about us

The restaurant Nozomi, integrated in the Hotel Barabas, brings traditional Japanese food to Lucerne and reveals a culinary tradition that had - until now - been lain low in this city.  We don’t serve sushi, but everything else that is put on the table in the country of the rising sun. Let yourself be carried away to Kyoto, Osaka or Tokyo in a fresh, puristic and incredibly elegant and tasteful way.

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The hosts

The Nozomi is headed by chef Benjamin Egli-Iwasaki. For more than two years, the passionate chef had travelled through Japan and learnt a lot about the local cuisine. He had also earned recognition for his work at some of Switzerland’s best restaurants. He started his career at the Grand Hotel National of Lucerne, then went on to the Ticino, Gstaad, Chur, Lucerne (sous-chef of the restaurant Mill’ Feuille) and eventually to Zurich, where he was the successful manager of a Japanese restaurant. In tandem with his wife Yuko, he now loves to look after the guests’ well-being at the restaurant Nozomi. Meanwhile, the couple has a son called Akira.


Restaurant Izakaya Nozomi

Löwengraben 18  //  6004 Luzern 

Phone 041 417 01 98


Book your table online at any time.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 11:30 - 14:00, 18:00 - 23:00
Saturday: always open from 11:30

Sunday and holidays: closed

Kitchen opening hours

Lunch: 11.30 bis 13:30 Uhr

Evening: 18:00 bis 21.30 Uhr

Saturday: 11:30 bis 21:30 Uhr

We’re located in the same building as the hotel Barabas.

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