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Mar a Vista

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Rua 5 de Outubro, 92/94, Figueira da Foz, Portugal
+351 233107271
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Dining options: Lunch
Description: This is an amazing restaurant because: 1. It is only open for lunch 2...
This is an amazing restaurant because: 1. It is only open for lunch 2. They have only one main course dish: grilled sardines 3. You can eat as many as you want (they refill your plates!) 4. The sardines are delicious 5. There's a sign in the restaurant that says (politely) "If you don't like the service, you don't have to stay'. 6. You can have the eat-all-you-can sardines meal for a mere 10 Euros. 7. It's located above the beach but with perfect beach and sea views.
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  • 24
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  • 3
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  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great for what it is.

Okay, take it as a given: This is a lunchtime only place that has probably not chaged in years and only does one dish. That dish being grilled sardines. The general course of events is - bread and small starter, salad, potatoes, and grilled sardines. Then more, then more. Then silent ninja moves to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
Ian m
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Okay, take it as a given: This is a lunchtime only place that has probably not chaged in years and only does one dish. That dish being grilled sardines. The general course of events is - bread and small starter, salad, potatoes, and grilled sardines. Then more, then more. Then silent ninja moves to drop more sardines on your plate... More 

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United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We felt really lucky to get a table here on a Sunday afternoon but I think going between 4 and 6pm means you miss the lunch rush. Be aware the restaurant closes at 8pm so you want to get there before then! The lady, who I expect is the owner, was really kind to us and offered to move our... More 

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New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

If it's only two of you they will not accept a reservation from you and will put you on a waiting list without telling when they are going to call you! And for sure will not seat you outside to have the ocean view .... I really think it not a place to go to only if you are not... More 

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connecticut
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35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We saw the restaurant, saw that it was busy, and sat down. I noticed that everyone was eating sardines. Little did we know there were no other choices. Then they came, and came. And came. Hot, crispy, salty and tender. And they came. Filled with locals. In a nation rife with good food, this is special. Go!

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Figueira da Foz, Portugal
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Excelent grilled sardines! Nice sangria. Very nice location and view over the beach, bay and city. Good quality/price relation.

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Lisbon
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151 reviews 151 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Amazing view in front of the magnificent beach of Buarcos. Excellent sardines, and you can eat as much as you want. Very nice service, and fantastic price. Wonderful experience. Will return there.

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Fontainebleau, France
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

You have to visit this restaurant at least once in your life. Simple good grilled sardines by the beach.

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Caldas da Rainha, Portugal
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013 via mobile

You'll have to love sardines! It's basically what they'll feed you, although sometimes if requested they'll make some quick meat and they normally have soup. Very traditional and very good quality. All over the restaurant they have funny posters with what to expect of the service. Very nice staff. Limited but adequate wine selection. Inexpensive for the amount of food... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

This restaurant provides a unique and satisfying dining experience (and I know that that's a pretty grand statement). This restaurant: 1. Is only open for lunch 2. has only one main course dish: grilled sardines (large and delicious!) 3. serves you sardines until you ask for mercy (i.e. it's all you can eat!) 4. When we were there, the main... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Rua 5 de Outubro, 92/94, Figueira da Foz, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Coimbra District  >  Figueira da Foz
  • Phone Number: +351 233107271

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Portuguese

Description

This is an amazing restaurant because: 1. It is only open for lunch 2. They have only one main course dish: grilled sardines 3. You can eat as many as you want (they refill your plates!) 4. The sardines are delicious 5. There's a sign in the restaurant that says (politely) "If you don't like the service, you don't have to stay'. 6. You can have the eat-all-you-can sardines meal for a mere 10 Euros. 7. It's located above the beach but with perfect beach and sea views.

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