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Cafe Luso

Address: Travessa da Queimada, 10 | Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1200-365 Lisbon, Portugal (Encarnação)
Phone Number: (+351) 213 422 281
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Ranked #85 of 147 Nightlife in Lisbon
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
Activities: Dining
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Owner description: Café Luso is the most renowned Fado and Folklore Restaurant in Portugal. Founded in 1927, its history is the history of Fado music itself, since all major singers and musicians performed here.Located in the Bairro Alto district, one of the most typical and historically rich in Lisbon. Café Luso occupies the charming former wine cellars of a 17th century Palace.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

My friends and I went there for fado and dinner. First of all you can only hear fado 10% of the time. Rest is silly shows that look like first grade children show! The show finishes at 10pm sharp! And the food is the worst food ever! I ordered chicken and it was served 1 hour and 10 mins later... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Recommended by the concierge, we made a reservation for dinner and the fado. Had we known we could just reserve a table for fado without going through the dinner, we would have done so. Cafe Luso is located at the end of a street festooned with colourful decorations. It was a festive street with fado cafes. I believe it was... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

One does not go to Café Luso for the food - it is overpriced and not great - but for the Fado, which after 10:30 pm is the only music that you will get there, none of the folk dancing etc. that pads out too many shows. Sure the wine and food are over-priced but for a minimum of 16... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

Wish we had read the reviews first. We were sucked in by the doorman. This restaurant is better suited to tour bus catering. Really expensive, poor service and bad food!

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Bellevue, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

And the fado comes first. The food, like most reviewers have said, is not that good, but the reason is because it's not why you come here. You're not paying for an overdone piece of fish, you are paying the musicians for the performance. Unfortunately, from what I understand about the way fado clubs are set up you have to... More

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Wales, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I was looking for a Bairro Alto live music venue offering other than Fado. I don't dislike Fado but for a whole evening as a solo traveller it's a little too downcast for me. So, having noticed the sign suggesting different styles of music were offered from time-to-time I asked the Cafe Luso door salesman what was being offered that... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Oh how I wish I had read all these opinions before stepping foot into this place! I had gone to Barrio Alto to watch Fado on my last night in Lisbon, the last night of a splendid holiday in Portugal where everything had been great- until that night. I was going to a place that had been recommended by friends,... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Worst experience of holidays expensive rip off food was awful by far the worst I have eaten in a long lime. Do not go there.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Allegedly one of the best places for eating while enjoying Fado. But, the singers, dancers and musicians are the only thing that saves this location from falling under the rug of most undeserving fame. The cafe is a really beautiful location in Barrio Alto, famous for presenting Fado and other traditional Portuguese acts. In order to sit and enjoy the... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Worst experience I had at Lisboa. I had already written another bad review at the restaurant page of this place but cannot help to write another one here. The food is outrageously bad, with appetizer and desert both looks and tastes cheap < 1 euro value. These plus the dry, salty and otherwise tasteless main dish make their 41 euro... More

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