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“Nice location! Fine dining?”
Review of Castel Fragsburg

Castel Fragsburg
Ranked #4 of 209 Restaurants in Merano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$35 - US$149
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Healthy
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Restaurant details
Good for: View, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: THE FINE ART OF TRUE PLEASURE "Nourish the body well so that the soul will want to reside there" is a saying apocryphally attributed to Winston Churchill. He would have truly loved it here, as we cook nourishing and refined gourmet cuisine in the finest sense of the word. A defiant fusion of hearty Alpine fair and Mediterranean opulence. In our gourmet restaurant, we love to amaze and astonish our guests. No matter how many times we step out onto our glass loggia and look out over the parapet of the panorama terrace at the stunning, cinematic views of Merano, we always find something new to marvel at in the ravishingly beautiful natural surroundings. There couldn't be a more ideal setting for the exquisite dishes prepared by our head chef Christoph Terschan. A culinary virtuoso, Christoph fuses the many facets of regional cuisine with the memorable delicacies he has encountered in far-away lands in the course of his career. These reinterpretations make for immensely rich and creative food. Whether it's an agreeable lunch you partake of, or a sumptuous gourmet dinner, you will invariably have a sense of savoring life to the full. The sublime cuisine is of course rounded off by impeccable yet affectionate service and the excellent advice of our sommelier when choosing from the fine wines in our cellar.
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Summary:
Castle Fragsburg was a fine dinning stronghold in recent years. Located on 750m height above Meran it offered best al fresco terace dining with exquisite food and sophisticated wine selection.
This is past. Today it is overpriced wirh non inspired cooking and non attentive service. If you you want fine dinning with a view select Miromonti in Hafling or Culinaria in Dorf Tirol if you want a satisfying fine dining experience with a view.

The ups:
The view ist great. On 750m above 0 the restaurant terace offers great view over Meran.
Some of service, like Lisa is kind and nice in a humble way.

The downs:
The food is poor. sorry to say. only offer two set 4 and 5 set menu. Paid 108 EUR for "Christopher's Choice" menu. Got non inspired duck salad, half done octopus rissoto, tiny piece of fish and mediocre piece of crispy suckling pig and a meaningless desert. While Culinaria's Waygu combination kicked me off none of Fragsburg creations was worth to mention.
Why we had to wait 20-25 Min between courses on a set menu of two choices in the menu the South Tyrolian of service knows.
The wine and digestifs are quite overpriced. In Culinaria you pay for a Ruinart Blanc De Blanc 84 EUR in Fragsburg more then 120 EUR.
On digestifs you need to spend 15 EUR for a local spirit.

Wrap up:
Sorry Fragsburians you lose the shoot out against Hafling Miromonti and Tirol's Culinaria 3:1 , neither your food nor drinks nor service can convince. Just the view isn't enough. For 108 EUR a menu and 13.50 EURva digistif I expect more .
A pity, two, three years ago Fragsburg was a great place. Now it's better to save the way up.

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Reviewed 10 May 2016

The view here alone would make this a must visit restaurant- and then add to that a Michelin Starred chef and most interesting wine list together with flawless service. The set menus are great.

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CastelFragsburg, Reception at Castel Fragsburg, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2016

Dear Travelsig,

Thank you for this amazing review. It is a pleasure to hear that you had such a good meal at our Gourmet Restaurant.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again at Castel Fragsburg

Your Fragsburg Team

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Reviewed 14 February 2016

We were very lucky to have made a reservation for this incredible restaurant during the Merano Wine Festival. The evening we went was a fixed priced party menu. There was champagne flowing, live music, open kitchen and wine makers present. Everything was served by the waiters who came out of the kitchen with delicious small appetizers. The location is absolutely incredible with an old world charm and elegant clientele. Thank you for an unforgettable evening.

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Reviewed 18 September 2015

A once-in-a-lifetime dining experience ... The staff catered to our dietary preferences and still made the meal one of the best we have ever had ... The ambiance and views from the restaurant are simply stunning ... I am not exaggerating when I say our meal there was one of the best we have ever had.

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Reviewed 8 September 2015

The location of this restaurant in Castel Fragsburg above the town of Merano is excellent. The views from the restaurant balcony are stunning.
We had the five course dinner menu four evenings - included in your room rate. A different menu each evening. Superb and innovative food. If you want you can replace any of the five courses on the menu of the evening with something from the small regular menu. Extensive winelist. Good service.
This was our second stay here and we would love to come back, but I do have some issues - detailed below.
1. We were a group of four couples with a great interest in wine and food, coming to Merano for the food, wine and landscape. One of these four couples has stayed at Castel Fragsburg 10 times previously. They had discussed with the management when making our reservations that we would like a nice dinner table on the balcony with a great view. The first two mornings and evenings we had a crap table by the interior wall with close to no view. They complained and we got a nice table, but after that the head waiter totally ignored all eight of us. Extremely unprofessional. I do not know how stern they were with the head waiter, but I do not like to be ignored. I do understand that Castel Fragsburg has many repeat customers and have to try to make the best for everyone, but still.
2. Service. The service is good and attentive, but not at Michelin one star level. Too few waiters, that are really busy. They do not run in the dining room/balcony but they for sure walk as fast as it is possible to do without shifting over to a slow jogging. If you drop a fork or knife or your napkin you have to pick it up again yourself and ask for a clean piece of cutlery as this isn't automatically offered to you.
I think that they do single couples better than a party of eight.
3. Food. The food is great, innovative and varied but not Michelin one star level. E.g. when we all had foie gras as a starter at least one of us eight received a totally overfried piece of goose liver or when we had fish at least one got completely overcooked fish and the same with meat at least one of us received an over-fried piece of meat. You do not complain about things like this when you are a group of friends having a nice dinner, you simply notice them. And the kitchen of course knows that Guide Michelin inspectors never visit in groups of eight.
This said we would love to come back, but then as two or four persons, as I do not think that Castel Fragsburg handles larger groups in a good way.
The sommelier Riccardo arranged two excellent pre-dinner wine tastings for us in a separate room, one with local wines from Alto Adige and one with wines from Southern and Eastern Italy. Really great and interesting. And presented by Riccardo in a most charming and educational way.

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