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Cafe Luso

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Address: Travessa da Queimada, 10 | Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1200-365 Lisbon, 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
Activities: Dining
Description: Café Luso is the most renowned Fado and Folklore Restaurant in Portugal...
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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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
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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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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We just came from fado show and dinner. The food wasn't good at all for the price but I have to say the service was excellent. Show was interesting but I'm sure there are other good places with fado!

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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is one of the places you have to go to if you visit Lisbon. It comes at a price but on balance it was worth it and very enjoyable. When we got there it was fully booked but the manager suggested we wait and see. 5 minutes later he had a cancellation and we were in. It is a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Avoid at any cost ...worst side i ve seen so far in lisboa a rip off the waiters tried to overbill us had a talk with the manager to only pay what i orderdered stay away

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We should, of course, have read the other reviews posted here before going, but this was recommended by our hotel when we asked reception about where to go for an authentic fado experience. The total cost was about 150 Euros. The food wasn't bad, but wasn't special and the performance was truly awful. There were brief moments of fado which... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

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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