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Lucerne's much-loved Wilden Mann boutique hotel has two restaurants, and the Burgerstube (the older of the two dining options) maintains a carefully cultivated old-fashioned air with its period details; the room dates from at least 1517 and features coffered ceilings, coats of arms, wood paneling, and hunting trophies. The menu veers away from the usual formula by presenting regional and traditional ingredients in very imaginative ways, especially when it comes to the soups (an earthy-yet-whimsical beetroot and cranberry soup with a spicy pear donut, for example) and starters (duo of boar with a black salsify foam). Mains focus on Lucerne's greatest culinary hits, such as local-style sliced veal with rösti and green beans and a fantastic fried farmer-style sausage with onion sauce, shoestring fries, and green beans. Fixed-price multicourse menus represent excellent value for cuisine of this standard. In the summer months, its flower-bedecked outdoor terrace is a delightful place to soak up the Old Town charm. Reservations recommended.