warm and inviting atmosphere located in the historic center of Iseo. In the winter, sit inside and enjoy the heat of the wood-burning fireplace. In the warmer months, take advantage of the restaurant’s beautiful garden and dine al fresco. In short, Il Castello is a serene escape from Iseo’s busy city center, offering some truly fantastic food.
Address & telephone number: Il Castello Restaurant, Via Mirolte 53, Iseo, Italy, +39 030 981285
Food meets art at Cascina Doss where the dishes are elegantly prepared and plated. The restaurant is located a short distance from the center of Iseo and its menu features many delicious dishes including crepes with cheese, ham and béchamel sauce; gnocchi stuffed with saffron and veal ragout; and a seafood platter consisting of red prawns, tuna, bass and scampi. Save on the cost of wine by bringing your own bottle (a small corkage fee applies).
Address & telephone number: Cascina Doss, Via Colombera 15, Iseo, Italy +39 030 981111
Ristorante Relais Mirabella
The restaurant at the Relais Mirabella hotel is a hanging garden set high above Lake Iseo. The panoramic terrace overlooking the lake is a fantastic spot for a romantic dinner. Freshwater fish is the star of the menu but there are other options too: try the manzo di Rovato all’olio, a beef dish seasoned with local olive oil.
Address & telephone number: Ristorante Relais Mirabella, Via Mirabella 34, Clusane, Italy +39 030 9898051
Azienda Agrituristica Cinque Abeti
Azienda Agrituristica Cinque Abeti is set high in the dell’Alto Sebino hills above lovely little Lovere on the northern end of Lake Iseo. This rustic agro-tourist stop-off is famed for its fine home-made cheeses and earthy Lombardy pasta dishes. All food is made using organic, locally-grown ingredients. It’s not the easiest spot to reach, nestled between the fir forests and undulating fields of the Bossico plateau, but diners here are in for a real treat.
Address & telephone number: Azienda Agrituristica 5 Abeti, Via Rifugio, 7 Bossico BG, Italy, +39 035 968165
Trattoria al Porto
Trattoria al Porto in Clusane has been a part of the town since 1862. Located right on the water, this restaurant offers fresh seafood. In July it holds a special week of tinca al forno, when you can get an order of fish, dessert, coffee, and half a bottle of wine for a bargain price.
Address & telephone number: Trattoria al Porto, Porto dei pescatori 12, Clusane, Italy, +39 030 989014
Between the selection of grilled meats and beers made in-house, Trattoria Gös seems more like a restaurant you’d find in Germany than in Italy. Highlights from the grill include a meat spread for two (beef tenderloin and pork), duck breast, and ribs. Meat isn’t the only option here: the home-made pastas – gnocchi, tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms, and ravioli to name a few – are excellent too.
Address & telephone number: Trattoria Gös, Viale Repubblica 6A, Iseo, Italy, +39 030 9821818
Nestled on a small cobbled piazza just meters back from the water’s edge in the sleepy and charming town of Castro, this dimly-lit, romantic bistro and B&B offers a romantic and unforgettable dining experience. The menu touts a range of Lombardy pastas and risottos, infused with seafood and freshwater fish cuts, along with trademark artichoke and mushroom dishes and crispy pizzas. There are also fantastic, reasonably-priced dry house wines.
Address & telephone number: Vulcano Village, Piazza del Porto, Castro BG, Iseo, Italy, +39 035 983434