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Darwin's Cafe

#500 of 2,685 Restaurants in Lisbon
#534 of 2,784 Places to Eat in Lisbon
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Avenida de Brasilia Ala B Fundacao Champalimaud, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
+351(0)210 480222
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Fri - Wed 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 104
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    Very good
  • 44
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  • 20
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  • 18
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Darwin's Cafe Dinner

Situated at the Champalimaud Center in Lisbon near the Torre de Belem, this restaurant has a lot in it's favour. The setting is amazing with great views across the River Tagus and the decor both inside and outside are really nice. The centre has underground parking that surfaces at the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
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Mechanicsburg, PA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Darwin's is a modern restaurant with fabulous views. Food was mediocre at best and the service was poor.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Situated at the Champalimaud Center in Lisbon near the Torre de Belem, this restaurant has a lot in it's favour. The setting is amazing with great views across the River Tagus and the decor both inside and outside are really nice. The centre has underground parking that surfaces at the restaurant doors as well as parking in the street close... More 

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Cascais, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The atmosphere is great and the view is superb! Quotations by Darwin and pictures related to species on the wall. The butterflies are really lovely! The terrace gives a panorama view of the Tagus River. Don´t miss the opportunity to stroll around Champalimaud Foundation.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A friend published some photos of this restaurant and we loved it and there we went on our second day in Lisbon. In fact the river view is great. Situated at the Champalimaud Center has and underground parking that surfaces at the restaurant doors. Large and with a nice tall glass wall the restaurant has as nice modern atmosphere. We... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

When I asked three Portuguese colleagues for recommendations, each of their lists contained Darwin's Café. I first visited in 2011, but this time included my spouse and friends. While it was a warm night, the breezes off the river, lights of Bellum Tower and the bridge, made for a delightful evening. Excellent food in a wonderfully Darwinistic atmosphere made for... More 

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St Albans
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

A fantastically decorated restaurant themed around, guess what, Charles Darwin. fantastic views across the river, and a great outside space. Menu was a bit odd, starters consist of 3 soups, all the rest were main courses. They might want to add some more starters. Soup was fine. Main courses were excellent, especially tagliatelle with shrimp garlic etc and the shrimp... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I met up with an old friend who I've known for more than 25 years but we only see each other every few years. She chose Darwin's and when we got there it became apparent why. Of course the food is excellent and very good value and the views are spectacular. But I think the location within a famous cancer... More 

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Porto, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Notwithstanding the place where it is inserted in the Champalimaud Foundation, where we have state of the art with regard to the treatment of some cancers in Portugal, the restaurant for its atmosphere, decor, the terrace and also the fact that the day I went, be full, we forgot the people who suffer and who find in this institution, often,... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Beutifully decorated place, that any biologist would fall in love with. Also an amazing water-front terrace, that deserved more time to be enjoyed. As for the food, it was very well prepared, presented and tasted good, but i cant help feeling that it was lacking a tad of flavour. The waiters were very efficient and polite but not the fastest... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Excellent food, drink, service and surroundings We had a lovely lunch with a nice bottle of wine recommended by the waiter (and he didn't chose the most expensive on the list) The cost of the meal (2 main courses and a dessert to share with a bottle of wine) was about 70 euros with the tip I wouldn't hesitate to... More 

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Additional Information about Darwin's Cafe

Address: Avenida de Brasilia Ala B Fundacao Champalimaud, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
Phone Number: +351(0)210 480222
Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Lisbon District  >  Lisbon
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Cafe

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenida de Brasilia Ala B Fundacao Champalimaud, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Lisbon District  >  Lisbon
  • Phone Number: +351(0)210 480222

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cafe
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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