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Cafe Luso

Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodre
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Address: Travessa da Queimada, 10 | Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1200-365, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 213 422 281
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7:30 pm - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 7:30 pm - 2:00 am

The "Café Luso" established in Lisbon in 1927 at nr.31 of Avenida...

The "Café Luso" established in Lisbon in 1927 at nr.31 of Avenida da Liberdade and later in 1939 moved to the Palace Brito Freire in the Bairro Alto borough. This Palace built in the late 17th Century for an aristocratic family, survived the catastrophic earthquake of 1755 and has remained almost untouched up to today. The "Café Luso", Fado House and Restaurant, is located within a solid and austere area, the former cellars and stables of the Palace Brito Freire, also known as Palace of St. Roque. The decorative patrimony includes the ceramic panels by Master Ferreira da Silva (1960's) and more recently the paintings of acrylic on canvas by Mr. Norberto Nunes. The "Café Luso" fulfils daily its destiny: to combine the sensibility and taste of the artistic and gastronomic talents, by permanently paying attention to its main aim , to preserve and innovate, making sure that stimulates and keep a cohesive Team, both skilful and creative. Being the Fado a tradition that cannot be translated, the Café Luso summons all those who visit us to return and feel the sounds of the Portuguese Soul.

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I am a tourist and first visit to Portugal. Hv not seen or heard Fado before so thought it is a good idea to follow the optional tour to watch this performance. Arrived at 7.30pm... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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Conway, South Carolina
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41 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first time hearing Fado but I have to say I enjoyed it. For the traveler, there are two rounds of shows, 8:30 and 10:30. There are 5 musicians who play in 3 song sets with a 10 min break between. It's nice for conversation and getting in and out without being rude to players. The ambiance is... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

This Lisbon tourist cafe was our only disappointment during our two-week stay in Portugal, which included Lisbon, the coast, Alentejo wine country and the mountains. Everywhere we went the people were friendly; in restaurants the waiters were gracious and the food delicious. Cafe Luso was unfortunately the one exception. The waiters were rude, the atmosphere touristy (with a busload of... More 

Thank Christine J
FadoandFood, Gerente at Cafe Luso, responded to this review

Dear Madam, we truthfully feel sorry for your bad experience at Café Luso, you know why? Because it has nothing to do about hour daily aim. Due your review, we made our internal diligences to understand how could that happened. There is a main reason, and it has to be with the exceptional inflow in the date you visited us.... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

I am a tourist and first visit to Portugal. Hv not seen or heard Fado before so thought it is a good idea to follow the optional tour to watch this performance. Arrived at 7.30pm dinner was a salad, kale soup, followed by either tomatoes stewed chicken or cod fish. I preferred to chicken as I am not a fan... More 

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FadoandFood, Gerente at Cafe Luso, responded to this review

Well, it was not very clear, did you enjoyed it? Thank you very much for your visit. More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

The food was horrendously expensive,even considering that you pay ft the music. Food was less than average. Music ok. Big tourist trap. Do not go there.

3 Thank Lill E
FadoandFood, Gerente at Cafe Luso, responded to this review

Very mean :-) Please tell us, what did you had for dinner? More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Nice restaurant in a very old historic area. Lots of nightlife outside. Good food in the restaurant!!! The Fado starts...... it's ok. But when we thought it was over and our dinner was done, we get up to leave and are told the real show is just about to start and we should stay. So, we do. They move the... More 

Thank Sueheg15
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

It was just first time to listen to fado for me. Nice atmosphare. We visited quite late and did not reserved but could meet good seats. I bought CD but defenetly better to listen the raw voice. I can not compare to other places but could enjoy music, atmosphare. The price was reasonable for only 16 euro per person including... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Cafe Luso is a big and nicely decorated restaurant playing fado in Bairro Alto. Somebody should be very good in promoting the place as it is full with tourists and organized groups, a real touristically industry with its disadvantages: average service, average to bad food and wines, commercial entertainment. The prices were higher then what they were offering, for a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Very rarely do I write a bad review but I feel compelled to let anyone know who may be out for a night on the town in Lisbon to avoid this place. The staff was friendly first off so no attack on them but the food is way overpriced to compensate for the entertainment which in turn was not very... More 

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Austin, tx
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We were able to reserve seats for a late night show and saw 5 different acts, including the owner. The music was entrancing, and even the aging diva who must have starred in the 1920's was a wonderful entertainer. By getting the later seating, we only had to order wine and desert to cover the minimum charge, so the price... More 

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Puteaux, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The fado show is great. The restaurant is beautiful. The food is terrible. All the ingredients were fresh, no doubt about it. But fresh food doesn't necessarily mean tasty food if it is not prepared well. We were a table of 6, none of us enjoyed their meal. It's a shame because this restaurant has everything to be a fantastic... More 

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